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Hogan, Phil

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Charges Introduction

Was asked: the total level of public subvention, the first-fix policy, the low income subsidy and the level of free allowance in its submission to water charges policy; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The Government is considering the proposals I have brought to the Cabinet on the funding model for Irish Water, including on the level of Government subvention. Proposals include measures on the a...More Button

The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water is required to submit its water charges plan to the Commission for Energy Regulation for approval. The free allowance and the level ...More Button

As part of the metering programme, my Department is working in conjunction with Irish Water on a proposal regarding customer-side leakage, the implementation arrangements for which will have to b...More Button

Was asked: to detail the number of households which will not have a water meter by the time charges are introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the full details of his Department's submission to the Commission for Energy Regulation's water charges policy will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will indicate the level of water charges proposed per household; if he will endeavour to ensure that the level of charge does not become punitive or likely to cause hardship in the ongoing ec...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline any decision that has been made regarding water charges and the details of a water tariff; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 15, 25 and 29 together.More Button

As the Deputy knows, the programme for Government sets out a commitment to introduce water charges based on usage above a free allowance. The Government considers that charging based on usage is...More Button

Irish Water has indicated that it will have installed at least 400,000 meters by the end of this year, with 1.058 million properties to be metered by the end of 2016. Of the estimated 1.35 milli...More Button

Domestic water charges will commence from 1 October 2014 and Irish Water will issue the first bills in January 2015. The approach to charging will be outlined by Irish Water in a water charges p...More Button

As everyone knows, the Government is currently considering proposals on the funding model. The proposals include measures to support the affordability of water charges, including the provision o...More Button

In respect of metering generally, I have been engaged in recent weeks with Irish Water to advance the metering programme as strongly as we possibly can to have 75% of all houses or domestic dwell...More Button

An in-house study is being carried out by the engineering staff in my Department and Irish Water to see what can be done about particular categories of apartments and shared service connections and...More Button

If a dwelling is not metered the occupant will be on an assessed charge in the meantime. Then, when the dwelling becomes metered the occupant will be in a position to pay according to the meter....More Button

Water Charges Introduction (Continued)

I agree with Deputy Cowen that a huge level of investment is required throughout the country. Approximately 80 water and wastewater plants are in need of urgent remediation because they are subjec...More Button

The regulator will have adequate time for public consultation. He has already started the public consultation process regarding the tariff design and structure and when the Government makes the ...More Button

Irish Water is engaged with the Commission for Energy Regulation regarding its submission. Regarding its costs structure, establishment costs and investment requirements in the future, that is par...More Button

It has made its submission. It is a matter for the regulator to publish all these matters in due course.More Button

It is a commercial semi-State body. The board makes those decisions.More Button

It is not more expenditure.More Button

If the Deputy wants to tell lies about what I said, he can do so.More Button

There is no need for further consultants to do this work. It is an in-house job involving Irish Water and the Department. This is what we will do. For the Deputy's information, we spent €12 mill...More Button

If the Deputy wants to believe his own rhetoric, that is fine. We have already made savings of €120 million with regard to setting up the new entity compared to the traditional model of delivering...More Button

-----and he is on record as being in favour of water charges, which I welcome.More Button

To answer the last question first, if Deputy Wallace can bring to my attention any specific examples in which subcontractors are not paying the proper rate I will be glad to investigate them.More Button

It will require €10 billion over the next 12 years to repair the leaking system we have. There has been under-investment over the years. A total of €120 million will be spent between last year,...More Button

To answer Deputy Daly, the minute meters have been installed in the group water sector and businesses there has been a 15% reduction in consumption. There is a demand-led solution and a supply-s...More Button

If Deputy Clare Daly wants to propose cutting budgets for housing, health, education or social protection to provide more capital funding for water, let her make this proposal. We have finite reso...More Button

Otherwise we will have to increase income tax on workers. Is this what the Deputy advocates?More Button

Perhaps she advocates more taxes on the so-called working person whose side she is on, as she has clearly indicated over the years.More Button

The matters raised by Deputy Stanley are operational matters.More Button

How does the Deputy expect me to know what is going on in Esker Hills? Ask Deputy Cowen - he lives nearer.More Button

I will not get involved in answering questions on operational matters in the House-----More Button

-----and the Deputy should not insult the intelligence of people by expecting me to know the answer. A first fix policy will be implemented by the Government-----More Button

The Deputy asked a question about this. Let me answer it. Under the capital programme we will examine introducing a first fix free policy with regard to the area between the boundary of the prope...More Button

