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Cowen, Barry

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Charges Introduction

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the total level of public subvention, the first-fix policy, the low income subsidy and the level of free allowance in its submission to water charges policy; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Following the disclosure of the debacle that was the excessive costs associated with the establishment of Irish Water, particularly the €85 million spent on consultants, the Government, including M...More Button

Considering the delay which has ensued, in spite of commitments given by several members of the Cabinet, an example of which was the comments made by the Tánaiste last week to the effect that this ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: to detail the number of households which will not have a water meter by the time charges are introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: when the full details of his Department's submission to the Commission for Energy Regulation's water charges policy will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I received a response from the Minister this week in respect of an estimation on the part of the Department and Irish Water on how many households would be metered. The answer suggested that over ...More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. The Minister said that he has funded a study and asked more consultants to carry out work. He is paying them to analyse and recommend to him and to Irish Wa...More Button

Some moments ago I detailed many questions in response to the Minister's answer. I hope the record of the House will show, list and detail those questions. The Minister has said that the problem ...More Button

Water Charges Introduction (Continued)

Considering the Government's delay and procrastination in this area, will the Minister make a commitment to the public, and to this House, that the chief executive officer will be allowed extra tim...More Button

In the absence of the Minister's own submission, it is very difficult for the public to make a qualified submission, let alone ourselves and many others who have an interest in this issue. Has Iri...More Button

Can its submission be published?More Button

Would the Minister agree it should be published?More Button

Despite the huge expense and great cost to the taxpayer of establishing the quango that is Irish Water, the bonus-driven culture that exists within it and the amount given to many consultants for e...More Button

-----in a similar fashion to that which caused the debacle in January. Have we learned nothing during this sorry process over the past three years? We have learned doubly nothing since January. ...More Button

I asked direct questions so the Minister might respond to them in writing.More Button

It most definitely was €85 million.More Button

Not the quango that is Irish Water.More Button

I have no problem with the concept but the pipes have not been fixed yet.More Button

Litter Pollution

Pooper scooper extraordinaire.More Button

Departmental Investigations

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update on the re-instated inquiries into planning irregularities in seven local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On assuming office, the Minister put a stop to the proposed planning inquiry into the irregularities in many local authorities and stated that an internal inquiry carried out by his office would be...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for her response, in which she stated that she had initiated an independent inquiry and hired consultants to conduct it on her behalf, but I will repeat my question. ...More Button

Departmental Investigations (Continued)

The Minister of State has confirmed that it was because of the court case in respect of Donegal that she decided to have an external inquiry. Is that the position?More Button

It had no correlation with the internal inquiry that the Minister initiated on assuming office. Is that so? Has that been concluded? Is there any way that could be published or that the House mi...More Button

Could we publish the full findings?More Button

Semi-State Bodies Privatisation

He needs no encouragement.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Labour Party and Fine Gael supported it and extended it.More Button

Why did this Government extend it?More Button

The Tánaiste should stand up for something for once in his life.More Button

It is Leaders' answers.More Button

The Government has not guaranteed a subvention for more than two years.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Michael O'Leary's child will get one.More Button

The Tánaiste just does not know.More Button

The Tánaiste will be home in a few weeks and he will know all these things.More Button

Property Tax Administration

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if local authorities will receive 80% of the local property tax in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Planning Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the position regarding delays to estates being taken in charge by local authorities in relation to the transfer of functions to Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button