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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Ministerial Travel

Was asked: if he will outline in tabular form the total cost to the Exchequer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Summit in Doha including accommodation, cost per person and number of...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 422 of 4 December 2012, if he will include Ministerial costs in the areas mentioned, as well as any other costs not listed including subsistence, visas, other ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 307 together. 

  My response to Parliamentary Question No. 422 of 4 December includes travel and accommodation costs for all members...More Button

Ministerial Remuneration

Was asked: if, following the decision to end the arrangements whereby Ministers and Ministers of State receive severance payments on stepping down from office, he will consider extending this arrangements to ...More Button

Severance payments, of a type provided for in the ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act 1938 (as amended), are not paid to any person who ceases to be an elected member of a local authority. More Button

Section 142 of the Local Government Act 2001 and Local Authority Members (Gratuity) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 281 of 2002) (as amended) provide for the payment of a once-off gratuity subject to ...More Button

The recently published Action Programme for Effective Local Government – Putting People First provides that the structures for, and levels of, all payments (including gratuities) will be reviewed...More Button

Job Initiatives

Was asked: his plans to establish territorial employment pact areas based on the NUTS 3 regions here, similar to that which was done in Austria in the late 1990s and early 2000s; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Territorial Employment Pacts (TEPs) originated in 1998 as an initiative of the EU aimed at developing local, participatory and coordinated actions targeting unemployment and new employment opportun...More Button

Pyrite Issues

Was asked: his views on a query regarding pyrite (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Discussions with the stakeholders are at an advanced stage and I expect them to conclude very shortly with outcomes arrived at on the basis of the pyrite report. I have already announced my intenti...More Button

Structural defects warranties/insurance schemes are provided by private companies and operate on the basis of a contractual arrangement between the relevant parties. It is normal for such schemes...More Button

Electoral Divisions Establishment

Was asked: if the terms and conditions of the constituency boundaries are set; when persons will be able to make a submission on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I established a Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee on 15 November 2012. The press release announcing the establishment of the Committee, including its terms of reference, is available on the ...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 121 of 27 September 2012 the progress made to date with the Department of Finance in relation to the establishment of an emergency fund for businesses in Clona...More Button

On 9 October 2012 I briefed the Government on matters relating to the Cork flooding of 29 June 2012. While my Department co-ordinates the response to several types of emergencies including flooding...More Button

The Government decided that the relevant Ministers would agree with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on a possible approach that would address the matter of compensation for uninsur...More Button

It is a matter for the Departments concerned to consider all relevant issues and make their position known in due course. More Button

Fire Service Issues

Was asked: the number of call outs in each of the fire stations in Waterford City and county in each of the past five years.More Button

Based on Fire Statistics returns from Waterford City and Waterford County Fire and Rescue Services , the number of call-outs, which include responses to fires, other service incidents - such as roa...More Button

Local Government Elections

Was asked: his plans to publish proposals on a directly elected mayor for Dublin; and the date on which he expects to publish same.More Button

The Government’s approach to the introduction of a directly elected mayor in Dublin is set out in the Action Programme for Effective Local Government- Putting People First. Part 5 of the document ...More Button

Mortgage to Rent Scheme Funding

Was asked: if it will be possible to amend the mortgage-to-rent rules to include persons who bought under affordable housing schemes in cases in which the county council is the mortgage lender; and if he will...More Button

Air Pollution

Was asked: the actions he will take following the revelations by the European Environmental Agency of the substantial cost of air pollution from a number of industrial facilities particularly ESB power plants...More Button

All power plants in Ireland are subject to the licensing, monitoring and enforcement requirements of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regime. The activities of companies opera...More Button

Waste Management Regulations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 25158/11, if he will provide an update on the possibility of a glass bottle deposit scheme, which he has said would be considered as part of a review of packag...More Button

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to drive a waste reduction programme as part of the overall policy in the area of sustainable waste management.

  A review of ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Rents

Was asked: if an assessment of staffing needs will be done in advance of the local authorities assuming responsibility for the housing assistance scheme; if such an assessment will be factored in advance of a...More Button

Was asked: when the transfer of long term rent supplements recipients and the payments associated therewith to local authorities and if the process of allowing rents to be deducted at source and paid over to ...More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: his plans for the development of shared services at local authority level; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The local authority sector has delivered expenditure savings of €830 million and staff reductions of 8,600 (a reduction of 23%) whole time equivalents since 2008. Shared services have been identifi...More Button

To drive the reform agenda, and in particular shared service initiatives, in the local government sector a dedicated Programme Management Office (PMO) has been established, which reports to a hig...More Button

Overall, thirty one operational areas are being examined for potential as a shared service or other collaborative approach that may provide efficiencies. Prioritised areas for consideration in th...More Button

The PMO has adopted a comprehensive methodology for the development and evaluation of projects including peer review of business cases. In relation to each area under consideration a standard pro...More Button

The process in respect of a joint approach to procurement is at a more advanced stage and Kerry County Council is now the lead in the Local Authority National Procurement Office. More Button

Outside the shared services programme local authorities continue to pursue delivery of efficient services on a shared and collaborative basis. In this regard, recent initiatives include Dublin Ci...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

My Department has not provided any such new services during the period in question. My Department is committed to the implementation of the action in the Public Service Reform Plan, agreed by Gove...More Button

Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: his plans to review the current processes adopted by local authorities to address the problems associated with incomplete housing estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Anti-Social Behaviour

Was asked: his plans to review the present measures to address anti social behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Septic Tank Registration Scheme

Was asked: if he will provide grant aid for the upgrade of septic tanks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to cater for the handling of domestic sewerage sludge from septic tanks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302 and 303 together. More Button

With reference to the issue of grant aid, I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 172 and 173 on 29 November 2012. The position is unchanged. More Button

The Water Services Acts 2007 and 2012 (Domestic Waste water Treatment Systems) Regulations 2012 , which I made on 26 June 2012 , set out the requirements for the desludging of domestic waste wate...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will outline the reasons behind the capital underspend in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is responsible for a wide range of programmes, including in the areas of housing, water services, environmental protection, local government services, and community and rural developm...More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: if Directive 85/337/EEC as amended, EIA Directive, has been fully transposed into Irish legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Was asked: if his Department is dealing with a funding application for South Dublin County Council to allow the authority purchase an apartment block on Cookstown Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if he will mak...More Button

Property Taxation Application

Was asked: if he will ensure that an estate (details supplied) in County Westmeath falls under the correct category 3 or 4 when considering estates to be exempt from the property tax. The estate came under c...More Button

Property Management Company Issues

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to any conflict between guidelines issued by his Department in 2006 Circular Letter PD 5/06 of 5 July 2006 regarding the establishment of management companies in mul...More Button

Local Government Structures

Was asked: the consideration he has given to the increased costs of additional council seats in the four Dublin local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will justify his proposal to increase the number of council seats in any of the four Dublin local authorities on grounds other than population ratio; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the increased costs of administering additional members of the four Dublin local authorities on the basis of the terms of reference issued to the Local Election Boundary Committe...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 311, 312 and 313 together.   

I announced the establishment of an independent Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee on 15 November 2012. ...More Button

Electoral Boundary Changes

Was asked: the date on which the electoral boundary changes proposed for the new Dáil constituencies will be enacted into law; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2012 was published on 5 October 2012. Debate on the Bill commenced in the Dáil on 20 November 2012. The constituencies specified in the Bill wo...More Button

  Question No. 315 answered with Question No. 298.More Button

Homelessness Strategy

Was asked: when his policy statement on homelessness will be published and if it will focus upon a housing led approach to deal with this important issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button