“I welcome the new national post code system for Ireland, Eircode, and I am very pleased that the code D6W will be retained for the areas contained in Dublin 6W”, says Fine Gael Senator Cáit Keane.
“Two years ago I made representation through Seanad Éireann that the D6W code be retained and the announcement today that ‘W’ is going to be allowed only for the code ‘D6W’ is a great result. I also congratulate the many the people of D6W who also campaigned on this.
“In the summer of 2015 every address in Ireland will receive its unique Eircode. The Republic of Ireland will be one of the first countries in the world to have a database of unique address identifiers for all properties which will assist citizens, business and public bodies to locate every individual address in the country.
“Each Eircode is comprised of seven characters that are unique to each mailing address. The seven characters are divided into two parts – a routing Key and a unique identifier. It is great that Dublin 6W will get to keep its unique D6W code.”
I welcome the Minister to the House. As was said, we must wake up to the problem. The Minister has been, and has been shown to be, very courageous and wide awake. He went into the Department with his eyes wide open and his actions have demonstrated courage. He could never be accused of not being courageous. He has been a very courageous Minister who took a stand where necessary and on issues where other Governments failed.
Today we are talking about the climate change Bill. Before I became a Senator I looked at things from the outside and had great faith and hope that something would done about climate change, particularly as the Minister at the time was John Gormley. Perhaps he got an anaesthetic and slept during his watch. However, I commend and compliment the current Minister, Deputy Hogan, on his assurances.
I welcome the Minister of State. The Bill will enable Ireland to ratify the 2005 amendment. The previous speaker asked the Minister of State why it took so long; nine years is a long time. Ireland is one of only two EU countries yet to ratify it. However, in 2013 more than 60 countries had ratified the amendment and a total of 96 ratifications are required before it enters into force. I have also read that two thirds of the countries need to be signed up before it becomes effective. So although only two EU countries remain to ratify it, it needs another 36 before it enters into force. I ask the Minister of State to comment on that. Even though only two EU countries remain, will we be waiting for the other 34 non-EU countries before it comes into force in Europe? Continue reading
I welcome the Minister of State to the House. She is doing Trojan work in her Ministry trying to resolve a very serious set of circumstances. There has been much misleading and grossly inaccurate information on the HAP. I am delighted the Minister of State has clarified once again in the Seanad today what the payment means. Representatives of various agencies have appeared before the Oireachtas committee, of which I am a member. Those representing the homeless are closest to my heart and that of the Minister of State. Very many people who cannot afford escalating rents are ending up homeless. Landlords do not want to take tenants receiving the HAP. The Minister of State has done some service by ensuring it will be easier for landlords to take on tenants in receipt of the payment and that they will not be fearful of non-payment of rent when the legislation is introduced. Continue reading