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Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 1


Written Answers. - Sale of Company.

Was asked: the net financial return to the State arising from the sale of the INPC facilities at Whitegate and Whiddy Island, Bantry, County Cork.More Button

The sale of the business and commercial assets of the Irish National Petroleum Corporation, INPC, to Tosco Corporation was completed on 16 July 2001. While the terms of the sale included a payment...More Button

It is not possible at present to determine conclusively the net financial return to the State as certain outstanding issues which are being actively pursued by INPC have yet to be finalised. Howeve...More Button

Written Answers. - Funding for Forestry.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed 22.5% reduction in funding to forestry will result in a loss to the Exchequer of ?1.1 million in the process; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the devastating effect the proposed 22% cut in funding to forestry will have on farmers who are depending on this funding as part of their income for 2003; and if...More Button

Was asked: the 1997 Government expenditure on forestry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to replace jobs which will be lost in rural communities as a direct result of the proposed reduction in funding to forestry; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the facts which have influenced his decision to implement the proposed 22.5% reduction in funding to forestry at a time of uncertain economic growth to enforce cuts to a programme that is self fina...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed 22.5% reduction in funding for forestry translates into a 50% reduction in the planting programme for 2003; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that half of the overall budget to forestry goes to payments of existing commitments from previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed 22.5% reduction in funding for forestry co-funded by the EU, will lead to a loss of up to ?10 million in EU funds that can never be rec...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 298, 304, 310, 311 and 313 to 316, inclusive, together.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to priority Parliamentary Question No. 68 of 19 November 2002 on this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the role of consultants (details supplied) appointed by his Department; if the project is ongoing; the conclusions drawn from this work; the cost of the consultancy to date; and if he will make a s...More Button

Following a competitive process the consultants in question were appointed by the then Minister for Public Enterprise in September 2000 to carry out a review of the financial issues relating to the...More Button

Was asked: the role of consultants (details supplied) appointed by his Department; if the project is ongoing; the conclusions drawn from this work; the cost of the consultancy to date; and if he will make a s...More Button

Following a competitive process my Department engaged Magnum Opus Limited to offer technical advice and assistance in the development of local authority ducting and communications infrastructure. T...More Button

Acting on the recommendations of Magnum Opus Limited, my Department has made several decisions in relation to the design and quality of the metropolitan rings. Specifically, Magnum Opus Limited has...More Button

Written Answers. - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: if adequate funding has been provided from the National Development Plan for the building of the new pier at Bantry; and the amount involved.More Button

Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners applied for funding for a new pier development at Bantry under the seaports infrastructure and capacity sub-measure of the southern and eastern regional operational...More Button

The provision which relates to harbour authorities and private sector applicants under the seaports investment measures of the national development plan as specified in the published abridged Estim...More Button

At present I am currently reviewing the seaports investment measures under the national development plan, 2000-2006, in the context of the report of the evaluator to the measures, the need for a mo...More Button

Written Answers. - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: the role that the seal plays in conservation of fish stock; the proposals within the Fischler plans to deal with this aspect of sustainable development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Regarding the role that the seal plays in the conservation of fish stocks, seals eat a wide array of fish and invertebrates, although their diet appears to vary considerably depending on location, ...More Button

The proposals for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy do not specifically refer to the role of seals in the conservation of fish stocks. In so far as national management of the seal population is...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the electromagnetic field which guides salmon back to their spawning grounds could be distorted by the close proximity of a wind farm to the water; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if an environmental impact statement, which is supposed to address the possible implications of the development of a wind farm on the Foyle for fisheries, will be considered credible if the complet...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.More Button

The purpose of an environmental impact statement is, inter alia, to anticipate the likely impacts of a proposed development on the environment and, where these impacts are expected to be adv...More Button

I am advised that, while undersea emissions of electric fields from wind farms are negligible, even relatively small electromagnetic emissions can have impacts upon some species such as tope and sh...More Button

Written Answers. - Regional Fisheries Boards.

