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Hogan, Phil

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

The Deputy's memorandum was very good. His were due to come in on 1 January.More Button

Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív will be on it.More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding

I thank the Acting Chairman, Deputy Ann Phelan. It is appropriate that she is in the Chair for this matter. Many Members from all parties have asked about this issue recently. I thank Deputy Cof...More Button

The Leader elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-13, which my Department delivers, are designed to address many of the challenges facing rural communities, including the need to increa...More Button

I am pleased to announce that, following a thorough examination of project activity in local development companies, I will release a further €90 million in funding for the Leader elements of the ...More Button

My Department had to pause project approvals in February 2013 as the value of the programme had decreased arising from the increase in the European Commission's co-funding rate from 55% to 85%. ...More Button

As to Deputy Coffey's question on the future of local development companies, I am keen that their expertise and experience will be harnessed as part of new structures I outlined in Putting People...More Button

The alignment of the community sector with local government will not affect funding for local community development companies, Tús and the rural social scheme, as that funding comes from the Exch...More Button

The Acting Chairman, Deputy Ann Phelan, will agree that Deputy Coffey needs all the money that is to be spent in Carlow-Kilkenny and elsewhere, so carried away did he get with all the projects he h...More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding (Continued)

I am anxious that we will know in the next two weeks whether the projects are ready to go. If not, we will reallocate money to other locations in the same constituencies or counties for the purpos...More Button

Public Service Pension Scheme

Was asked: the reason part time fire-fighters are not entitled to a pension although they are paying a pension levyMore Button

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009, provides that any public servant, who is a member of a public service pension scheme, is entitled to a benefit under such a scheme...More Button

Energy Efficiency Programme

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the positive results achieved under the DEHLG2010 Energy Efficiency Programme by Dublin City Council where the BER rating on senior citizens' homes in the pilot a...More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Was asked: his views on the following matter regarding motor tax (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There have been no recent changes to the supporting documentation required for the taxing of a commercial vehicle. Licensing authorities have an obligation under Article 3 of the Road Vehicles (Reg...More Button

Household Charge Collection

Was asked: if he will outline, on a local authority basis, the compliance rate for payment of the household tax per month since November 2012.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

Housing Grants

Was asked: when he will allocate the much needed funding to Westmeath County Council for housing grants.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if any of his Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the month by month profile for his Department's 2013 capital expendiuture; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 186 together.

  In 2012, no provision in my Department’s voted capital allocation was used for current expenditure purposes. The Revi...More Button

Building Regulations Application

Was asked: the reasons for not including members of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists in the list of competent designers and certifiers when this profession was previously recognised and ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 838 of 16 April 2013 stating that members of CIAT must change their profession to continue practising in the State despite the fact that no public statement wa...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 together.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 certifi...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

It is my understanding that architectural technologists have already successfully sought inclusion on both registers. I have recently asked Mr. Garrett Fennell, Solicitor, who is currently servin...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: when final payment will be paid to a company (details supplied) by his Department.More Button

Regeneration Projects Funding

Was asked: the proposals for the future funding of an organisation (details supplied). in Dublin 11.More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Was asked: further to parliamentary question No. 186 on 18 April 2013, if he will provide the information sought in the second part of the question, specifically, if the residents of this area who are subject...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 current positi...More Button

Commercial Rates Write-Offs

Was asked: if under existing provisions local authorities have the authority to waive/reduce outstanding commercial rate liabilities that are owed on vacant properties as a means of encouraging businesses to ...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

Under rating legislation, the person liable for payment of rates is generally the person in occupation of a rateable property on the date of the making of the rate by the relevant local authority...More Button

Should an occupier commence his or her occupation of rateable premises after the date of the making of the rate in any given year, that person would not normally be primarily liable for rates for...More Button

Litter Pollution Fines

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to assist local authorities with issuing fines in relation to dumping on private property, most notably in developments run by a property management company; and ...More Button

Existing 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 €13...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 dispos...More Button

Following a review of legislation in this area and notwithstanding the significant penalties currently in place, my Department is currently preparing legislative proposals that would provide for ...More Button

Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and provide that each house must have access to suitable and adequate pest ...More Button