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Naughten, Denis

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Energy Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

We were all in that situation.More Button

I prefer the round ball.More Button

Perhaps the Deputy is talking about smart metering.More Button

It is Knock I should be going to.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to respond to some of the issues raised. Before doing so, I thank all Deputies who contributed to the debate in recent days. While some speakers were critical of my Depa...More Button

As I stated previously, the Bill has been designed to revise, consolidate, update and expand existing energy legislation in a number of specific and well defined areas. Given this intention, the...More Button

The support of Members for the provisions of the Bill are welcome and I look forward to its early consideration on Committee Stage. I advise the House, as I did at the start of Second Stage, tha...More Button

A significant number of issues were raised by Deputies. I will comment on some but not all of them, although my officials and I have taken note of each of them. More Button

Deputy Sean Sherlock referred to the need for engagement with the buyer of the Whitegate refinery site. I am willing to do this. The Deputy asked if the Department would explore possible opport...More Button

A number of Deputies asked what implications the United Kingdom leaving the European Union would have for the energy sector. While Brexit has significant implications for it, we do not believe i...More Button

While no issues arise for the energy sector in the short term, challenges will arise in the medium term and we will need to clarify the position on these matters. It is in the interests of every...More Button

The regulation of water services was one of the main issues raised by Deputies. This legislation does not deal with that issue but merely clarifies current law in this area.More Button

I am a Member with personal experience of the Commission for Energy Regulation. I made two detailed submissions relating to water pricing. Some years ago I stood in the House and argued that peop...More Button

Concerns have been raised about the potential privatisation of Irish Water. The current position has been conveniently ignored by some - I accept that some Members were not here before and I wou...More Button

Deputy Broughan mentioned the issue of fuel poverty and I am conscious of it. Many other speakers referred to the cost of energy for families. Deputy Browne spoke about the public service oblig...More Button

Deputy Harty raised the issue of Moneypoint. We have challenges with Moneypoint as well as our peat-fired power stations in the midlands. It is true that we have to find alternative fuel source...More Button

Deputy Broughan raised the issue of fuel poverty. A number of speakers mentioned this one way or another, whether in the context of fuel prices or otherwise. I am conscious of this issue for se...More Button

Deputy Broughan asked when I would officially become the Minister with responsibility for the environment. The memorandum has gone to the Attorney General's office. The responsibilities I will ...More Button

Deputy Kenny referred to the membership of the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. I put it to Deputy Kenny and everyone else that we have a good process in place. People can ...More Button

Deputy Ryan spoke about becoming a world leader in demand management. We need to consider new ways. I may not always agree with Deputy Ryan but his heart is in the right place and he is right t...More Button

Deputy Murphy spoke about dealing with issues such as renewable energy sensitively. It has not been dealt with sensitively. Deputy Byrne referred to the lack of guidelines for wind farms and so...More Button

If there are issues with solar farms, I am keen to hear from Deputy Byrne about them. He can come to me with those issues. I am keen to hear the concerns being expressed at the moment. Deputy By...More Button

Deputy Rabbitte mentioned the Galway-Mayo duct. I do not believe it will form part of this Bill. It is disappointing that there has been a hold-up in the Office of the Attorney General with the...More Button

Regarding Ardnacrusha and the levels of water on the River Shannon, there are two problems in my constituency at the moment, one relating to flooding in a mountain and the other relating to turlo...More Button

All the Deputies and Senators in the north east have spoken to me about the interconnector. I understand the point of view of Deputy Cassells and others. It is before An Bord Pleanála at the mo...More Button

We have major challenges in the energy area, as articulated by Deputies Ryan and Dooley and many of the others speakers who contributed to the debate. We all need to try to work constructively t...More Button

Energy Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee

I move:More Button

Single Resolution Board (Loan Facility Agreement) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed)

  Question again proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."More Button

Better Energy Homes Scheme

Was asked: his plans to make further funding allocations available in 2016 for Waterford City and County Council towards the energy bureau of Waterford Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if and when he will make funding available under energy efficiency and renewable energy technology for a project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 193 and 194 together.More Button

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy Communities scheme on behalf of my Department. This scheme aims to support and encourage community based partners...More Button

Under this year's scheme, €20 million in grant support has been awarded to 38 community groups. This will provide for energy efficiency upgrades to more than 2,600 homes and almost 300 community...More Button

If the Deputy is referring to the application made by Waterford Energy Bureau, on behalf of Waterford City and County Council, for funding under this year's Better Energy Communities scheme, I wo...More Button

All applications to the Better Energy Communities Scheme are assessed in a competitive process operated by SEAI and neither I, nor my Department, have any function in relation to the evaluation o...More Button

Any homes that are owned by an approved housing association, such as the Saint Vincent de Paul, are eligible for inclusion in the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme, which, based on defined eligib...More Button

National Broadband Plan Administration

Was asked: if there is a cost differential to the State in defining a minimum 100 Mbps broadband speed rather than a 30 Mbps broadband speed for the roll-out of the national broadband plan; and, if so, what i...More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. Delivery of high speed broadband is a strategic priority under...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff employed to deliver the tendering stage of the national broadband plan within his Department.More Button

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to the delivery of High Speed Broadband under the National Broadband Plan (NBP) as a matter of priority. This is being achieved through private i...More Button