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Topical Issue Debate: Water Pollution (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I do not know the detail of this case. The priority is to get the issue resolved. I will take the matter back to the Department and to the Minister of State, Deputy Kyne, to see if we can try to resolve it. I do not know the ins and outs of the matter, but it seems there could be three Departments and two agencies under the control of my own Department involved. I do not know what the...

Topical Issue Debate: Water Pollution (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I thank Deputies Funchion, Martin Kenny and Ferris for raising this issue. A response drafted by my Department is being circulated but it does not deal with the issue as raised so I will not read it into the record, although it is available for Deputies to read. The problem is that there is a multifaceted approach to issues such as this and responsibility does not lie with any one agency,...

Plastic and Packaging Pollution: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: Not bangers.

Plastic and Packaging Pollution: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: Hear, hear.

Plastic and Packaging Pollution: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: With the agreement of the House, I wish to share time with the Minister of State, Deputy Damien English.

Plastic and Packaging Pollution: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I was in St. Patrick's boys' national school in Drumcondra this morning. Tomorrow is a plastic-free day in the school. Getting that level of understanding among young people of how to deal with plastic waste through reduction and recycling shows how much attention the problem is generating. That is to be welcomed. I acknowledge the Sick of Plastic campaign which will run from 21 April....

Seanad: Public Service Broadcasting and Social Media Regulation: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I thank the Seanad for the invitation to discuss a number of topics relating to public service broadcasting and social media regulation. The issues raised include public service broadcasting in general, RTÉ’s strategy plan, RTÉ advertising, licence fee income, the sale of RTÉ State assets and the regulation of social media. The opportunity to discuss our views on these...

Seanad: Public Service Broadcasting and Social Media Regulation: Statements (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: Only a short time is available to me as I must be in the other House in seven minutes. I thank Senators for their contributions. One of the major issues facing us is that of online content. Senator Higgins raised the issue of advertising, a complex area that can probably only be regulated at European Union level rather than domestically. Having said that, I take the Senator's point...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Regulations (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I refer to the reply to Question No. 1197 of 17 April 2018. The position is unchanged.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Protection Agency (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: The EPA is responsible for the licence and enforcement of large industrial plants listed in the First Schedule of the EPA Act 1992 (as amended). This includes incineration and co-incineration plants. The Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) specifies the emission limit values for dioxins that apply to incineration and co-incineration facilities. This Directive also stipulates the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Service Provision (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, almost 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: North-South Interconnector (19 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: The North South Interconnector, as proposed as an overhead line, now has full planning permission in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Following engagements with representative groups and Oireachtas members in relation to the motions passed in Dáil and Seanad Éireann early last year I commissioned two independent studies into the project. The studies are designed to address...

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: No, I did not inform my officials because, at the time, there was no active file within the Department. I had made it clear to Mr. Ó Neachtain that I would be following the advice of my officials. As I have already said, I would have preferred it had the conversation not taken place, but it did. However, I made it crystal clear at the time that I would be basing my decision on the...

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: The view that I gave was based on the information that all of us had and was in the public domain-----

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: -----the guidelines and procedures that were in place and outlined on our website, and the scale of the issue.

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: That is consistent with the commentary from Deputy Stanley in the House-----

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: -----the National Union of Journalists and other commentators in this area outside the jurisdiction.

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: I have absolutely nothing to hide in this regard. I encourage colleagues to look at the file that is available in my Department. Go through it-----

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: No. There is confidential information in it-----

Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (18 Apr 2018)

Denis Naughten: -----and it would lose value if it was redacted. The file is there for people to inspect for themselves the exact process that was followed. There is a large volume of paper and the majority of the file has been on our Department's website since last July. Any colleague who wants to see the full file is welcome to come to the Department and go through it page by page. It is there, it is...

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