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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Climate Change Policy (28 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: The Paris Agreement was the major outcome of the 21stConference of Parties held under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 30 November to 12 December 2015. The agreement is built on the premise of all parties submitting and carrying out Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) outlining the measures they will carry out to reduce their...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (28 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 238, 239 and 241 together. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed 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 private investment by commercial telecommunications...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (28 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed 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 private investment by commercial telecommunications companies and through a State intervention in areas where...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (28 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed 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 private investment by commercial telecommunications companies and through a State intervention in areas where...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Telephone Call Charges (28 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: In 2015, the European Council and Parliament adopted Regulation 2015/2120, which requires retail roaming surcharges to be abolished in the European Union from June 2017, subject to fair usage.  Ireland played an active part in negotiating the Regulation and fully supports the implementation of the principle of “Roam like at Home” (RLAH). The concept of fair usage was...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: I welcome the opportunity to engage with the joint committee on the Estimate for my Department and consider the mid-year expenditure and programme indicator outturns where they are available. I am happy to outline my priority areas for expenditure in the three year period 2017 to 2019 and also interested in hearing the views of members on the areas and programmes they would seek to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: We raised this issue last June when we appeared before the committee. The subhead in the Estimate for the Department includes the allocation of €7.5 million for next generation broadband services. By the end of June €2.547 million had been spent under the subhead. The total Estimate allocation for the year is €16.7 million. Approximately €900,000 was spent...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: To clarify, that was 75% and 94% of profile, so it would have been to that point in the year.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: I will deal with the broadband issue first because it was raised by a number of members. At present, we are at stage 3, commencement of the detailed, technical and financial negotiations with the qualified bidders. There are three qualified bidders or consortia. The process started in July. We have a draft contract of approximately 2.2 million words - it is estimated that there will...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: Deputy Eamon Ryan asked about cyber security.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: There is a certain amount I cannot say and a certain amount I can say. A national cyber security centre has been established. In the next few weeks, it is moving out to a purpose-built facility in UCD. It includes computer security emergency response functions and is also involved in implementing the EU directive on network and information security. That places a number of significant...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: It reports to my Department. Any serious incident involving cyber security would be reported directly to me as the relevant Minister.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: What percentage?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: It is nearly 14%.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: Technology is changing dramatically and has changed over the past number of years. The Deputy is correct in that regard and I am quite willing to hear the committee's views if it wants to come back with a proposal and we can explore it. It is important to remember that the fall in income from the television licence does not just affect RTE. It affects TG4 and the independent broadcasters...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: I am quite willing to hear the views of the committee. If the committee wants to come forward with a proposal to introduce a broadcasting charge or amend the current legislation, it should come forward with it and we will have a look at it. The Department will facilitate the committee any way it can in respect of that. My priority from a legislative point of view is to ensure that content...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: That could very well happen.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: I have-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: Deputy Dooley asked about climate change. Our Department is the lead Department on climate action. However, some aspects are directly within my competency as Minister - on the electricity side, on the energy side, and on buildings and energy efficiency. They come under my remit. Agriculture and transport do not come under my remit. We work quite closely and there is a Cabinet...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Estimates for Public Services 2016: Vote 29 - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (21 Sep 2016)

Denis Naughten: No, but in our day-to-day business, we travel long distances and trying to find charge points for electric vehicles can be difficult. People in the Dublin region can charge them when they get to work and again when they get home. The challenge is slightly different but there have been developments with batteries. The European Commission is putting significant investment into this and there...

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