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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 419-436
 Header Item Electric Vehicles
 Header Item Broadband Service Provision
 Header Item Charities Regulation
 Header Item Energy Policy
 Header Item Broadband Service Provision
 Header Item North-South Interconnector
 Header Item Broadband Service Provision
 Header Item Climate Change Policy
 Header Item Broadband Service Provision
 Header Item National Broadband Plan
 Header Item Ministerial Meetings
 Header Item National Broadband Plan Administration
 Header Item Official Engagements
 Header Item Ministerial Meetings
 Header Item Mining Industry
 Header Item Mining Industry

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 973 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 419-436

Electric Vehicles

 419. Deputy John Brassil Information on John Brassil Zoom on John Brassil asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the measures in place to rectify the outage of fast charging points for electric vehicles; the number of these charging points out of service; the timeframe in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41200/18]

 420. Deputy John Brassil Information on John Brassil Zoom on John Brassil asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if the issue with the fast charging point for EV vehicles in Killarney, County Kerry will be resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41249/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten I propose to take Questions Nos. 419 and 420 together.

The majority of the existing network of publicly accessible charge points was rolled out by the ESB through its eCars programme. This network includes circa 80 fast chargers, mainly on national routes. A map showing the charge points, including the status and availability of the charge points, is available on the ESB's website at www.esb.ie/ecars.

The maintenance and repair of these charge points is an operational matter for the ESB. In relation to the out-of-service charge point in Killarney, the ESB has informed my Department that the manufacturer is due to come to Ireland in the coming weeks to visit the charge point. At this point it is expected that the issue will be resolved.

The provision of charging infrastructure is a necessity for the uptake of electric vehicles. In this regard I welcome the publication last month by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities of their approval of ESB Networks' proposal on the future operation and maintenance of the charging network.  This development ensures the continued operation and maintenance of the public charging network by the ESB and provides the certainty electric vehicle users need when purchasing an electric vehicle.

I understand that the ESB has commenced work to resolve the maintenance issues with the public charging network. This includes upgrades and, in the case of those with the highest reliability issues, replacement of public chargers. I am informed that it has replaced 15 standard chargers, constituting 30 charge points as well upgrading seven older fast chargers with newer chargers that can accommodate all three charging types that are in active use in Ireland. The ESB advises me that the uptime of the fleet of fast chargers is in excess of 98% which is very high by international standards.

I would also highlight the role of the Climate Action Fund. The first Call for Applications, which I launched in July, includes provision for supporting electric vehicle charging networks along with a range of other project types. The deadline for applications has now passed and I can confirm that almost 100 applications have been received. An assessment process of these applications is currently underway.

Broadband Service Provision

 421. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the date for the roll-out of high-speed broadband for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [40642/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten The premises referred to by the Deputy is in the LIGHT BLUE area on the High Speed Broadband Map, available on my Department's website, www.broadband.gov.ie. The LIGHT BLUE areas are where eir is in the process of deploying high speed broadband to 300,000 premises on a commercial basis.

  Under a Commitment Agreement signed with me in April 2017, eir is in the process of passing 300,000 predominantly rural homes with high speed broadband. Approximately 175,000 of the committed premises have been passed as of Q2 2018.

  More recent information received from eir on its overall fibre deployment indicates close to 200,000 premises have been passed throughout the country.

  Further information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at http://fibrerollout.ie/eircode-lookup/.

Charities Regulation

 422. Deputy Thomas Byrne Information on Thomas Byrne Zoom on Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the rules and guidelines for registered charity clothing bins and non-registered clothing bins in public areas. [40736/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten Clothes which have been donated for reuse fall outside the regulatory regime which controls the collection, sorting, storing or treatment of waste, regardless of whether the collection receptacle is owned by a charity or a non-charity.

  I have no role or remit in terms of regulating charities. However, one way to check if a clothing collection receptacle is for a genuine charity is to check whether that charity is registered. The following link provides a list of registered charities in Ireland: www.charitiesregulator.ie/en/information-for-the-public/search-the-charities-register.

  I understand that the placing of clothing receptacles in public areas may be subject to planning legislation, depending on the circumstances. However, you will be aware that, as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I have no role or remit in relation to planning policy or planning legislation.

Energy Policy

 423. Deputy Shane Cassells Information on Shane Cassells Zoom on Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the status of the geothermal energy development Bill; when it is likely to be advanced further; the reasons for the delay in advancing this Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40759/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne An initial draft scheme of the Geothermal Energy Development Bill was developed in 2010 with the aim of providing a legislative framework for the vesting, licensing and regulation of the development of geothermal energy. Work on developing the draft Bill has been postponed since then until other legislative priorities have been dealt with, including the drafting, publication and enactment of the Minerals Development Act 2017.  The focus of my Department’s work in this area is now on developing the necessary regulation to enable the commencement of the 2017 Act and on the transposition of the Environmental Impact Directive into Minerals Development legislation. 

