Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Joint Oireachtas Committee

Since 2016 I have been the Government spokesperson in the Seanad on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. I will lead debates on issues such as broadband, mobile networks, and postal distribution networks and energy policies.

You can find out more about the work of the Committee here.

 

13th June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke
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Facebook ads promoting website targeting Maria Walsh need to be investigated

Facebook ads promoting a website designed to target and discredit European Election candidate Maria Walsh on the grounds that she is an LGBTQI activist, need to be fully investigated, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Tim Lombard, who sits on the Oireachtas Communications Committee, was responding to sponsored posts from an individual promoting a website that targets the Midlands North West candidate. Fine Gael has contacted Facebook to request the ad be removed. Senator Lombard said: “Soci

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13th June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke
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58 public car charging points now operational in Cork

The transition to Electric vehicles (EVs) is being made easier thanks to a range of Government supports, a Fine Gael Senator has said. ​Cork Senator Tim Lombard said, “For a country of our size, we have one of the more comprehensive charge point networks currently in place across Europe. “The latest numbers for Cork show we have 58 standard charge points and 7 fast chargers. “The majority of the existing network of publicly accessible charge points was rolled out by the ESB through its

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New Law to Protect Children Online

A new law is set to protect our children online, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork South West Senator Tim Lombard said “My colleague the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D., has today (Monday the 4th of March) announced that he will introduce a new Online Safety Act to improve online safety and ensure that children can be protected online. “For the first time we will have a law setting a clear expectation for service providers to tak

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Lombard urges Cork businesses to apply for funding to save 30% on energy costs

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has urged Cork businesses to apply for funding to help them save 30% a year on energy costs. The Cork Senator said that applications to the SEAI Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) Scheme are now open. A fund of up to €6 million is available for projects delivering best practice in the design, construction and management of buildings for optimum energy efficiency. Senator Lombard said: “5 Cork businesses saved a combined €255,861 on energy costs than

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GHG Emissions Tax an ineffective solution

Cork Senator Tim Lombard has stated that specific agriculture emissions need to be addressed in Ireland in order to combat Climate Change. Senator Lombard said: “As a member of the Special Oireachtas Committee for Climate Action I have been involved in numerous discussions and briefings the past year which have examined carbon emissions in Ireland. “Agricultural emissions account for a disproportionately large portion of Ireland’s total emissions due to the fact that our agricultural secto

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Plan for electric vehicles needs to take rural Ireland into account

Planning needs to begin immediately for a National Grid of charge points for electric vehicles, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork Senator Tim Lombard, Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee On Climate Action, has been examining the feasibility of operating an electric car in rural Ireland. Senator Lombard said: “As we make the transition to electric vehicles it is abundantly clear that we need to put the appropriate infrastructure in place across the whole country as quickly as possible

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Electric vehicle charging network set for overhaul

Cork will greatly benefit from a multi-million euro pot to develop a state of the art electric vehicle charging network, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Tim Lombard, a candidate for the next General Election in the Cork South-West constituency, said such an initiative by the Government will encourage more drivers to use electric vehicles. As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s new Climate Action Fund was announced today (Wednesday). One of the seven projects to receive a s

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Let’s help drive change with electric vehicles

The new Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will consider ways in which the Government can further support the transition to electric vehicles, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Seanad spokesperson on Climate Action, Senator Lombard, said: “We all know the cost of running a car to our pockets with fuel, tax and insurance. But what is the cost to the environment? “Earlier this year, 96% of the members of the Citizen’s Assembly recommended that the State should immediately take steps to suppo

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Extended WIFI4EU scheme

Cork Senator Tim Lombard has confirmed the extension of the EU funded free public Wi-Fi scheme. The European Parliament announced the WIFI4EU scheme last year, whereby it would fund public Wi-Fi hotspots across EU towns and villages. The scheme proposed funding high speed internet connection in public areas, with one voucher for equipment and installation to be provided to each Local Authority. Senator Lombard said: “I welcomed the initiative in the Seanad earlier this year but also questi

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Smart lighting fund for SME’s can lead to 90% savings on lighting costs

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed that national applications are now open for €3 million Lighting Upgrade Grant Scheme. Senator Lombard said that funding has been increased this year following a successful pilot scheme in 2017, the scheme will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and applications are open until May 31st 2018. “The grant is open to small businesses across all sectors, including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, hea

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