Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites

9:30 am

Photo of Cormac DevlinCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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I thank the Chairman for the second round of questions and I thank Mr. Griffin for his previous responses. I will drill down into a few other elements in the time I have.

Mr. Griffin mentioned the trading online voucher. Some €21 million was spent in 2020 and 13,000 vouchers were awarded. I highlighted that figure because that scheme, and how quickly it was administered by the Department, was appreciated by so many businesses, as I am sure Mr. Griffin will appreciate. In addition, the work of the local enterprise offices in my constituency of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, the phenomenal roll-out of that programme and how well it was received by businesses, should not go unnoticed here today because it was invaluable to many businesses to get them online.

I will return to the landfill issue. We spoke about it previously but did not have enough time. I asked about the €6.1 million allocated to the environmental fund to local authorities to support waste enforcement services anti-dumping initiatives. How is that being monitored by the Department? I can only imagine when the Department divested the landfill issue to each local authority it was probably a little weight off the shoulders but, ultimately, that needs to be monitored to ensure the fund is being utilised correctly and we are seeing value for money on that aspect. How is that being done overall by the Department?