Once these priorities have been achieved, the proposed geothermal regulatory framework will be reviewed to ensure its compatibility with the Minerals Development legislation and underlying energy policy in the context of the 2015 Energy White Paper.

At the same time, my Department has been involved in a number of other developments in the area of deep geothermal energy. The economic assessment that underpinned the development of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat examined a range of potential heating technologies, including deep geothermal.  The results of this assessment are published on my Department’s website.

My Department is also actively engaged in projects evaluating deep geothermal potential in Ireland through the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), and is part funding an EU initiative called GeoThermica in this area. GSI also recently hosted a workshop on developments and recent research in the area of deep geothermal which attracted over 50 attendees including participants from overseas.

In addition the GSI and Enterprise Ireland business cluster, Geoscience Ireland, is a partner with agencies from France, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Turkey in an EU project on the supply of geothermal expertise to international markets.  This project is being done under the EU COSME programme which is designed to enhance the competiveness of European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. 

 

Broadband Service Provision

 424. Deputy James Lawless Information on James Lawless Zoom on James Lawless asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the progress expected in 2018 in the upgrade of the broadband telecommunications infrastructure for homes along the R157 from Maynooth, County Kildare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40890/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten Premises along the R157 fall into the AMBER and BLUE categories on the High Speed Broadband Map, available at www.broadband.gov.ie. The specific premises referenced by eircode in the Deputy's question falls into the AMBER area on this Map. The BLUE areas represent those premises where commercial operators are already delivering or have plans to deliver high speed broadband.

The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP and are the subject of an ongoing procurement process. My Department received the Final Tender submission from the bidding consortium on 18 September 2018. This is a significant milestone as the NBP procurement process enters its final stage. 

For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing to strengthen.  These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities.  The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements with operators and clearing obstacles to developing infrastructure. The Department of Rural and Community Development maintain a list of Broadband Officers, a link to which is available on my Department's website at www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/topics/Broadband/national-broadband-plan/Pages/NBP-Information-Leaflets.aspx.

North-South Interconnector

 425. Deputy Brendan Smith Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten further to Parliamentary Question No. 511 of 2 October 2018, when Eirgrid was given sight of the final reports relating to the North-South interconnector; the reason this information was not disclosed previously; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [40967/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten Eirgrid is a commercial State company which holds the licence, from the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities, as transmission system operator (TSO) in Ireland, in accordance with EU and Irish law. CRU issued the licence to Eirgrid under S.14(1)(e) of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 on 20th June 2001. In this role as transmission system operator, EirGrid, as the national authority, is responsible for the operation, development and maintenance of Ireland’s electricity transmission system. Eirgrid’s role is to deliver connection, transmission, and market services to generators, suppliers and customers utilising the high voltage electricity system and to put in place the grid infrastructure to support the development of Ireland’s Economy. The International Expert Commission which conducted the technical study, that was published last week on the department’s website, met with a number of bodies, including the CRU and EirGrid, during the course of their work. In their capacities as the national regulator and the transmission system operator, the final reports relating to the North South Interconnector were provided to both bodies in May of this year after the reports were finalised in March and April, and in advance of the request to both organisations for reports on the implications for the electricity market in Ireland in the event of a hard "Brexit", including for the SEM, for timelines for the delivery of programmes such as DS3 and the NSIC and for continued secure cross-border electricity trading across interconnectors. It was only after this additional Brexit analysis was completed in September that I brought the two independent reports to Government prior to their publication last week..

Broadband Service Provision

 426. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan Information on Aindrias Moynihan Zoom on Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten when high-speed fibre broadband will be rolled out in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [41036/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten The premises referred to by the Deputy is in the AMBER area on the High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie.  The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP and are the subject of an ongoing procurement process.  The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the National Broadband Plan State intervention network is now at the final stage. Evaluation of the final tender submission is ongoing and will be allowed the time required.  On conclusion of the evaluation, my Department will make a recommendation to me on whether to appoint the bidder as preferred bidder and I will bring the matter to Government for decision.  

For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing to strengthen.  These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities.  The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements with operators and clearing obstacles to developing infrastructure. The Department of Rural and Community Development maintain a list of Broadband Officers, a link to which is available on my Department's website at www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/topics/Broadband/national-broadband-plan/Pages/NBP-Information-Leaflets.aspx.

Climate Change Policy

 427. Deputy John Curran Information on John Curran Zoom on John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if he has examined a recommendation (details supplied); his views on the recommendations; the steps he has taken to establish a climate change independent body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41080/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten The report of the Citizens’ Assembly was submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas in April of this year, and the Houses subsequently established the Joint Committee on Climate Action to further consider the recommendations and report by the end of January 2019.

