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Ryan, Eamon

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

We agree on this: we have to reduce right down the volume of people travelling in and out of this country and to restrict and stop non-essential travel. That is what we are doing and what the Gard...More Button

In the case of people coming in without providing polymerase chain reaction, PCR, tests, gardaí are checking on them in their homes. This does not happen in every case because the Garda authorit...More Button

The Deputy seemed to criticise us and indicate that we may adjust the rules depending on health advice, but it is health advice that we are following. We are following the best advice from the W...More Button

I am of the view that what I have outlined is appropriate. It is particularly appropriate in our circumstances because there are two jurisdictions on this island. That gives rise to certain con...More Button

One thing is absolutely clear, and I agree 100% with Deputy Doherty on it. The large amount of travel taking place for non-essential services has to stop. That is why gardaí are outside the air...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

My understanding is that what we are actually doing now is very similar to what was in that letter from back in May of last year. It applied to non-residents of Ireland. The traffic coming in and...More Button

I did not comment directly in response to that. I think An Garda Síochána did and I will let it speak on Garda operational matters.More Button

The Deputy made various points about testing and tracing. We get pretty much weekly updates from the special Cabinet subcommittee on Covid. On Monday this week we met with the Deputy CMO, Dr. R...More Button

I heard on Monday that there is a significant percentage of cases, up to about a quarter, where they are finding it difficult to trace what exactly the contact is. This is not because of any fla...More Button

On the roll-out plan for the vaccine, I want to stand up for our public service and our health service in particular as they have been thrown three incredible challenges in recent weeks. The vol...More Button

Second, there was the recommendation that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines be used on older people. The third challenge was because of the AstraZenenca numbers dropping below-----More Button

In each instance, they have been incredibly flexible. They will set out a roadmap.More Button

We have seen all the sort of details to which Deputy Catherine Murphy referred. What I was setting out is that I have seen how the plans had to change. It all had to be radically changed on sever...More Button

I agree with Deputy Verona Murphy that we need more balanced regional development. The national planning framework is a guideline for much of the work I do as Minister for Transport. It is critic...More Button

I absolutely agree with the Deputy that Rosslare Europort will have a critical role of strategic importance for the State, particularly because of Brexit, in terms of both the increasing travel d...More Button

A rail review is currently being carried out or started by the Government. That has to be included in looking at the future development of Rosslare. We need to look at the likes of the Wexford ...More Button

I remember visiting the port in Rosslare 17 or 18 years ago when the first offshore wind farm was being built. The blades and turbines were deployed from Rosslare Harbour. It seems that the port ...More Button

Looking forward to 2040, we absolutely need a metro system, BusConnects, DART+ and various other projects in Dublin. My colleagues in government know that in any meeting I have, my first priority ...More Button

We will get the metro and BusConnects and have done good work on those two. We have not done the work in Limerick yet but we are doing it now. In the review of the national development plan, it...More Button

One of the reasons we want compact development is because if we keep building outward, we have to keep building more and more new infrastructure. It would be far more economic for us and work far ...More Button

As well as the cities we must build up, more than anything else we must address our 19th century market towns. A strategic question has been asked of whether we let them wither on the vine or if w...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

Deputy Doherty is right. We have to make sure this does not push up prices. That is why the ESRI rightly stated at the Oireachtas joint committee that the targeting of any market intervention is ...More Button

We are progressing and have advanced cost-rental solutions like the one in Shanganagh on the way to Bray.More Button

I believe that will be the mainstay of the-----More Button

I will commit to that. We listened to what Dr. Swanick said with real care because he was in the centre of a flare-up of cases in Belmullet, so I can well understand his frustration. I spoke earl...More Button

I will take that advice.More Button

I did not hear the interview but I understand the Data Protection Commissioner, DPC, was on the radio this morning and she indicated she would continue to work with the relevant designated data aut...More Button

The key point we want to honour is those 550 survivors and their ability to get access to data.More Button

People are always entitled to a judicial review but the Minister's focus is correctly on making sure that the data, which are the subject of real concern, are accessible in a way that is appropriat...More Button

He is doing that, which is the key thing he must do.More Button

I will check and revert to the Deputy on when that payment was due, why it has not proceeded and if payment was due, why it has not come through. The Government's approach is to make sure that we ...More Button

No one should accept that, but in addressing it we do not want to dismantle a system that is a good one by international standards. I am open to correction on that.More Button

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

The Deputy would say that I would say this but my colleague, the Minister of State, Senator Hackett, has just opened up the organic scheme. Approximately 500 or 600 farmers will be able to go into...More Button

I thank the Deputy. I hope that I did not get myself or anyone else into trouble. I found the meeting useful and I commit to meeting Tipperary County Council about the issue. The meeting was abo...More Button

