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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Public Sector Staff Recruitment

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

The moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public service was introduced in March 2009 in response to the financial crisis. My Department operates a delegated sanction from the Department o...More Button

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local ...More Button

My Department examines all staffing sanction requests on a case by case basis having due regard to the continued delivery of key services in the context of staffing and budgetary constraints. In ...More Button

My Department has no function in relation to the engagement of people by Local Authorities on unpaid work experience. More Button

Local Authority Funding

Was asked: when the recently announced funding will be with the relevant local authorities to allow for repair and reinstatement of infrastructure damaged by the storm and high tides in January; and if he wil...More Button

Following consideration of a report from me on the severe weather that affected Ireland in the period from mid-December 2013 to 6 January 2014, the Government decided on 11 February that a sum of u...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Funding

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the changes in eligibility requirements for the elderly and disabled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: the action he will take to assist those homeowners in residential housing estates with serious health and safety issues due to public lighting not operating, in particular where the estate has not ...More Button

Was asked: when an announcement will be made outlining the unfinished housing developments that have been successful under the special resolution fund for unfinished housing developments; the stage the applic...More Button

Architects Register

Was asked: the number of persons who have applied to be registered as architects under Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 since its introduction; the number that were accepted onto the register of archit...More Button

The Building Control Act 2007, provided , inter alia, for the protection of the use of certain professional titles, including the title of Architect, in order to protect consumers from unregistered...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Was asked: the funding sought by Galway County Council in 2014 for house extensions, new houses and house refurbishments; the number of new houses, house refurbishments and house extensions that funding has b...More Button

Was asked: when the current examination of proposals received from all local authorities for funding for construction of new housing developments will be completed; if there is a timeframe for shortlisting th...More Button

Was asked: in view of the need for additional social and affordable housing in Wicklow, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of ghost estates in County Wicklow together with the number of individual u...More Button

Was asked: if he will detail all the moneys collected from private residential housing developers in lieu of those developers not providing Part V social and affordable housing; the way that money was collect...More Button

Dormant Accounts Fund Administration

Was asked: the number of disbursements made from the dormant accounts fund since the abolition of the Dormant Account Board; the total disbursed in each instance under each of the following headings, educatio...More Button

Was asked: his plans to publish a dormant accounts disbursement plan, in succession to the now elapsed dormant accounts disbursement plan of 2009; the legal status of the dormant accounts fund in the absence ...More Button

Was asked: the interests, outside his own Department and the Civil Service generally, he intends to consult in the event that he sets about preparing a dormant accounts disbursement plan in succession to the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 640 to 642, inclusive, together.

  The Dormant Accounts Board was dissolved on 31 December 2012 and a new disbursement scheme was approved by Gov...More Button

Housing Assistance Payments Administration

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the roll out of the housing assistance payment scheme as announced in July 2013; the time frame for when this scheme will be rolled out; if he will provide any other...More Button

Was asked: if, in respect of the proposed housing assistance payment, an estimate of rental top-ups currently being paid has been factored into the calculations on the new payment arrangements that will be in...More Button

Was asked: if, in respect of the proposed housing assistance payment, he is concerned that the new system is being fully tested if it is only being rolled out in local authorities with low staff to population...More Button

Regeneration Projects Status

Was asked: the current plans for Ballymun town centre in view of the recent news that a store (details supplied) will be closing down.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the publicly owned serviced and rezoned land in Ballymun; and the future plans for this land. More Button

Was asked: if he has received the detailed project appraisal which his Department sought from Sligo Borough Council in March 2013 for the proposed refurbishment of the Gate House at Doorly Park, Sligo,to allo...More Button

Was asked: if it was a requirement to have a new road built through existing dwellings on Eugene Street, Dublin 8, as part of Dublin City Council's application for capital funding for the regeneration project...More Button

Voluntary Housing Sector

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 486 of 25 February 2014, when a decision is expected on the proposal by Cluid Housing Association to remediate and complete the units at the Emerald Housing pr...More Button

Irish Water Administration

Was asked: if a policy on social affordability measures for vulnerable customers of the new Water Authority have been developed; when they will be available for publication; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the water charge (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a person will be liable for water charges if their sole source of water is from a well located on their land; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the water affordability working group have completed their report; if he will make available the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 647, 649, 666 and 667 together.More Button

With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water can collect charges from its customers in rece...More Button

The approach to charging will be outlined by Irish Water in a water charges plan to be submitted by it to the CER in line with the provisions of the Act. The CER will be responsible for approvi...More Button

An inter-departmental working group has been established to advise the Government on the appropriate method for addressing affordability issues which may arise with the introduction of domestic w...More Button

The Government has committed to the provision of a free allowance, above which charging based on usage would apply. There is no question of people who do not use their free allowance being fined. More Button

The CER will announce its decision on the approved water charges plan in August 2014. In making its decision on the approval or otherwise of the first water charges plan, the CER will take into a...More Button

Waste Management

Was asked: if a person is in contravention of Part III Section 6(1)(c) of the Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste Regulations 2013 where there is no company offering such a service, as mandated under Part II S...More Button

In line with the objectives of the national waste policy, A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, in terms of maximising the resource potential and minimising the dispos...More Button

Was asked: his plans to address the situation as outlined in the recent Environmental Protection Agency report on urban waste water, which states that up to forty two urban areas have untreated or partially t...More Button

Was asked: the actions that will be taken by his Department in consultation with the newly established Irish Water to address the recommendations made by the Environmental Protection Agency in its report enti...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 691 and 711 together.

  In its report Focus on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Expenditure

Was asked: if he will arrange for the full guidelines to be issued to local authorities in respect of the housing aid for older people grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nuclear Safety

Was asked: if radiation from the Fukushima site has been detected here. More Button

While my Department has overall policy responsibility for nuclear safety issues, the monitoring of radioactive contamination in the environment is one of the functions assigned to the Radiological ...More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: the result of the tendering process for independent planning expertise in the setting up of inquiries into certain planning decisions (details supplied); if any contracts or appointments have been ...More Button

Was asked: if all local authorities are enforcing the stage 1 AA screening report request; the reason for the four week deadline; if there is an appeal mechanism in such cases; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: if live planning applications can be deferred or suspended when judicial reviews regarding such planning matters are underway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if quarries under section 261A of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended by the insertion of section 75 of the Planning Development (Amendment) Act 2010 and as further amended by the Eur...More Button

Was asked: if he will legislate so that all planning applications for wind farms, including those already submitted, can be put on hold until such time as the new guidelines are agreed and in place. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that planning permission was granted in 2009 for the construction of a new independently supported footbridge adjacent to Markievicz Bridge, Sligo; if it...More Button

I have not received an application from Sligo County Council in relation to the project referred to in the question.   More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce regulations to limit to a lifetime total number of three, the number of occasions on which planning permission by way of retention may be granted to an applicant, whether perso...More Button

Was asked: if he will support the introduction of a requirement that applicants for planning permission, whether personal or corporate be required to include with the application a statutory declaration of al...More Button

Was asked: if he will support the introduction of a requirement, applicable to all corporate applicants for planning permission, whereby an application for planning permission include a statutory declaration ...More Button

Was asked: if he will support the introduction of a regime whereby any application for planning permission be referred by the planning authority to An Bórd Pleanála where the applicant, whether person or corp...More Button

Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Exemptions

Was asked: if a married couple are exempt from the non principal private residence charge when they have separated and can show proof of living independently in the two separate properties which they own join...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 , as amended, provides the legislative basis for the Non Principal Private Residence Charge. The Charge operates on a self-assessment basis. The 2009 Act pl...More Button

Section 4 (4 ) of the 2009 Act provides that where a decree of divorce or a decree of judicial separation has been granted in respect of a marriage, a residential property in which a spouse retai...More Button

Was asked: if he will clarify an issue in relation to non-principal private residence charge where a person lived in their house for some years with their life partner who then remained resident in the house ...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, provides the legislative basis for the Non Principal Private Residence Charge. The NPPR Charge, which has since been discontinued, applied in t...More Button

Public Procurement Regulations

Was asked: the measures that are in place within his Department to ensure that at tendering and final procurement stages only notified biocides as set out under S.I. No., 625 of 2001, are purchased by his Dep...More Button

My Department does not acquire or purchase biocides as set out in S.I. 625 of 2001.

  The acquisition or purchase of biocides by agencies under the aegis of my Department is a da...More Button

Local Government Reform

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that county and city managers can bring forward draft by-laws without consulting the elected council, that county and city managers can proceed to advert...More Button

The making of bye-laws by a local authority is provided for in a number of enactments relating to specific matters. Section 199 of the Local Government Act 2001 provides general powers to the Counc...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: the number of external or internal policy reports currently that have been handed to him but not yet published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he will publish reports currently in his possession that have not been published to date; if he will outline in tabular form the reports involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 658 and 659 together.

  The information requested is set out in the following table in relation to reports commissioned by my Department since Ma...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No.139 of 12 March 2014, the reason he has not referred the question asked to the agencies under the aegis of his Department as is done by other Ministers in recei...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 139 of 12 March 2014. Reports/reviews/studies commissioned by the agencies under the aegis of my Department are a day-to-day operational matter for the bodies c...More Button

Building Regulations Compliance

Was asked: if he has raised concerns regarding the issuing of an evacuation notice and subsequent rescinding of that notice in respect of a building (details supplied) by Dublin City Council; if he will provi...More Button

Enforcement of the Building Regulations is a matter for the individual local Building Control Authorities. Neither I nor my Department has any role in relation to such enforcement matters and canno...More Button

My Department does of course liaise with local authorities in relation to significant building control issues that have arisen in various multi-unit developments across the country, including the...More Button

Was asked: his plans to establish a process to deal with unviable buildings similar to Priory Hall that must be evacuated due to health and safety issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Building Control Acts 1990 to 2007 set out a clear statutory framework for construction activity based on: clear legal standards as set out in the Building Regulations; detailed Technical Guida...More Button

Community Development Initiatives

Was asked: if a grant approved by Pobal (details supplied) can now be paid retrospectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In May 2007 this company submitted an application for funding for the installation of 3 phase electricity under the CLÁR Programme. The application was refused on 8 June 2007 as it did not meet the...More Button

Was asked: his plans regarding the aligning of community projects like Waterford Traveller Community Development Project; the number of social inclusion officers that will be available to Waterford City Counc...More Button

The vision and focus underpinning the enhanced alignment of local government and local development is to achieve a more joined-up approach to service delivery at local level. This will be underpinn...More Button

These Committees will bring together both statutory and not-statutory partners, including the community sector, to bring greater co-ordination to area-based activity in their respective areas. Ea...More Button

I am confident that the new committees, working with a wide range of local community groups, including also with local Traveller Interagency Groups, will bring a strong, strategic focus to the im...More Button

The social inclusion unit that currently operates in Waterford City Council will be part of the new unified city and county local authority when the merger is complete.  Waterford is one of 16 lo...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: if he will consider the points made in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In response to the scientific advice from the Inter - Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the European Council has concluded that greenhouse gas emission s from developed countries as a wh...More Button

Irish Water Establishment

Was asked: the date on which local authorities were notified that contracts regarding the delivery of water services infrastructure, which were not signed before 31 December 2013, could not proceed and would ...More Button

Legislation was enacted in December 2013 (The Water Services (No.2) Act 2013) which established Irish Water as the national water services authority from 1 January 2014. The Act provides for the tr...More Button

Section 14 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that the nister may, from time to time, designate the transfer of rights and liabilities from a water services authority to Irish Water....More Button

Steering Group meetings between my Department and each local authority were held on a quarterly basis during the lifetime of the Water Services Investment Programme. Over the past two years, sinc...More Button

Correspondence to this effect issued from Irish Water to the local authorities in December 2013 outlining the capital delivery process which would be applied by Irish Water when it took water ser...More Button

Irish Water is currently preparing a Capital Investment Plan for 2014 – 2016 that will provide for the transition of projects included in the 2010 – 2013 Water Services Investment Programme. The ...More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Was asked: if he will consider reducing the cost differential which arises when paying motor tax quarterly as compared to the cost of paying by a single annual payment; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Motor tax is payable on an annual, half-yearly or quarterly basis. The rates of duty applicable for half yearly and quarterly options are 55.5% and 28.25% of the annual charge respectively. This ad...More Button

The estimated annual income from the increased charges for half-yearly and quarterly vehicle licences is in the region of €50m. A loss in income from this source would have a negative impact on t...More Button

  Question No. 666 answered with Question No. 647.More Button

  Question No. 667 answered with Question No. 647.More Button

Was asked: the reason it is not possible to tax a vehicle such as a combine harvester or forage harvester for three months rather than a full year, as these machines have a very limited season. More Button

Motor tax legislation provides that owners of vehicles with an annual tax of €119 or less must pay that tax on an annual basis. The relatively low rate of tax applied to such vehicles , including ...More Button

  Question No. 702 answered with Question No. 677.More Button

  Question No. 703 answered with Question No. 690.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal was made to pay motor tax arrears for a vehicle which was off road as the owner did not have in their possession the log book to tax the veh...More Button

The issue of a vehicle registration certificate is a matter for the nister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and I have no function in the matter.   

  Motor tax is...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

Was asked: the consideration that has been given to particular areas in County Wicklow that were subject to recent storm damage; if he will provide in tabular form the allocation his Department have provided ...More Button

Following consideration of a report from me on the severe weather that affected Ireland in the period from mid-December 2013 to 6 January 2014, the Government decided on 11 February that a sum of u...More Button

European Parliament Elections

Was asked: the procedures in place by his Department where notification is received from another EU member state that an Irish citizen has registered his or her European Parliament vote in that member state; ...More Button

The European Parliament Elections Act 1997 gives effect to the detailed arrangements in place in Ireland for implementing the requirements of Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993. That Di...More Button

Pyrite Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 342 of 11 March 2014, in relation to the quarries which where identified as possible sources of hardcore, if he will make this information available to the pub...More Button

Was asked: if he will amend the pyrite resolution scheme and legislation regarding mediation scheme and legislation in view of the fact that evidence has emerged of pyritic heave being present in an estate in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 and 673 together.

  As stated in my reply to Question No . 342 of 11 March 2014, it would not be appropriate to publicly name quarries alle...More Button

Was asked: the mechanisms that are in place to ensure that the properties which have the most severe damage as a result of pyritic heave are remediated first, even though some of those properties may be singl...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received by the Pyrite Resolution Board; and when residents may expect to receive feedback on whether their application is being processed to the next stage.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 674 and 676 together.More Button

The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides that the Pyrite Resolution Board may group dwellings together for remediation works having regard to the need to secure the most beneficial, effective and ...More Button

I understand that the Board has received approximately 350 completed applications at this stage and these are currently being processed. While the Board is keen to ensure that there will be no un...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Funding

Was asked: if he will provide an annual breakdown, in tabular form, of the amount of money invested by the Government in water and sewerage infrastructure in County Donegal yearly since 2008.More Button

Investment in water services infrastructure in County Donegal provided under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013 is set out in t...More Button

  Question No. 676 answered with Question No. 674.More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the number of civil servants engaged in constituency work on behalf of the Minister of State with responsibility for housing in his Department; and the salaries, accommodation costs and expenses in...More Button

Was asked: the number of civil servants engaged in constituency work on his behalf; and the salaries, accommodation costs and expenses involved or associated with these duties.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 677 and 702 together.

  Staffing of my constituency office and that of my colleague, Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., Minister of State, is in accordan...More Button

Leader Programmes Funding

Was asked: in view of the 19.73% or €1.7 million cut in funding to Longford Leader in May 2013 and the high level of applications from high quality projects being shelved as a result of the cut, if he will lo...More Button

In December 2013 I announced an additional €4 million under the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP). Funding of €1 million was targeted at the Gaeltacht areas which su...More Button

The €3 million was apportioned using the relevant Local Development Company’s original percentage of the Programme. Accordingly, Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) was allocated an additiona...More Button

While the current programme is fully allocated, I anticipate the commencement of the LEADER element of the new 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme during 2015.More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the total funding provided to Philanthropy Ireland in 2013 and estimated in 2014, broken down by expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the name of companies that were hired by Philantrophy Ireland for public relations works in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of times his Department received requests by Philanthropy Ireland to meet in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the number of times his Department met with Philanthropy Ireland in those years; and if ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 679, 680 and 683 together.

Funding of approximately €1.9 million over a three-year period, beginning in 2012, is being allocated to Philanthropy Ireland (o...More Button

Water Services Provision

Was asked: if good advice-education and grant schemes will be provided to help families install water conserving features in their houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

From 1 January 2014 Irish Water assumed responsibility for the delivery of water services capital infrastructure, including water conservation measures. Irish Water is committed to installing 1.05 ...More Button

Environmental Regulations

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the introduction of a ban on smoky coal; the parts of the country that are not covered by such a ban; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel (or ‘smoky coal ban’ as it is commonly known) was first introduced in Dublin in 1990 in response to severe episodes of winter smog...More Button

Environmental Policy

Was asked: the way the smokeless fuel policy is policed by local authorities; the resources local authorities have to ensure such a scheme is policed; the number of persons that have received fines or warning...More Button

The regulatory provisions of the ban on the marketing, sale, distribution and use of bituminous fuel in specified ban areas are set out in the Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and...More Button

The Regulations also require that each local authority submits annual returns to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), detailing activities undertaken relating to the implementation and enfo...More Button

With regard to resource allocation for enforcement, it is a matter for each local authority to determine its own spending priorities in the context of the annual budgetary process, having regard ...More Button

Animal Breeding Regulations

Was asked: his plans to change the legislation on dog breeding so that it encompasses a more breed neutral system than the breed specific system currently in place; if he will provide further information on a...More Button

The primary legislation in relation to the control of dogs – the 1986 Control of Dogs Act - is already dog breed neutral , in that it requires all dog owners or persons in charge of a dog to keep t...More Button

Several jurisdictions have addressed the matter of restrictions of particular breeds of dogs in a similar way to Ireland. It is worth noting that England, Northern Ireland, France and New Zealand...More Button

Building Regulations Amendments

Was asked: if he will consider adding chartered architectural technologists to the list of registers identified under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 here; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: if the criteria for supervising engineers and architectural technologists will be widened under the Building Control Regulations (SI 9/2014) 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 690 and 703 together.More Button

New Building Control Regulations have come into effect on 1 March 2014 requiring, inter alia, that statutory certificates of compliance be given by construction professionals in respect of the de...More Button

The statutory certificates of compliance must be signed by a registered professional i.e. a person who is included on the statutory registers of architects or building surveyors maintained in acc...More Button

Depending on their personal circumstances, it may be open to persons who are members of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and who possess the requisite experience and ...More Button

There is no question of persons who are not included on the statutory registers being permitted to sign statutory certificates of compliance. More Button

Local Authority Staff

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 277 of 4 March 2014, if he will clarify the term "established practice" in this case; and if he will clarify whether a general operative can apply for a promot...More Button

In this case the established practice is the process by which a recruitment procedure is carried out by or on behalf of an employer, from the advertisement stage right through to the offer of a con...More Button

Local Authority Expenditure

Was asked: if money in a council's housing and building capital fund may be diverted and spent on other purposes including, for example, land acquisition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreshore Licence Applications

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Sligo County Council intends to carry out dredging at the channel to Sligo Harbour; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an application ...More Button

Land Issues

Was asked: if he will indicate, in relation to lands and property assets held by development companies for liquidation, and where developments are not completed to the planning permission, do the assets trans...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme Administration

Was asked: when a new scheme, which will be replacing the tenant purchase scheme be announced; if this scheme will take into consideration tenants whose sole income is social welfare and take into considerati...More Button

Wastewater Treatment

Was asked: the position regarding the works to provide Arklow, County Wicklow, with a wastewater treatment plant, and a full programme of work from now until completion, in view of the Environmental Protectio...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 388 of 11 February 2014 which sets out the position in this matter.   

  In addition, Irish Water has put in place specific ar...More Button

Regeneration Projects Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form the amount of funding his Department provided for each regeneration project in the State in 2012, 2013 and 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Was asked: when Irish Water will be assuming responsibility for the utilities ESB bills of group schemes that have been recently taken over by the local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Legislation was enacted in December 2013 (the Water Services (No.2) Act 2013) which established Irish Water as the national water services authority from 1 January 2014. The Act provides for the tr...More Button

My Department has asked Irish Water to put in place specific arrangements to address the queries which public representatives may have in relation to matters pertaining to the operation of water ...More Button

Water Meters

Was asked: the way in which water meters will be managed and operated in private estates, whose maintenance are under the direction of a management company and not a local authority; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The Programme for Government sets out a commitment to the introduction of water charges based on usage above a free allowance. The Government considers that charging based on usage is ...More Button

Was asked: when Irish Water will be taking over the remainder of the group water schemes in County Kerry; if they have finalised a system for metering these schemes; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides for the transfer of water services functions from the 34 water services authorities to Irish Water. Under the legislation, Irish Water now has the powe...More Button

Where local authorities had, at the request of Group Water Schemes, already taken them into charge before 31 December 2013, the schemes' networks now form part of the public water supply network ...More Button

Group Water Schemes that are supplied by way of a connection to the public water supply network will now become customers of Irish Water, having previously been customers of the relevant local au...More Button

My Department has asked Irish Water to put in place specific arrangements to address the queries which public representatives may have in relation to matters pertaining to the operation of water ...More Button

IBRC Bonds

Was asked: if information on the bonds held by all local authorities with the former Anglo Irish Bank, now the liquidated Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, has been collated; if information on the value of b...More Button

Fire Stations Provision

Was asked: when funding will be made available for the provision of a new fire station (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises,...More Button

Under the 2007 fire service capital programme a proposal by Offaly County Council to build a new fire station at Ferbane was received by my Department and approval in principle was granted to pro...More Button

Given the constraints on public finances further support from my Department's fire services capital programme to proceed with a new fire station at Ferbane will have regard to national priorities...More Button

Register of Electors Data

Was asked: the procedures in place controlling the sale of electoral registers for use for commercial purposes by third parties; if versions of the register which are out of date may be sold; if there are any...More Button

Under section 13A of the Electoral Act 1992 registration authorities are required to prepare and publish annually an edited version of the register of electors in addition to the full register. Un...More Button

The relevant provisions are aimed at ensuring that the full register is used solely for electoral or other statutory purposes, while permitting registration details to be used for commercial or o...More Button

Local Authority Members' Remuneration

Was asked: the protocol for outgoing town councillors to access their retirement gratuity payment; if it is the case that payments will not be available until former councillors reach 50 years of age; and if ...More Button

Retirement gratuity arrangements for elected local authority members are regulated by the Local Authority Members (Gratuity) Regulations 2002 , as amended by the Local Authority Members (Gratuity) ...More Button

Under these Regulations, a former member is entitled to a retirement gratuity of 4/20ths of the Representational Payment for each year of service, up to a maximum of 20 years' service. The gratu...More Button

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Was asked: when will the compulsory purchase order for the lands at the tailing pond at the Silvermines, County Tipperary commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Local Government Fund

Was asked: the amount of money that will be paid to local authorities from the Local Government Fund in 2014, with a breakdown of allocation to each of the local authorities. More Button

I assume that the Question refers to general purpose grants from the Local Government Fund. General purpose grants are a contribution from my Department towards meeting the cost to local authoriti...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme

Was asked: his plans to allow redress for homeowners who have already completed the overdue and necessary remedial works to their dwelling as a result of pyrite under the pyrite remediation scheme; and if he ...More Button

Was asked: the procedure to be followed by homeowners seeking redress, who have already completed necessary works on the home following the discovery of pyrite; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 721 and 722 together.

  The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework within which the pyrite remediation scheme must operate...More Button

Leader Programmes Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application to Mayo North East LEADER in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if it will be expedited due to the need to make investment on account of gr...More Button

In line with the 'bottom-up' approach to rural development, there are 35 Local Action Groups (LAGs) contracted, on my Department's behalf, to deliver the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Pr...More Button

Programme for Government Implementation

Was asked: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

The Programme for Government Office monitors the implementation of the commitments contained in the Programme for Government (PfG) across all Departments. The Office also ensures that all Departmen...More Button

Noise Pollution

Was asked: if he will introduce a scheme, similar to the pyrite scheme, which will afford redress to homeowners whose properties were inadequately insulated acoustically that is where the building regulations...More Button

The Building Regulations set out the legally enforceable minimum standards which a new building must achieve. Primary responsibility for compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulation...More Button

Enforcement of the Building Regulations is primarily the responsibility of the local building control authorities who have strong powers to serve enforcement notices for non-compliance or to inst...More Button

There are no proposals to introduce a scheme similar to the pyrite remediation scheme to fund remediation works where an owner or a builder/developer has failed to meet their statutory obligation...More Button

The pyrite remediation scheme is a very limited scheme applicable to a restricted group of homeowners. It is a scheme of “last resort” where homeowners can demonstrate to the Pyrite Resolution Boar...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding house alarms (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Section 107 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 provides local authorities with powers to require measures to be taken to prevent or limit noise from any premises, processes and works. ...More Button

Semi-State Bodies Remuneration

Was asked: the salaries, including pensions and any other bonus-related additions, including company cars of chief executive officers of commercial State bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he wi...More Button

Irish Water is the only commercial semi-state company under the aegis of my Department. The Managing Director of Irish Water was appointed by the Board of Bord Gáis Éireann, and his remuneration p...More Button