Three Green Party TDs have been selected to chair Oireachtas Committees during the 33rd Dáil. Neasa Hourigan TD will chair the Committee on Budgetary Oversight, Brian Leddin TD will chair the Committee on Climate Action and Steven Matthews TD will chair the Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Speaking on her new role, Neasa Hourigan TD said: “Considering the huge economic challenges that face our nation due to the Covid crisis and Brexit, the work of the budgetary oversight committee has never been more needed. In the coming months and years, it is imperative that basic services and the needs of the most vulnerable in society are protected while supporting a redevelopment of business community, the arts and culture sector and our food industry.
“To do this we will need to ensure that every policy decision and budgetary measure is underpinned by robust poverty proofing, gender analysis and measures to enhance economic equality. It is a serious task and one that I am humbled to contribute to. I will work very hard to ensure that the Budgetary Oversight Committee places the wellbeing of everyone in Ireland at the forefront of its work.”
Brian Leddin TD said it was an honour to have been asked to chair such an important Dáil committee: “The government has a very strong “Green” agenda. Foremost is the publication of the Climate Bill, which will set Ireland on a trajectory to cutting carbon emissions by more than 50% in the next decade and will put in law carbon budgets and a target of net zero emissions by 2050. This is a huge challenge and will see major changes in transport, energy and agriculture in the coming years. The committee will play a crucial role in steering the country through these challenging times and will seek input from all parties and will frequently call on external expertise to advise it.”
Responding to his appointment, Deputy Steven Matthews said: “I was honoured to be selected to Chair the Housing, Planning and Local Government Committee. Housing in particular is such an important issue in Ireland and the challenge is to increase supply at levels that are affordable, provision of social needs, and addressing homelessness.
“I look forward to engaging with all stakeholders including various NGOs and housing bodies who work so hard in this area and supporting their work. The Programme for Government sets out clear commitments in relation to housing and I also look forward to engaging with Minister Darragh O’Brien and the Department officials to work together on this area.
“Planning and Local Government is intrinsically linked to housing issues, and my experience as a town councillor, on Wicklow County Council, and on various Planning Policy Committees over 13 years gives me a good understanding of the issues and challenges facing local councils.”
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