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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: his views on the fact that Ireland is ranked at the bottom of the list with regard to carbon dioxide emissions 118 by the World Economic Forum in its Travel and Competitiveness Report 2013; if he w...More Button

Taken in isolation, this single criterion does not reflect Ireland’s actual performance in the report. Overall, Ireland is ranked 19th out of the 140 countries featured, an improvement of two place...More Button

Mortgage Applications Approvals

Was asked: if he will provide details of the eligibility criteria that apply to borrowers who wish to avail of the mortgage to rent scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Litter Pollution Legislation

Was asked: his plans to introduce new, tougher legislation to address the problem of littering and dog fouling; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the initiatives being run by his Department to address the problem of littering and dog fouling; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 750 and 808 together. More Button

The Litter Pollution Acts 1997 to 2009 provide the statutory framework to combat the litter problem. Under the Acts, the primary management and enforcement response to littering is, in the first...More Button

It is a matter for each local authority to determine the most appropriate course of action to tackle litter pollution locally, within the legislation provided, including the most appropriate publ...More Button

Penalties available under the Litter Pollution Acts for litter offences range from an on-the-spot fine of €150, to a maximum fine of €3,000 on summary conviction, and a maximum fine of €130,000 o...More Button

In 2010, over 18,000 litter fines were issued by local authorities, who also spent approximately €100 million nationally on litter control and prevention. The latest figures available from my Dep...More Button

Notwithstanding the significant penalties currently in place, my Department is preparing legislative proposals that would provide for the introduction of on-the-spot fines for incidences of fly-t...More Button

As the Minister with responsibility for this area, I encourage a multi-facetted approach to tackling the litter problem, incorporating enforcement, public awareness and education. As such, my De...More Button

- National Spring Clean;More Button

- Green Schools Program;More Button

- Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) – Litter League;More Button

- Tidy Towns;More Button

- Local Authority Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme;More Button

- Negotiated Agreement with the Banking and Chewing Gum industries.More Button

Under the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, which my Department has co-funded for local authorities since 1997, local authorities are responsible for selecting suitable projects...More Button

During the summer months of 2012, I also launched a national litter campaign by way of a negotiated agreement with the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI), NNI Local & Regional, the Regional New...More Button

I believe that raising awareness of the litter problem and educating our young people is key to effecting a long term change in society’s attitudes towards litter disposal but ultimately, it is t...More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Was asked: the way the figure for the extra administrative costs relating to the payment of motor tax in instalments is arrived at; and if he will provide a breakdown of the extra costs related to processing ...More Button

The rates of duty currently applicable to half-yearly and quarterly discs are 55.5% and 28.25% of the annual rate respectively and incorporate a surcharge element to cover the higher administrative...More Button

Water Charges Introduction

Was asked: if an allowance of water units will be given to clients as part of the up coming water charges particularly in areas that experience frequent breakages in water supply and require lengthy run off t...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 530 of 19 February 2013, if a list has been compiled by his Department outlining medical conditions which could be considered for allowances in terms of water ...More Button

Was asked: if and when water charges will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 752, 763 and 828 together.More Button

The Programme for Government and the Memorandum of Understanding with the EU, the IMF and the ECB provide for the introduction of domestic water charges and the current position is that domestic ...More Button

Affordability measures, including consideration of water customers with medical needs, will be addressed by my Department and the Department of Social Protection, in consultation with the Regulat...More Button

Local Authority Funding

Was asked: when funding will be allocated to local authority for housing aid for the elderly/housing adaptation/mobility aids grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the benefits an estate (details supplied) in Dublin 9 will derive from the implementation of the residential property tax. More Button

Was asked: the services persons living in an estate (details supplied) in County Meath will receive as a result of paying property tax in view of the fact that they already pay privately for their services.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider introducing a system where payers of the local property tax receive regular updates from their council on the way the revenue is spent with a breakdown across expenditure headin...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 782, 804 and 829 together.More Button

Under section 157 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, commencing in 2014, the Minister for Finance will pay into the Local Government Fund an amount equivalent to the Local Property Tax...More Button

I expect the Local Property Tax to have multiple benefits, including, a more sustainable and resilient system of funding for local authorities and therefore a sounder financial footing for the pr...More Button

The Local Property Tax is not intended to reflect the degree to which an individual household, or set of households, receive services. Rather, Local Property Tax funding will reinforce the link b...More Button

