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Dempsey, Noel

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 Nbr. 3

Written Answers. - Grant Assistance.

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to have grant assistance repaid by a company (details supplied) which has been struck off by the Companies Office, which obtained grant aid from his Department and th...More Button

Was asked: if he will carry out an investigation into the way in which a company (details supplied) obtained grant assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency for research work (details supplied) even...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 182 and 189 together.More Button

The question of recovery of grant assistance paid under the Operational Programme for Environmental Services, 1994-1999, to the company involved is being addressed in consultation with the Chief S...More Button

The company in question was a partner in a consortium that, in September 2001, was awarded a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency under the environmental research, technological development...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will approve an extension of the Crossmolina sewerage scheme to Convent Road, Crossmolina, County Mayo which is currently in the course of construction.More Button

My Department has no proposals from Mayo County Council in relation to such an extension.More Button

Was asked: his views on the concerns of the Cheekpoint and Faithlegg Community Association, County Waterford relating to the proposed new Cheekpoint sewerage scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a s...More Button

I have approved Waterford County Council's preliminary report for this scheme and it is now a matter for the council to submit contract documents to my Department for approval.More Button

No direct communication from the organisation referred to has been received by my Department. As the planning and development of individual water services schemes is the responsibility of the relev...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed sewerage scheme for Ardara.More Button

This scheme has been approved for funding under the rural towns and villages initiative, at an estimated cost of €3.56 million. I approved contract documents for the civil works element of the...More Button

Contract documents for the mechanical and electrical element of the scheme are currently under consideration in my Department and will be dealt with as quickly as possible.More Button

Was asked: if he has met the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources to resolve the difficulties which are delaying the progress of sewerage schemes in a number of sensitive areas where foreshore licenc...More Button

My Department is currently in discussion with the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources in relation to foreshore licensing requirements for a number of water services schemes including the...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Renewal Scheme.

Was asked: if an inspection can be carried out on the property of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo in order that this person's certificate of compliance can be issued to ensure this person can comm...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Service.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself from a safety and operational viewpoint, with the age of the vehicles in use by the fire services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the purchase by some local authorities of second-hand fire tenders from the UK is sound from a safety and operational viewpoint; if in general, he favours the introduction and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 187 together.More Button

In the past five years this Government has substantially increased the level of capital investment in the fire service with more than €66 million being provided in capital grants – more...More Button

In addition to the 40 new fire appliances approved for delivery this year, fire authorities are being given approval to invite tenders during 2002 for the purchase of 32 further new fire appliances...More Button

Over the years, fire authorities have purchased some previously owned appliances to meet the requirements and particular needs of their fire service e.g. for less busy stations or as specialist app...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Services.

Was asked: the amount of funding his Department has made available for library services in County Kildare in each of the past three years; his plans to upgrade funding in general for libraries in order that e...More Button

The funding provided in the period 1999-2001 by my Department towards library building projects, library materials, provision of Internet access points, the automation of library management systems...More Button

In relation to funding for public library services generally, the implementation of the recommendations in the 1998 report on the public library services, Branching Out, is now well advanced. Progr...More Button

Question No. 189 answered with Question No. 182.More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Dumping.

Was asked: if he has fully considered the report prepared by an inspector in his Department into illegal dumping at Newtowndarver, County Louth and into the payment of grants to a company which has since been...More Button

Was asked: the course of action he has taken as a result of information supplied to him concerning illegal dumping at Newtowndarver, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together.More Button

On 23 January 2002, I received a report from a member of the public which made a number of serious allegations concerning, among other things, unauthorised waste activities involving or associated ...More Button

The Minister for the Environment and Local Government has no statutory function in the oversight or regulation of waste activities. However, in the circumstances of this case, and as an exceptional...More Button

At the request of the complainant, I also forwarded a copy of the report to the Criminal Assets Bureau, which in turn referred it to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation for consideration.More Button

An inspector of my Department visited the area in question on 6 and 7 February 2002 and interviewed relevant members of the public and officials of Louth County Council. He had a lengthy telephone ...More Button

I have received a report of these investigations, and my Department has since made a number of recommendations to Louth County Council regarding further actions that should be considered by the cou...More Button

On 11 March 2002, the inspector concerned wrote to the complainant, in response to faxes dated 7 and 15 February 2002, pointing out, among other things, that it had been and remained open to him to...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if redress is available to a disabled person who is unable to draw down a disabled persons grant, where the contractor is unable or has failed to produce the C2 tax certificate and where the contra...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he agrees that, unless immediate steps are taken, there will be no ASR produced here; whether any ASR that may be produced can be disposed of to landfill; if so, whether the landfill charges her...More Button

Was asked: if the ELV management scheme will not be ready for more than 18 months, and if Ireland will be in breach of the ELV Directive as and from 21 April 2002; if, as a direct result, it is now more profi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 and 195 together.More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 503 and 504 of 20 March 2002 in relation to the difficulties being faced by the vehicle shredding industry and the implementation of the EU Directive on End-o...More Button

The acceptance of auto shredder residue (ASR) at landfill facilities is a matter for the relevant landfill operators having regard to the current terms of their respective waste licences granted by...More Button

The question of the export of end-of-life vehicles and ASR is a matter for the economic sectors concerned, provided any such export complies with the relevant legislation in relation to the export ...More Button

However, my Department will continue its discussions with the EPA, local authorities and the relevant sectors involved with a view to developing long-term solutions to the difficulties currently be...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

I have recently made a commencement order which will bring into operation section 45 of the Local Government Act, 2001. This provides, for the first time, a statutory right of public access to meet...More Button

In addition, I have made regulations which permit public access as of right, also for the first time, to meetings of local authority committees, subject to certain exclusions.More Button

As indicated in replies to earlier questions, it is necessary for local authorities to have in place new standing orders to coincide with the coming into operation of these and other provisions of ...More Button

To allow time for elected councils to prepare for these changes and accept new standing orders, the time schedule for commencing the new provisions has been extended somewhat to 17 July 2002, which...More Button