Was asked: the reason nine employees of the South-Western Regional Fisheries Board had their contracts terminated by a person (details supplied) at a meeting held on 12 November 2002; and if the necessary fun...More Button

Under the Fisheries Acts, responsibility for the overall administration of human resources issues, including terms and conditions of employment of fisheries board contract staff, is a matter for th...More Button

The Abridged Estimates Volume for 2003, published earlier this month, includes provision in my Department's Vote for €16.321 million for current and €0.762 million for capital expenditure...More Button

The employment of contract staff, or the terms of any such employment, in 2003 will be a matter for the board to determine when deciding their staffing complement for next year in the context of av...More Button

Question No. 304 answered with Question No. 298.More Button

Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the amount of investment to date which has come from Government and the private sector, in view of the importance of broadband technology to jobs potential; and the proposals his Department has to ...More Button

The provision of communications infrastructure and services is a matter for the private sector companies that operate in the fully liberalised telecommunications market.More Button

However, recognising that there are areas of the country that are not as economically attractive for firms to invest in infrastructure and services due to lower population densities and lower conce...More Button

In 1999, under the National Development Plan, 1994-1999, and INTERREG II, €26.5 million was made available to support the roll-out of broadband to the regions. Thirteen projects which rolled-o...More Button

Under the National Development Plan, 2000-2006, the figure allocated to telecommunications initiatives was approximately €200 million. Funding under this communications and e-commerce measure ...More Button

A first call for proposals was run in 2000 and on foot of submissions received, nine contracts were signed at the beginning of last year which will result in additional investment in the regions in...More Button

Among these projects ESB is building a new national fibre backbone, Nevadatele is developing regional e-commerce centres and Esat is extending its national network and accelerating its roll-out of ...More Button

The amount of Exchequer funding spent since 1999 on the roll-out of broadband to the regions is as follows: 1999 –€600,530; 2000 –€3,462,095; 2001 –€26,566,000; and...More Button

Written Answers. - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: the subsidy which was paid to the Bellacorrick power station in County Mayo in 2001 under the PSO scheme.More Button

No subsidy was paid in respect of Bellacorrick power station in County Mayo in 2001 under a public service obligations – PSO – scheme. The PSO scheme referred to by the Deputy was intro...More Button

The Electricity Regulation Act, 1999, (Public Service Obligations) Order 2002, S.I. No. 217 of 2002 (PSO Order). directs the Commission for Energy Regulation to impose public service obligations on...More Button

The PSO order will lead, inter alia, to the construction and commissioning no later than 2005 of two new peat stations by ESB, at Shannonbridge and Lanesboro, in line with the orderly closur...More Button

The PSO order provides for the introduction of a PSO levy on final electricity customers, with effect from 1 January 2003, to compensate ESB for the additional costs incurred in complying with thes...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when payment of an ESB farm subsidy grant will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I assume the question refers to the farm electrification grant scheme. My Department has no record of an application under the scheme from the person concerned.More Button

Questions Nos. 310 and 311 answered with Question No. 298.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a forestry premium for 2002.More Button

Payment of all outstanding forestry premiums will be made to the person in question on receipt of a completed application. My Department has recently sent the person in question an application form...More Button

Questions Nos. 313 to 316, inclusive, answered with Question No. 298.More Button

Written Answers. - National Spatial Strategy.

Was asked: his views on the thrust of the national spatial strategy in relation to the dispersal of port activity from Dublin to other ports on the eastern coast such as Greenore, Dundalk, Drogheda, Arklow, W...More Button

As the national spatial strategy 2002-2020 has not yet been published I am not in a position to respond to the Deputy in this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Port Development.

Was asked: his policy in regard to the setting up of a Dublin bay authority.More Button

I have been notified of a resolution on the proposed establishment of a Dublin bay authority that was adopted by Dublin City Council. The proposal raises issues relevant both to local government or...More Button

Written Answers. - Aquaculture Development.

Was asked: if applications prioritised for the third tranche of grant aid under the EU co-funded aquaculture development measure of the southern and eastern regional operations programme of the NDP 2000-2006,...More Button

The selection of aquaculture projects for grant aid under the aquaculture measure of the National Development Plan 2000-2006 is undertaken by a selection board on a competitive basis following thei...More Button

The Department is currently undertaking a review of existing committed and available funding as provided in the 2003 Estimates to determine the extent to which any further funding for aquaculture d...More Button