Society as a whole benefits from the services local authorities provide, even when such benefits accrue at a community level, such as from the positive contribution libraries make to society as a...More Button

I anticipate that local financial reporting will ensure taxpayers and their elected representatives are kept abreast of the uses to which Local Property Tax revenue is applied in any given local ...More Button

Water Meters Installation

Was asked: when the main contractor for water metering will be appointed; if the tender process has commenced; and the criteria that are being used.More Button

Was asked: if a timeframe has been established for the installation of water meters through Irish Water/Uisce Éireann; the number of water meters that have been installed to date; the targets he has set for f...More Button

Was asked: if water calibration and verification of water meters will be part of the new body Irish Water/Uisce Éireann; if it will be done at household, residential, district and commercial levels; if the me...More Button

Was asked: when the roll out of the installation of water meters will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 754 to 756, inclusive, and 836 together. More Button

The Programme for Government and the Memorandum of Understanding with the EU, the IMF and the ECB provide for the introduction of domestic water charges. The Government considers that charging ba...More Button

The procurement process for the metering programme is underway. The criteria for the procurement process were developed by my Department, in consultation with Bord Gáis Éireann, to ensure that SM...More Button

The 2013 Act also assigns to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) the power to advise the Government on the development of a regulatory framework for water services. The Government intends ...More Button

Water meters used for domestic billing must comply with the EU Measuring Instrument Directive which sets standards of accuracy. This Directive is implemented in Ireland by the Legal Metrology (Eu...More Button

Rural Development Policy

Was asked: the proposals he has to re-energise the rural resettlement programme which was available for city tenants in the past.More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Applications

Was asked: if he will outline the current options available to older persons who seek financial assistance to adapt their homes; if he will acknowledge the importance of ensuring that older persons homes are ...More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Was asked: if he will provide details of all the submissions received by his Department from the local authorities in relation to the process of categorisation of residential properties within their functiona...More Button

Was asked: the reason the residents of a housing estate (details supplied) in County Offaly who were exempt from paying the household charge are now liable for the local property tax; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the reason housing estates that were categorised as unfinished and exempt from the household charge are now liable to pay the local property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the rationale for deeming only part of an estate (details supplied) in County Westmeath eligible for a waiver from the local property tax; if the entire estate will be waived fro...More Button

Was asked: the reason unfinished estates (details supplied) were not granted a waiver for the local property tax when little or no work has been done to resolve the issues faced by residents; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: the agency that was responsible for drawing up the list of estates in County Mayo that are exempted from the local property tax; if the relevant authority visited each of the 57 estates which were ...More Button

Was asked: the reason an estate (details supplied) in Dublin 11 was exempt from the household charge in 2012 but is not now exempt from the local property tax despite the fact that no remedial works have been...More Button

Was asked: the reason an estate (details supplied) in County Dublin was not included on the current or previous list of unfinished estates prepared by his Department; and if he will consider its inclusion.More Button

Was asked: the criteria used in the compilation of the list of unfinished estates by his Department; and the criteria used in drawing up the initial list under the previous Government.More Button

Was asked: the reason an estate (details supplied) in County Dublin is not included in the list of unfinished housing estates in Finance (Local Property Tax) Regulations 2013.More Button

Was asked: the reasons an estate (details supplied) in County Meath was not exempted from the property tax as it was from the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if persons who own homes affected by pyrite and already have had testing and visual assessments of their homes undertaken will have to get additional testing carried out in order to avail of proper...More Button

Regulations are currently being finalised in my Department which will set out the methodology for the assessment of dwellings in order to establish significant pyritic damage for the purpose of bei...More Button

  Question No. 815 answered with Question No. 799.More Button

Local Authority Finances

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 165 and 166 of 21 March 2013, if he will provide, in tabular form, the total income of local authorities for 2002-2010 setting out amounts received under the ...More Button

The Annual Financial Statement of each local authority provides an analysis of their income.

