Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Naughten, Denis

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (Continued)

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time and it is during our time that the obligation exists for us all to take action. We need to act now and think long term. We are also a country ...More Button

The challenges are clear and many. What is less clearly developed is the economic opportunity in terms of jobs and investment for this country, which is better connected in an information age an...More Button

Across the country, from inner cities to remote rural parishes, communities are partly or sometimes wholly excluded from the basic criteria of modern convenience and comfort in terms of communica...More Button

Budget 2017 is a significant step in a broader plan to address these pressing challenges, but also to bring Ireland out ahead into a leadership position in terms of employment in growing industri...More Button

This budget is not a panacea or a ready-made answer. It is, however, a significant step forward in delivering on an agenda that has been thought through. Energy and climate action are inextrica...More Button

Significant funding has been committed by the Government in budget 2017 to address the climate change challenge. In my Department, an additional €24 million will be invested to expand energy eff...More Button

The funding next year will allow an additional 30,000 homes, including homes of those in energy poverty, to receive an energy upgrade on top of the 330,000 homes already upgraded. This will make...More Button

As the first ever Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I am charged with driving our climate change agenda and my Department is among several that have a key role in this ...More Button

The measure will also help to stimulate the development of biogas as a transport fuel in Ireland. These are just the first steps in helping to address the impact of transport on our emissions.More Button

Far more radical in addressing the unique transport challenges in Ireland is reducing the need to travel in the first instance. The national broadband plan allows people to work from home and in...More Button

The big question relates to when this will happen. I assure the House that it will not be one day longer than is absolutely necessary. However, this is a 25-year contract and we must get it rig...More Button

The carbon reliefs announced in the budget will have a direct impact on solid fuels. The incentive is to support solid fuels that have biomass. Approximately one in six homes in Ireland uses so...More Button

Finally I want to refer to agriculture. Significant movement and progress is being made in this area. The GLAS scheme announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Cree...More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Was asked: when the tender process for the national broadband plan will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department is now in a formal procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network to the over 750,000 premises in Ireland, covering 100,000...More Button

The three bidders in the procurement process have formally indicated that they are proposing a predominantly fibre-to-the home solution for rural Ireland. This means that householders and busine...More Button

Earlier this year, before I came into office, the Department announced that it would be June 2017 before contract(s) were awarded under the NBP. The bidders in the process have recently indicate...More Button

The timing of each stage of the procurement continues to be dependent on a range of factors including the complexities that may be encountered by the procurement team, and bidders, during the pro...More Button

As part of the Department's extensive stakeholder consultations in 2015, telecommunications service providers indicated that it could take 3-5 years to rollout a network of the scale envisaged un...More Button

The Programme for Government also commits to measures to assist in the rollout of the network once a contract is awarded. In this regard, Minister Humphreys is leading on the establishment of tw...More Button

In the meantime, my Department continues to liaise closely with industry and relevant other Departments and agencies to assist in the commercial deployment of telecommunications networks. The co...More Button

In line with commitments in the Programme for Government I established a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce with my colleague Minister Humphreys in July 2016. The Taskforce will recommend prac...More Button

Mobile Telephony Services

Was asked: if he will engage with the mobile telephone service providers about the poor and sometimes non-existent coverage in rural Tipperary and insist that they cease cherry-picking the high-population urb...More Button

Telecommunications service providers operate in a fully liberalised market under licences provided by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The management of the radio spectrum is...More Button

Notwithstanding the independence of ComReg, I am critically aware of the frustration currently being experienced across Ireland, where mobile networks are not always delivering the services peopl...More Button

The Taskforce involves a number of Government Departments and agencies, as well as engagement with ComReg and telecommunications operators. Measures arising from the Taskforce will be implemente...More Button

Under the Programme for Government Minister Humphreys is also establishing two regional action groups. Working with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Offices, LEADER Groups and other relevant ...More Button

These new structures at a national and local level are designed to address as far as possible immediate issues in relation to the quality of mobile phone and broadband coverage. More Button

In addition, I intend to sign Regulations over the coming days, which will allow ComReg to proceed with an auction of the 3.6GHz spectrum band in early 2017.  This auction will provide an 86% inc...More Button

I have also secured €8m in the Budget for RTÉ which will allow it to free up the 700MHz spectrum band. ComReg in turn will make plans to auction this spectrum, which will provide for significant...More Button

These initiatives should assist in significantly enhancing the quality of mobile phone and data services across Ireland, and particularly in rural Ireland. More Button

In the meantime any customer, including those in County Tipperary and its environs, who experiences service difficulties should raise the matter with the service provider in the first instance. ...More Button