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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee

Was asked: the qualifications of each member of the local electoral area boundary committee; the fees paid to each member to date since their appointment; the fees that remain outstanding; if the positions on...More Button

I established a Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee on 15 November 2012 , in accordance with sections 28, 32 and 33 of the Local Government Act 1991, to review and make recommendations on the...More Button

The Committee members are Mr G Kearney (Chair), former Secretary General in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Professor Gary Murphy, Head of the School of Law and Governme...More Button

As required under the Local Government Act 1991, I will publish the Committee’s report after it has been submitted to me. More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: his views on a submission (details supplied) regarding quarries; his plans to address this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, on a county-by-county basis, the number of times An Bord Pleanala overturned a refusal of planning permission by a local authority since 2011; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Status

Was asked: if his Department has given consideration to the approval to proceed to construction for the extension of Cornalghta reservoir and the water treatment plant at Moneyduff as part of the north Leitri...More Button

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

The North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme is included in the Programme as a scheme to advance through planning. This scheme included a Design Build Contract for the upgrade of the existing W...More Button

I understand from Leitrim County Council that they have recently submitted an Environmental Impact Statement to An Bord Pleanála for the scheme. The Council must await certification from An Bord Pl...More Button

The Council has also submitted a proposal to my Department for the inclusion of the Cornalaghta Reservoir Extension as a contract to start in the existing Water Services Investment Programme at an ...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Was asked: if his Department has given consideration to the approval to proceed towards the provision of improved sewerage infrastructure in nine towns and villages (details supplied) in County Leitrim.More Button

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

The Leitrim Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme – Bundle No. 2 (9 Villages – Drumshanbo, Ballinamore, Carrigallen, Dromod, Glenfarne, Leitrim Village, Mohill, Rossinver and Manorhamilton) was not ...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

A revised submission, again not including the villages of Glenfarne or Rossinver, for the inclusion of the scheme into the Water Services Investment Programme was submitted by the Council and a l...More Button

Under this programme an allocation of almost €1.25 million towards Wastewater Compliance Works to address Environmental Protection Agency wastewater discharge authorisation requirements was notif...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the RWP has been devolved to local authorities since 1997. The selection and approval of individual scheme proposals for advancement and funding under the...More Button

Water Services Provision

Was asked: if he will confirm that County Leitrim has the most group water schemes supplied by the local authority's public mains per capita in this country; if his Department has alongside Irish Water adopte...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the Rural Water Programme, under which funding may be provided towards the connection of group water schemes to local authority public mains and towards the...More Button

The selection and approval of individual scheme proposals for advancement and funding under the programme, within the overall priorities set by my Department and subject to the block grant alloca...More Button

Under the Water Sector Reform Programme the primary focus of Irish Water will be on the delivery of services to customers on the public water and wastewater networks. My Department will remain re...More Button

In order to facilitate the establishment of a new public water utility to take over responsibility for the delivery of water services, a number of work-streams have been set up under the Water Sect...More Button

Property Taxation Application

Was asked: the purpose of the local property tax; if he will itemise its envisaged usage in public expenditure, with particular reference to rural counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 p...More Button

The Government has indicated an intention to move, from 2014, to 80% retention of all Local Property Tax receipts within the local authority area where the Tax is raised. The remaining 20% of the...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 pro...More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding

Was asked: if there is a grant available for the reconstruction of damaged outbuildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Axes 3 & 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013 will continue to provide financial resources for allocation to qualifying projects up to the end of 2013. Two of the objec...More Button

Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Collection

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 784 of 16 April 2013, the reason the full rate of non-principal private residence charge is being charged for 2013 when those properties are also liable for th...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 Prin...More Button

The Non Principal Private Residence Charge and the Local Property Tax operate under different mechanisms: the Charge is incurred on the basis of a flat rate of €20 0 per liable property per annum; ...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: if his Department and agencies under its aegis, who own or rent property in commercial developments are in compliance with their responsibilities under the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011; if he wi...More Button

The information is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Leader Programmes Administration

Was asked: if he will outline the proposed new arrangements for the delivery of the Leader programme in the Mayo north east area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have informed Mayo North East Leader Partnership (MNELP) of my decision in principle to allow a limited resumption of its activities under the Rural Development Programme once contracts and admi...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the current situation in respect of the delivery of the Leader programme in the north Mayo Gaeltacht area which was previously administered by MFG; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Axes 3 & 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013 is managed by my Department and provides funding to support the development of sustainable rural communities all over Ireland....More Button

These companies continue to facilitate access to significant financial resources for both enterprise support and community type interventions and will continue to take applications for funding un...More Button

With regard to the North Mayo Gaeltacht area, which is not currently covered by the RDP, my Department is working to determine a delivery mechanism to ensure full coverage for all the Gaeltacht a...More Button

Water Services Funding

Was asked: if his Department has received an application from Kildare County Council for funding to provide for a water softening programme at the River Barrow abstraction plant; if his Department will approv...More Button

Kildare County Council sought approval to procure water conditioning equipment as part of the Barrow Abstraction Scheme which is being funded under my Department’s Water Services Investment Program...More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Was asked: the criteria for rent increases by local authorities in the shared ownership scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the options available to a person in the shared ownership scheme when making a will in relation to the property; the options available to the benefactors of the will if the local authority holds eq...More Button

Household Charge Purpose

Was asked: if he will respond to the following query regarding the distribution of moneys collected from the household charge (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Local Government Management Agency is administering the Household Charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I am advised that, as of 2 May 2013, in exce...More Button

Queries concerning local road maintenance programmes and the usage of general purpose grants should be directed to the relevant local authority, in this instance Fingal County Council. However, I a...More Button

Illegal Dumping

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 193 of 24 April 2013, if he will clarify if he intends to introduce legislation to assist local authorities with issuing fines for dumping in private developme...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 ...More Button

In addition, section 35 of the 1996 Act provides that a local authority may make bye-laws requiring a holder of household waste to present such waste, specifying sorting measures, quantities, loc...More Button

Section 3 of the Litter Pollution Act makes it an offence for any person to deposit any substance or object so as to create litter in a public place or in any place that is visible to any extent ...More Button

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

Following a review of legislation in this area and notwithstanding the significant penalties currently in place, the Government recently approved proposals I brought forward for new legislative pro...More Button

Water Meters Installation

Was asked: if the contract for the installation of water meters has been awarded in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 402 of 30 April 2013 which sets out the position in this matter.   More Button

Local Government Reform

Was asked: if he will provide an update on work being carried out by his Department to implement proposals for regional structures outlined in the Government's action programme on local government reform, inc...More Button

Wide-ranging and detailed legislation is required to provide for the range of measures set out in the Action Programme for Effective Local Government , including those relating to regional structur...More Button