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Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for subsidised electricity by 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

Was asked: the reason an application under the national woodlands scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not been dealt with; and when it will be dealt with.More Button

An application under the native woodland scheme is currently being processed by my Department. Decisions on arrangements for forestry schemes will be finalised in the coming weeks in the light of t...More Button

Was asked: the reason the approval letter for lands (details supplied) has not been released; if he will instruct an official in his Department to meet with a person (details supplied) to ensure that it is pr...More Button

An application for afforestation grant aid on behalf of the person in question is currently being processed by my Department. Decisions on arrangements of the forestry schemes will be finalised in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: if he will identify by location, acreage and other details, the State properties in his Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale at present.More Button

The State properties in my Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale are outlined as follows:More Button

Consultations with the Department of Finance and the Valuation Office are ongoing in the sale of 0.3 of a hectare at Brockagh, Glendalough, County Wicklow, to an adjoining landowner for access purp...More Button

My Department is responsible, through the Foreshore Acts, for the management and administration of the State foreshore. In general, such foreshore is licensed or leased to interested parties, subje...More Button

My Department is in the process of selling a site measuring 0.87 acres at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre, County Donegal, to Donegal County Council.More Button

Written Answers. - Broadcasting Funding.

Was asked: if a decision has been made to grant RTE a licence fee increase; and his views on whether the funding levels for RTE should be left to an independent group outside of government control.More Button

An application for an increase in the television licence fee has been received from RTE and is being considered at present. Future arrangements for the funding of RTE are being considered in the co...More Button

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if the relocation of the headquarters of the Central Fisheries Board to Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, as announced in April 2002, is to proceed as planned; and the time frame on the relocatio...More Button

Any perma nent relocation of the Central Fisheries Board will be considered in the context of the Government's programme for decentralisation of the public service.More Button

Written Answers. - Natural Gas Grid.

Was asked: the way in which the interests of domestic consumers and the overall national interest regarding the control and supply of gas will be protected in view of the increasing deregulation of the sector.More Button

It is the responsibility of the independent Commission for Energy Regulation to regulate the gas sector. The commission is required to carry out its functions in a manner, which it considers protec...More Button

On Monday, 25 November 2002, the EU Council of Ministers reached political agreement on the draft revised directive on the internal market in energy, the aim of which is to achieve full liberalisat...More Button

When adopted, the directive will lead to increased competition, thereby ensuring greater choice for consumers. On a national level, the measures proposed in the draft directive will strengthen Irel...More Button

Written Answers. - Official Language Equality.

Was asked: the additional costs which have arisen from the obligations on his Department in relation to the adoption by the Government in July 2002 of official language equality as one of the three new princi...More Button

The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources is progressing the implementation of the official languages equality principle out of existing resources.More Button

The Department is committed to providing a high quality service to customers who wish to conduct their business with us in Irish. Correspondence received in Irish is answered in Irish and every eff...More Button

In addition, during 2003, the Department will make available Irish versions of the strategy statement, 2003 to 2005, and the annual report for 2002. It is also the Department's intention that mater...More Button

Written Answers. - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: if his Department has examined a situation whereby no Irish nationals are working on oil exploration rigs off the coasts; and the discussions which have taken place with the exploration companies t...More Button

I do not have any statutory function or remit in employment matters, but rather in the licensing of exploration and production.More Button

My Department has, however, facilitated discussions between the interested parties – the industry, ICTU and Government agencies. As a result of these discussions FÁS, in consultation w...More Button

Exploration and production companies employ Irish workers in offshore exploration and development, particularly in the Kinsale gas field. I have continually impressed on the Irish Offshore Operator...More Button

In addition Enterprise Ireland has the co-operation of the Irish Offshore Operators' Association and individual operators to ensure there is early notification of future offshore work to potential ...More Button

Apart from work on rigs and platforms there is also work arising from the standby vessels, which support each rig and platform, and the supply vessels delivering supplies and equipment. There is al...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Vessel Licences.

Was asked: the proposals he has to meet the concerns of the Dungarvan Sea Angling Club and the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations were signed by my predecessor on 5 June last. The regulations were due to come into effect on 6 June 2003. However, in light of the Fethard traged...More Button

I have agreed to meet the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers later today. I appreciate their concerns and those of angling clubs such as Dungarvan Sea Angling Club regarding the possible effects of th...More Button

I have already informed the House that I have made available a once off grant of up to €20,000 to the IFSA towards the cost of acquiring licensed boats for the World Boat Angling Championships...More Button

To facilitate boat owners affected by the new regulations my Department has recently held five information seminars at different locations around the country. I would encourage any boat owners inv...More Button

Written Answers. - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: if all new forestry-planting approvals have been suspended; when he proposes to begin approving applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the decisions which were made regarding forestry planting programmes following his meeting with representatives of the forestry sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 283 together.More Button

I am aware of the concern of the forestry sector in relation to available funding for next year's afforestation programme. Decisions in relation to the forestry schemes will be finalised in the com...More Button