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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: Can I wrap up?

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: I am very happy to respond.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: I thank everyone who contributed to this debate. I am different from the former Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, and many environmentalists in that I believe we need to bring people with us. I do not disagree with anything that Deputy Eamon Ryan said; in fact, I agree wholeheartedly with what he said bar one point. We have had lecturers for the past ten, 15 or 20 years on climate change,...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: That is not true.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 provides that an annual transition statement must be presented to both Houses of the Oireachtas not later than 12 months after the passing of the 2015 Act and not later than each subsequent anniversary of such passing. This is the first such statement. In addition to this oral report, I have arranged for a written annual transition...

Questions on Proposed Legislation (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: The hard-working people in the tyre industry are working today. A handful of people are outside the Houses protesting.

Questions on Proposed Legislation (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: Tyres are a major issue for anyone travelling around the country. There are mountains of tyres in Ireland. The current system is not working. Between 25% and 50% of the tyres that are put on cars in this country are unaccounted for. The tyre regulations have a non-compliance rate of 46%. The current system is broken. Consumers are already paying somewhere between €1.75 and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: The Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC provides a comprehensive framework for Member States to work towards achieving individual and EU renewable energy targets including mechanisms for countries to work together such as statistical transfers, which  allow Member States to meet their targets by purchasing credits from Member States that overachieve on...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Disposal Charges (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: My Department is currently reviewing, with industry representatives and regulatory authorities, the introduction of an incentivised pricing system, such as pay by weight, for household waste collection, which is due to be completed by July 2017.  Incentivised pricing should encourage householders who prevent, reduce and segregate their waste. Encouraging people to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Speeds (8 Dec 2016)

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: Climate Change Advisory Council (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: In advance of enactment of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015, an Advisory Council was established on an administrative basis on 10 June 2015 by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Subsequently, the Climate Change Advisory Council was established on 18 January 2016 by Ministerial order in accordance with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (8 Dec 2016)

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: Consumer Protection (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: The market regulator, ComReg, is independent in the exercise of its functions in accordance with a requirement to that effect in (EU) Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services. That legislation provides, inter alia, obligations on telecommunications services providers...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Commission for Communications Regulation Remit (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg),  established pursuant to the provisions of the Communications Regulation Act 2002 (as amended) is the statutory independent regulator of the electronic communications and postal markets.  In addition, ComReg is empowered to investigate suspected breaches of competition law in respect of electronic communications and related...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: State Bodies Data (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: There are 19 State boards / agencies under the aegis of my Department. The table below sets out the information requested by the Deputy. State Body/Agency No. of positions on Board Current membership No of vacancies No of women on board % of women on board* Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) 9 8 1 3 37.5 BAI Compliance Committee 8 7 1 4 57 BAI Contract Awards Committee 8 7 1 3 43...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Ministerial Staff (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: Staffing for Ministerial Offices are appointed by Government under the terms and conditions set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the ‘Instructions to Personnel Officers – Ministerial Appointments for the 32ndDáil’, which includes the Guidelines for Staffing of Ministerial Offices. In accordance with the Guidelines I have appointed two...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Ministerial Staff (8 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: I wish to confirm to the Deputy that no civil servants employed by my Department are seconded to work in my constituency or any other constituency of a Minister of State.

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (7 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: It is an honour. It is a long time since I addressed the Seanad two days in a row. I am delighted to be here again today. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 provides that an annual transition statement must be presented to both Houses of the Oireachtas. This is the first such statement. In addition to this oral report, I have arranged for a written statement to be...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (7 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: So do I.

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (7 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: I was in short pants.

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