Irish Water and local authorities are working out a protocol, which will be resolved in the near future.More Button

Wind Energy Guidelines

Was asked: if in view of the Government decision not to oppose the Sinn Féin Bill on the planning of wind farms, he will support the proposals it contains in relation to minimum setback distances and that win...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department's review of the wind energy guidelines 2006, issued under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 in respect of noise, proximity and shadow flicker, i...More Button

Litter Pollution

Was asked: if he will introduce more dog waste bags in public places in view of the fact that dog litter is a major problem.More Button

The Litter Pollution Acts 1997 to 2009 provide the statutory framework to combat littering and include provisions relating to dog fouling.  Under the Acts, the primary management and enforcement re...More Button

To support them in delivering this important statutory function, my Department provides a substantial amount of money each year under the anti-litter-anti-graffiti awareness grant scheme to each ...More Button

And cats.More Button

I hope the excellent councillor the Deputy mentions will do his job and prioritise the resources that are already in place in Dublin City Council to do the job the Deputy referred to in his questio...More Button

The money is available to do this. It is given to the local authorities each year. It is a question of ensuring that the councillor's voice is a little louder with his colleagues on Dublin City C...More Button

Local and Community Development Programme Planning

Was asked: the arrangements in place to tender out, by the newly formed LCDCs of the local authorities, the operation of the successor to the current social inclusion programmes; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

My Department’s local and community development programme, LCDP, is the largest social inclusion intervention of its kind in the State. The current programme officially ended at the end of 2013, h...More Button

The new programme is one of my key priorities and its budget for next year will be decided in the 2015 Estimates process. In accordance with the public spending code, best practice international...More Button

As the Deputy knows, the alignment process between local authorities, my Department and the local community development groups has been ongoing for 18 months. It is not making as much progress as ...More Button

Local and Community Development Programme Planning (Continued)

The whole purpose of delivering these programmes is to reduce the level of administration as well as delivering the programmes. In 2013, the average administrative cost of delivering programmes th...More Button

The transfer of undertakings does not arise. Recent legal advice given to me indicates there is no question of a transfer of undertakings obligation on behalf of the companies.More Button

Illegal Dumping

Was asked: the amount of extra revenue that is being spent collecting litter from those who avoid bin charges by dumping their litter at locations around Dublin city. More Button

Enforcement action against illegal waste activity is a matter for the local authorities and the Office of Environmental Enforcement, OEE, of the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The Minister'...More Button

My Department provides financial support to a network of local authority waste enforcement officers, as well as to the OEE, for waste enforcement activities generally. In 2014, a provision of €6...More Button

Penalties for littering offences are substantial, ranging 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 on conviction on indic...More Button

Penalties for 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 disposal o...More Button

Consideration is also being given to additional measures arising from the work of a group led by my Department, to examine current approaches to enforcement, including in relation to the provisio...More Button

Raising awareness of the litter problem and educating people are key to effecting a long-term change in society’s attitudes towards litter disposal. Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility...More Button

I agree with Deputy McGrath that many people act irresponsibly by dumping waste. All the Department can do is provide money to local authorities which must then provide additional resources if the...More Button

We are seeking to strengthen proposals under the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to give local authorities more powers, including on-the-spot fines by litter wardens and perhaps garda...More Button

I am changing the legislation.More Button

There are currently on-the-spot fines of €150 for various offences, but I will extend that to fly-tipping. There is a maximum fine of €3,000 on summary conviction and a maximum fine of €130,000 on...More Button

Housing Policy

Was asked: if he will provide an update on promised reforms to regulations governing the voluntary housing sectors in view of the rapidly deteriorating housing and homelessness situation around the country if...More Button

Departmental Investigations

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the re-instated inquiries into planning irregularities in seven local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Spatial Strategy

Was asked: if a review of the national spatial strategy will be undertaken to reflect the different circumstances and challenges facing different regions; the timescale of such a review if one is planned; and...More Button

Semi-State Bodies Privatisation

Was asked: if he has received correspondence from the European Commission regarding the privatisation of water services here; if he will publish any such correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The programme of financial support with the EU, IMF and ECB provided for the establishment of a national water utility and the introduction of domestic charges. In this regard, the programme partn...More Button

In a communication issued by the European Commission earlier this year on the European citizens’ initiative, the Commission confirmed that the decision on how best to operate water services is fi...More Button

Section 5 of the Water Services Act 2013 provides that one share in Irish Water is held by Bord Gáis, with the remaining shares held by the Ministers for the Environment, Community and Local Gove...More Button

