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Rabbitte, Pat

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Instruction to Committee

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As Deputies Moynihan and Colreavy have said, we had this debate a long time ago. I can go back over the entire history of this initiative if colleagues would like me to do so. I do not think that...More Button

The problem is that one either accepts that this is being done on the basis of an agreement that was made in 2010, or one does not. There are commentators who say we got off very lightly, given ...More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Instruction to Committee (Continued)

Deputy Pringle is a bit like the Japanese soldier who came out of the forest waving his sword a number of years after the end of the Second World War.More Button

It has happened and all we are doing today is tidying up the legislation to acknowledge the reality that the brand inevitably was part of what was for sale and was part of what attracted the new ow...More Button

I know Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan resorts to assistance about seeing into the future and he says he knows that the purpose is to privatise Irish Water and to privatise this, and hence his imagin...More Button

It is very difficult to prove a negative. All I can tell the Deputy is that there is no intention to privatise Irish Water. I do not believe an bord imithe would be appropriate for Ervia. He ask...More Button

I do not think so; I do not think there is a Spanish tinge to this at all. It is very much Irish and is similar to Telecom Éireann, Eircom, Ervia and so on. That is what is before the House and I...More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."More Button

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

  Bill, as amended, received for final consideration.More Button

  Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."More Button

I thank the parties and Independents opposite for facilitating the passage of this legislation. It is, as those on all sides have agreed, important in the context of enhancing the quality of broad...More Button

Deputy Colreavy inquired about rural areas which may not be covered by the current initiative. I must inform him that the mapping exercise relating to the implementation of the national broadban...More Button

I again thank colleagues for facilitating the passage of the legislation.More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage

  Bill recommitted in respect of amendment No. 1.More Button

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

  Bill reported with amendment.More Button

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

I understand where Deputy Colreavy is coming from and I agree with much of what he has said but I honestly think there is a misunderstanding between us on this one. If we consider what is in the B...More Button

I will be disappointed if Deputy Colreavy divides the House on a Bill that, fairly exceptionally in my experience, has attracted support from all sides of the House, including not just the parties ...More Button

They have rallied in almost impossible conditions. My understanding from the chief executive of the ESB is that it was so bad yesterday, particularly in parts of the south and south west, that it ...More Button

Given that we are dealing with a Bill about communications, the same situation applies in respect of Eircom workers. Some 60,000 homes have been deprived of a service and Eircom workers are enga...More Button

I reiterate what Deputy Coffey said. All I can say is that the thrust of this Bill is not about privatisation. It is enshrined in the Irish Water legislation that it will not be privatised. Ot...More Button

Deputy Coffey is correct. It is a commercial venture.More Button

The broadband speeds experienced at customers' premises are dependent on a number of variables which are not within the control of Internet service providers. Connections using wireless equipment ...More Button

The ESB proposal, as outlined, is to install an electronic communications network on its electricity distribution network using fibre optic technology. A feature of fibre optic technology is tha...More Button

The introduction of the amendment proposed by Deputy Moynihan would impose a more onerous obligation on the ESB than applies to other competing service providers. It will also create a biased pe...More Button

More recently, ComReg has announced its intention to launch a pilot project to measure, quantify and report on broadband speeds delivered to customers' premises in different settings. This proje...More Button

It is my belief that a legislative remedy, along the lines proposed by Deputy Moynihan in this amendment, which would only apply to one potential service provider, is not the appropriate way to d...More Button

Broadcasting Service Provision

Was asked: if it is possible for a new transmitter to be erected over the Abbeyfeale area to ensure that residents in the area will have coverage again through Saorview; if an official from his Department wil...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 220 of 3 December 2013. The position is unchanged. 2RN recommends that the individual concerned contact a competent local aerial installer who will be able to ...More Button

Broadcasting Sector Regulation

Was asked: if he will provide a copy of the staff and members' code of business conduct of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland that was available up to 22 January; if he will further provide a copy of the c...More Button

In common with all public service bodies and in accordance with section 31.1(iv) of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, the BAI affirms on an annual basis that its Code of Busi...More Button

Was asked: the measures that exist, either statutorily, through regulation or by internal code of conduct, or otherwise, to ensure that no individual member of the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Irela...More Button

The BAI is an independent statutory body established by the Broadcasting Act 2009 to regulate content across all Irish broadcasting services. Section 23 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 obliges the Aut...More Button

Renewable Energy Generation

Was asked: his plans to generate renewable energy from the seas around Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I published the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) on 7 February. The Plan, and the associated Strategic Environmental Assessment documentation, can be found on my Department's webs...More Button

The OREDP identifies the opportunity for Ireland of realising the potential of our offshore energy resources for increasing indigenous production of renewable energy, thereby contributing to redu...More Button

The OREDP will provide the mechanism through which action across government departments and agencies to support the development of offshore renewable electricity generation can be fully coordinat...More Button

My Department already supports ocean energy through the work of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in administering the Prototype Development Fund, developing the Atlantic Marine ...More Button

Energy Prices

Was asked: if the energy regulator ensures that consumers get lower prices for petrol when oil prices fall per barrel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Commission for Energy Regulation has no statutory function in the regulation of petrol and diesel prices. The Maximum Prices Order was removed in 1991 and the market was deregulated. The Irish...More Button