Sunday, November 11, 2007
Are we doing enough on Climate Change?
As the Party's Spokesperson on the Environment in the Seanad I was tasked with responding to the government. I made the point that we were still not doing enough in areas such as emissions from housing, from energy pollution and from transport.
On Thursday I attended lunch with the Leinster House political correspondents. Our national conference is next week so we wanted to brief them on the forthcoming event.
This year the event is in Wexford in White's Hotel. I went down there on Friday for the night to check out the hotel and have a look at the facilities inside and outside the venue. It's a great setting and I'm looking forward to a successful conference.
I gave my maiden speech to The Philosophical Society of Trinity College on Thursday night. I was speaking in favour of a motion stating that "Ireland is a gay-friendly country". It was a well attended debate - perhaps two hundred students. I enjoyed it but had to leave early to attend a branch meeting in Ashbourne.
One of the subjects that was discussed was the massive port proposal at Bremore, on the Meath / Fingal border. It's going to be about three times the size of Drogheda port and will have significant implications for people leaving on the east side of Meath. I also brought the issue up in the Seanad, calling for care to be taken in the planning of the port.
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