Minister Gormley can we ban the Bulbs or Not? – Update
Update: Below is a press release from Solus, the light bulb crowd about their meeting with Minister Gormley yesterday. They are not complimentary;
It was revealed today during a meeting with the Minister that his department had not put any proposals together on what lamps would be included in the ban and how he proposes to implement it. Solus press release
The impression we are getting is that the Minister is getting increasingly bogged down with the nuance of having us ban incandescent bulbs fully by January 1 next year. It may well be that he is en-route to some accomodation on the timeline, though not on the principle. It certainly is not doing a great deal for the Green’s credibility at the moment.
This is really absolutely bonkers. John Gormley wants to ban conventional lightbulbs and replace them with the more energy efficient bulbs. Nice one, reduce carbon output and wasted heat/energy.
They contain mercury so disposal of them might be a bit messy. As will the breaking of the bulbs, as it poses a health risk.
And the bulbs do actually pose further health problems to people with light-sensitivities, a genuine concern if ever there was one for you are dealing with people’s homes, their private life and their comforts.
Then it turns out that the whole thing cannot happen as the EU will spike it. Things like this need to take time and operate with a consideration to the European single-market. As a result a decision like this requires dealing with serious red-tape.
Not to worry, John Gormley has gone directly to the top man, in this case the Commission vice-president, Günter Verheugen, and ensured that the EU Commission will back his proposals. Nothing like a bit of pull to sort out an issue, order restored.
Or is it, Joanna Tuffy will not let this one lie, she argues that he has merely gotten support “in principle” and permission has not been granted to circumvent the Technical Standards Directives.
The fact of the matter is that he is going to have to delay his proposed ban of incandescent light bulbs and have a proper consultation on his proposal with all stakeholders including the Irish domestic lightbulb manufacturing industry and the public.
This drip-drip over and back is a little farcical yet highly damaging to Minister Gormley if it is allowed to continue much further. The Minister may well be able to implement the move and retain leadership on the issue but it looks like Labour are getting a foothold here and labelling like ‘lights-out Gormley’ and ‘google Gormley’ are only serving to associate the Minister with an inability to operate on a straight-forward initiative and follow it through.
No one said government would be easy, I doubt he thought it would be this tricky though.