  The information requested is set out in the following table in respect of local aut...More Button

Nuclear Plants

Was asked: the communications his Department has had with the UK authorities regarding the proposed Nuclear Power Station Development at Hinkley Point, Somerset; if his Department was informed of the proposed...More Button

Was asked: in relation to the recent development proposals for a nuclear power facility at Hinkely Point as approved by the UK's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on March 19th 2013, if he will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 766 and 781 together.More Button

While not having a nuclear power industry, it is Ireland’s position that, where a State chooses to develop a nuclear power industry, this should be done in accordance with the highest internation...More Button

The UK published its draft Energy National Policy Statement in November 2009, which signalled its intention to construct ten new nuclear power stations at sites judged as potentially suitable. Th...More Button

Ireland has been actively involved in the consultation process on the new build programme. Since the original announcement in 2009, Ireland has written twice at Ministerial level to the UK Secret...More Button

Ireland was notified in early 2012 of the proposed development at Hinkley Point. The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), in accordance with its statutory advisory role to the Gov...More Button

Under the EURATOM Treaty the UK was required to satisfy the European Commission that the development at Hinkley Point would not be liable to result in the radioactive contamination of the water, ...More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the position regarding the rental accomodation scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Decisions on the eligibility of specific persons for social housing support and the allocation of that support are a matter solely for the housing authority concerned. I have no function in relatio...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: when full approval will be granted by his Department for a project (details supplied) in County Donegal, which has been initially approved for funding by DLDC and has been referred to his Departmen...More Button

Was asked: the total amount of money that has been allocated to projects under the LEADER programme to date; the total amount of money available for allocation under the LEADER programme; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: when a LEADER project (details supplied) which has been with his Department since the 7 of December 2012 will be approved; the reason for the delay with this project; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: when an approval will issue in respect of LEADER funding for a development (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the date on which he intends to release the remaining €120m of the rural development programme project funds for allocation to projects in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason there is a stop on the granting of funds (details supplied); and when this stop on grants will be lifted.More Button

Was asked: the reason that all LEADER groups were instructed not to evaluate any more projects until his Department confirmed the budget that was available in the different measures under the rural developmen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 768, 769, 791, 798, 824, 840 and 857 together.More Button

In late 2011 the European Commission approved a change in the maximum co-funding rate from 55% to 85% for the Axes 3 and 4 elements (LEADER) of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-20...More Button

Axes 3 and 4 of the RDP has already allocated significant resources to rural communities all over Ireland with just over €200 million allocated to date. However, given the levels of spending by t...More Button

An exercise is currently being carried out to determine the level of project commitments across all LDCs and all RDP measures in order to rebalance the programme in as equitable a way as possible...More Button

I expect this exercise to be completed shortly and following this my Department will be in contact with all LDC s regarding allocations and any specific projects which are awaiting Departmental a...More Button

  Question No. 770 answered with Question No. 759.More Button

Was asked: the funding assistance, if any, available to local housing associations and-or community groups who propose to take over unfinished housing estates within their community with a view to providing s...More Button

Was asked: if plans are in place to increase the €5 million fund which is available from his Department to address public safety issues which arise in category four classed unfinished housing estates; if he i...More Button

Household Charge Collection

Was asked: the number of households broken down by local authority area that have currently registered for the household charge; the total number of households broken down by local authority area targeted by ...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides the legislative basis for the Household Charge. Under the Act, an owner of a residential property on the liability date is liable to pay th...More Button

Alignment Working Group

Was asked: in order to build greater trust and collaboration between the local government and local development sectors, if he will consider establishing a position for a staff representative of the local dev...More Button

I established the Alignment Working Group to advise on the implementation of the new arrangements for an enhanced alignment between the local government and local development sectors. The Group com...More Button

The Irish Local Development Network has three places on the Working Group and it is a matter for that body to select its nominees to fill these positions. It is the responsibility of the represe...More Button

Fire Safety Regulations

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding fire, health and safety regulations. More Button

Fire safety in the design and construction of new buildings, including emergency escape lighting, is governed by Part B of the 1997 – 2008 Building Regulations, made under the Building Control Act,...More Button

Section 18 (Part 3) of the Fire Services Act, 1981 and 2003 places a duty on persons having control over premises to take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire and to ensu...More Button

Section 22 of the Fire Services Act, 1981 and 2003 empowers fire authorities to inspect any land or building, including leisure complexes, for the purpose of the Act. Under the Act, fire authoritie...More Button

Health and Safety legislation and regulations are a matter for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.More Button

I am arranging that your correspondence will be provided to Fingal County Council and the Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade for attention and any necessary action to be undertaken.More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if there is any tenant purchase scheme in place since 31 December 2012 for tenants of local authorities to buy out their houses; if it is intended to introduce such a scheme again; and if he will m...More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 383 and 384 of 26 March 2013, if he will request the information sought from each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of value of bonds held by financial institutions in respect of housing developments in each of the respective local authority areas; the way these bonds can be accessed by local authorit...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form details by county of the number of effluent management plans that were carried out in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied that all local authorities are administering on a consistent basis the implementation and completion of effluent management plans as part of the planning application process with...More Button