I understand that following a Supreme Court decision in June last year, the Minister for Finance requested that the assessment process for primary medical certificates be suspended. On the passing...More Button

We need a just transition for the midlands in particular and for all of those workers in Bord na Móna and related industries.More Button

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That is why we supported some 39 projects on which the Just Transition Commissioner, Kieran Mulvey, had worked with local communities. There was concern that some of these projects might not be ab...More Button

Peat extraction is a very significant environmental issue but it is not an issue of export. The vast majority of our peat was always exported. Most of the peat extracted for horticultural use w...More Button

-----is in the switch to green-----More Button

-----which is where the employment, investment and finance will be.More Button

I do accept that and I can understand the Deputy's frustration and why he wanted to ask the question. It is a fair question but I do not have the answer to it immediately. It seems unfair and I w...More Button

Will Deputies Cullinane, Michael Collins and Buckley provide me with specific details? We cannot have a 91-year-old woman in that situation. I do not know the circumstances. If the Deputies will...More Button

In response to Deputy Tóibín, we are in the second week of a three-week roll-out. In those circumstances, I trust and expect that if someone has not heard about their vaccination yet, they will ...More Button

There has been a change with regard to the age rule. Until recently, the rule applied to those under 18. That change followed medical advice. I understand that the vaccine was not tested in thos...More Button

The Deputy makes a fair point. I will talk to the Minister for Education, who has responsibility for the budget for and operation of the school bus service. Under the current level 5 restrictions...More Button

I agree with both Deputies. I recall that in the last long and difficult lockdown in November, we made an exception to the rules to allow young people to train and take part in sport. I do not wa...More Button

Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage

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Sustainable Development Goals (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter and I hope I can do exactly what he suggested. I welcome the opportunity to set out the actions we are taking with regard to the SDGs. The programme for...More Button

It is true. The response I delivered is, if I may say so, a kind of departmental presentation as to what the system is doing, which I believe is what was requested. I agree with the Deputy; we ne...More Button

I will give some examples of areas in which we are starting to ramp up and show real leadership which might encourage the Deputy. We are only at the public consultation stage at present but the ...More Button

I would also refer to the work being done to develop marine protected areas. Again, we are only at the consultation stage, but we are going to deliver on this. Our sea area is ten times larger ...More Button

We are only at the start but the Deputy is right; let us be held to account. If we cannot improve on our delivery on those 17 goals, we will have failed in our mission. That is our manifesto. ...More Button

Public Procurement Contracts

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 33 of 25 November 2020, if further details of the three contracts cited will be provided in particular the value of the contracts and the nature of the contrac...More Button

The additional details requested in respect of the contracts referred to in reply to Question No. 33 of 25 November 2020 are set out in the table below.

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Was asked: the number and value of procurement contracts for Covid-19-related spending in 2020 and 2021 that took place via negotiated procedure without prior publication in his Department.More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of procurement contracts for Covid-19-related spending in 2020 and 2021 that took place via negotiated procedure without prior publication by his Department, by goods and service type...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 23 together. 

  My Department awarded two contracts totalling €81,272 (ex VAT) in 2020 under the negotiated procedure without prior p...More Button

Was asked: the number and value of procurement contracts for Covid-19-related spending in 2020 and 2021 that took place via negotiated procedure without prior publication in his Department.More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of procurement contracts for Covid-19-related spending in 2020 and 2021 that took place via negotiated procedure without prior publication by his Department, by goods and service type...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 36 together.

  My Department conducted one Covid-19 related procurement via a Negotiated Procedure without prior publication in 2021 in ac...More Button

Wind Energy Generation

Was asked: the amount paid to windfarms in constraint payments annually; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Electricity Regulation (Amendment) (Single Electricity Market) Act 2007, regulation of the Single Electricity Market (SEM), including its detailed rules as set out in the Trading and Sett...More Button

The operation and administration of the Single Electricity Market is managed by the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO). The SEMO is a joint venture between the transmission system operator...More Button

I have no function in the day-to-day operational matters of the CRU, the SEM Operator or of the SEM Committee.More Button

However information on the amount of constraints on the system are published in Eirgrid’s Annual Renewable Energy Constraint and Curtailment Report, which is available on the www.eirgridgroup.com...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Was asked: the status of the roll-out of fibre broadband at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Question refers to a premises located in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMB...More Button

Was asked: the reason an address (details supplied) was not included in the roll-out of the national broadband plan given other providers are refusing to provide high speed over 30 Mbps at the address; and if...More Button

Was asked: the reason an address (details supplied) was not included in the roll-out of the national broadband plan given other providers are refusing to provide high speed over 30 Mbps broadband at this addr...More Button

Was asked: the reason an address (details supplied) was not included in the roll-out of the national broadband plan given other providers are refusing to provide high speed broadband over 30 Mbps at this addr...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13, 17 and 18 together. 

