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Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 Nbr. 1


Written Answers. - House Improvement Grants Scheme.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to reintroduce the house improvement grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the importance and success of previous home improvement grants schemes; his views on such grant schemes; the plans, if any, he has to introduce a new scheme; and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Arklow (Wicklow) Swimming Pool.

Was asked: when he will approve funding for the refurbishment of Arklow swimming pool, County Wicklow in view of a recent independent feasibility study on indoor swimming pools which was approved by Wicklow C...More Button

The County Wicklow swimming pools feasibility study was recently submitted to my Department by Wicklow County Council and is being examined. The allocation of funding for any particular pool does ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Regulations.

Was asked: the revenue that will be earned from the implementation of the registration provisions of the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations, 1996.More Button

Was asked: whether the revenue raised from the implementation of the registration provisions of the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations, 1996 is to be allocated towards the costs of local auth...More Button

Was asked: the organisations with whom he had consultations in the preparation of the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations 1996; and the nature of these consultations.More Button

Written Answers. - Appointments to State Bodies.

Was asked: the persons appointed by him to the boards of semi-State companies and other organisations under the aegis of his Department since February 1995; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Road Accidents.

Was asked: the action or measures, if any, he intends taking regarding the increase in road injuries and fatalities in the three months ending 31 March 1996; and the comparative figures in respect of this per...More Button

Provisional figures indicate that 92 people were killed and 2,405 injured in road accidents in the first three months of 1996, compared to 81 people killed and 2,210 injured in the same period in 1...More Button

I have been conducting a full assessment of road safety policy in recent months, including an appraisal of the scope for more involvement by bodies at local level and for greater focus on the highe...More Button

Written Answers. - Westport (Mayo) Water Supply.

Was asked: the approvals his Department has sanctioned in respect of the augmentation of the existing water supply to Westport town, County Mayo; the other approvals, if any, that have to be obtained from his...More Button

Was asked: whether his Department will approve expenditure to provide additional reservoir capacity for Westport town, County Mayo in view of the fact that the existing reservoir is inadequate, particularly i...More Button

Was asked: if he will furnish Deputy Seamus Hughes with the extract contained in a report promised in a reply to a parliamentary question on 23 April 1996 as a matter of urgency.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 110, 111 and 113 together.More Button

I have approved Mayo County Council's proposal to construct a large diameter watermain and associated pumping stations and break pressure tank at an estimated cost of £2.25 million. The coun...More Button

On completion of the Castlebar-Westport link, and the proposed break pressure tank at Sheeaune, the resultant dual supply will obviate the need for a substantial increase in water storage capacity ...More Button

The extract from the report referred to has been forwarded to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers. - County Wicklow Group Water Scheme.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in finalising a group water scheme (details supplied) in County Wicklow; when approval will be given; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I recently approved group water grants totalling £15,285 for this scheme. It is now a matter for the group to progress the scheme to construction stage.More Button

Written Answers. - National Recycling Strategy.

Was asked: the recycling percentages reached in each of the years from 1993 to 1995 in respect of paper, glass, plastics and metals; and whether the targets set were achieved.More Button

Comprehensive and updated waste statistics are currently being compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency. When completed these will provide detailed information on progress in implementing t...More Button

Preliminary indications are that the overall recycling rate for packaging waste has increased from 10.3 per cent in 1993 to some 17 per cent at present. This represents satisfactory progress in rel...More Button

As regards recycling rates for individual materials, these stood in 1993 at 19 per cent for paper, 21 per cent for glass, 24 per cent for metals and a negligible rate for plastics.More Button

Measures currently being pursued in order to improve Ireland's recycling performance were set out in the replies to Questions Nos. 142, 143 and 144 of 12 March 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Williamstown (Galway) Sewerage Scheme.

Was asked: when an announcement will be made to commence work on the Williamstown sewerage scheme, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tenders for the civil works contract are under examination in my Department. A decision will be made and notified to the local authority as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Landfill Sites.

