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 Header Item Household Charge Cost (Continued)
 Header Item Pyrite Panel Report Implementation

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 785 No. 1

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Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly This is a matter of national interest. Honest gardaí are being victimised because they have uncovered the systematic abuse of motoring charges and terminations to those of some very powerful and influential people in the State, including members of the Judiciary.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Deputy-----

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly Judge Devins has been named in the newspapers, as have sports figures and other officials, including gardaí.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I ask the Deputy to resume her seat.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly We have been denied the opportunity to raise this issue in other ways-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt No, I ask the Deputy to resume her seat.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly We are talking about the loss of millions to the State.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt This is Question Time and we are on Deputy Barry Cowen's question on the household charge.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly We have tried to raise the issue and gardaí are being undermined.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I ask the Deputy to resume her seat. I will call Deputies Stanley, Joan Collins and Luke 'Ming' Flanagan.

Deputy Brian Stanley: Information on Brian Stanley Zoom on Brian Stanley Deputy Cowen did not ask the Minister of State how much the figure will be next year. Will people be charged the household charge until 1 July?

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen That is what I asked.

Deputy Brian Stanley: Information on Brian Stanley Zoom on Brian Stanley We have not received an answer to that and I do not know why because it is not a budgetary matter.

How will local authorities budget for this when there is such uncertainty? How will local authorities fill the gaps? I suggest to the Minister of State to merge the post of directors of services and senior executive officers in local authorities. It is a ridiculous situation that local authority sections have senior executive officers and directors of services. There are some 230 of them across the State and the positions could be abolished or merged as well as cutting the pay of county managers. Some county managers receive salaries equal to or greater than that of the President of France. Will the Government consider it next year? The figure must be reduced.

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins I also want to raise the national issue of corruption in respect of penalty points.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Please, Deputy, no.

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins It is outrageous. We have been trying to get the issue on the agenda and I submitted it as a topical issue.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt We are on a question about the household charge.

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins There are fixed-term notices and judges are giving down charges-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy can talk to the Ceann Comhairle-----

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins -----to people with penalty points and Mary Devins is named in this. It is outrageous.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I call Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan on the household charge.

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan: Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan I would also like to raise the issue of corruption when it comes to removing penalty points from people's licences.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Deputy, no-----

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan: Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan This country should protect whistleblowers but it has never done so.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt This is an orchestrated campaign.

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan: Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan This is one of the reasons we are in the hole we are in.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I ask the Deputy to resume his seat.

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan: Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan We need to protect whistleblowers, not punish them. We are being denied the right to talk about corruption. What is new? Nothing.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt This is Question Time.

Pyrite Panel Report Implementation

 61. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Phil Hogan Zoom on Phil Hogan when the recommendations of the recent report of the pyrite panel will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [54207/12]

 62. Deputy Alan Farrell Information on Alan Farrell Zoom on Alan Farrell asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Phil Hogan Zoom on Phil Hogan the response he has received from industry stakeholders regarding the repair of homes affected by pyrite; the contact that has been made with all stakeholders named by him for those who have not engaged with his Department to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54229/12]

 84. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Phil Hogan Zoom on Phil Hogan if he will provide an update on restoration work being carried on pyrite effected homes and the proposed levy.  [54248/12]

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd: Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd I propose to take Questions Nos. 61, 62 and 84 together.

The implementation of many of the recommendations in the pyrite report requires the involvement and co-operation of a number of parties, and implementation will be on a progressive basis. Given their particular impact on affected homeowners, priority is being given to the recommendations dealing with the establishment of a resolution board as well as the development of protocols for the testing and categorisation of dwellings and a remediation method statement, to which Deputy Ellis referred.

Following receipt of the pyrite report, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, engaged with representatives from the Construction Industry Federation, the Irish Concrete Federation, HomeBond, the Irish Insurance Federation and the Irish Banking Federation. Discussions with key stakeholders on possible funding for a remediation scheme are at an advanced stage and are expected to conclude shortly. The Minister will then be in a position to finalise arrangements for the establishment of the resolution board.

A sizeable number of dwellings have been, and continue to be, remediated under various remediation processes. In a number of instances responsible builders are directly undertaking remediation works. Remediation work is also being undertaken under structural defects insurance and other types of insurance and as a result of arbitration and mediation processes. Similarly, where pyrite has been identified in social housing schemes, the relevant housing authorities are pursuing a range of actions to have the necessary repairs carried out by the contractors in accordance with the terms of their contracts. In some cases the remediation work is now complete and in other cases it is progressing in accordance with the contract.


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