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Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

We have seen a large increase in the number of homes getting access to broadband under the NBP. There has been an increase from about 50% to 75%. There are a number of ways of dealing with this i...More Button

I thank the Deputy for raising the issue. Just a couple of months ago I allocated €10 million to ESB, which will be 50% of the cost of extending the electric vehicle charger network. The network ...More Button

There is a planning requirement to the effect that by 2025 all employers with more than 20 parking spaces will have to have an electric vehicle charging facility. There are also planning require...More Button

Waste Management

Was asked: if his Department had studied the work of an organisation (details supplied) by which the Scottish Government tries to accelerate the development of a circular economy; if the targets aimed for by ...More Button

A review of "A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland" will commence this year. This review process will take account of a number of initiatives, such as the European Circular Ec...More Button

In that context, officials from my Department are currently reviewing Circular Economy Action Plans published throughout the EU in preparation for development of our own Circular Economy Action P...More Button

While we can learn from existing plans in operation in other jurisdictions, it is accepted that any new policy design will need to take into consideration the context of Ireland's economy and wil...More Button

Was asked: if he has considered a different model of household waste collection.More Button

A review of "A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland" will be initiated in 2019. This review process will take account of a number of initiatives, such as the European Circular ...More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Was asked: the estimated time for connection under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for an area (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses exp...More Button

I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations fro...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection of a property (details supplied) under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and ...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses exp...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses exp...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80, 000 residential and businesses ex...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for the connection of a property (details supplied) to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential a...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expa...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expa...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expa...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expa...More Button

Was asked: the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the add...More Button

Was asked: the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additio...More Button

Was asked: the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additio...More Button

Was asked: the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additio...More Button

Was asked: the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additio...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 525 to 537, inclusive, together.

  I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructur...More Button

Was asked: if it is possible under EU law to ask a semi-State company, such as the ESB, to roll out broadband under the national broadband plan; if this would require a new procurement process; and if he will...More Button

Was asked: if it is possible under EU law to ask a semi-State company, such as the ESB, to roll out the national broadband plan; if this would require a new procurement process; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 544 and 546 together.More Button

The Attorney General has advised that there are significant legal risks in relation to both procurement law and state aid law, if the State was to mandate and fund directly outside a procurement ...More Button

Furthermore, engagement between officials of my Department and DG Competition, which is the Directorate General of the European Commission with responsibility for state aid matters, has clearly e...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 539 of 16 October 2018, the terms of reference for the report on just transition due in early 2019 as mentioned by an official at the Joint Committee on Climat...More Button

I am currently preparing an All of Government Climate Plan which will set out the actions which must be taken to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. I am working with colleagues ...More Button

It is proposed that the new plan will include a series of actions aimed at further developing our analytical understanding of the socio-economic and distributional impacts of the low-carbon trans...More Button

The publication of the Government's Future Jobs Ireland on 10 March also reflects the importance of a just transition for Ireland and sets out a series of complementary actions, including commiss...More Button

Questions Nos. 525 to 537, inclusive, answered with Question No. 523.More Button

Waste Disposal Charges

Was asked: the status of the provision of an annual support towards the cost of bin charges for homes in which a family member uses incontinence pads; when details of the scheme will be announced; and if he w...More Button

My Department is continuing the work of developing a mechanism to provide a support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the avera...More Button

Broadband Service Provision

Was asked: 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.More Button

The premises referred to by the Deputy is in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The...More Button

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.More Button

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 o...More Button

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of c...More Button

Was asked: if fibre broadband will be brought to Stamullen, County Meath.More Button

In April 2017 my Department published an updated version of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map. This is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. The map shows the areas targeted b...More Button

- The AMBER area represents the parts of the country where commercial operators have no plans to build high speed broadband networks. Premises in the AMBER area will be provided with high Speed B...More Button

- The BLUE area represents those areas where commercial providers are either currently delivering or have plans to deliver high speed broadband services.More Button