  In the context of the consideration of each of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly it is now a matter for the Joint Committee to consider whether and how each recommendation might be taken up by Government.  In this context, the Committee is engaging with all relevant Government Departments on their respective policies in place and their position in response to the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations.

  As I have previously indicated, I was pleased to note that many of the recommendations adopted by the Citizens' Assembly are already being addressed through the implementation of National Development Plan, the National Mitigation Plan and the Energy White Paper.

  Addressing climate change and our targets to 2030 and beyond is one of the key policy priorities for this Government. Reflecting this priority, Ireland has established a very ambitious long-term decarbonisation objective through the National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development for 2050, and has already put in place robust governance arrangements to secure a strong co-ordinated approach to delivery of our ambition on climate action across all relevant Government Departments and Agencies.

  The National Mitigation Plan published in July 2017 is a whole-of-Government Plan, reflecting, in particular, the central roles of the Ministers responsible for the four key sectors with the most significant contribution to national emissions - Electricity Generation; the Built Environment; Transport; and Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use - and draws on the perspectives of a range of other Departments.

  I subsequently published Ireland’s first statutory National Adaptation Framework in January 2018. Under the Framework, seven Government Departments and Agencies, with responsibility for the twelve priority sectors identified in the Framework, are required to submit sectoral adaptation plans to Government for approval by 30 September 2019.

  Recognising the significant obligation which has been placed on the Local Authority sector to develop and implement its own climate action measures, I provided funding to establish and develop four Local Authority Climate Action Regional Offices. These offices will ensure links between sectors and provide expertise and capacity at local and regional level to contribute effectively to the national transition to a low carbon and climate resilient economy.

  Engagement between the wider public and central and local Government will be underpinned by a structured process of dialogue and engagement under the National Dialogue on Climate Action, with the first, very successful, regional dialogue event taking place last June in Athlone.

  The Climate Action High Level Steering Group, which I chair and which includes representation from all relevant Government Departments and Agencies, meets at least quarterly to drive progress by sectors and agencies on the implementation of both the National Mitigation Plan and National Adaptation Framework. This group, in turn, reports to the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Climate Action, chaired by An Taoiseach.

  Technical capacity for climate action policy development and implementation is provided through the Technical Research and Modelling Group (TRAM), which was established by Government Decision in 2015 and is chaired by my Department. TRAM is a high level cross-departmental technical group, with representation from relevant Government Departments and Agencies, supported by a number of academic institutions. TRAM reports to the Climate Action High Level Steering Group.

  The Climate Change Advisory Council, an independent body established under Section 8 of the 2015 Act, is mandated to provide advice and recommendations to me, to relevant sectoral Ministers and to the Government in relation to the development and implementation of the National Mitigation Plan and National Adaptation Framework. The Council is also tasked with advising on matters relating to the achievement of Ireland’s objective to transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable economy by 2050. Reports of the Advisory Council are available on its website at www.climatecouncil.ie   

  In accordance with the framework provided by the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Government must prepare and submit to the Oireachtas an Annual Transition Statement. In support of this written Statement I, as well as other relevant Ministers, provide an oral report to each House. This process ensures that responsible Ministers are directly accountable to the Oireachtas to ensure real progress is made in reducing emissions in their respective sectors. I expect to be in a position to lay the 2018 Annual Transition Statement before the Houses in the coming weeks.

  My Department is also working closely with other relevant Departments and Agencies on the preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plan through the structures described above. Preparation of this Plan has been in turn informed by work undertaken to prepare the Energy White Paper, the National Mitigation Plan, the National Adaptation Framework, and the National Development Plan.

  In conclusion, I am satisfied that robust institutional and oversight arrangements, accompanied by significant resources, have already been put in place in recent years and are designed to ensure that delivery of Ireland’s climate policy and integration of climate action is at the core of Government policy making.

Broadband Service Provision

 428. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the status of the roll-out of broadband to a village (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41154/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten In April 2017 I published an updated High Speed Broadband Map which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. This map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan.

  There are 289 premises in the townland of Monkstown, Co. Cork. Approximately 116 (40%) fall within the AMBER area and will be served under the State led Intervention. 173 (60%) of premises are in a BLUE area and are or will be served by commercial providers.

  The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the National Broadband Plan State intervention is now at the final stage. Evaluation of the final tender submission is ongoing and will be allowed the time required.  On conclusion of the evaluation, my Department will make a recommendation to me on whether to appoint the bidder as preferred bidder and I will bring the matter to Government for decision.   

  For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

  Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing to strengthen.  These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities.  The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements with operators and clearing obstacles to developing infrastructure. The Department of Rural and Community Development maintain a list of Broadband Officers, a link to which is available on my Department's website at https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/topics/Broadband/national-broadband-plan/Pages/NBP-Information-Leaflets.aspx.

