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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Topical Issue Debate - Air Quality Controls

I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter. The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel — the smoky coal ban — was first introduced in Dublin in 1990 o...More Button

A public consultation paper was recently prepared by my Department to inform and assist a review of the smoky coal ban regulations, taking account of the progress made to date, as well as the 2011 ...More Button

Among the options explored in the consultation paper is the proposed alignment of the smoky coal restricted areas outside Dublin and Cork with EPA-designated air quality zones so as to provide for ...More Button

Under the current consultation process, my Department has received submissions supporting the extension of the smoky coal ban to the town of Greystones and its environs. At present, Wicklow town i...More Button

I am glad Deputy Ferris is in contact with the local authority to remind it to put in a submission for Wicklow town. If it does not do so, perhaps the Deputy will make a submission herself.More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly

Was asked: the position regarding assistance for urgent repair work in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the availability of housing for the disabled in Dublin and any schemes for deaf persons. More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding

Was asked: the assistance available to local authorities that are in negative equity; if the same consideration can be given to local authorities as is afforded to banking institutions, particularly as any sh...More Button

It is a matter for each local authority to determine its own spending priorities in the context of its annual budgetary process having regard to both locally identified needs and available resource...More Button

General-Purpose Grants from the Local Government Fund are my Department’s contribution towards meeting the cost to local authorities of providing a reasonable level of services to the public....More Button

Local authorities’ cost and income bases vary significantly from one another and calculating an appropriate distribution of these Grants is complex. A number of factors are taken into accoun...More Button

I am satisfied that the General-Purpose Grant allocations provided for 2012, together with the income available from other sources, will enable local authorities to provide a reasonable level of se...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to Dublin City Council for the operation of the energy efficiency/retrofitting programme within Dublin City Council. More Button

Written Answers - Burial Regulations

Was asked: his plans to introduce regulations for burials here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to regulate crematoriums in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if Ireland is adhering to current EU regulations on emissions from crematoriums; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 to 337, inclusive, together. More Button

Regulations are currently in place regarding burials and burial grounds, namely Part III of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878, as amended in Part VI of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) ...More Button

Having regard to other priorities and the broader range of legislative priorities to be progressed across my Department’s remit, there are currently no plans to introduce new regulations in t...More Button

My Department is not aware of any EU Directive on crematoria, nor are there specific provisions in the Air Pollution Act 1987 that apply to crematoria. However, the establishment and operation of a...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the funding available to tenants of local authority housing who do not have insulation in their homes as they were tenants prior to the implementation of BER; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made to allow for the sale of local authority flats as provided for in the Housing Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2009; when tenants will be able to begin the process of pu...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown by area of the number of shared ownership homes that have been repossessed in Dublin City Council. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the number of shared ownership homes there are in the State by council area. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown by council area of the number of shared ownership homes which have been repossessed in the past 12 months. More Button

Was asked: the way a person applies to be on an incremental purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Subject to compliance with the Housing (Incremental Purchase) Regulations 2010, which set out the general terms and conditions of the Incremental Purchase Scheme, the operation of the scheme is a m...More Button

Written Answers - Voting Rights

Was asked: his view on voting rights for referendum (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views in relation to a native British born person (details supplied) that has been living in Ireland since 1978 being excluded from voting on the upcoming stability treaty referendum; and if he...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 341 and 357 together. More Button

Subject to age and residency requirements, a registered elector’s citizenship determines the polls at which he or she is entitled to vote. British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European P...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management

Was asked: his views or policy relative to the big bin project now being introduced to local authorities throughout the country by an Irish company (details supplied); if in the interest of sustaining and cre...More Button

Waste management planning is a local authority function, as is the permitting of small scale waste facilities. Under section 60(3) of the Waste Management Act 1996 the Minister is precluded from e...More Button

It is a matter for local authorities to determine the appropriate controls for facilities such as pay-to-use compactors, having regard to the waste management plan within the region and in line wit...More Button

The Programme for Government commits to the development of a coherent national waste policy, adhering to the waste hierarchy, which will aim to minimise waste disposal in landfill and maximise reco...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development Programme

Was asked: when he hopes to appoint a body to administer the Leader funding in areas such as the Gaeltacht of Chorca Dhuibne; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG), the group contracted by my Department to deliver Axes 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in Gaeltacht Areas, went into liquidation on ...More Button

The process of identifying those promoters whose projects are at an advanced stage of development and are most likely to be ready to make a claim for payment is underway and an interim system, in c...More Button

In the context of the delivery of Axes 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme in Gaeltacht areas in the longer term including Chorca Dhuibne, my Department is currently examining the s...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed centralisation of motor tax offices (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I presume the Question refers to the centralisation of motor tax services in one location within a local authority area, as there are no plans to centralise motor tax services at a national level. ...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) bringing his own car into Ireland is eligible for a rebate, as he has abided by all the rules but still has been issued a fine, as he could not tax his car without th...More Button

