It was confirmed to me today that the Government did not even bother applying for a multi-billion euro EU scheme to fund biomethane production despite Ireland being ideally suited to its production, our agricultural sector seeking help to produce it and our dire need to replace increasingly expensive and scarce imported gas.
I asked why Ireland is one of just two European states which failed to apply for a €36bn EU funding initiative, aimed at ensuring continuity of energy supply.
In the budget, the Government is introducing a levy on all concrete products, which will be passed on to those already struggling to build a home. The Government failed to recoup any of the cost of the mica redress from the quarry owners who caused the problem. It didn’t even try.
This government’s plan to have one million electric vehicles on our roads by 2030 is disconnected from today’s reality.