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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (19 Jan 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...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Schemes (19 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: Between 2006 to 2011 the Greener Homes scheme, operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), offered grants for the installation of a range of heating systems which included solar thermal, heat pumps, both ground and air sourced, biomass boilers and wood gasification. The choice of heat emitters within a home i.e. radiators, under floor or other method, was up to the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Social Media Monitoring (19 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: I am aware that the dissemination of so-called "fake news" through social media and other online platforms is currently a matter of widespread concern. While my officials regularly engage with companies which provide social media and other online services, no specific discussions have been held on the topic of so-called "fake news". An effective, proportionate and appropriate response...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Regulatory Impact Assessment Use (19 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: I am very aware of the concerns of the tyre industry regarding the new structures which I am introducing for tyres. I recently met with the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) and the Independent Tyre Wholesalers and Retailers Association (ITWRA). I have also met with the Association for Tyre Retails Standards (ATRS). I listened to the concerns of the ITIA and the ITWRA and I have done...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Air Quality (19 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: Since its introduction in Dublin in 1990, and subsequent extension to 26 urban areas nationwide, the ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel (or ‘smoky coal ban’ as it is commonly known) has proved very effective in reducing air pollution and significantly improving public health. Scientific understanding has evolved in the intervening...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Brexit Issues (19 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: An extensive programme of engagement with all other EU Governments and the EU institutions, including the Commission’s Brexit Negotiations Task Force, is under way.  This engagement is being intensified in 2017. As the Deputy is aware one of the main avenues available for me to meet my European counterparts is through the EU Councils and Informal Councils, of which I have...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Gas Networks Ireland (18 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: I assume the Deputy is referring to Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), formerly Bord Gáis Éireann, which is a commercial State-sponsored Body under the aegis of the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. GNI is the operator of the gas transmission and distribution networks. It does not engage in the sale of gas to customers. Its functions in relation to safety...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan (18 Jan 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...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Usage (18 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: Responsibility for the regulation of the electricity market under the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999 is a matter for the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), which is an independent statutory body. I have passed the Deputy’s query to the CER for direct reply. I have no function in monitoring the accuracy of electricity meters. EU Directive 2004/ 22/EC, the Measuring...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Investigations (18 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: There are no on going investigations or Commissions of Inquiry in my Department.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Fuel Laundering (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: Over 1,000 incidents of diesel laundering waste dumping have been dealt with by local authorities to date. My Department has provided funding of €5.5 million to local authorities for the substantial costs associated with such disposal over the period 2011-2015. The overwhelming majority of the clean-up operations have taken place in the border counties of Louth and Monaghan....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Bituminous Fuel Ban (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel (or ‘smoky coal ban’ as it is commonly known) was first introduced in Dublin in 1990. Following a public consultation process it was extended in 2012, and now applies in 26 urban areas nationwide. The ban has proved very effective in reducing particulate matter and sulphur dioxide levels and has had the effect...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Fuel Poverty (17 Jan 2017)

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

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: The EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC set Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16% of our energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. Ireland is committed to achieving this target through meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of heat and 10% of transport from renewable sources of energy, with the latter transport target also being legally binding. While good...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Illegal Dumping (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: In accordance with section 59(1) of the Waste Management Act, 1996, each local authority is responsible generally for the supervision and the enforcement of the relevant provisions of the Act in relation to the holding, recovery and disposal of waste within its functional area. Local authorities have specific powers under sections 55 and 56 of the Act to require measures to be taken, or to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Recycling Policy (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: Repak is the approved producer responsibility compliance scheme for packaging in Ireland and is tasked with meeting recovery and recycling targets established under the EU Packaging Directive (94/62/EC). The most recent Waste Packaging Statistics for Ireland published by the EPA in May 2016 show that that Ireland has met and exceeded the overall packaging waste recovery rate and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (17 Jan 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...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Climate Change Adaptation Plans (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: AS the Deputy will be aware, the passing of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015 marked an important milestone in delineating the national response to climate change. As Minister with primary responsibility for this area, I am determined to pursue a robust, whole-of-Government approach to addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Ireland, in conjunction with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: The charges applied by waste management companies are a matter between those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation. The waste management industry had committed to providing a full weight allowance for the disposal of non-infancy incontinence wear to patients...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Pension Levy Data (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: The information requested in relation to the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of their organisation.

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