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Bruton, Richard

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

The Deputy will know that the EPA is independent in its evaluation of such matters but I am sure that it will give due attention to the request by the CIF and I will get a reply for the Deputy.More Button

This is a free scheme, so everyone who applies can be considered. It has not used up its budget but nonetheless there is no doubt that there are pressures on the funding and it has to manage its r...More Button

We hope to produce the Bill shortly.More Button

Cork Mail Centre: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I move amendment No. 3:More Button

One of the elements that allowed that to happen on the scale that it has was a negotiation with its employees. As a result of that negotiation, restructuring has taken place in the context of how ...More Button

While I can understand both the concern locally and the reason the Deputies have raised this matter, An Post recognises that if it is to be a public service company it must take account of the ch...More Button

It is interesting that, contrary to what the Deputies have suggested, this is not a short-term commercial perspective An Post has taken. At the heart of its strategy are four key principles, inc...More Button

I acknowledge that which is happening is very disappointing but I also acknowledge An Post has been very careful to ensure that there are strong exit packages for workers who will be directly aff...More Button

This was a decision of the board. Under law, some of the things the Deputies are seeking to do, namely, to instruct An Post, is directly contrary to the laws we have established here. It is not...More Button

Deputy Barry raised the role of the McKinsey & Company report in this matter. I understand that it was involved in the restructuring programme from the beginning, dating back to when it was firs...More Button

It is important to recognise that An Post is making significant investments in the Cork area, specifically in respect of the future of its parcel delivery service. Deputies are right to indicate...More Button

I must congratulate the board of An Post, the workers and those involved in management for undertaking and executing a strategy that is bringing about results. We see the success of the two new ...More Button

I accept that this is a disappointing day. There is no way of glossing over that from the point of view of the workers concerned. An Post is doing this in order to ensure that it will be reposi...More Button

While I thank the Deputies for raising this matter, I cannot support the motion. As indicated, I have proposed a countermotion in amendment No. 3 on behalf of the Government.More Button

National Oil Reserves Agency Data

Was asked: the current rate of the National Oil Reserves Agency levy; and the annual revenue raised by the levy in each year since 2007, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: the sources of revenue that comprise the total revenue collected through the National Oil Reserve Agency levy; and the percentage paid by oil producers and normal consumers and so on in each year s...More Button

Was asked: if the National Oil Reserve Agency levy is an Exchequer revenue source; and, if so, if the reallocation of the levy to the climate action fund will have an impact on the Exchequer.More Button

Was asked: if the National Oil Reserve Agency levy is collected in a non-Exchequer fund; if so, the amount of revenue accumulated in the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 to 285, inclusive, together.

  The National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) is a non-commercial State body under the aegis of my Department with r...More Button

Sale of State Assets

Was asked: the amount received from the privatisation of Telecom Éireann including all subsidiaries in 1999; the costs incurred in the privatisation; the net proceeds from same; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

While files from the then Department of Public Enterprise for the period in question will have been archived, details regarding this matter were presented at a meeting of then Public Accounts Commi...More Button

In total, the Exchequer received IE£5 billion for the total sale of Telecom Éireann shares, and the costs of the flotation were IE£76.9 million (€97.64 million).More Button

State Bodies Data

Was asked: the amount the ESB group invested in the electricity distribution, transmission in networks upgrades, extensions, operations, and routine maintenance in the period 1999 to 2018; the amount it paid ...More Button

While day to day financial matters relating to the ESB Group, including the amounts invested in electricity distribution and transmission, networks upgrades, extensions, operations or routine maint...More Button

With regards to dividends paid, the ESB Group paid a dividend of some €35m for the financial year ended 31 December 2018, of which some €33.4 was paid to the Exchequer and the remainder to the Em...More Button

National Development Plan

Was asked: the intended spending on each renewable energy source of the €13.7 billion that is to be attracted from private sources as part of the National Development Plan.More Button

Project Ireland 2040 sets out investments to provide for population growth in a compact, connected and sustainable way. It will deliver important infrastructures and contribute to meeting our clima...More Button

Waste Management

Was asked: if he will report on the launch of a new labelling system for waste recycling; the reason the labels he introduced are being used only on a voluntary basis by producers and retailers; and if he wil...More Button

I launched a new labelling system, unique to Ireland, on 21 June 2019 to help make it easier for people to recycle. Proper segregation of waste is crucial. It minimises the amount of waste ending u...More Button

Major retailers have expressed interest in the new labelling system, and it is being rolled out free of charge to producers, manufacturers and retailers. More information about the labels and how...More Button

Subscription to the scheme has been kept as voluntary because the European Commission has warned of the risk of market fragmentation when Member States take measures in an uncoordinated manner, w...More Button

