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Cullen, Martin

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 Nbr. 6

Order of Business.

A disgrace because he is going to build houses?More Button

It is all the young people with new houses to look forward to who will be dancing.More Button

Wait until we see the figures for next year. Then we will see who was right, the Deputy or I.More Button

Private Members' Business. - Housing Policy: Motion.

There is a problem. I do not deny that, but people do not have to be on the streets.More Button

That will not happen, rents are already coming down.More Button

Then 18 months down the line not a single house will have been built.More Button

I do not own a holiday home but I do know the difference.More Button

They are doing it outside the legislation.More Button

I do not go to the Galway Races, as the Deputy well knows.More Button

Not one local authority said we should not do what we did. Every one of them wanted the flexibility it brought.More Button

They want more flexibility.More Button

I am not a gambling man, but let us have a euro bet and we will judge it on the basis of the figures next year.More Button

The Deputy knows well that it is not.More Button

Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill, 2002 [ Seanad ] : Committee and Remaining Stages.

You did this deliberately.More Button

It is the Deputy's own fault.More Button

Left of centre.More Button

The Deputy's side of the House caused it, not me.More Button

Caused by all the votes the Opposition called this morning.More Button

That is not my fault.More Button

That is an outrageous remark. It is unbecoming of the Deputy and his party.More Button

This is an absolute disgrace.More Button

The Deputies are presiding over it.More Button

Written Answers. - Programmes for Government.

Was asked: the funding promised under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness to encourage voter participation; the amount spent to date; the cost of the respective initiatives and projects covered; the fur...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 207 of 10 October 2002. As part of the PPF initiative, €335,722 was spent in the three year period to the end of 2002 on extended publicity campaigns to pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Lucan Demense.

Was asked: the amounts spent to date on Lucan Demesne in respect of the development plan grants scheme; if the full funding scheme totalling ?4,760,000 over five years 2001 to 2005, remains in place; and if h...More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 186 and 187 of 5 December 2002. My Department is currently processing an application on behalf of the three local authorities involved for reimbursement of ex...More Button

As stated in the aforementioned reply, a budget of €952,000 per annum over a period of five years has been agreed in principle for the implementation of the management plan. Disbursements from...More Button

While my Department had received sanction from the Department of Finance in January 2000 for funding totalling €4.76 million under the current national development plan the extent to which it ...More Button

Written Answers. - Archaeological Sites.

Was asked: the intentions of Dúchas in relation to the monastery, high cross and archaeological site at Durrow, Tullamore, County Offaly; if commitments have been entered into by Dúchas in relat...More Button

Under the national development plan, my Department envisages the provision of €1.27 million funding for the conservation and presentation of the church, graveyard and high cross at Durrow. Alr...More Button

Was asked: if Dúchas has responsibility for St. Brendan's old churchyard in Birr; if it will protect the existing buildings on the site; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has no responsibility for the maintenance or restoration of St. Brendan's old churchyard in Birr, County Offaly, which is in the care of Offaly County Council. Relevant officials of m...More Button

Written Answers. - Classification of Waste Material.

Was asked: the reason for classification of subsoil and top soil as waste material; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Having regard to the definition of waste in Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste – the framework waste directive – section 4 of the Waste Management Act, 1996, defines waste as any sub...More Button

Thus, soil would be regarded as a waste if the holder discards or intends or is required to discard it, for example, in the context of construction or development activity. On the other hand, there...More Button

Written Answers. - Disabled Person's Grant Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the disabled person's grant schemes have run out of money and in many local authorities are no longer operational; if this critical scheme could be ...More Button

The administration of the disabled person's grant scheme is a matter for individual local authorities. Local authorities receive a combined capital allocation from my Department for house purchase ...More Button

Apart from these allocations, my Department's involvement with funding for the disabled person's grants scheme relates primarily to the recoupment of up to two thirds of local authority expenditure...More Button

Significant improvements have been made to the terms and conditions of the disabled person's grant scheme in recent years and this has resulted in an increased level of activity under the scheme. T...More Button

I propose to make allocations to local authorities in respect of the operation of the disabled person's and essential repairs grants schemes in 2003 in the light of, inter alia, the informat...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: the State properties, both lands and buildings, in the ownership of his Department; the present use of same in each case; and if it is available for disposal.More Button

The State, through my Department, owns Ireland's six national parks: Killarney, County Kerry; the Wicklow mountains, County Wicklow; Connemara, County Galway; the Burren, County Clare; Glenveagh, C...More Button

My Department also owns 66 of Ireland's 77 nature reserves, comprising some 16,721 hectares. The remaining 11 nature reserves are privately owned but are managed by their owners in agreement with m...More Button

All the buildings on both these categories of lands are also State-owned and are used primarily for visitor appreciation – such as Muckross House in Killarney national park and Glenveagh Cast...More Button

Written Answers. - Affordable Housing.