To whom is the Deputy referring?More Button

Deputy Wallace can go to Kilmore Quay and fish for that red herring which he has tried to introduce today. I brought in the Irish Water legislation, which was approved on the basis that the Govern...More Button

Correct.More Button

Is the Deputy asking my opinion? I do not know where he will be.More Button

While Deputy Wallace may kick any dog he wishes in respect of this issue, he is not getting anywhere with it. The position of the Government is that there will be no privatisation of Irish Water. ...More Button

  Written Answers follow Adjournment.More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the seven villages sewerage scheme in County Waterford.More Button

The Waterford Grouped Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme was included in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 - 2013  as a scheme to start construction during the life of t...More Button

  Questions Nos. 9 and 10 answered orally.More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: if he will consider a review of the current planning legislation to allow the extension of planning permission in cases which cannot be pursued due to economic circumstances; if he will allow the a...More Button

Was asked: if Irish Water will sign off on the transfer of water services for new housing schemes prior to the schemes being taken over by the local authority.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding delays to estates being taken in charge by local authorities in relation to the transfer of functions to Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department has had discussions with the authorities in Kildare County Council with a view to finalisation of any outstanding planning or other matters affecting the developm...More Button

Rural Development Policy

Was asked: if he will implement all the recommendations of the recently published CEDRA report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the next steps to be taken by his Department in progressing the recommendations pertinent to his Department of energising Ireland's rural economy, the report of the commission for the economic deve...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 22 together.More Button

My colleague Minister Coveney and I established the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) in September 2012 to recommend ways to support the future economic development o...More Button

The Taoiseach launched the CEDRA report on 14 April 2014. The report contains 34 recommendations that are far reaching and interdepartmental in nature and in this context will require significant...More Button

Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if he will carry out a review of the procedures in place for the letting of local authority houses to ensure that local authorities are not prevented from overly onerous regulations and conditions ...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the policy whereby applicants for loans from local authorities have to be in continuous employment for two years, thus excluding persons who have been in consistent employment on ...More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Administration

Was asked: if he will give a full report on the rental accommodation scheme and leasing tenancies across all the local authorities with regard to the duty of care the local authorities have to the tenants and...More Button

Property Tax Administration

Was asked: the way in which local authorities can be expected to vary the rate of local property tax before they know the level of funding they will receive from his Department for 2015.More Button

Under section 20 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, as amended, a local authority may, as a reserve d function, and subject to any regulations made under the section, resolve to vary the...More Button

Was asked: if local authorities will receive 80% of the local property tax in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

This year, the establishment of Irish Water presents local government with significant organisational and financial challenges. Service provision responsibilities are moving from the local author...More Button

In this context, it was necessary to defer defining a certain proportion of the proceeds of the Local Property Tax to be retained in each local authority for 2014.More Button

In 2015, in addition to the changes in water services funding, local authorities will be required to implement changes to their budget process arising from EU obligations, which will require them...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 p...More Button

My Department will continue to work with local authorities to ensure that they have an appropriate level of information, including in relation to LPT retention, to facilitate their budget process...More Button

Housing Issues

Was asked: if he will consider incentives to reduce the number of vacant housing units in Dublin such as a tax placed on any property left vacant/derelict for more than one year in the region of €10,000 or mo...More Button

Local Authority Funding

Was asked: the length of time local councils have after spending money on grants for the upgrade of private wastewater systems to make a claim to his Department to recoup this money; if local councils have to...More Button

I understand the question relates to grants payable by local authorities under the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013.More Button

The Regulations provide that, subject to the applicant meeting all qualification criteria, a local authority may pay a grant to a person who is required, following an inspection, to have repairs ...More Button

There is currently no time limit for submission of recoupment claims to my Department by the local authorities in respect of any grants they have paid under the regulations. When submitting claim...More Button

Given that responsibility for administering the scheme is devolved to local authorities they are not required to indicate at regular intervals the total amount of grants they are approving. The a...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme Administration

Was asked: when details of the new tenant purchase scheme will be published; and the way in which it will differ from the old scheme.More Button

Dormant Accounts Fund Management

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 348 of 1 April 2014, the current position on the new dormant accounts disbursement scheme which was approved by Government in December 2013 in accordance with ...More Button

I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 348 of 1 April 2014. The Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme 2013-2016 was prepared after consultation with various Ministers as appropriate, inc...More Button

Homelessness Strategy

Was asked: his short term plans to deal with the rapid increase in homelessness; the full costs of using hotels as emergency accommodation; the numbers of persons in this accommodation per local authority; hi...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Funding

