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Humphreys, Heather

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Fire Service Staff

Was asked: the reason members of the fire services were not awarded with 1916 commemorative medals along with other front-line emergency services in 2016; if she will review this and present members of the fi...More Button

The presentation of medals for participation in the 1916 commemorations were a matter for the services concerned and/or their sponsoring Departments. My Department has no role in relation to the l...More Button

Irish Language

Was asked: the status regarding implementing the numerous components of the 20-year strategy for Irish language report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Parks

Was asked: the number of unfilled permanent positions at Glenveagh National Park; the details of the permanent job positions currently vacant; when her Department will advertise to recruit for these permanent...More Button

Was asked: the number of permanent employees and the number of temporary employees in each of the past five years employed at Glenveagh National Park; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Deer Culls

Was asked: the measures persons can take in respect of the culling of deer that are trespassing on their land (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Wild deer in the State are protected under the Wildlife Acts. There is an annual open season during which deer can be legally shot under licence. The open season for deer operates generally from ...More Button

Control of deer on private property is the responsibility of landowners who may apply to my Department for a permission under section 42 of the Wildlife Acts to cull deer where this is necessary ...More Button

Dormant Accounts Fund

Was asked: the amount in unclaimed life insurance policies; and her plans to deal with these unclaimed policies.More Button

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Was asked: the reason the NPWS did not comment on the lack of an NIS and or an EIS in its observations advising on the protection of surrounding networks in relation to a foreshore lease application (details ...More Button

Was asked: the rationale behind agreeing with the conclusion that no pathway exists by which a proposed test site (details supplied) could impact upon any adjacent designated site when the birds protected in ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 454 and 455 together. More Button

As previously outlined on a number of occasions to the Deputy, my Department, through its National Parks and Wildlife Service, provided observations on the application in question, noting that th...More Button

Almost all birds in a protected site could fly to other areas which contain developments but this of itself does not pose a threat to the protected site. The risks to species listed for the near...More Button

An NIS or EIS is not necessarily required for a project. The site proposed in the application is not within any currently designated Natura site. Under Regulation 42 of the European Communities...More Button

The requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement is set out in the European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulation S.I.349 of 1989 and amendments. In documentation support...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal has not received compensation for the accommodation of controlled sheep grazing and the subsequent unavailability of commonage during period...More Button

It is my understanding that there was no formal agreement, farm plan or contract put in place between the individual referred to in details supplied and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of m...More Button

Departmental Staff Training

Was asked: if her Department provides rural proofing training to officials; the number of officials that have undertaken rural proofing training; the Departments from which officials have undertaken the train...More Button

It should be noted that the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, which was launched on 23 January 2017, contains an action which requires my Department to ...More Button

My Department continues to deliver relevant training to officers as required, and any requirement for rural proofing training for officials in my Department will be considered in the light of the...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: the number of vacant buildings in her Department’s ownership or control; the locations of same; and the time they have been unoccupied in each case.More Button

Was asked: the amount spent across her Department over the past five years on maintaining vacant or unused State-owned properties, including security arrangements; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 and 473 together. More Button

As I have advised the House in response to previous Questions, the management of properties occupied by staff of my Department is primarily a matter for the Office of Public Works. More Button

However, my Department is the owner of significant lands across the country, including national parks, national monuments sites, nature reserves and other property acquired for purposes of herita...More Button

Wherever possible, all buildings on these lands owned by the Department, for example within the six National Parks, are maintained in active use either as office and research facilities, stores, ...More Button

Such buildings may become vacant from time to time pending refurbishment. Maintenance and security costs in respect of all properties are treated as an integral part of the management of these p...More Button

CLÁR Programme

Was asked: the specific areas of the electoral divisions in the Kells municipal district that are designated within the CLÁR area.More Button

Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the board membership by gender of the national cultural institutions, the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and Culture Ireland; her plans to address gender imbalance within these bodies; and if s...More Button

In accordance with the government's 2014 Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards, I am pleased to say that I have achieved the gender ratio target on the Boards of the Arts Council, the ...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the gender balance of her Department’s staff by percentage, in tabular form; the gender balance of senior officials and management within her Department, by percentage, in tabular form; and if she ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

S...More Button

National Monuments

Was asked: the reason relevant officers from her Department did not conduct a full investigation into the cause of the structural damage which led to the collapse of national monument number 526 at Donaghmore...More Button

Was asked: if her Department was consulted prior to the granting of planning permission to a house built 30 feet away from the Donaghmore Souterrain.More Button

Was asked: the exact circumstances which led to the structural damage to the Donaghmore Souterrain in County Louth.More Button

Was asked: if the National Monuments Service determined the identities of the parties responsible for the collapse of the Donaghmore Souterrain; and if so, if they have been prosecuted under section 14(1) of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 461 to 464, inclusive, together. More Button

I refer the Deputy to the reply by my colleague, the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, to Questions Nos. 285 to 289, inclusive, on 28 March 2017. The reply se...More Button

In December 2007 my Department was notified by the planning authority of an application for planning permission for a new dwelling house near to the monument. In response, the Department recomme...More Button

Gorse Burning

Was asked: the number of investigations that have taken place in the past ten years into illegal gorse fires and the illegal burning of uplands; the number of these investigations that have resulted in prosec...More Button

Since 2007 my Department has taken eleven prosecution cases for breaches of Section 40 of the Wildlife Acts relating to illegal burning of vegetation (that is burning of vegetation outside the peri...More Button

An Garda Siochana may also carry out their own investigations into illegal burning.More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Applications

Was asked: if an application for compensation with regard to cessation of turf cutting by a person (details supplied) will be processed.More Button

An application for compensation under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme has been received by my Department from the individual referred to in the Deputy’s Question.

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Mobile Telephony Services

Was asked: the status of the mobile and broadband task force; the number of meetings that have been held since January 2017; the action points which have been completed; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce was established in July 2016 to identify actions that can be taken in the short-term to improve mobile phone reception and to facilitate better broadband co...More Button

The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce published a report on completion of its work in December 2016. The report contains 40 action points which have been agreed to progress the recommendation...More Button

Along with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., I recently established an Implementation Group to oversee progress on delivery of the actions set...More Button

Quarterly progress reports on the status of the actions contained in the Taskforce report will be published following the end of each calendar quarter. A comprehensive annual review of progress ...More Button

The first quarterly progress report is currently being finalised by officials from my own Department and Minister Naughten’s Department, and will be published shortly. More Button

Environmental Regulations

Was asked: the position regarding the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in respect of persons who are bringing in musical instruments from Asia to Ireland...More Button

The 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species decided in 2016 to include in CITES Appendix II:

  - all rosewoo...More Button

Action Plan for Rural Development Funding

Was asked: the details of the scheme for restoring old dwelling houses in rural areas; the amounts available; the application process; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Action Plan for Rural Development, which was launched on 23 January, contains a number of measures which have the objective of rejuvenating Ireland’s rural towns and villages to make them more ...More Button

From my own Department’s perspective, I have secured funding of €12 million per annum for an enhanced Town and Village Renewal scheme. I intend to launch the first phase of this scheme very shor...More Button

I also intend to launch a second phase of the scheme later this year. This will be a pilot project to encourage residential occupancy in rural towns and villages. My intention is that the schem...More Button

The pilot will be launched in the second half of the year, when details of the scheme have been finalised in consultation with relevant Departments. Full details of the criteria to apply will be...More Button

Foras na Gaeilge

Was asked: if she will refuse permission to Foras na Gaeilge to sign a long lease on a proposed headquarters in Dublin in view of the recommendation in the report of the Moore Street consultative group (detai...More Button