We get answers to legitimate questions asked here in Dáil Eireann on the impact of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill before we consider Report Stage in the Dáil tomorrow.
On the financial impacts alone, we are still without basic answers.
On 19th May I asked the Taoiseach to ensure that we have sight of the McKinsey report on the cost of decarbonisation up to 2050 before we pass this law.
Since then the Fiscal Advisory Council has highlighted the lack of detail on cost and challenges in achieving Ireland’s climate goals.
And on Thursday, the day after this Bill passes all stages in the Dáil, the Committee on Budgetary Oversight is just commencing hearings on the cost of Climate Change
We all accept that we need new legal tools to address our climate challenge, but we are rushing through this new law without having sight of the full costs or the parliamentary tools to hold Government to account.
Here is the Taoiseach’s reply: