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Rabbitte, Pat

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Taoiseach was not at the Labour Party meeting.More Button

I was wondering who took down our posters.More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Was asked: in respect of the October Exchequer returns, the reason the capital spending for his Department was €19 million below profile for this period; his plans to ensure that the full capital spending is ...More Button

Capital spending is below profile for the period in question due to a combination of timing issues and lower demand than anticipated in relation to certain schemes. My Department has made a number...More Button

Better Energy Homes Scheme Applications Refusal

Was asked: if he will detail the reasons for the refusal of payment of a better energy homes scheme grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork for the installation of solar heating panels ...More Button

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy Homes scheme under the Better Energy Programme. Better Energy Homes provides financial assistance to private homeow...More Button

Inland Fisheries Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 390, if it is the case that only six of the eighty five sites surveyed are located downstream of Carlow town and if this is the case the way it can be regarded...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the River Barrow on the list of rivers which are to be fitted with fish counters for escapement monitoring.More Button

Renewable Energy Generation Issues

Was asked: his views on delays in building out grid to facilitate the construction of wind farms; his views on whether it is necessary to extend the deadline for the REFIT 2 support scheme beyond 2015; and wh...More Button

Ireland has a challenging 2020 renewable energy target to meet and the bulk of the target is expected to be met in the electricity sector, given the challenges in transport and heating. Gate 3 and...More Button

REFIT 2 opened earlier this year and is for projects connected by end 2015. The Department had initially approached the European Commission with a request to keep the scheme open until 2020, howe...More Button

With the move to develop a target European electricity market as part of the EU third package, the SEM Committee have a consultation open on how the electricity market on this island will become ...More Button

Broadband Services Provision

Was asked: the position regarding the 3 network in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise that my Department’s officials have been engaged in ongoing contact with “3”, the National Broadband Scheme (“NBS”) service provider since it was made aware of recent service perfo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding access to broadband in respect of residents of an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since market liberalisation in 1999, broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators. The State only becomes involved in the provision of services in instan...More Button

Prior to the launch of the NBS my Department had a full national mapping exercise carried out to determine precisely where the gaps in service provision existed. As a result Camp was one of the ...More Button

The recently published National Broadband Plan (NBP) commits industry and the Government to rolling out high speed broadband throughout the country in the next few years. The plan contains speci...More Button

Pension Provisions

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions No. 482 of 14 September 2011, and 414 of 3 July 2012, if his Department has progressed this matter and the reason this person has not been contacted as stated in ...More Button

The Human Resources Division of my Department has been in contact with this person in an effort to locate a record of his service in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs. This information is req...More Button

Cross-Border Co-operation

Was asked: if he will outline projects which his Department cooperates with the Department of the Environment in the North. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Geological Survey of Ireland is a project partner in Tellus Border, a geo-environmental mapping project of six counties in the border region of Ireland. This c...More Button

Renewable Energy Incentives

Was asked: the specific initiatives there are for County Meath in the national renewable energy plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Renewable Energy Action Plan was a requirement under Directive 2009/28/EC and was compiled on the basis of a European Commission template. It sets out at a national level how our lega...More Button