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Rabbitte, Pat

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Cleaning up the mess after Fianna Fáil.More Button

The Deputy's party built too much.More Button

Broadband Services Provision (Continued)

Deputy Harrington is absolutely right about the potential of broadband for economic dispersal and job creation in a region such as the one he represents, which I visited very recently for an engage...More Button

In terms of the architecture being put in place by the national broadband plan, I reiterate for the House that the timetabled plan targets will put in place 100 megabyte service for 50% of the po...More Button

The idea is that tiers 1 and 2 are to be implemented by the end of 2015. The intention in respect of tier 3 is to implement service by the end of the lifetime of this Government. The reason for ...More Button

Deputy Harrington unwittingly stated the target date was 2020 but that is the European digital agenda. Ours is more ambitious if we can deliver on it, as I believe we can. There has been some €...More Button

We have connected some 297 second level schools with 100 megabyte service, which transforms the educational environment. We are about to announce the next 200 second level schools in the second ...More Button

There are in contemplation a few other very innovative initiatives in respect of the area in which the Deputy is interested. I am not in a position to deal with those, but the House will have noti...More Button

I agree with everything the Deputy has said about the potential and the importance of this in terms of priority policy decision making at Government level. A few weeks ago, colleagues from my Depa...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, the total amount of capital funding his Department has allocated to Waterford for the years 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Total capital expenditure by my Department for the country as a whole was €123m in 2011 and is currently forecast at around €85m for 2012. This expenditure is not allocated at county level.More Button

The most significant component of my Departments capital expenditure is in respect of energy efficiency programmes administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. They have advised ...More Button

In addition, in 2011, the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), as part of the INFOMAR Programme funded by my Department, fully mapped Waterford Harbour and approaches. This work utilised two stat...More Button

Finally, the Deputy may wish to note that there were 31 electoral divisions in County Waterford covered by the National Broadband Scheme (NBS). The actual expenditure is not available as it is part...More Button

Telecommunications Services Provision

Was asked: if any of the moneys raised by the recent multi-band spectrum auction have been paid into the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The management of the radio spectrum is a statutory function of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) under the Communications Regulation Act, 2002 as amended.

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