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Cowen, Barry

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Services Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide a county breakdown of the number of local authority staff engaged in water services; the future plans for those staff under Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The Minister is right in saying that the PricewaterhouseCoopers report produced prior to the setting up of Irish Water identified more than 4,000 jobs in the area. It also suggested that there wou...More Button

In respect of the service level agreements being sought under the stewardship of Mr. Foley, what progress has been made? Can the Minister confirm that those agreements will only bring us to 2017...More Button

I welcome the Minister's commitment to having public representatives on the board of Irish Water. However, I again ask him to seek to have similar representation at the table for consultation on s...More Button

Water Meters Installation (Continued)

As Deputy Joe Higgins said, we still do not know what the exact cost of metering will be. We still do not have a countrywide audit to further determine the cost of repairs to put the system right ...More Button

I did not dispute that.More Button

We are teasing out some answers, which I welcome. The Minister mentioned the creation of 1,600 jobs in installing meters; a couple of weeks ago he mentioned the creation of 400 jobs in the call ce...More Button

Despite the aspiration that 25% of the people taken on to install water meters will come from the live register, there is no certainty about this. It is time we were given some certainty and spe...More Button

Members on all sides of the House have asked that the Construction Contracts Bill be brought through the House and passed to ensure protection under contracts such as these. Will the Minister co...More Button

Local Government Reform Expenditure

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the estimated total amount of savings from the abolition of town councils; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

NAMA Social Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide a breakdown by county of the number of properties identified by the National Asset Management Agency for social housing provision; the number accepted as suitable by local author...More Button