Was asked: the regulations which apply to the functions and powers of local authorities in identifying land for landfill sites; the regulations that apply to the entering of a landowner's property in order to...More Button

The functions and powers relevant to these matters are contained in primary legislation rather than in regulations.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of driving test inspectors assigned to a location (details supplied) in County Limerick: the age profile of persons who failed their driving tests; the most common driving fault of those...More Button

Driving tests in the south-west region, which includes the location in question, are conducted by a corps of 14 driver testers.More Button

The breakdown by age group for the location concerned of persons who failed their test for the year ended 31 December 1995 was as follows:——More Button

Generally, the most common faults resulting in test failure are inadequate observation; incorrect position on roads; inadequate, or lack of, use of mirrors and signals; inadequate reaction to haza...More Button

Was asked: the failure rate for driving tests for each driving test centre in the country in each of the months from January to March 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is given in the following table. In test centres where there is a low level of testing, failure rates over a relatively short time span may not be representative of the t...More Button

Written Answers. - County Laois Sewerage Scheme.

Was asked: whether he will grant approval for a group sewerage scheme at Boris Great, Portlaoise, County Laois.More Button

Due to the scale and complexity of the works in question it was not feasible to carry out the project by way of a group scheme. Laois County Council have now submitted an outline proposal to exten...More Button

Written Answers. - Vehicular Spray Dampers.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to examine the possibility of insisting that all heavy vehicles and articulated trucks use spray dampers on their vehicles in order to minimise the spray from their vehicl...More Button

The Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations require that, subject to certain exemptions, every vehicle and every trailer attached to a vehicle be equipped with wings ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for Elderly.

Was asked: the number of outstanding applications under the housing aid for the elderly scheme in each regional health board area on 31 December 1995.More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Safety.

Was asked: the number of fire safety notices served under the Fire Safety Act, 1981 in 1995; the issues, if any, which are a source of concern to the fire authority arising from inadequacies in this Act; and ...More Button

Information on the number of fire safety notices served under the Fire Services, Act 1981 in 1995 is not yet available. However, information submitted by the fire authorities to my Department indi...More Button

The operation of the Act is kept under review and, where appropriate, matters arising are noted for consideration in the context of proposals for amending legislation.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Test Revenue.

Was asked: the total revenue which accrued to his Department from driving test charges in 1995; the total cost of operating the driving test service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The overall cost of the driver testing service in 1995 is estimated at £3,296,000 while the fee income from tests was £3,369,000. The aim of operating the service on a self-financing ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Maintenance Services.

Was asked: the contents of the most recent guidelines issued by his Department regarding local authority maintenance services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Guidelines are issued by my Department from time to time, as deemed necessary, in relation to maintenance aspects of individual local services. If the Deputy indicates the particular services with...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Housing.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with all aspects of the plan for social housing; the concerns, if any, he has regarding the shared ownership scheme, particularly in the Dublin area; and if he will make...More Button

Written Answers. - Killarney (Kerry) Swimming Pool.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made for the necessary finance to be made available in order that work can commence on the construction of the proposed new public indoor heated swimming pool in Killar...More Button

There are no proposals in relation to this project at present before my Department. Decisions on those aspects of the financial arrangements for which my Department is responsible were notified to...More Button

Written Answers. - Rathmore (Kerry) Reservoir.

Was asked: when he intends to approve the plans by Kerry County Council for the proposed new reservoir at Gullane, Gneeveguilla, Rathmore, County Kerry.More Button

This reservoir forms part of the overall Firies/Scartaglin regional water supply scheme, southern section, the contract documents for which are currently with my Department. Given the existing lev...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Developments.

Was asked: if he will amend the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 1994, Part X, in order to allow an appeals process to be followed using the same procedures as those which apply to pri...More Button

The carrying out of development by a local authority in its functional areas is exempted development under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 and is not, therefore, subject t...More Button

This procedure was introduced in 1994, after full consideration, and in the context of changes to planning law relating to development carried out by public bodies generally. I believe that it is ...More Button

Written Answers. - Carndonagh (Donegal) Sewerage Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the town of Carndonagh, County Donegal, doubles in population on a daily basis due to its community school which has an attendance figure of approxi...More Button

Donegal County Council has recently submitted an additional report on the design capacity of this scheme, taking account of the demand arising from the community school. However, having regard to ...More Button