Construction Regulations

Was asked: if he has responded to requests by an organisation (details supplied) that crushed concrete should be reused as an aggregate on existing projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Article 28 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations, S.I. No. 126 of 2011, sets out the grounds by which a material which is recovered or recycled from waste, such as crushed concr...More Button

In June 2018, my Department established a Construction Waste Resource Group comprising key Construction and Demolition sector and Waste sector stakeholders, including policy, regulatory and indus...More Button

The issue of end-of-waste status for certain materials, including crushed concrete, has been discussed at each of the three meetings of this Resource Group, including the most recent meeting whic...More Button

Renewable Energy Generation Targets

Was asked: his views on a matter regarding the national broadband plan (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I recently launched the Climate Action Plan which includes a suite of actions to decarbonise the electricity sector and boost the quantity of renewable generation in order to meet our target of 70%...More Button

The RESS is now in the detailed design and implementation phase and my Department is progressing the RESS project across a number of key work streams including the EU State Aid approval process; ...More Button

As set out in the Climate Action Plan, it is my intention that corporate contracting of renewable energy sources (via Corporate Power Purchase Agreements or CPPAs) will provide 15% of the require...More Button

CPPAs have potential to provide a route to market for renewable project developers in the shorter term, boosting Ireland's renewable energy capacity in advance of the formal commencement of RESS....More Button

Renewable Energy Generation

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a gap of one year of renewable energy generation will potentially be lost if RESS is delayed further; the steps he is taking to ensure that there ar...More Button

I recently launched the Climate Action Plan which includes a suite of actions to decarbonise the electricity sector and boost the quantity of renewable generation in order to meet our target of 70%...More Button

As set out in the Climate Action Plan, it is my intention that corporate contracting of renewable energy sources (via Corporate Power Purchase Agreements or CPPAs) will provide 15% of the require...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: the projected rate of return on climate action fund investment projects both individually and an average; and if the investments made in seven relevant projects are intended to be long-term or shor...More Button

Was asked: if the €300 million in private financing leveraged by investments from the climate action fund includes the €77 million invested by the fund.More Button

Was asked: the projected resources in the climate action fund in each year out to 2030; and the sources of revenue that will contribute to that fund in each year in tabular form.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 to 295, inclusive, together.More Button

The Government has established the Climate Action Fund with the objective of funding initiatives that contribute to the achievement of Ireland’s climate and energy targets in a cost effective man...More Button

In November 2018, I announced seven successful projects from the first Call for Applications under the Climate Action Fund. Up to €77m in grant aid will be provided to these projects leveraging a...More Button

As the support provided to these projects is in the form of grant aid, as opposed to a financial investment that will be repaid, these is no associated rate of return for the Climate Action Fund.More Button

The Climate Action Fund will provide €500 million support to projects over the period of the National Development Plan. The sources of funding include the use of unspent monies in the Energy Effi...More Button

There is a total of €15 million funding from the Energy Efficiency Fund which is available for use from 2019. The annual contributions to the fund from the NORA levy are projected to be circa €60...More Button

Waste Disposal

Was asked: the action he plans to take to reduce the amount of plastic and other packaging waste that consumers are forced to take with them in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am determined to introduce reforms in order to promote reduction, reuse, recycling and optimal final disposal options, in line with the principles of the “circular economy”, which seeks to promot...More Button

Postal Services

Was asked: when he received the report from An Post on the closure of the mail centre in County Cork; the analysis undertaken in his Department regarding the decision; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: when the report recommending the closure of the mail centre in County Cork will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he and his officials were informed regarding the closure of the mail centre in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he was informed of the deployment options for the staff in relation to the closure of the mail centre in County Cork; the location of the options; the likely uptake of same; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: if he has been requested to meet a union (details supplied) in relation to the closure of the mail centre in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 to 301, inclusive, together.More Button

An Post is a commercial State company with its own Board and has a mandate to deliver a viable postal delivery service and post office network. The management and operation of the company is an o...More Button

In recommending a 2% pay increase from 1 July 2017 in An Post, the Labour Court also recommended that a number of efficiency measures be implemented in order to fund 50% of the cost of the pay in...More Button

An Post has advised that there was no specific report in relation to the closure of the Cork Mail Centre although there were reports from a number of sources, including international consultants,...More Button

My Department was informed of the decision to close Cork Mail Centre on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. More Button

An Post has given a commitment that all staff will be offered strong exit packages, redeployment opportunities within An Post’s delivery and Post Office networks in the Cork area (currently emplo...More Button

I have not received a request to meet the union in question and it is a matter for the company and the union directly. I understand that An Post has, and is continuing to, engage with the union t...More Button