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National Broadband Procurement Process: Statements (Resumed) (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: This is the sixth day in a row I have dealt with this issue.

National Broadband Procurement Process: Statements (Resumed) (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I thank all colleagues who contributed to the debate. I know that some of them disagree with the approach we are taking with the ownership model. We held a debate on the matter in the House in 2016. However, I believe everyone in the House agrees with the primary objective, that is, to bring high speed broadband to every home, community, business and farm in Ireland. I appreciate the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Data (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: Issues pertaining to planning legislation, including matters regarding traffic management and the attachment of conditions relating to individual community gain funds to planning permissions are matters for the statutory planning authorities and do not fall under my remit as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Waste management planning is the responsibility of local...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Infrastructure (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Programme for a Partnership Government makes clear that the Government remains supportive of the proposal to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG ) terminal near Ballylongford, County Kerry, and has  supported the project promoters in their application to achieve the status of a Project of Common Interest (PCI) under European Regulation 347/2013 which...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Communications (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The matter raised in the Question is a customer service issue for each individual public body including Government Departments. The use and display of telephone numbers is an area in which I have no statutory function. I would draw the Deputy's attention, however, to arrangements in my Department which operates an 1890 lo-call option for users contacting my Department from fixed line...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Landfill Sites (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: Waste management planning, including with regard to infrastructure provision, is the responsibility of local authorities under Part II of the Waste Management Act, 1996 (as amended). Under section 60(3) of that Act, I am precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to the performance, in specific cases, by a local authority of their statutory functions under the Act. Copies...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Hazardous Waste Sites (15 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The National Hazardous Waste Management Plan (NHWMP) 2014-2020 is prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with Section 26 of the Waste Management Act 1996 and sets out the priority actions that may be undertaken within the lifetime of the Plan in relation to: the prevention of hazardous waste; improved collection rates for certain categories of hazardous waste;...

Questions on Promised Legislation (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I am not aware of the publication of that report, but we will be taking note of it. As the Deputy knows, it is a policy objective of the Government to have a single electricity market on the island. That has been reiterated by both governments after the result of 23 June 2016.

Other Questions: National Broadband Plan Implementation (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The SSE-Enet, Granahan McCourt and John Laing plc consortium is an expert group with in-depth international experience across the telecoms, engineering and infrastructure sectors in Ireland and across the globe. It was one of three bidders which successfully passed the pre-qualification stage of the national broadband plan. During the pre-qualification phase the Department evaluated the...

Other Questions: National Broadband Plan Implementation (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: Just as the Eir roll-out is happening in every county across the country at the same time, this project - the State intervention phase of the national broadband plan - will be rolled out across the country simultaneously. The broadband offices in each of the local authorities are working, through Minister Ring's Department, to designate the programme of build-out in each local authority....

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I hope I answer all of the questions, but Deputies can come back to me if I do not. It is my intention to publish the reports without delay. I have to bring them to the Cabinet. Once that has been done, it is my intention to publish them and I have already instructed my officials in that regard. I am anxious to have them placed in the public domain as quickly as possible to let...

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: In response to Deputy Brendan Smith on inspectors' reports, we have commissioned a report on levels of compensation. I look forward to seeing the detail of it. As I said, it will be published with the other report. All of the Deputies have asked about access. I will be quite clear on the issue. The long-standing practice of infrastructure providers, including in the roll-out of...

Other Questions: National Broadband Plan (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I understand their frustration. Communities, villages, schools and rural businesses in my constituency are equally frustrated and I understand and appreciate that. We are trying to provide them with a broadband service in the short term. There will be significant announcements in that regard in the coming months on foot of the release of the 3.6 GHz wireless spectrum. In addition, we have...

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 31, 48, 68, 89 and 224 together. The North-South interconnector now has full planning permission in Ireland and Northern Ireland as proposed as an overhead line. On 21 December 2016, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the North-South interconnector in Ireland, which concluded a lengthy planning process, including an...

Other Questions: Rural Broadband Scheme (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I know the issues involved because I am dealing with them on the ground. One of the Acting Chairman, Deputy Eugene Murphy's constituents, my mother, is at me continually and persistently in that respect. She is less than one mile from the existing fibre network and within a few yards of the local primary school. My own nieces are missing out on it. I am, therefore, very conscious of the...

Other Questions: Rural Broadband Scheme (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: On 30 August last I specifically raised this issue with the chief executive of eir, Mr. Richard Moat. We agreed that we would ask the broadband officer in each of the local authorities across the country to look at the anomalies where a cluster of houses has been left out. The example I gave earlier is within 1 km of the local school. Such examples were submitted by the broadband officers...

Other Questions: National Broadband Plan (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government's national broadband plan, NBP, aims to ensure high-speed broadband access of a minimum of 30 Mbps, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all premises, communities and towns in Ireland, regardless of location. For those in areas where commercial operators cannot or will not deliver a service, access will be delivered via a State-led intervention. A variety of measures will...

Other Questions: National Broadband Plan (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I thank the Deputy. I agree with him; it is not a luxury. We need to see fibre broadband being rolled out across the country as quickly as possible and it is actually happening The eir fibre broadband roll-out will bring high-speed broadband at speeds of 1,000 Mbps to 4,898 premises in Kilkenny and 3,390 in Carlow. In less than two years, or less than 100 weeks, they will have access to...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Incentives (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Deputy has raised a number of matters. People who have installed solar PV on domestic buildings and engaged in self-consumption after my announcement of 31 January would fall within the final parameters of the pilot scheme when the details of it are announced. This is termed "grandfathering". I am sympathetic to their position, but grandfathering would be subject to discussions with...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Incentives (14 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: I am very conscious of public awareness. We have a new behavioural economics unit established within the SEAI to look at how we communicate. For any colleagues here writing newsletters, there is a box outlining the different grants, which can put into their newsletters. We can make that available to them. We have done so in the past and will do so again. There is a substantial amount of...

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