Liability for motor tax arises from the date of registration of a vehicle and is payable from the first date of the month of registration. Where a vehicle licence is taken out in a subsequent mont...More Button

There is no provision for reimbursing the difference between the level of arrears paid and the motor tax payable were the vehicle licence taken out in the month due.More Button

Question No. 350 answered with Question No. 339.More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a foreshore licence (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 117 of 14 March 2012.More Button

My Department instructed Donegal County Council on 19 April 2012 to make arrangements for public consultation in respect of this application. Following the public consultation procedure, which has ...More Button

Written Answers - Sport and Recreational Development

Was asked: his views on the management of the Dublin-Wicklow mountains; if his attention has been drawn to damage being caused on our mountain ranges by motor bikes and quad bikes which are causing irreparabl...More Button

I have no direct responsibility for the management of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. My Department administers the Walks Scheme, which covers the development, enhancement and maintenance of Nat...More Button

Where such activity has been reported on the Wicklow Way, steps have been taken, in consultation with private landowners and others, to restrict access to that route by having locks fitted to gates...More Button

With regard to damage that may have been caused to 5,000 year old cairns, this is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.More Button

I am of course also aware of the damage that has been, and is being, caused in sensitive areas by the indiscriminate use of scrambler bikes and quads; however, I have no powers to ban such vehicles...More Button

In relation to Co. Wicklow, I understand that the Wicklow Outdoor Recreation Committee consists of all the major landowners in the area of the Wicklow Mountains including relevant State Agencies su...More Button

Written Answers - Protected Structures

Was asked: if he has any plans to assist owners of thatched roof structures and dwellings, which are recorded as protected structures by their Local Authorities, to obtain affordable insurance cover; and if h...More Button

Written Answers - Fuel Quality

Was asked: if he will respond to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department’s responsibility for fuel quality standards arises from the perspective of ensuring that petrol and diesel sold in the State meet prescribed environmental specifications to redu...More Button

Ireland’s latest results, which were submitted to the Commission on 30 June 2011, indicated that fuel sold in the State during 2010 was predominantly compliant with the environmental specific...More Button

Written Answers - Regulatory Impact Assessments

Was asked: the number and description of any regulatory impact assessments that have been undertaken by his Department on legislation or proposed legislation since 9 March 2011; the stage in the legislative/p...More Button

My Department has completed and published the following Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) since my appointment, relating to the following legislation/policy proposals:More Button

RIAs are generally undertaken within my Department at an early stage in the policy development process, as they are regarded as a valuable tool in deciding the best approach to take, and it is the ...More Button

The above RIAs are published on my Department’s website.More Button

A further RIA has been undertaken relating to the assessment of the impact of 3 key areas of Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2011, viz.:More Button

It is intended that this Bill, along with the RIA, will be published later this year.More Button

Written Answers - Water Charges

Was asked: the location of the 300,000 homes that cannot be installed with water meters. More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 2 of 3 May 2012, which sets out the position in regard to the installation of water meters.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the position regarding household charge or property tax payments for the next three years (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An independently chaired Inter-Departmental expert Group has been established to consider the structures and modalities for an equitable valuation based property tax. The Group will complete its w...More Button

Written Answers - Non-Principal Private Residence Charge

Was asked: his views in relation to the non principal private residence charge being applied to the family home of persons that are forced to emigrate to find employment on a temporary basis; and if he will m...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, broadened the revenue base of local authorities by introducing a charge on non-principal private residences. The charge is set at €200 and...More Button

The Act has a starting position of a universal liability for residential property in respect of the charge. It goes on to exempt certain buildings and owners from this liability, the most importan...More Button

Question No. 357 answered with Question No. 341.More Button

Written Answers - Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos 187 and 193 of 28 March 2012, if he will clarify the answer (details supplied) More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: the cost of overtime for staffing local authority offices to facilitate the payment of the household charge on 31 March 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local au...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the appointments made by him to State boards under the remit of his Department since March 2011 that were advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Up to 28 March 2012, the latest date for which information is available, the position is as follows: More Button

A notice was placed on my Department’s website on 19 July, 2011 seeking expressions of interest, from suitably qualified and experienced persons, for consideration as members or chairpersons ...More Button

A number of different statutory processes are involved in appointments to State boards. In some cases statutory selection procedures must be followed or nominations must be sought from independent ...More Button

The Boards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Bord Pleanála are executive in nature and members are employed on a full time salaried basis. The appointments as Chairperson o...More Button

The following members were appointed to the Board of Pobal, a not for profit company under the aegis of my Department, by Government:More Button

Article 3 of the Articles of Association of Pobal requires the Minister to consider nominations received from a list of stakeholders and the Social Partners defined by Government in 2005. The list ...More Button

National Social PartnersMore Button

A consultation process was conducted in June/July 2011 and 22 nominations received from the Stakeholders and the National Social Partners were considered in bringing forward proposals to Government...More Button