  The premises referred to in the Questions are located in the BLUE area on the NBP High Speed Broadband Map which ...More Button

Was asked: the number of premises passed by National Broadband Ireland to date as part of the State-funded roll-out of high speed broadband; the number surveyed to date; the number of premises contracted to b...More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within ...More Button

Was asked: the obligations in the contract with the National Broadband Plan provider to provide forward information on when premises will be surveyed and then passed with fibre as part of the roll-out of fibr...More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within ...More Button

The NBP contract is a detailed document that provides for the design, build and operation of a national high speed broadband network by NBI and includes detailed provisions that are designed to p...More Button

While the way in which NBI presents information on its website is not set out in the contract, I am advised that NBI are working to provide greater functionality and more detail on their website ...More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be available through National Broadband Ireland to an area (details supplied).More Button

The Question refers to a premises located in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMB...More Button

European Council Meetings

Was asked: the number of formal and informal Council of the European Union meetings that have been held since 27 June 2020 under the remit of his Department; and the number of formal and informal meetings, re...More Button

A total of six formal and informal meetings of the Environment Council and Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council have been held since 27 June 2020. All with the exception of two of thes...More Button

Was asked: the number of formal and informal Council of the European Union meetings that have been held since 27 June 2020 under the remit of his Department; and the number of formal and informal meetings, re...More Button

Three informal Council meetings of EU Transport Ministers have taken place since 27 June 2020.

  Due to the ongoing public health emergency, these meetings took place in virtual...More Button

Exploration Licences

Was asked: the position in respect of licences for mining exploration on the Inishowen peninsula and specifically the situation regarding a licence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

There are four active prospecting licence areas (PLA) in the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal. With regard to PLA 3820 the Department is evaluating the licence which is due for renewal on 9 April ...More Button

Where the Minister intends to renew a licence, legislation requires that public notice of the Minister's intention is given and that submissions can be made by members of the local community. The...More Button

The Government advice is clear that within level 5 people should continue to work from home unless it is absolutely necessary to attend in person for the delivery of an essential service. The lis...More Button

  Questions Nos. 17 and 18 answered with Question No. 13.More Button

Grant Payments

Was asked: the percentage of applications for Sustainable Energy authority of Ireland, SEAI, grants that are granted on their initial application by county; if he has considered reviewing the operation of sch...More Button

My Department funds a number of SEAI grant schemes to support homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. These schemes offer partial grants for individuals who can afford to c...More Button

Improvements to the SEAI systems and processes are made on an ongoing basis. For instance, it is intended that the new National Retrofit Scheme to be launched later this year will utilise a new ...More Button

Given the nature of some SEAI programmes, whereby homeowners do not make an application directly but instead apply through a project co-ordinator, the data requested by the Deputy is only availab...More Button

Broadband Infrastructure

Was asked: if he will intervene in a long-running attempt by residents of a development (details supplied) to obtain broadband access; if the process by which new build homes are brought online can be streaml...More Button

I understand the importance of telecommunication services, particularly at a time where restrictions are in place and when people are relying much more on these electronic communications services. More Button

While operational matters of commercial telecommunications operators, including in relation to the mechanisms used to locate specific premises for the purposes of broadband installation are a mat...More Button

My Department will bring this matter to the attention of ComReg in its role as independent telecommunications regulator. More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Was asked: if he will provide the airline industry with a financial aid package to ensure the survival of the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Driver Test

Was asked: if he will address the issue of the delay and cancellation of driver theory tests (details supplied).More Button

National Car Test

Was asked: if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Traffic Fines

Was asked: if he will examine increasing the penalty fees for persons parking in disabled parking bays; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: if he will urgently reinstate the small public service vehicle, SPSV, driver entry test; and his views on whether this test can be held in a very safe environment (details supplied).More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including SPSV driver entry test, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulat...More Button

Ports Development

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the proposed development by Drogheda Port Company of Bremore Port on the County Meath coast north of Bremore Head; the details and planning for the proposed devel...More Button

Public Transport

Was asked: the number of passengers that used the Dublin to Belfast rail service in 2020 and to date in 2021; and the number of passengers that used Bus Éireann services to Northern Ireland in 2020 and to dat...More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. That i...More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: the breakdown of the regional and local roads allocations for each local authority in each of the years 2015 to 2021, inclusive in tabular form.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Wo...More Button

Details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to local authorities are outlined in the regional and local road allocations and payments booklets which are available in the...More Button

I announced the 2021 Regional and Local Road allocations on the 15th February and details of the allocations for each local authority will be available in the 2021 allocations booklet which will ...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: the number of persons who have arrived into Ireland from Brazil in each week from 1 January 2021 to date; the reason the weekly aviation statistics published on gov.ie do not include figures for Br...More Button


 

 

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