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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 160-168
 Header Item Film Industry Development
 Header Item Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Application Numbers
 Header Item Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
 Header Item Postal Services
 Header Item Inland Fisheries Issues
 Header Item Alternative Energy Projects
 Header Item Broadband Services Provision

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 789 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 160-168

  Questions Nos. 160 and 161 answered with Question No. 157.

Film Industry Development

 162. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan the amount of money that was invested by the Irish Film Board in 2012 on film projects; the amount of this money that was returned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3379/13]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan Primary responsibility for the support and promotion of film-making in Ireland, in respect of both the indigenous sector and inward productions, is a matter for the Irish Film Board (IFB). This agency is funded through my Department and is independent in its day-to-day operations.

I am advised that the total investment in film projects for 2012 was €13,979,291. No monies were returned on these projects in the year as the majority of projects had not reached completion by year-end and had not reached the market to generate sales. The IFB would expect these projects to begin remunerating their investment within 12 months of completion.

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Application Numbers

 163. Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan if he will provide a breakdown on a bog basis, of those who applied for compensation for cessation of turf cutting; if he will supply figures for those who accepted compensation as an interim measure while awaiting a relocation bog; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3458/13]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan Details are set out in the table below, on a bog by bog basis, of the number of applications received by my Department under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme, as well as the number of applicants for compensation who have expressed an interest in relocation to non-designated bogs. A total of 2,142 payments and 194 deliveries of turf have been made to date in respect of the 2,586 applications for compensation received and acknowledged by my Department.

Site code
Name
Number of applications received
Number expressing an interest in relocation
000006
Killyconny Bog (Cloghbally)
45
8
000231
Barroughter Bog
63
23
000248
Cloonmoylan Bog
75
8
000285
Kilsallagh Bog
32
9
000296
Lisnageeragh Bog and Ballinstack Turlough
20
9
000297
Lough Corrib
85
8
000301
Lough Lurgeen Bog/ Glenamaddy Turlough
29
9
000326
Shankill West Bog
9
3
000382
Sheheree (Ardagh) Bog
1
0
000391
Ballynafagh Bog
56
28
000440
Lough Ree
17
3
000497
Flughany Bog
6
2
000566
All Saints Bog and Esker
107
57
000572
Clara Bog
4
3
000575
Ferbane Bog
5
1
000580
Mongan Bog
26
21
000581
Moyclare Bog
0
0
000582
Raheenmore Bog
2
0
000585
Sharavogue Bog
175
44
000592
Bellanagare Bog
3
0
000595
Callow Bog
27
5
000597
Carrowbehy/Caher Bog
1
0
000600
Cloonchambers Bog
7
0
000604
Derrinea Bog
2
0
000614
Cloonshanville Bog
25
3
000641
Ballyduff/Clonfinane Bog
1
0
000647
Kilcarren-Firville Bog
130
70
000679
Garriskil Bog
13
4
001242
Carrownagappul Bog
78
14
001818
Lough Forbes Complex
295
92
002110
Corliskea/Trien/Cloonfelliv Bog
91
18
002298
River Moy
71
9
002331
Mouds Bog
94
39
002332
Coolrain Bog
55
10
002333
Knockacoller Bog
26
5
002336
Carn Park Bog
60
33
002337
Crosswood Bog
69
32
002338
Drumalough Bog
19
1
002339
Ballynamona Bog and Corkip Lough
60
30
002340
Moneybeg and Clareisland Bogs
86
12
002341
Ardagullion Bog
40
11
002342
Mount Hevey Bog
67
39
002343
Tullaher Lough and Bog
194
27
002346
Brown Bog
6
0
002347
Camderry Bog
14
8
002348
Clooneen Bog
12
3
002349
Corbo Bog
68
29
002350
Curraghlehanagh Bog
46
19
002351
Moanveanlagh Bog
27
3
002352
Monivea Bog
45
6
002353
Redwood Bog
77
6
002354
Tullaghanrock Bog
1
0
002356
Ardgraigue Bog
19
2
   
2,586
766

The following revised table was received on 20 February 2013:



Site code
Name
Number of applications received
Number expressing an interest in relocation
000006
Killyconny Bog (Cloghbally)
45
8
000231
Barroughter Bog
63
23
000248
Cloonmoylan Bog
75
8
000285
Kilsallagh Bog
32
9
000296
Lisnageeragh Bog and Ballinstack Turlough
20
9
000297
Lough Corrib
85
8
000301
Lough Lurgeen Bog/ Glenamaddy Turlough
29
9
000326
Shankill West Bog
9
3
000382
Sheheree (Ardagh) Bog
1
0
000391
Ballynafagh Bog
56
28
000440
Lough Ree
295
92
000497
Flughany Bog
17
3
000566
All Saints Bog and Esker
6
2
000572
Clara Bog
107
57
000575
Ferbane Bog
4
3
000580
Mongan Bog
5
1
000581
Moyclare Bog
26
21
000582
Raheenmore Bog
0
0
000585
Sharavogue Bog
2
0
000592
Bellanagare Bog
175
44
000595
Callow Bog
91
18
000597
Carrowbehy/Caher Bog
3
0
000600
Cloonchambers Bog
27
5
000604
Derrinea Bog
1
0
000614
Cloonshanville Bog
7
0
000641
Ballyduff/Clonfinane Bog
2
0
000647
Kilcarren-Firville Bog
25
3
000679
Garriskil Bog
1
0
001242
Carrownagappul Bog
130
70
001818
Lough Forbes Complex
13
4
002110
Corliskea/Trien/Cloonfelliv Bog
78
14
002298
River Moy
71
9
002331
Mouds Bog
94
39
002332
Coolrain Bog
55
10
002333
Knockacoller Bog
26
5
002336
Carn Park Bog
60
33
002337
Crosswood Bog
69
32
002338
Drumalough Bog
19
1
002339
Ballynamona Bog and Corkip Lough
60
30
002340
Moneybeg and Clareisland Bogs
86
12
002341
Ardagullion Bog
40
11
002342
Mount Hevey Bog
67
39
002343
Tullaher Lough and Bog
194
27
002346
Brown Bog
6
0
002347
Camderry Bog
14
8
002348
Clooneen Bog
12
3
002349
Corbo Bog
68
29
002350
Curraghlehanagh Bog
46
19
002351
Moanveanlagh Bog
27
3
002352
Monivea Bog
45
6
002353
Redwood Bog
77
6
002354
Tullaghanrock Bog
1
0
002356
Ardgraigue Bog
19
2
   
2,586
766

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 164. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte his plans to engage in a publicity campaign to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in homes and places of work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3427/13]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte I am very conscious of the dangers posed by carbon monoxide gas to people in their homes and at their places of work.

That is why I launched the first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week on the 24th September 2012; a week which saw a sustained, multi-media publicity campaign to alert people to the dangers and give them advice as to what they should do to be safe. The issue was widely reported on television, on national and local radio and in both national and local press. This covered everything from personal testimony from bereaved family members to television demonstration of correct fitting of carbon monoxide alarms.

There have been similar media campaigns at the start of the heating season, to try to prevent the tragic loss. They have been organised by Bord Gáis, approved by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and reported to the CER’s Gas Safety Committee, in which my Department participates. While the focus is on the start of the heating season, when people start up boilers and appliances that may not have been used for some time, there are media messages throughout the year.

Publicity campaigns are only part of the work that the Government does to try to ensure people’s safety.

My colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has recently revised the Building Regulations so that it will become compulsory to fit approved carbon monoxide alarms to certain types of new building. A lot of work has been done on the relevant standards that apply to these alarms, both at national and at European level. The Gas Technical Standards Committee of the National Standards Authority of Ireland is currently working on guidance documentation to assist with proper installation of such alarms. They also issued a special standard to fill the gap until the relevant European Standard can be enhanced.

I also wish to acknowledge the great work done by the gas industry to raise safety standards. The gas industry has worked with the energy regulator to establish a register of approved gas installers. This has been a hugely important development in improving quality control in gas matters, including reducing the risk posed by carbon monoxide in gas installations.

This “joined-up” approach to matters relating to carbon monoxide can be well demonstrated by the specific campaign last year to warn the public about gas cookers which could be operated in an unsafe manner, creating a carbon monoxide risk. Industry, government, regulator, standards authority and the National Consumer Agency all acted together to identify and promote the risks and the solutions to consumers. As a result, very many potentially dangerous appliances were identified and associated risks were mitigated.

I assure the Deputy that I take this matter very seriously and that I intend to launch this year’s Carbon Monoxide Week after the summer.