Was asked: the way in which a person in need of housing can be excluded from affordable housing on income grounds if he or she is unable to secure a mortgage from a building society or financial institution f...More Button

An eligible person for affordable housing in the context of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, is a person in need of accommodation whose income is not adequate to meet the payments on a mortg...More Button

Persons whose repayments on a house purchase mortgage would amount to 35% or less of net income would generally qualify for a mortgage from a commercial lending agency.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the situation re the proposed new bridge and road at Athlumney, Navan, County Meath; and the position in relation to the planning of a new bridge over the Boyne, the funding for and the commencemen...More Button

Meath County Council received more than €653,000 in funding for phase I of the Athlumney bridge scheme in 2001, and a further €918, 500 for phase II of the scheme in 2002 under my Departm...More Button

I intend to announce details of the 2003 non-national road grant allocations, including allocations under the programme of grants to support housing and other related development, early next year.More Button

Written Answers. - Extension of City Boundary.

Was asked: if he has received an application from Waterford City Council for an extension of the city boundary into south Kilkenny; the population of the area involved; the next step in the procedure; and if ...More Button

My Department has had no communication from Waterford City Council concerning a proposed boundary extension. However, I understand action is being taken at local level to initiate the formulation o...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: the policy in respect of planning enforcement services in local authorities; the policy in respect of carrying out spot-checks on developments to ensure compliance with planning permission conditio...More Button

Strong and visible enforcement is critical to ensuring that the planning control system works properly and for the benefit of the entire community. A key objective of the Planning and Development A...More Button

I have been concerned to ensure adequate staffing levels for local authority planning departments. Numerous requests from planning authorities for sanction for additional planning posts, both profe...More Button

Written Answers. - Nitrates Directive.

Was asked: the position in relation to designating a protection area under the Nitrates Directive, 1991.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 1491 of 9 October 2002 and Questions Nos. 55 and 201 of 28 November 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - National Spatial Development Plan.

Was asked: the measures which have been taken to ensure that the areas experiencing high levels of drug misuse have been taken into account in drawing up the national spatial development plan; and if he will ...More Button

The national spatial strategy is a planning policy framework within which cities and towns together with rural communities throughout the country will be strengthened, allowing their resources to b...More Button

The national spatial strategy emphasises the need to renew, consolidate and develop Ireland's cities and towns, keeping them as physically compact and public-transport-friendly as possible, while s...More Button

On the issue of drug misuse, specific policy measures on this are set out in the national drugs strategy, the implementation of which is the responsibility of a number of Departments, including the...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are almost 100,000 old age pensioners on waiting lists to have essential repairs carried out on their homes; the steps he is taking to redress...More Button

Available statistics for relevant schemes which are administrated at local authority level, provide no basis for an estimated demand of the magnitude suggested in the question. For example, at the ...More Button

There are a number of schemes available to assist elderly persons to carry out essential works to their dwellings. The essential repairs grant, which is operated by local authorities, provides gran...More Button

Those who do not qualify for assistance under the essential repairs grant scheme or the housing aid for the elderly scheme may, if they would otherwise be in need of local authority housing, qualif...More Button

Written Answers. - Compensation Payments.

Was asked: his plans to review CPO compensation mechanisms.More Button

Was asked: the action he intends to take to address the compensation delays due to CPOs.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 248 together.More Button

A local authority may acquire land for the purpose of performing any of its powers, duties and functions by agreement or compulsorily. It is a basic principle within this process that land owners m...More Button

Compensation is composed of a number of elements: the market value of the land, disturbance, severance and injurious affection. Where a dispute arises about compensation the matter can be referred ...More Button

The Planning and Development Act, 2000, provided for the transfer of the Minister's functions to An Bord Pleanála and introduced other changes designed to streamline the CPO process. These i...More Button

A voluntary agreement in respect of the acquisition of land for national roads under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 between the Irish Farmers Association, the National Roads Authority and ...More Button

My Department has no proposals to alter existing arrangements with regard to the processing and payment of compensation under CPOs.More Button

Written Answers. - Climate Change.

Was asked: if the question of climate change has arisen in recent meetings with other governments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue of climate change was discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg during August and September 2002, at which the Irish delegation was led by the Taoiseach.More Button

One of the main outcomes of the summit was an agreed plan of implementation. This reflects the concerns that all countries, particularly developing countries including the least developed countries...More Button

summit–docs/2309–planfinal.docMore Button

Was asked: if, in view of the recent floods, the Government will take a greater interest in climate change and make it more of a priority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Climate change is internationally recognised as the most significant and threatening global environmental problem. While individual weather events cannot be ascribed to climate change, it is clear ...More Button

I have initiated a review of implementation of the strategy and I am satisfied that its full implementation over the remainder of the decade, together with any additional measures identified in the...More Button