Was asked: if effluent management plans are a requirement under the Planning Acts in respect of on farm developments for agricultural purposes; if there is requirement on all local authorities to have the pla...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 822, 823 and 825 together.More Button

The Nitrates Directive and Ireland's Nitrates Action Programme are given legal effect by the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters) Regulations 2010, commo...More Button

Local authorities are the competent authorities for implementation of the GAP regulations and are also empowered under the Water Pollution Acts 1977 to 2007 to prevent or control pollution of wat...More Button

It is incumbent on local authorities to ensure that all proposed agricultural developments comply with the Water Pollution Acts and the GAP regulations. There is no requirement under the Planning...More Button

My Department has no role in this process and does not compile or keep data on the information sought by local authorities for this purpose. The principal role of the Department of Agriculture, F...More Button

Consistency of approach to the implementation of the GAP regulations is overseen by a working group consisting of representatives from my Department, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the M...More Button

  Question No. 824 answered with Question No. 768.More Button

  Question No. 825 answered with Question No. 822.More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to a query (details supplied) regarding planning permission in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent, if any, to which he has studied the number of refusals by the various local authorities for applications for extensions to existing planning permissions when the applicants, due to the ...More Button

Building Regulations Application

Was asked: if the Architects Registration Body published its 2010, 2011 and 2012 annual reports as stipulated in section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007; if published, if these reports may be viewed by th...More Button

Section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007 requires a registration body, as soon as may be after the end of each year, to prepare a report of its proceedings under the Act during that year. It fur...More Button

Was asked: his reasons for, as per Building Control Regulations 2013, preventing chartered members of CIAT from designing and to certifying their projects where they are fully competent and qualified to carry...More Button

Section 6 of the Building Control Act 1990 provides for the making of building control regulations which, among other things, may require the submission to building control authorities of certifica...More Button

With effect from 1 March 2014 the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 will require, among other things, that design drawings demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the second...More Button

Architects, Building Surveyors and Chartered Engineers are the construction professions typically involved in the design of construction works in Ireland and reference to these professions in reg...More Button

  Question No. 839 answered with Question No. 818.More Button

  Question No. 840 answered with Question No. 768.More Button

Was asked: if local authorities made efforts to communicate the new housing regulations to landlords; and the efforts that have been made to communicate these new regulations and their implications to tenants...More Button

Was asked: the rights that tenants have when their accommodations is below the new standards for housing regulation.More Button

Was asked: when a local authority finds that bed-sit accommodation which does not meet the new housing regulations is still being tenanted, the action that will be taken and the way in which the tenure of the...More Button

Was asked: the guidance that has been provided by him in relation to tenants about procedures to identify and avoid any risk of homelessness.More Button

Was asked: the number of housing units that have been upgraded, that will be upgraded and that might be withdrawn from the private rented sector as a result of the new housing regulations.More Button

Was asked: the discussions that he has had with the Department of Social Protection regarding the increased demands on rent supplement as non-working tenants of bed-sits seek more expensive accommodation as a...More Button

Was asked: if he has a target date by which all inspections of housing will be completed and that all below-standard bed-sits are withdrawn from the housing market.More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Was asked: if it is permissible for a property bought under the affordable housing scheme to be rented to a third party when the owners circumstances have changed, can the scheme be varied by individual local...More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding social housing.More Button

Strategic Development Zones

Was asked: following his press release of 19 December 2012 on the designation of Dublin Docklands areas as Strategic Development Zones, if he intends to realise the need for fostering of community interaction...More Button

Heritage Centres Funding

Was asked: if it has been brought to his attention that in 2008 Sligo County Council sought approval from his Department to the raising of a loan of €6.4 million for a new Sligo Museum and an extension to the...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 167 of 7 March 2013, which addressed the position in this matter.More Button

Urban Renewal Schemes

Was asked: if he will confirm that he has received submissions from Westmeath County Council in respect of the regeneration of areas (details supplied); if same will be expedited in view of the fact that the ...More Button

Property Taxation Collection

Was asked: if the non-principal private residency charge will be abolished following the introduction of the local property tax in view of the fact that it represents a double taxation; and if he will make a ...More Button

