Frank O’Rourke TD has called on the Minister for the Environment to clarify the future of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Deep Energy Retrofit Scheme
Deputy O’Rourke was commenting following confirmation from the SEAI that the scheme has run out of funding, with the demand far exceeding the level of funding available.
He explained, “There are homeowners in Kildare who are unsure of where they stand with their applications and worried about reimbursement. The demand for this deep retrofitting scheme is a clear indication that people are willing to make the necessary changes and play their part in tackling climate change, but they need to be able to access supports to carry out what can be very expensive works and they need to be confident in the scheme.”
“This latest issue is yet another example of Fine Gael mismanagement of its own policies. Only a few months ago the government launched a Climate Action plan with higher retrofitting targets and now today we have confirmation from the SEAI that it has reached its funding limit for this year and that new applications cannot be considered.”
“Just like the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan the government seems happy to don the hard hats, pose for photos, and announce new projects but the substance is not there. How can we expect people to make these big changes when they can’t be confident they’ll get the funding to do so? Minister Bruton needs to urgently clarify the situation for families who have already committed to these works and needs to tell us when a new retrofit scheme will be put in place.”
Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil’s motion to declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency has been passed by Kildare County Council.
Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil has welcomed the support he received from his fellow Councillors for his Climate and Biodiversity Emergency motion.
Reacting afterwards, Naoise said, “Thank you to all councillors that supported my motion. Th3 the main thing is that the Council must now Climate proof its policies and make tangible targets rather than aspirational. The time for action is now.”
James Lawless TD spoke recently in the Dail on proposed Climate Emergency measures.
“The longer we keep looking for other sources, the more we delay a transition to an entirely renewable energy mix. Apart from the environmental and moral imperative there is huge economic opportunity in a ‘green revolution’ to create high tech jobs in engineering, renewable technologies and a whole new energy industry.”
James Lawless TD joined some of the students protesting for Climate Action on the streets of Naas today
James commented, “Their generation gets that change is needed and urgently. At Dail level I have supported and spoken on bills to divest fossil fuel investments, to ban new fossil fuel explorations, to reduce waste, to ban single use plastics and many more. With the world heating more in the last 150 years than the previous 5,000 the time for action is now.”
Cllr Michael Colernan has put two motions down for the coming Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District (MD) Meeting on Friday 15th March
The First Motion is as follows :
1. That Main Street Celbridge be made a poster free zone from Castletown Gates to the Grotto. Supporting the request of Celbridge Tidy Towns.
The Second Motion is as follows :
2. That the Council sends a letter to all household bin providers in the MD in relation to the damage that bin lorries are causing to kerbs and surrounding green areas. Below is a link to a Kildarenow article regarding the damage being caused by bin lorries.
You can read more about the issue of damage allegedly being done by bin lorries here