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Naughten, Denis

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Air Quality

Was asked: if his Department has commissioned continuous surveys of air pollution levels in Dublin and other cities to monitor the health effects of diesel fuel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ambient air quality monitoring in Ireland is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the 2008 Clean Air for Europe, CAFE, Directive (Directive 2008/50/EC) and the Fourth Daughter Directi...More Button

Waste Management

Was asked: his views on the recent call by a person (details supplied) for local authorities to take back control of waste management by replacing the system of multiple operators competing against each other...More Button

There are no proposals currently to alter the structure of the household waste market.  The policy document, A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy In Ireland (2012), commits to re...More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: the status of the geothermal energy development Bill; when it is likely to be advanced further; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Bodies Expenditure

Was asked: the costs associated with the rebranding of the Commission for Energy Regulation to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities including logo design, websites and so on; and if he will make a state...More Button

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities, CRU, is an independent regulator established under the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999.  The name change was provided for in the Energy Act 2016 to ...More Button

Post Office Closures

Was asked: if he has met with an organisation (details supplied) and An Post in view of media reports that some 400 rural post offices could be set to close.More Button

Was asked: if he has seen the reported An Post blueprint which sets out plans for post office closures; if he will request An Post to publish these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 513 and 514 together.More Button

As Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I am responsible for the postal sector including the governance of An Post.  Operational matters relating to the company’s retail b...More Button

An Post is carrying out a fundamental review of the company to identify the strategic changes and restructuring necessary to put the company on a sound financial footing.  In this context, An Pos...More Button

I have not seen the document referred to by the Deputy. I appreciate that there is concern regarding the potential closure of post offices and the potential number involved.  However, I am advis...More Button

I can confirm that I had a constructive meeting with the Irish Postmasters’ Union on 5 October 2017, and I was interested to hear its perspective on how to sustain the network for the future.More Button

Until such time as the strategic review is finalised and assessed, it is not possible to comment further.  The Government will be briefed once a definitive strategy has been agreed..More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out to all businesses and households in Glaslough, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catal...More Button

Was asked: when a property (details supplied) will receive high-speed broadband; the expected timeframe for the roll-out to begin; the timeframe for it to be completed; if his attention has been drawn to defi...More Button

The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catal...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband ...More Button

The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catal...More Button

Question No. 528 answered with Question No. 525.More Button

Mobile Telephony Services

Was asked: the number of investigations under way that fall under breaches of the Wireless and Telegraphy Acts that relate to poor mobile phone coverage and or poor or reduced broadband speeds; and if he will...More Button

I have no role or statutory function in the matter raised by the Deputy. The provision of mobile telecommunications services is subject to a requirement to secure a wireless telegraphy licence to ...More Button

Given that ComReg is statutorily independent in the performance of its functions, I have sent the Deputy’s query to ComReg and I have asked it to reply directly to the Deputy..More Button

Was asked: the outcome of discussions he has had with the telecommunications regulator and the telecommunications providers regarding the inadequate mobile telephone coverage in County Donegal; his plans to d...More Button

The provision of telecommunications services, including mobile phone services, is a matter for the service providers concerned which operate in a fully liberalised market regulated by the independe...More Button

Any customer across Ireland who experiences service difficulties, including those in County Donegal, should raise the matter with the service provider in the first instance. If this fails to res...More Button

However, notwithstanding the independence of ComReg, I recognise the frustration experienced across Ireland where telecommunications networks are not always delivering the services people expect....More Button

The Taskforce worked with Departments, local authorities, ComReg, State agencies, the telecoms industry and other key stakeholders to produce the report which contains 40 actions to alleviate som...More Button

This engagement was clearly demonstrated last Friday in Athlone, where myself and Minister Kyne jointly hosted the first National Stakeholder Forum.  This Forum arose out of a recognition by the ...More Button

In addition, following regulations which I signed last year, ComReg’s announcement earlier this year of the results of its auction for the 3.6GHz radio spectrum band, will mean an 86% increase in...More Button

The very significant commercial investment by mobile operators has resulted in improved services, with at least one operator now having in excess of 90% 4G population coverage..More Button

Renewable Energy Generation Targets

Was asked: the production of electricity by renewable energy sources in megawatts here; the level of megawatts required to meet the 40% target of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020; and if he w...More Button

The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive sets Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16% of our energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020. Ireland is committed to achieving this target...More Button

Better Energy Homes Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: his plans to alter the criteria for the better energy homes scheme to allow for homes that were built and habitable in 2006 and 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Better Energy Homes Programme, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI, on behalf of my Department, provides fixed grants for a range of energy efficiency measures inc...More Button

To be eligible for the scheme, a home must have been constructed before 2006. Dwellings constructed from 2006 onwards were subject to Building Regulations transposing the EU Energy Performance o...More Button

Fisheries Protection

Was asked: if he has secured the necessary funding to introduce a hardship fund for eel fishermen who have experienced severe hardship since the eel fishing ban was introduced. More Button

Broadband Service Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the frustration for many households in County Donegal that end up on the national broadband plan despite the fact that their home or premises is located across th...More Button

The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catal...More Button

Ministerial Functions

Was asked: the powers he has delegated to the Ministers of State in his Department; the date on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the situation in place pri...More Button

There is one Minister of State attached to my Department. I have delegated powers to Minister of State, Seán Kyne, T.D., under Statutory  Instrument No.34 of 2017, Communications, Climate Action a...More Button

National Broadband Plan Data

Was asked: the number of houses in County Donegal that have been connected to high-speed broadband by the end of July 2017; the number of households that will be connected by the end of 2018; his plans for co...More Button

The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location, where providers acting al...More Button

Post Office Network

Was asked: his views on reports in the media (details supplied) which report 400 post office closures throughout the country; his plans regarding same; if an assurance can be given to postmasters on this issu...More Button

Was asked: the outstanding recommendations of the post office network business development group; the estimated cost of implementing all recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 525 and 528 together.

  I refer to the reply to Question No 22 of 4 October and to the topical issues debate on post offices in the House on th...More Button

Lobbying Data

Was asked: the number of occasions on which he has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons he has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the ba...More Button

Under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, persons who fall within the scope of the Act who communicate with Designated Public Officials about relevant matters must register and submit returns of l...More Button

National Broadband Plan Administration

Was asked: the anticipated timeframe for the completion of the tender process for broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is engaged in an on-going procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for the State-led intervention under the National B...More Button

Last Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, "Detailed Solutions" were submitted to my Department by two bidders as part of that ongoing procurement process.  These bidders were Eircom Limited and the Grana...More Button

My Department's specialist NBP team, comprising a broad mix of expertise and experience including specialists in procurement, project management, engineering, commercial and financial analysts as...More Button

To improve both mobile and broadband services in rural Ireland in advance of the roll-out of the high-speed broadband network to be built in the State intervention area, I established a Taskforce...More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: if he or officials from his Department have met with or had representations made to them regarding energy policy and renewable energy by representatives of a company (details supplied); and the det...More Button

To date, neither I or my officials have had meetings or representations from the company named by the Deputy. My officials have occasionally met a representative of the company (who is also  a mem...More Button