The Local Property Tax is being introduced on a half year basis this year and accordingly, 50% of the Tax is payable in 2013. This year will also be the final year of the operation of the Non-Princ...More Button

Election Management System

Was asked: following the recent by-election in Meath East, the steps he took to reserving polling station and count staff positions for those on the live register where practicable; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: following the recent by-election in Meath East, if he will outline the requirements in respect of the advertising of polling station and count staff positions in advance of each election; and if he...More Button

Was asked: following the recent by-election in Meath East, the number of the persons employed in the following roles in the by-election who were immediately previously unemployed or on the live register: Spec...More Button

Was asked: following the recent by-election in Meath East, if he will provide the number of the persons employed in the following roles in the by-election, and the average remuneration provided: Special Presi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 785 to 788, inclusive, together.More Button

The primary role of my Department in electoral matters is to provide an appropriate policy and legislative framework for a modern and efficient electoral system. Within that framework, local retu...More Button

The guidance issued by my Department to returning officers in advance of each election and referendum, including the Meath East bye-election, emphasises that the smooth conduct of polls is depend...More Button

In addition, at my request, my Department wrote to each Returning Officer on 4 October 2012, advising that, wherever practicable, the opportunity should be taken to employ unemployed persons at p...More Button

Ministerial Travel

Was asked: the cost incurred by his Department, in respect of this year’s overseas travel programme for St Patrick’s Day; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Minister of State in my Department, Jan O’Sullivan, represented the Government in Saudi Arabia for St. Patrick’s Day. The total cost incurred by my Department in respect of Minister of State O’...More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Was asked: if he will provide an update on when he will sign off on the new housing scheme of lettings for Dublin City Council.More Button

Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: if all unfinished housing estates that are not exempt from the local property tax will now be taken in charge by their relevant local authorities; if public lighting, finished roads and so on will ...More Button

Was asked: the number of housing developments in respect of each local authority that have yet to be taken in charge; if he will provide a breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water Services Provision

Was asked: in view of the state of water supplies for Dublin City, the steps he has taken to ensure that the deteoriating Vartry tunnel is refurbished to ensure continuity of supply in the future; and if he w...More Button

The operation, maintenance and management of water services infrastructure is a matter for the relevant water services authority, in this case Dublin City Council. More Button

In 2007, my Department approved Dublin City Council’s Preliminary Report which recommended the replacement of the existing Vartry Tunnel with a new 4km tunnel from the Vartry Waterworks to Callow...More Button

  Questions Nos. 794 and 795 answered with Question No. 759.More Button

Fire Stations Provision

Was asked: if he will prioritise the approval to Mayo County Council to tender for a new Fire Station in Crossmolina for which a site has been acquired on the basis of the revised design documents which were ...More Button

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs, the provision of a premises and the making...More Button

My Department supports fire authorities through the setting of general policy and guidance and the provision of capital funding, including the recoupment (within the overall funding available) of...More Button

Approval-in-principle was announced under the 2007 Capital Programme for a new fire station at Crossmolina, at an estimated cost of €1 million, and Mayo County Council has submitted an updated co...More Button

Given the constraints on public finances it has been necessary, in keeping with other reductions, to reduce the fire service capital allocations over recent years, including 2013. Accordingly, in...More Button

The provision of funding to bring proposed projects to construction stage will be considered under future capital programmes within the constraints of available resources, and will have regard to...More Button

Was asked: when the approved new Waterford City Fire Station will begin construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs, the provision of a premises and the making...More Button

My Department supports fire authorities through the setting of general policy and guidance and the provision of capital funding, including the recoupment (within the overall funding available) of...More Button

Proposals for a new fire station for Waterford City were approved-in-principle under the 2006 fire service capital programme and my Department approved Waterford City Council to progress the proj...More Button

Building Regulations Amendments

Was asked: if he intends to amend the Building Control Regulations to provide for the physical inspection of a new building to ensure that it has been built according to the plans for which a fire safety cert...More Button

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which I signed in to law on 8 March 2013, will come into effect on and from 1 March 2014. The new regulations will strengthen the current arrangem...More Button

I am satisfied that the reforms now provided for, including the lodgement of drawings, inspection by registered professionals and statutory certification will result in the necessary improvement ...More Button

  Questions Nos. 798 answered with Question No. 768.More Button

Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Exemptions

Was asked: with reference to the non-principal private residence charge, if he will advise a person (details supplied) who has moved to Great Britain where he is now working and who now faces a bill that incl...More Button