National Broadband Plan

 429. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if he or officials in his Department met or corresponded with a company and or persons (details supplied) in the context of an aspect of the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [41189/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten Neither I nor officials from my Department have met or corresponded directly with the individuals named by the Deputy.    I understand that officials from my Department have corresponded and met with the Head of Operations of a company which I am informed is owned by the individuals named by the Deputy.

  I am informed that the meeting, which took place on 4 July 2017, was in the context of that company selling retail services on eir’s 300k rural fibre network, the deployment of which is subject to a Commitment Agreement I signed with eir.

Ministerial Meetings

 430. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the context to his meeting in New York with a person (details supplied); the number of officials that attended the meeting with him; the reason the meeting was convened; the venue of the meeting; the persons that arranged the meeting; if minutes were taken of the meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41198/18]

 436. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if a member of the NBP tender evaluation team in his Department accompanied him to a meeting with a person (details supplied) in New York in July 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41247/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten I propose to take Questions Nos. 430 and 436 together.   

  While visiting New York from 16 to 18 July 2018, to address the United Nations on Ireland’s progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the Irish delegation, including myself, was invited to attend a dinner hosted by the McCourt family.

  I attended this dinner accompanied by my Private Secretary, by an Official from the Sustainable Development Division of my Department (Principal Officer) and my two Special Advisers. No official from the National Broadband Plan Division was in attendance as this was not an arranged meeting to discuss the National Broadband Plan.

  The minutes of this meeting have been released by my Department under Freedom of Information and are available here: www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/about-us/compliance/freedom-of-information-(foi)/published-foi-requests/Pages/Disclosure-Log-2018.aspx.

National Broadband Plan Administration

 431. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if all expressions of interest in relation to the national broadband plan that did not submit a final bid in the tender process will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [41199/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten I understand that 87 expressions of interest were received on the etenders portal from entities interested in the competition. The closing date for expressions of interest was 31 March 2016.  In keeping with normal procurement practice it is not intended to publish details of those expressions of interest. Once a supplier expressed an interest, it could then access further documentation in relation to the procurement process. The fact that expressions of interest were made by entities interested in the project does not necessarily indicate that there was an intention to bid.  For example, expressions of interest were received from a number of law firms, along with research and marketing agencies.

Official Engagements

 432. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if he will provide a copy of his ministerial diary for the June, July, August and to month end September 2018 and a schedule of all meetings he has had during that time period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [41201/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten A copy of my diary for the period 1 June to 30 September is set out in the following table.