- The LIGHT BLUE area represents eir's commercial rural deployment plans to roll out high speed broadband to 300,000 premises as part of a Commitment Agreement signed with my Department in April ...More Button

There are 524 premises in Stamullen. 5% (28) fall within the AMBER area and will be served under the State led Intervention, while 95% (496) of premises are in a BLUE area and are, or will be, se...More Button

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.More Button

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 o...More Button

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of c...More Button

Was asked: the status of high-speed broadband in an area (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The premises referred to by the Deputy is in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The...More Button

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.More Button

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 o...More Button

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of c...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the roll-out of broadband under the national broadband plan in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every home, school and business in Ireland has access to high speed broadband. This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment ...More Button

Since December 2015, the number of premises with access to high speed broadband in Laois has increased by 1,934. Today in total, the number of premises in Laois with access to high speed broadban...More Button

The remaining 12,772 homes, schools and businesses in Laois will be connected under the National Broadband Plan. More Button

In April 2017 my Department 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 sp...More Button

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: his views on the role of hedgerows acting as a carbon sink here; the position with regard to a national inventory system to facilitate the reporting of carbon sequestration by hedgerows in the land...More Button

Was asked: the role of land use management, forestry, hedgerows and woodland patches in the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 542 together. More Button

Greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), as reported in Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory prepared by the Environmental Pr...More Button

Hedgerows are an important feature of the Irish pastoral landscape and can play a potential role in carbon sequestration. The latest estimates suggest that the hedgerow length in Ireland is over ...More Button

I am currently preparing an All of Government Climate Plan which will set out the actions which must be taken to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. I am working with colleague...More Button

Broadcasting Sector

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 435 of 5 March 2019, if he has raised with the European Commission the need to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on...More Button

In light of the recommendations in the Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action & Environment Report on Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting, the Working ...More Button

As I noted in the Dáil last week, EU state aid rules prohibit the setting up of the sort of fund envisaged by the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI). However, the Broadcasting (Amendment) ...More Button

The independent radio sector already benefits from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme which is funded from 7% of the net TV Licence fee receipts. The Scheme provided over €494,000 towards 77 differe...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Was asked: the reason provided by companies (details supplied) for withdrawing from the national broadband plan; if the prospective level of subsidy available was provided as a reason; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the reason provided to his Department by a company (details supplied) for withdrawing from the national broadband plan; if the prospective level of subsidy available was provided as a reason; and i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 545 and 547 together.

  I have been clear that the level of State subsidy for the National Broadband Plan State intervention will be determined ...More Button

Question No. 546 answered with Question No. 544.More Button

Question No. 547 answered with Question No. 545.More Button

Electric Vehicles

Was asked: if the perceived inadequate number of ESB electric car charge points nationally will be recognised and remedied, in particular in County Clare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: his plans to roll out electric vehicle charging stations in towns and villages across County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 549 and 554 together.

  Providing adequate charging infrastructure is critical to ensure the continued growth in the uptake of electric vehicle...More Button

Nuclear Waste

Was asked: his views on reports that the British Government was examining the construction of a geological disposal facility for the dumping of nuclear waste in the Mourne Mountains and at Slieve Gullion; and...More Button

Was asked: the correspondence he has had with the British Government outlining his views regarding the construction of a nuclear waste facility on the island of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 552 and 553 together.

  I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 563, 578 and 585 on February 12th 2019. The position is unchanged.More Button

Question No. 554 answered with Question No. 549.More Button

Waste Tyre Disposal

Was asked: his plans to fund a scheme through an organisation (details supplied) for farmers to dispose of waste tyres correctly, similar to the scheme run in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

In 2017, my Department made funding of €1 million available to local authorities to deal with the clean-up of existing stockpiles of tyres across the country. This was done to support the introduct...More Button

In 2018, €700,000 was made available to remove waste tyres from farms. Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG), the national farm plastics recycling compliance scheme, undertook the work on behal...More Button

Further actions during 2019 to address waste agriculture tyres are being considered in the context of the development of the compliance scheme for tyres and waste tyres. More Button