Was asked: if an exemption can be provided in respect of a person (details supplied) from accumulated non-principal private residency penalties and charges due to the fact that the person was unaware of the N...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 799 and 815 together.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 lia...More Button

A residential property not in use by an owner as his or her sole or main residence is liable for the Charge. This may not necessarily be a second home; a person may have vacated a property and be...More Button

Under the Act, it is a function of a local authority to collect the Non-Principal Private Residence Charge and late payment fees due to it, and all charges and late payment fees imposed and payab...More Button

Noise Pollution

Was asked: the position regarding a noise pollution issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Currently, a person experiencing noise nuisance may under the Noise Regulations contact their local authority, which may initiate proceedings on grounds of noise nuisance under the Environmental Pr...More Button

Urban Trees and Hedges

Was asked: if there are laws on the size and height of trees and hedges in urban areas; and if there is a complaints process for citizens who feel their light and stability of walled structures are threatened...More Button

Fire Service

Was asked: his plans to examine equipping fire-fighters with personal safety devices like mace or pepper spray; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps that his Department has initiated and adopted to ensure the personal safety of fire-fighters and paramedics working in sometimes hazardous and dangerous conditions; if his attention has b...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 803 and 809 together.

  The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, th...More Button

  Question No. 804 answered with Question No. 782.More Button

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Was asked: if he has received a copy of the report he commissioned to be carried out into the purchase of land at Three Trouts in Greystones, County Wicklow by Wicklow County Council; if so, when he intends t...More Button

I appointed Mr Seamus Woulfe SC to carry out an independent review of the compulsory acquisition of land at Charlesland, County Wicklow, by Wicklow County Council following representations made by ...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Was asked: the number of social and affordable houses that were provided as part of development conditions where a developer had to build social and affordable housing or contribute to the cost of such in ord...More Button

Was asked: if any review is underway regarding the shared ownership scheme for previous purchasers of affordable and non-affordable homes; if the rental equity held by local authorities on these homes has bee...More Button

Was asked: when he expects the review of Part V of the Planning and Development Acts to be published, which was announced in the context of the standing down of affordable housing schemes as part of his housi...More Button

Waste Management

Was asked: if he is considering introducing a national waste management bin collection waiver for senior citizens and low income families, as many senior citizens and low income families do not have the suffi...More Button

The Government’s new waste policy, A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, was published in July 2012. Among the measures included in the policy is the establishment of an inte...More Button

Was asked: if he is examining ways to make landlords more accountable for the dumping of rubbish from their premises; the legal barriers to making private landlords accountable for household waste; the way in...More Button

Under section 32(1A)(a) of the Waste Management Act 1996 it is the responsibility of the original waste producer or other waste holder to have waste collected, or to make appropriate arrangements f...More Button

Penalties available under the Litter Pollution Acts for litter offences range from an on-the-spot fine of €150, to a maximum fine of €3,000 on summary conviction, and a maximum fine of €130,000 o...More Button

Penalties for more serious dumping offences provided for under the Waste Management Acts are also substantial. Persons who are found to be responsible for, or involved in, the unauthorised dispo...More Button

Notwithstanding the significant penalties currently in place, my Department is preparing legislative proposals that would provide for the introduction of on-the-spot fines for incidences of fly-t...More Button

Under article 12 of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008, a dwelling let for rent must generally have access to suitable and adequate pest and vermin proof refuse storage fa...More Button

Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the extent to which he has received communication from the various local authorities in connection with the need to address the local authority housing crisis he inherited from his predecessors; an...More Button

An Bord Pleanála Appeals

Was asked: the number of planning appeals to An Bord Pleanála that were refused against the recommendation of the Board's own Inspector, for the Fingal region from January 2011 until 4 April 2013; and if he w...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation

Was asked: the way the Pyrite Resolution Board will deal with homeowners whose homes have significant damage as a result of pyrite, where they built the house themselves and have no structural insurance. More Button

The Pyrite Resolution Board, which I have recently established under the chairmanship of Mr. John O'Connor, former Chairman of An Bord Pleanála, will oversee the effective implementation of a pyrit...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Funding

Was asked: when funding will be provided for the sewer extension in Aghadoe, Killarney, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will prioritise investment in the extension of a waste water system (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 818 and 839 together.