Was asked: if the provision of ramps and stairlifts by local authorities now has to be processed by his Department.More Button

Building Regulations Compliance

Was asked: if he will consider including architectural technologists on the list of registers identified under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The statutory certificates of compliance prescribed under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 must be signed by a registered professional i.e. a person who is included on the statutor...More Button

Neither I nor my Department has any role in the assessment or validation of professional qualifications which is a matter for the professional bodies in their role as registration bodies under th...More Button

There is no question of persons who are not included on the statutory registers being permitted to sign certificates of compliance. More Button

Depending on their personal circumstances , it may be open to Architectural Technologists , who possess the requisite experience and competence in the design of buildings, to seek inclusion on ei...More Button

Architectural Technologists who consider they possess the requisite competence in the design of construction works should contact EI, RIAI and SCSI in order to identify the route to registration ...More Button

  Question No. 29 answered with Question No. 9.More Button

  Question No. 30 answered with Question No. 26.More Button

Private Residential Tenancies Board

Was asked: if he will commission a review of the Private Residential Tenancies Board to consider how best it can be restructured as the delay in hearing cases and issuing determinations is causing severe prob...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme

Was asked: if he will intervene as a matter of urgency to revise the terms of the pyrite remediation scheme so that those who are moving out of their homes for at least three months to allow the remediation w...More Button

The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by pyrite. The pyrite remediation scheme was for...More Button

Section 14(2)(f) of the Act provides that the costs associated with the provision of alternative accommodation and expenses for the removal and storage of furniture may be paid in advance in cert...More Button

Accordingly, there is no need to revise the terms of the pyrite remediation scheme given that provision is already made for the situation outlined in the Question. More Button

Any concession in relation to mortgage payments would be a matter between the homeowner and their mortgage provider. I have no function in relation to this aspect of the matter.More Button

Water Services Funding

Was asked: the amount that has been spent on water mains rehabilitation, to repair leaks and to replace pipes for each of the past six years including to date in 2014.More Button

My Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 built on the investment which had taken place on water conservation in previous programmes. In total, over €290 million w...More Button

Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge

Ceanglófar ar aon eintiteas atá roghnaithe chun seachadadh a dhéanamh ar ghnéithe LEADER den Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe don tréimhse 2014-2020 cloí le ceanglais reachtúla náisiúnta, lena n-áirítear ia...More Button

Seaweed Harvesting Licences

Was asked: the number of applications on hand for seaweed harvesting licences; the date each application was received; the number of tonnes of seaweed sought to be harvested each year under each application; ...More Button

Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if he will include 30 further landowners in the Clonfert area of the Hymany Way Walking Trail in the walks scheme as they claim they were promised participation in the scheme when the walking trail...More Button

Due to budgetary constraints it has not been possible to develop new walks under the existing Walks Scheme since December 2010. I appreciate there were a number of proposed routes at varying levels...More Button

There are however 1,814 participants covering 39 trails still taking part in the scheme. In 2013 annual payments to participants who maintained sections of trail that traversed their lands excee...More Button

Was asked: when his Department will announce details of the next tranche of schemes to be approved under the capital assistance scheme; when funding will be provided to a group (details supplied) in County Co...More Button

Departmental Programmes

Was asked: the arrangements he will put in place to ensure that the day-to-day administration of the social inclusion programmes and the Leader programme 2014-2020 for the islands is operated by an island bas...More Button

The LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 will be delivered using a Community Led Local Development approach through the design and implementation of the Local Development Str...More Button

The Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) is currently being delivered on the Islands by Comhar na nOileán Teoranta and it will continue to be implemented by this company on a transiti...More Button

Water Meters

Was asked: the position regarding the location of water meters (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Programme for Government sets out a commitment to the introduction of water charges based on usage above a free allowance. The Government considers that charging based on usage is t...More Button

Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: if he will provide a list of ghost-unfinished estates in the Dublin region in 2012. More Button

Was asked: the number of housing estates in County Kildare the development of which is deemed to be incomplete and which may qualify for the special budgetary provisions made for unfinished estates; the numbe...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has had discussions with the various local authorities with a view to utilisation of the maximum funding available from the special budgetary provision in respect of unfinish...More Button

Water Charges Exemptions

Was asked: if households who get their water from private sources on their land such as lakes, rivers, streams or wells will have their supply metered; if they will have to pay the standing charge for water s...More Button

Was asked: if houses with private wells or currently on group water schemes will have to pay water charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 119 and 127 together.More Button

With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water can collect charges from its customers in rece...More Button

