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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Citizens Assembly (20 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I refer to the reply to Question No. 476 of 24 April 2018. The position is unchanged. I welcomed the submission to the Oireachtas, on 18 April, of the final report of the Citizens' Assembly on how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change. The final report includes a total of 17 recommendations, which address a range of Government policies and activities...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Disposal Charges (20 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: An annual support of €75 per person is being made available for persons with lifelong or long-term medical incontinence. This will help people meet the average annual cost for the disposal of medical incontinence products.  My Department is in discussion with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, and the Office of the Data Protection...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Regulations (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The potential introduction of economic instruments designed to improve environmental behaviour, including an incineration levy and a number of other options, is being considered in the context of a review of the Environment Fund. I understand that the initial review is very close to finalisation and will be submitted to me in the coming weeks.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Angling Sector (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The funding referred to by the Deputy was conditionally awarded by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) under the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) in December 2016.  The disbursement of grant aid in relation to NSAD is a day to day operational function for IFI. In common with other grant aid schemes involving public funds, there are terms and conditions as well as governance...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan Data (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, almost 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. By 2020, 9 out of 10 premises...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Plastic Bag Levy (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 454 and 455 together. The plastic bag levy, currently 22 cents per leviable bag, was introduced primarily as an anti-litter measure, designed to influence consumers by encouraging them to reduce their use of disposable plastic bags. "Long-life bags", as referred to in the question, are not defined in legislation. However, the levy does not apply to plastic...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Disposal Charges (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question No. 191 of 14 June 2018 which sets out the current position.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Schemes (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Government's energy efficiency grant schemes, which are funded by my Department. Those schemes fund insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of homes, and are available nationwide. A range of measures are available including attic and wall insulation.  In addition the SEAI also administers the new Deep Retrofit...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: On 20 June, I will launch the 'Transition to a Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Society' Strategic Investment Priority of Project Ireland 2040. This event, which will also be attended by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, and other members of the Cabinet, will have the theme of Empowering Communities for Climate&#x a0;Action. The event is being organised by my...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Expenditure (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The following table sets out the amount paid to the company referred to in the Question since 1 January 2016: Details of Spend Amount paid in 2016 - € Amount paid in 2017 - € Amount paid in 2018 (to date) - € Local Agenda 21/Local Environmental Partnership Fund press advertisements 5,835 Newspaper advertisement of Clean Air Strategy public consultation 6,337 ...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Legislative Process (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 463, 469, 470 and 472 together. I have welcomed the principles of the Private Members' Bill on Waste Reduction and I asked the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment to look at the merits of the proposals therein.  The Committee have published their report on the Bill and there are clear issues arising that need to be...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: North-South Interconnector (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: In 2017 I commissioned two studies designed to address the main points of the motions passed in Dáil and Seanad Éireann as well as key concerns expressed by the parties opposed to the development of the North South Interconnector as an overhead line. The first is an independent study to examine the technical feasibility and cost of undergrounding the interconnector. The...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Postal Codes (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I have asked my officials to raise this important issue directly with An Post management, An Post GeoDirectory and Capita, as I appreciate the frustration that this matter is causing. I can assure the Deputy that my Department is working closely with the relevant bodies to improve and expedite the process of assigning Eircodes for new properties. Eircodes are assigned to new property...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Public Consultation Process (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: My Department has carried out a number of public consultations since 2011 to date this year in line with statutory and other requirements. In some instances the cost of the specific consultation is not available as the associated work would have been undertaken as part of the day to day operations of the particular Division in the Department involved and can not be quantified. Information in...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Better Energy Homes Scheme Administration (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Better Energy Homes scheme is funded by my Department and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The scheme provides grants towards the cost of a range of energy efficiency measures. Homeowners must use an SEAI registered contractor and SEAI recommend that homeowners obtain a number of quotes and compare the offers before choosing their contractor. While...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Service Provision (19 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location. The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. By 2020, 9 out of 10 premises will have access...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Disposal Charges (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: In line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012, and in the interest of encouraging further waste prevention and greater recycling, flat-rate fees for kerbside household waste collection are being phased out over the period autumn 2017 to autumn 2018, as customers contracts come up for renewal. The necessary regulatory...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Freedom of Information Data (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: My Department received 148 FOI requests this year up to 8 June:- 21 requests were granted, - 31 requests were part-granted,  - 30 requests were refused, - 16 requests were transferred/withdrawn or dealt with outside the FOI process, and  - 50 requests are currently live. 3 internal reviews were sought, one of which related to a 2017 request. There was...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: In the first instance, it is important to point out that as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment I have no role or remit in relation to the decision made by An Bord Pleanála concerning the facility the Deputy refers to, nor indeed do I have a role in relation to planning policy or planning legislation. Furthermore, waste management planning, including with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electric Vehicles (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 and 195 together. The vast majority of electric vehicle charging happens at home, which aligns with both technology and patterns of use of vehicles.  To support home charging, I introduced the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant scheme this year.  This scheme, which came into operation on 1 January 2018, supports the cost of installing a home...

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