Category Archives: Environment

My Seanad speech on housing, 1 July 2014

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

My draft submission on the Registration of Architects in Ireland February 19th 2013

Draft Proposals –prior to submission to the Draft Report from the Joint Oireachtas sub-committee Report.

Senator Cáit Keane representing the FG group on the Working Sub-committee established by the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht to evaluate & make recommendations on the Registration & Training of Architects in Ireland.

I am making this draft recommendation on behalf of the Fine Gael Group prior to submission to Sub-committees.
It analyses how we might go about assisting the process of a reasonable and fair assessment procedure at a realistic cost to enable the two classes of professionally trained architects to be considered for registration and training. This is a finite group of professionally trained architects. The solution that has been applied to this throughout Europe is that of a time-limited or self –extinguishing registration process which assesses acquired rights. In all cases the assessors should be independent, accountable and suitably qualified in the tasks. I note we do not have an Independent body in Ireland, it is under the control of Architects the RIAI.

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Local Government Bill 2013 Second Stage Speech

Well we are here today to bring into being one of the most ‘radical’ changes we have seen in Local Government since the foundation of the State, The Minister has brought forward and set out a wide range of actions, to deliver reform across key areas of local government in order to address weaknesses, to enhance effectiveness and accountability, and to improve performance across the entire system. This Bill gives legislative effect to those proposals and I am privileged to be elected into this position (by Councillors) and given the opportunity to contribute to this important debate, on behalf of the people of Ireland for an enhanced Local Government.

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Keane Welcomes Five New Environmental Project Grants for Dublin South-West

Senator Cáit Keane has today (Wednesday) welcomed Minister Phil Hogan’s announcement concerning environmental grants awarded to five organisations in the Dublin South-West area. St. Maelruan’s NS Tallaght, Ballyroan Boys NS, St. Marks’ Environmental Garden Group and Mojo Menshed, both in Dublin 24, along with the South Dublin Partnership were the institutions which were chosen for the funding.
“This is  very positive for the various successful environmental projects in the locality and credit must be given to the various community groups, schools and organisation across the South Dublin area and indeed nationally.
“I also wish to highlight the tireless effort which was put in by the organisations all year around in keeping projects alive and helping to create a cleaner and greener environment for us all.