Energy, Communications and Natural Resources all play a fundamental role in many parts of Irish life, from job creation to home life. Senator Daly has created and supported a number of bills that have been significant to this area.
BROADCASTING AMENDMENT BILL 2012
One of the most important parts of this portfolio since my reelection has been the creation of the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2012. As the Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I was delighted that the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2012 was announced this summer. The Bill aims to ensure value for money, greater protection for citizens, more sustainable financing for Public Service Broadcasting and proper recognition of local independent radio. Deputy Eamon O Cuiv stated “The Bill is based on Fianna Fáil’s solid and unwavering commitment to Public Service Broadcasting in this country and the need for greater sustainability in the sector. It will update the definition of Public Service Broadcasting in Ireland and bring new creativity to how public funds are spent on broadcasting.” I fully support this Bill and believe that it signifies Fianna Fail’s recognition of the changes that are occurring in the media while also identifying the need to restore the public’s confidence in the broadcasting sector.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK (ESB) BILL 2013
Senator Mark Daly supports the Electronic Communications Network (ESB) Bill because it will increase competition in the broadband and electronic communications market and reduce costs to the consumer.
GAS REGULATION BILL 2013
Senator Mark Daly speaks about the issue of the sale of Bord Gáis to repay the national debt.
The issue of the sale of Bord Gáis to repay our debts is disturbing when one considers that, depending on who performs the valuation, the asset is worth between €800 million and €1 billion. As the Minister knows, these figures account for approximately four weeks of borrowing. It does not seem to be a wise move, particularly given the fact that Bord Gáis contributes more than €121 million to the taxpayer in dividends.