  My Department has received no proposals from Kerry County Council in relation to the extension of the Killarney Sewerage ...More Button

Was asked: when the funding will be provided for the sewer extension in Kilcummin, Killarney, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme is included in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 as a scheme to advance through planning. The Council submitted a revised proposal to my Department ...More Button

Septic Tank Registration Scheme

Was asked: if septic tanks will have to be registered again in five year's time; if so, if this registration will carry a further fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if exceptional personal circumstances, such as ill health and hospitalisation, can be taken into consideration in individual cases where the 1 February registration deadline was missed in relation ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 826 and 827 together.More Button

The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides that a certificate of registration for a domestic waste water treatment system is valid for a period of five years from the date on which it was i...More Button

I have announced my intention to introduce a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems are deemed to require re...More Button

  Question No. 828 answered with Question No. 752.More Button

  Question No. 829 answered with Question No. 782.More Button

Regeneration Projects Funding

Was asked: the overall amount allocated/approved to the Cox’s Regeneration project, Cox’s Demesne, Dundalk, County Louth; the phasing on which the funding will be released; the period of time for the completi...More Button

Local Authority Housing Maintenance

Was asked: if local authorities receive grants from his Department to carry out works which would improve the energy rating and environmental efficiency of local authority properties; the amount of funding al...More Button

Commercial Rates

Was asked: if he will indicate that community childcare providers, which operate on a not for profit basis and which are clearly commercial enterprises and would not be sustainable to continue their operation...More Button

Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independe...More Button

The levying and collection of rates are matters for each individual local authority. The annual rate on valuation (ARV), which is applied to the valuation of each property, determined by the Val...More Button

However, it is a matter for the Commissioner of Valuation to decide whether or not a property is rateable and on what basis it is placed on the valuation list. The Valuation Office comes under t...More Button

  Question No. 835 answered with Question No. 759.More Button

  Question No. 836 answered with Question No. 754.More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of an upgraded sewerage scheme (details supplied); and if Limerick County Council has submitted its preliminary report for the scheme.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the sewage scheme in Bruff, County Limerick; if he has received a submission from Limerick County council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the upgrade of a sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 841 to 843, inclusive, together.More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Limerick. The Programme includes contracts...More Button

The Drumcollogher Sewerage Scheme, comprising contracts for a wastewater treatment plant (Design Build Operate) and network, is included among the contracts to start during the period of the Prog...More Button

The Bruff and Pallasgreen Sewerage Schemes were not amongst the priority contracts and schemes selected for inclusion in the current Programme.More Button

The Programme aims to prioritise projects that target environmental compliance issues and support economic and employment growth. A key input to the development of the Programme was the assessmen...More Button

Progress under the Water Services Investment Programme was reviewed in mid-2011 and through this process, consideration was given to any newly emerging priority contracts and schemes submitted by...More Button

Water and Sewerage Scheme Grants

Was asked: when the increased grant for group sewerage schemes to €6,500 per house or 75% of the cost of the scheme will become available nationally outside of pilot scheme areas; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the Rural Water Programme, which includes group sewerage schemes, has been devolved to local authorities since 1997.More Button

In December 2012 I announced an increase in the grant for group sewerage schemes to €6,500 per house or 75% of the cost of the scheme, whichever is the lesser. The previous rate of grant availabl...More Button

I propose, in the first instance, to carry out a number of pilot schemes based on the increased grant level. My Department asked local authorities to include in their requests for funding under t...More Button

Following an examination of the proposals received, in March 2013 I approved grant assistance towards a number of pilot schemes. Progress on these pilot schemes will be reviewed in due course wi...More Button

Water Services Funding

Was asked: if funding will be provided to Kerry County Council in respect of works (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Substantial funding towards local authorities’ water conservation programmes is being provided under my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013. Watermains rehabilitation is a ...More Button

Kerry County Council has completed its countywide watermains rehabilitation strategy required as part of its water conservation programme. This strategy identifies specific defective water supply...More Button

My Department has already approved a number of proposals received from Kerry County Council for watermains rehabilitation works throughout the county to the value of €1.26 million. The Council i...More Button

Local Authority Housing Grants

Was asked: in view of the fact that Kerry County Council received a cut of 56% in the funding being made available for its housing aid grants, mobility aids grants and housing adaptation grants, if he will en...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if the county and city councils have autistic planning teams to assist adults with Autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My colleague, the Minister for Health has responsibility for health issues including autism services, and if he considers that provision of autistic planning teams in County and City Councils would...More Button