“If pass the parcel is a favourite party game, then no Party is better at it than the Greens.
ENVIRONMENT Minister John Gormley has treated the Oireachtas Environment Committee with “outright contempt, and only one occasion during 2010 has he actually responded positively to an invitation to meet with the Committee” according to Cork Labour TD Ciarán Lynch.
“Minister Gormley has attended the Committee on four occasions, but three of those were to discuss matters that he wanted to raise himself, rather than matters that the committee members themselves felt were important.
LABOUR TD Ciarán Lynch has welcomed a request by the Oireachtas Environment Committee asking Environment Minister John Gormley to discuss the extreme weather events of last winter.
“I welcome the fact that the Oireachtas Environment Committee has agreed to my proposal to invite Environment Minister John Gormley to meet with us in September to discuss the report published by the Committee on Extreme Weather Events.
“We would like to ask Minister Gormley how he and his Department propose responding to the various recommendations put forward in the report.
OFFICIALS from the ESB strongly defended the company’s role during the recent flooding in Cork when they were questioned by members of the Oireachtas Environment Committee this week.
The Committee visited the Inniscarra Dam as part of a two-day fact finding visit to Cork to establish why the flooding on November 19th and 20th was so severe, causing an estimated €100 million in damage in the city and county.
The ESB have been criticised for not providing effective warnings on the night of November 19th when huge quantities of water were released from the Inniscarra Dam, about nine miles upstream from Cork city on the River Lee, effectively leading to the worst flooding ever seen in Cork.
LABOUR TD Ciarán Lynch has described the revelation at a meeting of the Oireachtas Environment Committee that there is no provision whatsoever for the declaration of a national emergency as “absolutely astonishing”.
“I welcome the fact that Sean Hogan, the Chair of the National Emergency Response Coordinating Committee, and Des Dowling, Assistant Secretary at the Dept of Environment agreed to appear before the Oireachtas Environment Committee today, and the discussion that arose certainly shone some light on some of the issues.
LABOUR TD CIarán Lynch has welcomed the fact that Sean Hogan, the newly appointed Chair of the National Emergency Response Coordinating Committee is to appear before the Oireachtas Environment Committee this week.
“I am somewhat concerned that Mr Hogan is being pushed out front by his political masters to take the flak for their failure to get to grips with the current adverse weather conditions, just as they did during the catastrophic flooding in November.