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Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The content of the Kerr report is included in the strategy that is being developed by the board of An Post at the moment. I understand that detailed discussions have commenced between the Irish Postmasters' Union and the company to try to progress the issues and put a long-term plan in place for our post office network.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (22 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities - COM(2016)589 was agreed at political level on 29 May 2017. Known as "WIFI4EU", the proposal announced by the European Commission in September 2016, is designed to provide...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (22 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 192 together. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Contracts Data (22 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I can confirm that my Department did not contract out any work relating to human resources investigations or industrial relations issues during the years in question. The information requested in relation to the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each agency.  The Department will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: North-South Interconnector (22 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: On 19 December 2016 An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the North-South Interconnector project in Ireland. The decision concluded a lengthy planning process which included an Oral Hearing completed over eleven weeks from March to May last year. The planning decision is currently the subject of Judicial Review proceedings. The planning process for the section of the project...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Ministerial Functions (21 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I have set out below an extract from the diary of  then Minister, Alex White for the period August 2015  to December 2015. This calendar was previously released following a request under the FOI Act.   Subject StartDate EndDate Paul - A/L 4/8/2015 9/8/2015 Annual Leave 4/8/2015 13/8/2015 ACTONS HOTEL 6/8/2015 7/8/2015 Midleton’ exploration well...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (21 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervention in those areas where...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Mitigation Plan (21 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The objective of Ireland’s first National Mitigation Plan is to set out what Ireland is doing, and is planning to do, to further the national transition objective as set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015. The National Mitigation Plan has been prepared having regard to the provisions set out in the 2015 Act in close collaboration with all...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Contracts Data (21 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: My Departmental remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as 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 information and to...

Topical Issue Debate: Waste Disposal (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I am glad to take this Topical Issue. I apologise that I was not in a position to be present the last time, when the Minister, Deputy Bruton, took the issue on my behalf.

Topical Issue Debate: Waste Disposal (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I firmly endeavour, in so far as I can, to be physically present for debates such as this. It is understood that the facility to which the Deputy refers has submitted a proposed amendment to its licence to use certain waste materials as part of its fuel mix as raw materials in the manufacture of cement. Industrial emissions installations are subject to a range of regulatory controls...

Topical Issue Debate: Waste Disposal (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Deputy raises a number of matters. First, it is not industrial or toxic waste; it is solid recovered fuel, which is material from municipal waste across the country. I wish to be quite clear about that. Toxic waste must be dealt with outside of this country. To come to the other specific points the Deputy has raised, I understand where he is coming from regarding the issue of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries Ireland (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that the information provided in the press release issued by the Agency on 15 October 2015 is entirely consistent with the information provided in the peer reviewed scientific publication entitled “Genetic structure of pike (Esox Lucius)" jointly authored by 5 scientists and published in the Journal of Biogeography.  The...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Inland Fisheries Ireland (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: Matters in relation to premises are a day to day operational matter for the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) subject to Public Financial Procedures.However, I am informed by IFI that the site referred to in the Question was sold, following advertisement, in a public tender process in March 2013. IFI is not aware of any condition attached to the sale of this site.  However,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: North-South Interconnector (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: On 19 December 2016 An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the North-South Interconnector project in Ireland. The decision concluded a lengthy planning process which included an Oral Hearing completed over eleven weeks from March to May last year. The planning decision is currently the subject of Judicial Review proceedings. The planning process for the section of the project...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Sporting Rights (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The sale of the broadcasting rights of sporting events, including the right to broadcast GAA matches, is a matter for the rights holder concerned and any broadcaster that may have an interest in purchasing these rights. As Minister, I have no role in this process.   Section 114 (1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 states the principal objects and associated powers of RTÉ and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Schemes (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Warmth and Well-being scheme is a pilot initiative being delivered under the Government’s Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty and the Healthy Ireland Framework. The main aim of the scheme is to demonstrate the positive effects that making homes warmer and more energy efficient can have on the health and well-being of people in energy poverty who are living with a chronic respiratory...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Health and Safety Inspections (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1725 to 1727, inclusive, together. Industrial Emissions installations are subject to a range of regulatory controls under national legislation, including the conditions attached to a licence issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on the operation and management of such sites. As Minister, I have no function in monitoring or enforcing the conditions...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Schemes (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: As outlined in the Government's Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty, minimum standards for energy efficiency in the rented sector are being considered because published research has demonstrated that people living in rented accommodation are more than twice as likely to live in a home with an E, F or G Building Energy Rating (BER) than homeowners. Households living in relatively energy...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Data (20 Jun 2017)

Denis Naughten: My Department currently employs 334 full-time equivalent  staff.  The Department has offices located in the following counties and locations: - Dublin - Adelaide Road, Customs House and Beggars Bush - Cavan - Cavan Town - Wexford - Wexford Town The breakdown of staff numbers by county is as follows: County Dublin Cavan Wexford No. of Staff 259 39 35...

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