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 Header Item Pyrite Panel Report Implementation (Continued)
 Header Item Water and Sewerage Schemes Status

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 785 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly] We need a systematic approach with all houses in the affected estates tested.

  On the other issue, the Government has had in its possession knowledge of the systematic writing off of motoring offences for almost a year and it has done nothing. To deny us the opportunity is unacceptable.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt This is totally out of order.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly We have to have some opportunity.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The naming of persons outside the House is specifically regulated by Standing Orders and rulings of the Chair. The general practice is that such persons should not be named or referred to in such a way as to make them identifiable, particularly where to do so would be an unreasonable invasion of privacy or where the reference could be in the nature of being a defamatory utterance under Standing Order 59.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly I know, but in the national interest-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I want no more debate on the issue.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly -----when tens of thousands of motoring offences-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt There are other ways that this can be raised.

Deputy Clare Daly: Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly -----are being written off-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I call the Minister of State.

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd: Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd I am only quoting from the report and if the Deputy has information about other quarries, I would be very happy to receive that. The report refers to five. If there are six or seven, that is fine. Regardless of the number, we want them all sorted out.

The report outlines what amber represents and notes that the identification of pyrite in an estate does not necessarily mean that all dwellings in the estate are affected. The report states that because different contractors and suppliers are used for the hard core, it does not necessarily mean that all the houses will have pyrite. Any of them that do will be dealt with. Any of them that do not and are amber estates will need to be monitored properly to the satisfaction of everybody concerned, especially the people living in them. The Minister, Deputy Hogan, will reach agreement with these people on this matter.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt As Deputy Farrell tabled the question, I call him briefly for a supplementary question.

Deputy Alan Farrell: Information on Alan Farrell Zoom on Alan Farrell On the reactive pyrite issue that the Minister of State just mentioned, the properties in that category will be virtually unsaleable. The clarity for those home owners of providing a standardised testing regime through the pyrite resolution board will be a necessary step in the resolution process. I know the Minister of State is aware of that and I wanted to put it on the record of the House.

On the voluntary compliance with the arrangement the Department and Minister are trying to agree, while I might be unpopular in saying so, I would rather some more time being taken to come to a final resolution on the issue rather than going down the legislative route, which would clearly take months if not years.

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd: Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd I concur with the Deputy. If we can sort it out without legislation, all the better. However, it must be sorted out independently and properly, particularly for the unfortunate home owners who must live with the issue.

Water and Sewerage Schemes Status

 63. Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Phil Hogan Zoom on Phil Hogan when the Environmental Protection Agency is due to publish its national inspection plan under the wastewater services Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [54194/12]

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd: Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides that the Environmental Protection Agency will make the national inspection plan for domestic wastewater treatment systems. A public consultation on a draft plan was publicised by the agency on 11 October, and submissions received are being reviewed. A training course for the water services authority personnel who will be appointed to carry out inspections is also being finalised and this is being overseen by the water services training group. I understand the plan and the training course will be finalised shortly.

The training course for inspectors will be extended to suitably qualified local authority staff in early 2013. This will be followed by the commencement of inspections, which will be based on the national inspection plan. Prior to inspections commencing, an extensive information campaign to advise householders of how to comply with the legal requirements regarding operation and maintenance of on-site wastewater treatment systems will be undertaken.

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen Does the Government plan to fund rectification works for those who may fail the testing the Minister of State mentioned? As taxpayers - God knows how much they will be paying after tomorrow - do they not have the same right to water and sewerage services as somebody living in the middle of a town? They deserve the same level of facilities and services from the State. To that end the Government has responsibility to have in place means and mechanisms for those who through no fault of their own may find themselves at the wrong end of this inspection.


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