Government not leading by example with only 6 Departments providing e-car charging points – Brady
Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has criticised the Government for failing to lead by example when it comes to facilitating the use of electric cars at their own Department offices in Dublin and across the State.
Deputy Brady received a breakdown of the availability of e-car charging points at each Department office through Parliamentary reply.
Teachta Brady said:
“Despite a number of measures to encourage the purchase of electric cars, only six out of the fifteen Departments provide e-car charging points.
“Currently across all Department buildings both in Dublin and elsewhere across the State, there are eight e-car charging points. This includes Department offices for Health, Agriculture,, Children & Youth Affairs, Housing, Planning & Local Government, Communications, Climate Action & the Environment and Transport, Tourism and Sport. None of the remaining nine Department offices provide the facility.
“While the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment have introduced a range of incentives to promote electric cars such as the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant and the Electric Vehicle Purchase Grant, there is only one e-car charging point at their office.
“For a Government aiming to ensure that all new passenger cars are zero emission vehicles by 2030, they will need to do much more than throw money. We are talking about eight charging points across all Department offices where thousands of people are employed both in Dublin and across the State.
“We need to see the Government leading by example and the first step in this must be the provision of e-car charging points at all Department offices, at the very least.”