Postal Services

 165. Deputy Olivia Mitchell Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte the position regarding the public procurement process for a post code provider; when it is envisaged the switch to post codes will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3153/13]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte It is Government policy to implement postcodes. The procurement process to select a postcode management licence holder to implement a National Postcode System began in 2011 with the publication of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire on www.etenders.gov.ie. That process is still ongoing, and it is expected to conclude in the first half of 2013.

  The final decision to proceed with implementation of a national postcode will be one for Government and will be based on appropriate financial, technical and operational considerations.

Inland Fisheries Issues

 166. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte the number of tags each angler will receive for the salmon season; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3164/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Fergus O'Dowd): Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd I have been informed by Inland fisheries Ireland (IFI) that in general an angler may receive a maximum of ten gill tags for the 2013 angling season for the harvesting of salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) subject to the following:

  An angler may receive three gill tags to the 11th   May where they have been issued with:

  - a salmon rod (annual) ordinary licence,

  - a juvenile licence, or

  - a district or 21-day ordinary licence

  A further 7 gill tags (issued in lots of either 3 or 4) may be allocated from the period 12th May to 30th   September, subject to a maximum of 10 gill tags in total. The latter allocation may be provided where anglers demonstrate that they have completed their logbook appropriately and used their initial gill tag allocation.

  An angler may receive one gill tag where a one day ordinary licence is issued up until the close of the season.

  Further controls on the issuing of gill tags will be implemented for certain rivers where it is considered necessary by IFI in the interest of conserving stocks to closely monitor the angling quotas and ensure that river based quotas are not exceeded.

  With specific reference to the River Feale, as requested by the Deputy, the surplus available for harvesting is 1,992 salmon so that number of tags is available. There are 51 commercial draft net licences and approximately 600 angling licences are sold in the River Feale catchment. The split of the quota between commercial salmon fishermen and recreational salmon anglers is yet to be determined. For information, the allocation of tags for 2012 and 2011 was set at 60% to commercial draft net licence holders, 30% to angling with a 10% reserve withheld and divided between the sectors as the season progressed. As in previous years a decision on the proportional split of the salmon quota will be made following consultation with the Fishery District Committee. A Fishery District Committee meeting will take place on foot of the draft net licence applications being approved by the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

  There is a further management proposal for the Feale fishery to introduce a bye-law for catch and release angling up to the 11th of May together with a daily bag limit of 1 fish per angler per day up to a maximum of 3 fish in total from 12th   May to the end of the season. Support was expressed locally for this conservation measure at a public meeting in the area in November 2012 to discuss this option for the 2013 season.

Alternative Energy Projects

 167. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte his plans regarding the establishment of wind farms to export energy to the UK; if he intends to engage in a bilateral agreement with the UK; if so, when he intends to sign a memorandum of understanding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3374/13]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte I intend to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the energy sector between Ireland and the United Kingdom with Secretary of State Davey in Dublin on the 24th of January. The Memorandum of Understanding will result in completion of consideration of how Irish renewable energy resources, onshore and offshore, might be developed to the mutual benefit of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Any such trading of renewable energy between the two States will seek to: achieve more cost efficient uses of resources; drive down deployment costs; be sustainable in the long term; and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Broadband Services Provision

 168. Deputy Seán Kyne Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte if NewERA has commenced or completed the assessment of State owned assets which is designated to identify and grasp opportunities to quicken and enhance the roll-out of high speed broadband. [3463/13]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte On 30th August 2012, I published ‘Delivering a Connected Society - A National Broadband Plan for Ireland’. The Plan sets the following high speed broadband targets:

  - 70Mbps -100Mbps available to at least 50% of the population with a majority having access to 100Mbps;

  - At least 40Mbps, and in many cases much faster speeds, to at least a further 20% of the population and potentially as much as 35%; and

  - A minimum of 30Mbps available to all.

  It is intended that the commercial sector will be the key driver of investment, with State intervention only where the market is unlikely to invest. In addition to investment in infrastructure, the National Broadband Plan contains actions relating to demand stimulation, infrastructure barrier removal, spectrum policy, potential contribution of State entities, as well as policy and regulation.

  NewEra has commenced work on the element of Plan dealing with the potential contribution of State entities and has met with the State commercial and non-commercial entities and with industry. NewEra is working closely with the relevant stakeholders to progress this work and is represented on the High Level Implementation Group for Plan which is chaired by my Department.


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