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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Postcode Implementation (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: An Post have been actively involved in the design process for the national postcode system and are committed to using the new postcode. The postcode will be fully integrated with An Post mails sortation systems and any integration costs will be part of An Post’s overall capital expenditure costs. An Post mails integration costs are not included in the predicted €26m Exchequer...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Postcode Implementation (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Government has approved a national postcode system that will use a 7 character code in an alpha numeric format A65 B2CD. The first three characters will relate to the postal district in which the address is located. The design phase of the project is currently being finalised. The cost to the Exchequer of the national postcode system over the 10 year cycle of the contract is expected to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Postal Services (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Matters relating to the printing of stamps, including costs, are an operational matter for the Board and management of An Post and one in which I have no statutory function. However, I have referred the matter to the company for direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 160, 162 and 163 together. Since market liberalisation in 1999, the provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators who operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The market has...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Single Electricity Market (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Single Electricity Market (SEM) is the wholesale electricity market for the island of Ireland, regulated jointly by the Commission for Energy Regulation (the CER) and its counterpart in Belfast, the Utility Regulator. By combining what were two separate jurisdictional electricity markets, the SEM became one of the first of its kind in Europe when it went live on 1st November 2007. The SEM...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Wind Energy Generation (17 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: It should be noted that statutory responsibility for development consents lies with my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Also, as is the case with all energy developments currently, each offshore renewable energy project must complete an Environmental Impact Assessment. As Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I am charged with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Post Office Network (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The issue raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Board and management of An Post and one in which I have no statutory function. I have however forwarded the matter raised to An Post for direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Pension Provisions (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Despite several requests from the Human Resources Division of my Department, the person in question has not provided any evidence of his service in the former Department of Posts and Telegraphs. Nor has he provided any further information which would enable HR to carry out another search for his file. I can confirm however, that the grade of Night and Sunday Telephone Attendant was a...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Government is fully committed to the delivery of the binding target of 16% of energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. In 2012, 19.6% of electricity demand was met by renewable generation, with 5.2% of heat and 2.4% of transport energy requirements coming from renewable sources. Overall, at the end of 2012, 7.1% of our energy was provided from renewable sources. The REFIT...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries Research Project (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: As I indicated in my response to Questions Nos. 240 and 241 of 4 March 2014, all research completed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), since its establishment in 2010, is publically available on the organisation's website www.fisheriesireland.ie. While the information sought prior to IFI’s establishment is not as readily available, I understand that, following my request outlined in...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I refer the Deputy my answer to Parliamentary Question 245 of 4 March 2014. Responsibility for protecting the freshwater pearl mussel falls within the remit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland that their management of River Basin Districts involves on-going liaison with the NPWS to ensure consistency in terms of the responsibilities of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I refer the Deputy to my Department's website where a comprehensive list of measures, including Statutory Instruments and Bye Laws, relating to the protection of sea trout is set out. If the Deputy has an interest in a particular issue or aspect of this legislation, Inland Fisheries Ireland will be happy to discuss that with him.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries (16 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland the information requested by the Deputy going back from 2006 to 2013 is not readily available. I am also advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland that prior to 2007, scientific advice was presented on a fishery district basis with regard to attainment of salmon conservation limit (CL). From 2007 on, advice was presented on an individual river basis. The...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Tribunals of Inquiry Recommendations (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The findings of the Moriarty Report were referred to the agencies mentioned by the Deputy shortly after the Report was received by me. Their consideration of the Report's findings together with any response is a matter for those agencies and not one in which I have any function.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Postal Services (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The issue raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Board and management of An Post and one in which I have no statutory function.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Legal Costs (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department administers a very diverse and complex brief. Its remit includes oversight of very complex policy areas and direct procurement of major services where protection of the State’s interest must be paramount. This situation necessarily requires my Department to procure specialist external professional advice in legal areas to enable it to discharge its responsibility to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Relations Contracts Expenditure (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Departmental remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as communications, energy and public broadcasting, and regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. Given the technical complexity, economic significance and community interest in these areas, there is a requirement to disseminate...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Transmission Network (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: On 28 January last, I announced that I had appointed an Independent Expert Panel, chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, to decide terms of reference for comprehensive, route-specific studies of overhead and underground options for both the Grid Link and Grid West projects. The outputs from those studies, which will be required to be complete, objective and comparable, will be published...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 386 to 388, inclusive, together. Since market liberalisation in 1999, the provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators who operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (15 Apr 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Since market liberalisation in 1999, the provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators who operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The market has developed into a well-regulated market, supporting a...

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