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O'Dowd, Fergus

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Heritage Projects

Sheol mé uirthi blianta fada ó shin.More Button

Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis na Teachtaí a chur an díospóireacht seo faoi bhráid na Dála. Tuigim na fadhbanna atá luaite acu. Glacaim leis go bhfuil cúis an-mhaith ann go bhfuil díospó...More Button

Heritage Projects (Continued)

While a number of businesses rented portions of the vessel for commercial purposes, a report on the hull condition of the vessel, commissioned by the Irish Nautical Trust in April 2013, highlighted...More Button

Glacaim leis an méid atá ráite ag na Teachtaí. Déanfaidh mé mo dhícheall a chinntiú go dtarlóidh an cruinniú sin chomh luath agus is féidir. I accept what Deputy Ó Cuív is saying and the genuinen...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

I thank Deputy O'Donovan for bringing this matter before the House. As he rightly points out, the recent extreme weather events have been unprecedented. The impacts in terms of flooding, damage t...More Button

The incessant rainfall in recent months has impacted significantly on our rivers and lakes as well as the adjoining lands. River levels have almost never been as high. Deputy O'Donovan raised t...More Button

Under their surface water management functions, the relevant statutory authorities, including the Office of Public Works and local authorities, have extensive powers under relevant legislation, i...More Button

Deputy O'Donovan referred to private landowner interventions in watercourses. Existing legislation provides that, in broad terms, excavation works involving removal of solid base material, deepe...More Button

It is understandable that landowners and relevant public authorities might wish to act quickly to alleviate flooding in the circumstances that have prevailed. However, there is little point in t...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures (Continued)

I acknowledge the issues raised by the Deputy and I will ensure the Minister and the Department are made aware of them. The Government has responded quickly to recent weather events. A total of €...More Button

Certain types of development work are also governed by a number of EU directives, which are required to protect habitats and ecosystems. Some of our rivers and streams are particularly sensitive...More Button

Post Office Network

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter, which I am taking on behalf of the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. I assure him that his comments will be brought to his atte...More Button

The postmaster in Barnaderg passed away in January and I offer my condolences to the family. An Post has given a temporary contract to the daughter of the deceased postmaster to maintain continu...More Button

However, before taking a decision, interested parties who wished to do so were given three weeks to submit their views on the matter to the company no later than this Friday, 14 February. An Pos...More Button

Following consideration of all the views received as a result of the consultation process, An Post will then proceed to take a decision on the future of Barnaderg post office. I fully understand...More Button

As a shareholder, the Minister has strong concerns regarding the ongoing commercial position of the company. The reality is that the core mail business has suffered a major fall in recent years ...More Button

The Government recognises the strategic importance of the postal sector. It has been long-standing policy that An Post remains in a position to compete in a liberalised market and to continue pr...More Button

Post Office Network (Continued)

I assure the Deputy that I will bring his comments to the attention of the Minister and the Department. I fully appreciate his concerns with regard to the people who live in the Barnaderg area of ...More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 5.20 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 February 2014.More Button