  Date
CLINIC 01/06/2018
CONNECT THE DOTS WORKSHOP 01/06/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF ASH PARK RECREATIONAL PARK 01/06/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 04/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 04/06/2018
PRE-CABINET 05/06/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 05/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 05/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 05/06/2018
Physio 05/06/2018
DINNER WITH MICHAEL BLOOMBERG 05/06/2018
ONLINE SAFETY ACTION PLAN BRIEF 06/06/2018
BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF ENERGY COUNCIL 06/06/2018
Physio 06/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 06/06/2018
MEETING ON GREENWAYS 06/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 06/06/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 06/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY 06/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 07/06/2018
VOTING TIME 07/06/2018
CLOONAKILLA NS OPENING 07/06/2018
CABINET COMMITTEE B 07/06/2018
CLINIC 07/06/2018
ANNE CRAUGHWELL 07/06/2018
CLINIC 08/06/2018
CPR TRAINING 09/06/2018
WEEK IN POLITICS 10/06/2018
FLIGHT LUXAIR - LG4884 10/06/2018
ENERGY COUNCIL 11/06/2018
EPP ENERGY MINISTERS MEETING 11/06/2018
FLIGHT LUXAIR - LG4883 11/06/2018
Physio 11/06/2018
PRE-CABINET 12/06/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 12/06/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 12/06/2018
DIARY 12/06/2018
RESS UPDATE 12/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 12/06/2018
PAUL LYNAM & ENERGY UK 12/06/2018
BRIEF RE: NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR 12/06/2018
MICROSOFT 12/06/2018
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE OPENHYDRO TIDAL TURBINE ASSEMBLY FACILITY 13/06/2018
Min MB 13/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 13/06/2018
FLIGHT DUBLIN - CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT 13/06/2018
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE OPENHYDRO TIDAL TURBINE ASSEMBLY FACILITY 14/06/2018
BILATERAL WITH CEO LAURENT SCHNEIDER MAUMOURY 14/06/2018
FLIGHT CHARLES DE GAULLE - DUBLIN 14/06/2018
CLINIC 15/06/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 18/06/2018
GUM LITTER TASKFORCE LAUNCH 18/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 18/06/2018
PHOTO CALL IN ADVANCE OF PROJECT IRELAND 2040 19/06/2018
PRE-CABINET 19/06/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 19/06/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 19/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 19/06/2018
ENERGY IRELAND 2018 19/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 19/06/2018
DIARY 19/06/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 19/06/2018
PROJECT IRELAND 2040 EVENT 20/06/2018
Physio 20/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 20/06/2018
BRIEFING IN ADVANCE OF NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE ACTION 20/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 20/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY 20/06/2018
ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL BRIEF 20/06/2018
MEETING WITH CPL FUELS 21/06/2018
NBP STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT 21/06/2018
JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER IN CHAMBER 21/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 21/06/2018
VOTING TIME 21/06/2018
DERMOT DIVILLY 21/06/2018
CABINET COMMITTEE C 21/06/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF STONEHAMS LAKE ANGLING PLATFORM 21/06/2018
CLINIC 21/06/2018
CLINIC 22/06/2018
LAUNCH OF REGIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - ANTI DUMPING INITIATIVE 22/06/2018
SCHOOL TOUR 22/06/2018
PILOT REGIONAL GATHERINGS UNDER THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE ACTION 23/06/2018
ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL 25/06/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 25/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 25/06/2018
PRE-CABINET 26/06/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 26/06/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 26/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 26/06/2018
TV LICENCE MEMO BRIEF 26/06/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 26/06/2018
TAOISEACH'S PQS 26/06/2018
BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF SPONSOR MEETING 26/06/2018
ENET/SSE SPONSOR MEETING 26/06/2018
Noel Grealish 26/06/2018
PMB 26/06/2018
LIVE IRELAND AM 27/06/2018
VIRGIN MEDIA PROJECT LIGHTNING EVENT 27/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 27/06/2018
Physio 27/06/2018
TOUR GROUP 27/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 27/06/2018
NATIONAL ECONOMIC DIALOGUE 27/06/2018
CONSTITUENCY 27/06/2018
TOUR GROUP - FCA 27/06/2018
NDRC 'A DECADE OF INVESTING' DINNER 27/06/2018
DIARY 28/06/2018
Physio 28/06/2018
RESS MEMO BRIEF 28/06/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 28/06/2018
VOTING TIME 28/06/2018
SEA FEST 28/06/2018
CLINIC 28/06/2018
CLINIC 29/06/2018
MEETING RE: ROSALIE UNIT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES 29/06/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 02/07/2018
LUNCH WITH RICHARD PINTO 02/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 02/07/2018
PRE-CABINET 03/07/2018
ENERGY EFFICIENCY BRIEF 03/07/2018
INCORPOREAL GOV MEETING 03/07/2018
DIARY 03/07/2018
COMMENCEMENT MATTER 03/07/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 03/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 03/07/2018
IEN DIRECTORS & ENVIRONMENTAL PILLAR 03/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 03/07/2018
MOTION RE. ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE ACTION; 03/07/2018
TID 03/07/2018
MEETING RE MAYO RENEWABLE POWER PLANT 03/07/2018
MOBILE PHONE AND BROADBAND TASKFORCE IMPLEMENTATION MEETING Q2 04/07/2018
Physio 04/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 04/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 04/07/2018
CLIMATE ACTION HIGH LEVEL STEERING GROUP 04/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY 04/07/2018
Physio 04/07/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 05/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 05/07/2018
VOTING TIME 05/07/2018
ROSALIE UNIT 05/07/2018
BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 05/07/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF LONDIS, CIRCLE K & SUPERMACS 05/07/2018
CLINIC 05/07/2018
ELPHIN GAA 3 YEAR PLAN LAUNCH 05/07/2018
DIGITAL SKILLS FOR SME'S 06/07/2018
CLINIC 06/07/2018
ST HILDA'S SERVICES ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION 06/07/2018
NATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION CEREMONY 08/07/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 09/07/2018
Job Announcement Event - Heather Humphreys 09/07/2018
WORKING LUNCH ON TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP 09/07/2018
PRE-BRIEF 09/07/2018
NBP BRIEF 09/07/2018
CABINET COMMITTEE A 09/07/2018
PUBLIC MEETING RE: ROSALIE CARE HOME 09/07/2018
PRE-CABINET 10/07/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 10/07/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 10/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 10/07/2018
IRISH HEART FOUNDATION 10/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 10/07/2018
IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND 10/07/2018
NOEL GREALISH 10/07/2018
MEMBERS RESTAURANT 10/07/2018
ACTION PLAN FOR ONLINE SAFETY LAUNCH 11/07/2018
COMMENCEMENT MATTER 11/07/2018
Physio 11/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 11/07/2018
DIARY 11/07/2018
LUNCH 11/07/2018
ARTS COUNCIL PHOTO CALL 11/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 11/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY 11/07/2018
Min MB 11/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY 11/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 11/07/2018
Physio 11/07/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 12/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 12/07/2018
VOTING TIME 12/07/2018
LUNCH 12/07/2018
BRIEF WITH SEAI RE: SOLAR MICRO-GEN SCHEME 12/07/2018
BRENDAN TUOHY 12/07/2018
DEPARTMENT BBQ 12/07/2018
CLINIC 12/07/2018
CLINIC 13/07/2018
UN HLPF 15/07/2018
FLIGHT DUBLIN - JFK 15/07/2018
Opening of the Ministerial Segment of the HLPF 2018 16/07/2018
Bilateral with Laos, Indonesian Lounge. 16/07/2018
First set of VNRs Ecuador, Lithuania, and Mali 16/07/2018
Meeting with Monique Barbut and announcement of Ireland’s contribution to Great Green Wall Project. 16/07/2018
Meeting with IE stakeholders (primarily NGOs) attending the HLPF 16/07/2018
Meeting with David McCourt 16/07/2018
bilateral with President of International Fund for Agriculture and Development (SECCO campaign-related). 17/07/2018
Ireland’s VNR, Ireland is one of 9 countries scheduled to deliver a VNR VITAL 17/07/2018
SDG Business Forum High-level Lunch - HEAD OF DELEGATION ONLY. 17/07/2018
Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Greece and Kiribati. 17/07/2018
‘Ireland’s Innovative Use of Data to Monitor the SDGs’ –Minister Naughten to give opening remarks. VITAL 18/07/2018
Meeting with Secretary-General’s Special Representative for International Migration (SRSG), Ms Louise Arbour 18/07/2018
Bilateral meeting with Bhutan 18/07/2018
Bilateral Kiribati 18/07/2018
Bilateral with United Arab Emirates 18/07/2018
Bilateral with Turkmenistan 18/07/2018
Bilateral with Minister from Singapore 18/07/2018
Bilateral with Minister from Greece 18/07/2018
Bilateral with Minister from Egypt. 18/07/2018
Meeting with the President of the International Fund for Agriculture and Development 18/07/2018
Meeting with the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States 18/07/2018
Meeting with the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification 18/07/2018
General debate 18/07/2018
Keynote speech to HLPF by UN Secretary General, Mr António Guterres. 18/07/2018
Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration and the draft report of HLPF 2018, and Conclusion of HLPF 2018 18/07/2018
MEETING WITH FACEBOOK RE DISPATCHES PROGRAMME 19/07/2018
FLIGHT NEW YORK - DUBLIN 19/07/2018
CLINIC 20/07/2018
RETIREMENT FUNCTION 20/07/2018
LAUNCH OF ENERGY IN AGRICULTURE 21/07/2018
LAUNCH OF LANESBORO PUBLIC WIFI 21/07/2018
AUGHRIM REMEMBERED EVENT 21/07/2018
2ND ANNUAL INTERCULTURAL EVENT 22/07/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 23/07/2018
MEETING RE: BUDGET 2019 PROPOSED TAXATION MEASURES 23/07/2018
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FB UPDATE 23/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 23/07/2018
BRIEF WITH MM 23/07/2018
MINISTERIAL ROSTER 24/07/2018
PRE-CABINET 24/07/2018
DIARY 24/07/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 24/07/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 24/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 24/07/2018
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT 24/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 24/07/2018
Physio 24/07/2018
KARL BOYLE 25/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 25/07/2018
LUNCH 25/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 25/07/2018
CONSTITUENCY 25/07/2018
ESTIMATES 2019 DISCUSSION 26/07/2018
NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION 26/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 26/07/2018
VOTING TIME 26/07/2018
LUNCH 26/07/2018
CLINIC 26/07/2018
CLINIC 27/07/2018
UPDATE ON NBP 27/07/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF SOMERS PARK 29/07/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 30/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 30/07/2018
PRE-CABINET 31/07/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 31/07/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 31/07/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 31/07/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 31/07/2018
JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS INC. 31/07/2018
MINISTERIAL ROSTER 01/08/2018
DIARY 01/08/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 01/08/2018
LUNCH 01/08/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 01/08/2018
CONSTITUENCY 01/08/2018
LUNCH 02/08/2018
CLINIC 02/08/2018
CLINIC 03/08/2018
Bank Holiday 06/08/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 06/08/2018
GREAT GREEN WALL LAUNCH EVENT 08/08/2018
HEATHER HUMPHREYS ANNOUNCEMENT 09/08/2018
CLINIC 09/08/2018
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF A BROADWAY CABARET ENCORE 09/08/2018
CLINIC 10/08/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 13/08/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 13/08/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 14/08/2018
