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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Efficiency (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: A protected structure is defined by Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as a building that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view. Each planning authority maintains a list of such structures on a Record of Protected Structures. Any buildings so...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: International Conventions (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I note the findings and recommendations adopted by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on 19 June 2017, with regard to communications ACCC/C/2013/91 and ACCC/C/2013/92, concerning compliance by the United Kingdom and Germany with their obligations under the Aarhus Convention in relation to public participation in the transboundary environmental impact assessment procedure for...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Service Obligation Levy Application (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The conflict with state aid rules that would be presented by a Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy system based on a per kwh charge is set out most recently by the European Commission in correspondence with the Department on the State Aid re-notification for the PSO related to peat stations, C (2013) 5832 section 3.4 (49) “Compatibility with other Treaty provisions.” In...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Disposal Charges (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The charges applied by waste management companies are matters for those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation. Waste collection prices vary across the country and between service providers. Therefore, estimating the approximate cost of collecting 650 kg of waste is...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: In 2016, approximately €28,000 was provided to the Regional Waste Management Planning Offices (RWMPOs) for the preparation of an awareness campaign for the proposed introduction of a per kilogramme pay by weight on 1 July 2016; it was decided in June 2016 not to proceed with the introduction of pay by weight at that time. To date in 2017, approximately €500,000 has been...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Postcode System Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the use of the National Postcode System "Eircode". The cost to date for establishing the National Postcode System (NPS) is €21.48m (VAT inclusive) and is broken down as follows: Contractual Costs Expected Cost to Exchequer over...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Consultancy Contracts Data (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: My Department administers a very diverse, complex and technical brief across critical and strategic sectors of the Irish economy. While it has a total complement of around 345 full time equivalent staff of whom a number are technical personnel, the technical, commercial, legal complexity and evolving nature of sectors with which the Department deals requires access to external professional...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Scheme (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 997 and 998 together. The 2015 Energy White Paper and the 2016 Programme for Government recognise that Ireland’s long-term interests are best supported by further decreasing our dependence on foreign fossil fuels through the continued development of indigenous renewable energy. To support the delivery of this ambition, my Department is currently...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Legislative Process (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: Directive 2014/61/EU on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks requires operators of communications, district heating, electricity including public lighting, gas, transport and waste water networks to negotiate agreements to share their network physical infrastructure with public communications networks operators, if requested, unless...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Charge (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I recognise the important part that public service broadcasters play in our democratic society and the consequent importance of stable and adequate funding to ensure the continued delivery of their role in this regard. While the TV Licence system faces a range of challenges, including the current unacceptable levels of evasion, my Department is continuing to work with An Post and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Television Licence Fee Collection (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: As the Deputy will be aware, I have obtained Government approval to draft a number of legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Act, 2009, including amendments to allow for the tendering of TV Licence fee collection, and the proposed amendments are currently being considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action & Environment under...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Brexit Issues (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: EU Roam Like at Home took effect by way of EU Regulation on 15 June 2017 and is now in force EU-wide. That includes in Northern Ireland as part of the UK. Therefore until the UK leave the European Union, this EU law has full effect in the UK, including Northern Ireland. As stated previously, it is not yet possible to say what impact Brexit will have on cross-border roaming charges once...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Recycling Data (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with reporting data on waste management. A wide range of waste statistics is available on the EPA website (), including national waste reports and data releases containing information on recycling rates for various waste streams.  A progress report on how the State is performing in terms of various waste management...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1004 and 1012 together. 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...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Metropolitan Area Networks Programme (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1005 and 1007 together. Following two public procurement processes, enet was first appointed for a 15 year term to manage the 28 Phase I Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)  in July 2004, and was subsequently appointed for a 15 year term to manage the 60 Phase II MANs in July 2009.  Each Concession Agreement contains specific...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Telecommunications Services Provision (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1006, 1008 and 1009 together. On 13 June, I published the first quarterly progress report on the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Task force, which is available on my Department's website. It shows that considerable progress has been made, particularly on implementation of actions identified for Q1 2017. I intend to publish the second quarterly report...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Services for People with Disabilities (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: My Department has responsibility for a diverse range of areas including communications, energy, environment, natural resources, postal and broadcasting sectors. The Department is central to the delivery of policies and programmes  which support national economic development and improve services and supports to all citizens in the State, including persons...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Projects (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a commitment in the Energy White Paper and the 2016 Programme for Government and will be the primary support mechanism in the heating sector designed to meet Ireland’s renewable energy obligations.  It is currently envisaged that the implementation of the RHI would assist Ireland in reaching our 12% target in the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: Repak is the approved producer responsibility compliance scheme for packaging in Ireland.  It is funded by fees paid by their members based on the amount of packaging they place on the market.  Due to the commercially sensitive nature of such information, a breakdown by individual member is not possible.  However, the following table outlines the fees paid by producers to Repak...

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