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Rabbitte, Pat

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

Was asked: if Forfás is pre-empting the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency report on hydraulic fracturing by suggesting that the development of a new energy framework to facilitate the develop...More Button

Was asked: if landowners are informed if their land is in a licence option area for hydraulic fracturing; the way they are informed; the timescale in which they are informed; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: if his Department and agencies under its aegis, who own or rent property in commercial developments are in compliance with their responsibilities under the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011; if he wi...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department does not own or rent any residential or mixed residential/commercial property. In terms of buildings occupied by my Department, such properties are ...More Button

The operation of any owned or leased property by agencies under my Department is an operational matter for the individual agency in the first instance and I have no function in this regard. I ha...More Button

Telecommunications Infrastructure

Was asked: the status of an application by Emerald Pipeworks and-or PiPiper for consent to run fibre optic cable from County Mayo to County Galway in ducting laid alongside the Bord Gáis pipeline network; and...More Button

The telecommunications duct network referred to runs alongside the Bord Gáis Éireann pipeline network from Bellanaboy in County Mayo to Ballymoneen in County Galway, which also consists of a spur o...More Button

Household Benefits

Was asked: if it is intended that the proposed broadcasting charge will replace the TV licence charge as part of the household benefits package; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, responsibility for the Household Benefit Package falls under the remit of the Department of Social Protection. Exemptions from the liability to pay the existing TV lice...More Button

That said, I would like to emphasise that the proposed charge would replace the existing TV licence system and it is my expectation that the current exemptions in relation to pensioners and those...More Button

Internet Safety Issues

Was asked: if websites promoting eating disorders, also referred to as pro mia and pro ana websites, can be censored here if the target market of the site is considered to be under the age of 18; and if he wi...More Button

As Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, I have policy responsibility for providing a supportive legislative and regulatory environment to facilitate the development of high qua...More Button

It is clear that there are no simple answers to the challenges posed by the positioning of certain potentially harmful content on Internet websites, not least because of the international basis o...More Button

In recognition of this complexity my Department maintains open and regular contact with all Departments and State agencies. My Department also monitors international developments with a view to ...More Button

You will be aware that the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications recently held a number of hearings on the use of the Internet and its potential effect on people. I look forward to recei...More Button

Salmon Hardship Scheme

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 279 of 11 December 2012 and 423 of 30 June 2009, the reason the information promised in relation to the 1,171 applicants for the salmon hardship scheme has n...More Button