CLINIC 16/08/2018
CLINIC 17/08/2018
LAUNCH OF VOLUME 1 OF THE HISTORY OF BALLINLOUGH 18/08/2018
NBP BRIEF 20/08/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 20/08/2018
ENERGY IN AGRICULTURE 21/08/2018
INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN O'SULLIVAN 21/08/2018
CLINIC 23/08/2018
CLINIC 24/08/2018
VITA HOUSE 25TH ANNIVERSARY 24/08/2018
Joint Venture-China. 25/08/2018
TRANSPORT TO DUBLIN CASTLE 25/08/2018
ADDRESS BY POPE FRANCIS 25/08/2018
POPE FRANCIS VISIT 26/08/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 27/08/2018
ROSALIE UNIT MEETING 29/08/2018
NBP UPDATE 30/08/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 30/08/2018
DIARY 30/08/2018
Minerals Exploration Drilling / Screening for EIA 30/08/2018
NSIC MEMO BRIEF 30/08/2018
AG LEGAL ADVICE UPDATE 30/08/2018
Physio 30/08/2018
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE 30/08/2018
CLINIC 30/08/2018
EAAE SEMINAR DINNER 30/08/2018
CLINIC 31/08/2018
Minister unavailable 31/08/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 03/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 03/09/2018
State dinner 03/09/2018
PRE-CABINET 04/09/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 04/09/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 04/09/2018
DAVID MCREDMOND 04/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 04/09/2018
JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING RE: AN POST 04/09/2018
MEETING WITH MINISTER ROSS AND ATHLONE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT 04/09/2018
BATTERY DIRECTIVE PHOTO CALL 04/09/2018
DIARY 05/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 05/09/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 05/09/2018
CONSTITUENCY 05/09/2018
Physio 05/09/2018
BORD NA MONA CEO & CHAIR 06/09/2018
DIARY 06/09/2018
NBP PROMOTIONAL VIDEO 06/09/2018
LAUNCH OF ROSCOMMON VOLUNTEER AWARDS 2018 06/09/2018
CLINIC 06/09/2018
CLINIC 07/09/2018
WILLIAMSTOWN HERITAGE WEEKEND 09/09/2018
SAN FRANCISCO 10/09/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 10/09/2018
FLIGHT EI 147 DUBLIN - SAN FRANCISCO 10/09/2018
World Affairs Council event on “Women's Role in Climate Justice” with Mary Robinson 10/09/2018
IDA Briefing over breakfast 11/09/2018
Meeting with Smart Wires, Inc. 11/09/2018
Meeting with Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) 11/09/2018
Meeting with Google 11/09/2018
Meeting with Facebook, Inc. 11/09/2018
OECD Event: Empowering Cities and Regions for Low Carbon and Inclusive Growth 12/09/2018
Meeting with Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister 12/09/2018
High-Level Talanoa on “A Rapid Transition to a Net-Zero Emissions Society” 12/09/2018
Powering Past Coal Alliance 12/09/2018
Bilateral with Mr. John Roome, World Bank 12/09/2018
GCAS Opening Reception 12/09/2018
Opening Plenary & Opening of the Call to Action 13/09/2018
High-Level Lunch 13/09/2018
Minster to deliver key note address at the high level panel on: “The Investor Agenda: Accelerating Action for a Low-Carbon World” 13/09/2018
US Climate Alliance Event: “Raising Global Ambition through National and Local Cooperation - A Dialogue with the U.S. Climate Alliance Governors, Ministers and World Leaders” 13/09/2018
Salesforce Meeting 13/09/2018
VIP reception at the Global Climate Action Summit for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) leaders 13/09/2018
VIP Reception & Dinner 13/09/2018
FLIGHT EI 146 SAN FRANCISCO - DUBLIN 14/09/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF SARSFIELD GAA GROUNDS 16/09/2018
Frenchpark Fun Run 16/09/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 17/09/2018
ORAL PQ BRIEFING 17/09/2018
NBP UPDATE 17/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 17/09/2018
CLIMATE ACTION MEMO BRIEF 17/09/2018
BILATERAL WITH TAOISEACH 17/09/2018
MEETING WITH TAOISEACH RE: NBP 17/09/2018
PRE-CABINET 18/09/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 18/09/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 18/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 18/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 18/09/2018
ORAL PQS 18/09/2018
BRIAN KING 18/09/2018
PMB - SINN FEIN RE: FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE NETWORK 18/09/2018
DATA SUMMIT OPENING ADDRESS 19/09/2018
DUBLIN REGIONAL ENTERPRISE AWARDS 2018 19/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 19/09/2018
DIARY 19/09/2018
BRIEF GOV SENATORS 19/09/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 19/09/2018
COMMENCEMENT MATTER 19/09/2018
AUDIOLOGY MEETING WITH MINISTER HARRIS 19/09/2018
FIANNA FÁIL PMB - POST OFFICES 19/09/2018
Physio 19/09/2018
10th CITIZENS' ENERGY FORUM 20/09/2018
COMMISSIONER CANETE BILATERAL 20/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 20/09/2018
VOTING TIME 20/09/2018
CLINIC 20/09/2018
CLINIC 21/09/2018
REUSE MONTH LAUNCH 21/09/2018
BALLINASLOE CLINIC 24/09/2018
CHINESE AMBASSADOR 24/09/2018
AVANTCARD SITE VISIT 24/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 24/09/2018
INCORPOREAL GOVERNMENT MEETING 25/09/2018
PRE-CABINET 25/09/2018
BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF BUDGET 25/09/2018
NWCI PRE-BUDGET BRIEFING DAY 25/09/2018
DIARY 25/09/2018
WEEKLY DEBRIEF AFTER CABINET 25/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 25/09/2018
SECRETARY GENERAL 25/09/2018
PMB - NO CONFIDENCE MOTION 25/09/2018
PHOTO CALL WITH AN POST ELECTRIC VEHICLES 26/09/2018
LYME DISEASE RALLY 26/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 26/09/2018
A FAIR BUDGET 2019 - A CONVERSATION WITH OLDER PEOPLE 26/09/2018
IFA OIREACHTAS BRIEFING 26/09/2018
CONSTITUENCY BRIEF 26/09/2018
CCPC MEETING 26/09/2018
Physio 26/09/2018
BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF BUDGET 27/09/2018
GOVERNMENT MEETING 27/09/2018
LEADERS QUESTIONS 27/09/2018
VOTING TIME 27/09/2018
IRISH RURAL LINK RURAL SERVICES INFORMATION DAY 27/09/2018
Staff Retirement 27/09/2018
CLINIC 27/09/2018
CLINIC 28/09/2018
CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISORY COUNCIL 28/09/2018
BILATERAL WITH MINISTER DONOHOE 28/09/2018
YPO TOUR 28/09/2018
DIGITAL ASSIST PHOTOCALL 28/09/2018
SEAI PUBLIC LIGHTING VIDEO 28/09/2018
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF SOUTH ROSCOMMON SINGERS FESTIVAL 2018 28/09/2018
OFFICIAL OPENING OF BALLINASLOE FAIR AND FESTIVAL 2018 30/09/2018

