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.

 

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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Defence Forces and Civil Defence played vital role during Storm Emma

Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, is praising members of the Defence Forces and Civil Defence for the vital roles they played throughout the country in response to Storm Emma. Nationwide, over 1,332 members of the Defence Forces were deployed in response to over 300 separate requests for assistance by primary response agencies such as the HSE, An Garda Síochána, the ESB and local authorities. Defence Forces operations staff also liaised with their counterparts at National and Regiona

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Increased funding will help tackle illegal dumping in Cork

Over €40,000 has been allocated to 23 projects in Cork County to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping following work by Cork-based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard. Senator Lombard said: “Illegal dumping is a massive blight on our communities. It shows a complete lack of respect for other people and for the environment. “Fine Gael’s priority, with this recent funding increase, is to build on the progress we have made in protecting our natural environment to en

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6% increase in Cork employment opportunities

  Job creation in Cork is up by 6% in the last year – an increase of 1,372 jobs throughout the county. “This is excellent news for all of us here in Cork, and is consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy. “I am very pleased to see this strong level of job creation delivered by Government-backed companies; the employment boost from Enterprise Ireland backed companies shows the Regional Action Plans for Jobs is delivering for Cork. “Fine Gael’s priority

Lombard opens Constituency Office in Kinsale

  Yesterday morning (Monday) Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, opened his new constituency office in Kinsale. [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="251"] Senator Lombard welcomes the public to visit his new constituency office[/caption]   “I am very excited about this new venture. I feel it is very importan

Lombard declares for Cork South West

  Senator Tim Lombard has voiced his intention to declare for the Cork South West Fine Gael convention. Senator Lombard said: “The current precarious political situation has emphasised the need for clarity regarding Fine Gael candidates for the next general election, whether that will be this year, next year, or 2021. “I have previously indicated but am now declaring my intention to put my name forward to contest the Fine Gael convention for the Dáil Éireann in Cork South West.