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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Prices (10 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) publishes comprehensive and publicly available statistics on energy prices in Ireland and the EU, based on Eurostat and IEA/OECD data. SEAI's annual Energy In Ireland reports contain price information and are available on their website. Using price data submitted to the OECD and the IEA, the latest SEAI Energy in Ireland 1990 - 2012report,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Prices (10 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: While I am acutely aware of the financial challenges faced by many families at the current time, I have no statutory function in the monitoring or setting of electricity prices, whether in the regulated or non-regulated parts of these markets. It is important to note that the electricity and gas markets are commercial, liberated and operate within national and European regulatory regimes and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Appointments to State Boards (10 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: There have been 17 appointments made to State Boards under the aegis of my Department in 2014 to date. The following table details all of these appointments to State Boards, taking into consideration qualifications and legislative requirements where applicable. Appointments made to State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in 2014 Body...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Statutory Instruments (10 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: There have been 7Statutory Instruments made my Department from 1 May 2014 to date and details of these are set out in the following table. S.I. No S.I. Title S.I. No. 208/2014 TAXES CONSOLIDATION ACT 1997 (ACCELERATED CAPITAL ALLOWANCES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 1) ORDER 2014 S.I. No. 229/2014 GAS REGULATION ACT 2013 (SECTION 5 TO 12) (COMMENCEMENT) ORDER 2014...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Road Projects (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: While this is a matter for the company and not one in which I, as Minister, have any role or function, the Deputy may wish to contact EirGrid directly on the matter. EirGrid has published a number of substantial reports on the matter of optimal routing for the North South Transmission Line Project and can be contacted at or by telephone at “lo-call” 1890 25 26 90.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Television Licence Fee Payments (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together. The licence fee is distributed in accordance with Section 123 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, to both RTÉ and TG4 in order to facilitate the pursuit of their public service objectives which are also set out in the 2009 Act. An Post pays the Department all TV licence revenues collected from sales and the Department of Social Protection...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Natural Resources (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: In May 2013 I initiated a debate in Dáil Éireann on the Report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration published in May 2012 by the former Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture. At the conclusion of the Dáil debate, I stated my intention to seek further independent expert advice on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Metropolitan Area Networks Programme (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) consist of fibre optic rings around 94 regional cities and towns designed to enhance connectivity in these areas. The MANs are playing an important part in driving competition in the regions and have facilitated operators to provide services that benefit both business and residential customers. The MANs are managed, operated and maintained on behalf of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Expenditure (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together. The table below outlines details of fees paid for professional services as defined by the deduction of withholding tax by my Department between 1stJune 2013 and 31stMay 2014. My Department administers a very diverse, complex and extremely technical brief. It has a total complement of around 250 full time equivalent staff of whom a limited...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Training (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The table below sets out a breakdown of all third level courses, training programmes and courses provided for employees of my Department from 1 September 2013 to the end of June 2014. Third Level Fees Course Cost BSC (Hons) Computing IT & Mathematics €3,200 Doctorate in Governance €10,000 Doctorate in Governance €9,598 MSc Forensic Computing &...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Training (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: In 2014 the total budget for training and development in my Department is €120,000. The table below shows the potential annual saving to the Exchequer of a 5%, 7%, 10%, 12%, 15%, 17% and 20% reduction to training and development based on the budget for 2014. % Reduction Cost Potential Annual Saving 5% €114,000 €6,000 7% €111,600 €8,400 10%...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Expenses (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The 2014 budget for Travel and Subsistence in my Department is €583,000. Travel and subsistence is only used for travel necessarily incurred on official business and strictly in line with relevant Department of Finance rules. The requested percentage reductions are shown in the following table. Reduction to 2014 T&S Budget % Saving to Exchequer € 1 5,830 5 29,150 7...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Expenditure (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 308 to 310, inclusive, together. As the Deputy is aware, the Government will be publishing its Budget and Estimates in October, based on the up-to-date economic and fiscal outlook at that time. It will set out the Estimates and all pay and non-pay measures as decided by Government for 2015 and the expenditure ceilings for the period to 2017. With regard to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Sector Regulation (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Community radio stations in Ireland are funded from various sources, including funds derived from donations, advertising and sponsorship. Section 154 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 assigned responsibility to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to develop and administer funding scheme(s) designed to support the production and transmission of high quality programming based on Irish...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Gas Exploration Revenue (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The principal direct financial return to the Exchequer from the Corrib gas field will be through the 25% tax that will apply to profits from the gas field. The level of profits will depend on a combination of factors including, the volume of recoverable gas, the cost of developing and operating the infrastructure, the price of gas over the life of the field, together with the timing and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Contracts (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I understand the Deputy is interested in consultancies relating to the oil and gas sector. In the time available, it has not been possible to assemble the information requested. My Department is in the process of identifying and assembling the information which will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Exports (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the UK Government in January 2013 undertook to examine how Irish renewable energy resources, onshore and offshore, might be developed to the mutual benefit of Ireland and the UK. Following in-depth analysis it was found that given the economic, policy and regulatory complexities involved, and the outstanding decisions to be taken by the UK,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Service Obligation Levy Application (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy has been in place since 2001 and is the overall support mechanism for electricity generation constructed for security of supply purposes (including peat fired generation), and for the development of renewable electricity to meet Ireland's target 40% of electricity demand being met from renewable sources by 2020. The levy is designed to compensate...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Interreg IIIA cross border cooperation programme, the then Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (DCMNR) in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment provided funding to Bytel for the implementation of two cross border telecoms projects between 2004 and 2007. These were the Cross Border...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Data (9 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department currently employes a full time equivalent of 10 staff on fixed term contracts. These staff are employees in the Private Offices of the Minister and Minister of State.

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