Ministerial Meetings

 433. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the meetings he held with representatives of the remaining consortium for the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [41220/18]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten In my capacity as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment I regularly meet with a range of representatives from the telecommunications and other sectors. Details of my diary have been placed on the record of the House in response to Question No [41201/18] on today's Order Paper. .

Mining Industry

 434. Deputy Brendan Smith Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the assistance provided to date or planned to assist those affected by the recent subsidence in Magheracloone, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41244/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne Following the subsidence reported on September 24th in Magheracloone, County Monaghan, my officials have been liaising with the company and other relevant statutory authorities (Monaghan County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency) on an ongoing and regular basis and have continued to monitor the situation closely.

I understand that the family liaison office of Gyproc, the mine operator, has been in regular contact with the five affected families to provide support.  The priority is returning these families to their homes as quickly as possible, subject to the results of expert reports, and one of these families has already returned to their house on the 28th of September.  In the meantime, the company is continuing to provide the remaining affected families with alternative accommodation, transport and other needs to minimise disruption.

The company is also in contact with all local businesses in the affected area that are inconvenienced by the road closures while investigations into the incident are taking place.  They are continuing to work with Monaghan County Council to ensure the area in question is safe for road users in order to allow normal service to resume for businesses in these areas.

I understand that Gyproc are also fully committed to assisting Magheracloone GAA Club and Community Centre.  They remain in constant contact with the club and are committed to supporting them in securing new long-term facilities, as well as in sourcing short term facilities in the interim.

My officials will continue to provide assistance to Monaghan County Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency, until the matter has been fully resolved.

Mining Industry

 435. Deputy Brendan Smith Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the assistance provided to date to statutory agencies in dealing with the issues arising from the subsidence in Magheracloone, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41245/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne Following the subsidence reported on September 24th in Magheracloone, senior geologists from my Department’s Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) and I visited the site on Tuesday 25th September. Since then, EMD officials have been liaising with the company and other relevant Statutory Authorities (Monaghan County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency) on an ongoing and regular basis and have continued to monitor the situation closely.

  The Geological Survey of Ireland also responded to a request for information from Monaghan County Council and met with officials in Carrickmacross on Tuesday 25th September. Specifically GSI host historic maps and reports in the National Mine Records Database, and were able to offer advice and survey and drilling services if required. In addition, expertise and advice on Mine Engineering was provided via the Geoscience Ireland business cluster. 

  I confirm that my officials will continue to provide all necessary assistance to Monaghan County Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency, until the matter has been fully resolved.

Question No. 436 answered with Question No. 430.


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