My Department will remain responsible for the overall policy and funding of the non-public water sector, including the group water sector. Over the past decade, substantial improvements have been...More Button

Group Water Schemes that are supplied by way of a connection to the public water supply network will now become customers of Irish Water, having previously been customers of the relevant local au...More Button

Water Abstraction Regulation

Was asked: where it is intended to introduce regulation in relation to the abstraction of water by households from their own land either for their own domestic use, for agriculture or for business purposes; a...More Button

The Local Government (Water Pollution) Regulations 1978 require local authorities to maintain a register of water abstractions greater than 25 cubic metres per day but there is no comprehensive nat...More Button

Article 11(3)(e) of the Water Framework Directive obliges Member States to implement controls over abstractions, including a register of abstractions and a system of prior authorisation. Member S...More Button

Any proposed controls will be subject to a comprehensive public consultation process and will require Government approval. I would anticipate that a risk-based approach will be taken to any contr...More Button

Private Rented Accommodation Deposits

Was asked: if he will provide an update on proposals to introduce a rental deposit scheme as part of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012; the form the proposed scheme will take; and if he ...More Button

Private Rented Accommodation Costs and Controls

Was asked: if he is considering the introduction of a form of rent cap for residential tenancies; if an analysis has been carried out on the way such a measure might affect the rental market; if not, if such ...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Funding

Was asked: the arrangements that have been made, following the establishment of Irish Water, to continue the subvention to local authorities in respect of the ongoing costs of running group water schemes; and...More Button

The Programme for Government sets out a commitment to the introduction of water charges based on usage above a free allowance. The Government considers that charging based on usage is the fairest w...More Button

The Water Services (No.2) Act 2013 provides Irish Water with the power to charge for water services. The Act also provides that the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) will be responsible for ...More Button

Group Water Schemes that are supplied by way of a connection to the public water supply network will now become customers of Irish Water, having previously been customers of the relevant local au...More Button

My Department will remain responsible for the overall policy and funding, where appropriate, of the non-public water sector, including the group water sector. Over the past decade, substantial im...More Button

  Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 119.More Button

Shared Ownership Scheme

Was asked: the action taken to date to address the outstanding issues in respect of existing shared ownership loans and mortgages with particular reference to the extent to which the rental part of mortgage r...More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Was asked: the extent to which contact has been made with the local authorities in the eastern region with a view to addressing as a matter of urgency the serious deficiency in available housing stock to meet...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons registered on the local authority housing lists in each of the past five years to date; the extent to which it is expected to address the housing shortage in the short to medi...More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: the extent to which Ireland remains on course to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction target for the period 2013 to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 276 of 3 December 2013 in which I stated that, for the period 2013 to 2020, Ireland has an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target under the 2009 EU ...More Button

I remain satisfied that Ireland is on course to comply with the annual mitigation trajectory in the first half of this compliance period. An immediate focus of the national road-mapping process...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Data

Was asked: the extent to which the housing adaptation grant requirements in respect of older persons or persons with specific health needs continue to be met by the various local authorities; and if he will m...More Button

Water Charges Administration

Was asked: the extent to which it is expected that the original costs in respect of provision of water services per household as identified by his predecessors are likely to be reduced in any final decision i...More Button

With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water can collect charges from its customers in receip...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: the extent to which his Department continues to examine the economic impact of climate change legislation or other proposals which might negatively impact on this economy; the extent to which the i...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which any steps will be taken to ensure adequate economic growth while at the same time meeting carbon emission requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 and 136 together.

  The National Policy Position on climate action and low-carbon development, which I announced on 23 April 2014, clearly id...More Button

Water Services Provision

Was asked: the extent to which plans are in hand to tap into new water supply sources; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Water Services Act 2013 provided for the establishment of Irish Water as a subsidiary of Bórd Gáis Éireann, to be formed and registered under the Companies Act. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2...More Button

  Question No. 138 answered with Question No. 129.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the water crisis in County Roscommon particularly in Castlerea and Boyle; and when it is envisaged work will commence on upgrading the system. More Button

The Arigna, Boyle/Ardcarne, Roscommon Central and South Roscommon Regional Water Supply Schemes were included as Water Treatment Plant Upgrade contracts to start and as a Network Contract at Constr...More Button

Air Pollution

Was asked: the extent to which air pollution continues to be monitored on an on-going basis throughout the country; the number of such points currently operational; the degree to which a rise and fall in any ...More Button

The ambient air quality monitoring programme in Ireland is carried out to meet the requirements of EU Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and the Cleaner Air For Europe Directive (also know...More Button