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Blaney, Neil T.C.

Wednesday, 5 October 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 Nbr. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Wexford Flooding.

I am not aware of flooding caused by the Brian Oge River at Courtown Harbour. There are no funds at my disposal for the financing of flood relief works on this river.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kerry Water Schemes.

There has been no change in the position of the Caherdaniel and Castlecove, County Kerry, water supply schemes since my reply to the Deputy's question on 5th July last.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cork Water Supply.

There are no proposals before my Department for extensions to Kildorrery water supply.More Button

The information I have is that there are no proposals for extensions to Kildorrery water supply.More Button

We have got that but we do not regard it as an extension. The contract drawings are at present being examined in my Department.More Button

Kildorrery is what is on the Order Paper. I am not aware on the other two place names were mentioned.More Button

I do not know because I was not asked that question.More Button

I have no idea.More Button

Yes, and I should not like the Deputy to think that I have given him wrong information. I was misled by the description.More Button

No.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Waterford Cottage.

This tender proposal was received in my Department on 26th of last month and is being examined. The Deputy may rest assured that my approval to the proposal will be forthcoming without delay if it...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Repair of Westmeath Cottages.

On the general question of loans for cottage repairs, I would refer the Deputy to what I said in my Estimates Speech (Volume 224, Columns 58 and 59). As regards County Westmeath, I sanctioned a tr...More Button

There would not be nine stiches necessary if the local authority had been doing their job over the years——More Button

Will the Deputy let me finish? Time without number over the years I have advocated that our housing stock should be maintained because, if it is not maintained as maintenance requirements fall due...More Button

Approval to the raising of a loan by Westmeath County Council was given in September, 1965. I know other councils who could, a year later, get loans for the same purpose from their own treasurer a...More Button

I can.More Button

Private Members' Business. - Local Government (Planning and Development) (Amendment) Bill, 1966: Second Stage (Resumed).

When I left off last night on this particular matter, I had said that there are at least three different types of situations that I feel have to be dealt with in regard to these unfinished estates;...More Button

The second class I would mention are the amenity developments of various kinds which are obviously required for the benefit of the public who live in these estates but which were not prescribed in ...More Button

Then there is, generally, a third group which might fall out of either the first or second group, where, again, the estate is unfinished—things missing and in such a condition that they are i...More Button

One way or another, we have these cases relating to the first point I made and we have the developers, or those we can recognise as carrying responsibility, but who are insolvent or bankrupt for on...More Button

These three main groups are the headings under which one must look at the situation. I feel that what I have said as to how generally the three situations must be dealt with would probably be rega...More Button

I am glad, because my information would not bear that out, but the inference I gathered here was that this was being made as a point. The sweeping of roads—is that being done?More Button

Well, they should be swept and there is no reason in the world why they cannot be swept. From inquiries I have made, as a result of the impressions given here last night, I believe that Dublin Cor...More Button

There is no law to prevent them doing it.More Button

The matter of bus services not being provided by CIE here in the city and county is one which, I understand, is, in fact, the case: they are not being provided with bus services in these estates wh...More Button

They do defend themselves by saying they are afraid of their public liability obligations. Maybe I am making a little out of what may be a real difficulty to them but quite obviously there is, to...More Button

Telephone kiosks were mentioned here. My information is that the Department of Posts and Telegraphs do not refuse to instal private phones or public telephone kiosks simply because an estate has n...More Button

The question of rat infestation of untended dumps in these estates is one that the local authorities in the city and county will deal with if complaints are made. That is what I am told, and I reg...More Button

If a complaint is received that dumping constitutes a health hazard—and I think in a builtup area it usually leads to that; it may not be so at the beginning but it is not very long until it ...More Button

Flooding is part of the matter to which Deputy Dunne referred just now —blocked drains, inadequate drains and open drains. Flooding is caused by many things and, without doubt, flooding has ...More Button

On the information which I have received from the local authorities, I think that as of now and for the future, it is true to say that there is a tightening up in the two areas in particular in so ...More Button

Deputy Clinton mentioned that there were about 30 cases of unfinished estates in the county. I do not want in any way to dispute that figure with Deputy Clinton. He knows his area well. My infor...More Button

There may well be a difference of approach in regard to what is an unfinished estate. Indeed, some of the cases may be more related to complaints than to reality and this may make up the differenc...More Button

I shall finish as I began. In regard to the existing cases I am advised— and, indeed, I advised the House when we were passing it—that the law is adequate to follow these cases in so f...More Button

The local authorities who are given power under the sections we have under discussion should invoke that law, and if they find that the interpretation of the courts does not bear out what we passe...More Button

That is the intention of the movers of the motion and it is my intention. The local authorities can invoke the law and we do not think it right that they should fail to invoke it and plead as a rea...More Button

The other point is that if the local authority, even at this stage or later, failed to invoke the law specifically put there for them in the public interest, I feel it would not be proper to amend ...More Button

To those who are sponsoring this measure I say that I am in no way against what they state as their intentions and wishes in regard to this Bill but first I do not see that this Bill would improve ...More Button

Get agreement now.More Button

You cannot rise the Minister.More Button

Not so long as his remarks are relevant.More Button