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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Traffic Management (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Deputy's concerns and his very appropriate representations of the concerns of his constituents are very much heard. I will add further detail to inform the discussion on the approval requirements associated with national roads generally, as set out in the public spending code, in the Department's capital appraisal framework for transport projects and programmes and in planning...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Traffic Management (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: First, I would like to explain that once funding arrangements have been put in place through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Overall, TII is responsible for the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Fire Stations (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I thank the Deputies for raising this important issue. I will clarify that the provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises, is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003. In accordance with...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Fire Stations (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I will pass the concerns both Deputies have raised to the Minister with responsibility for this area, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, directly. Deputy Fitzmaurice made the point that people always say all is well until something happens. The risks and concerns the Deputies raise are valid and I commit to raise them directly with the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien. I hope that might help to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Radio Broadcasting (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: While I am supportive of the promotion of Irish music on our broadcasting services, I am conscious that a number of factors must be taken into account when considering the feasibility of introducing airplay quotas. The potential benefit to music production in Ireland must be balanced with the rights of broadcasters, subject to their contractual or regulatory obligations, to determine the type...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Television Licence Fee (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: An Post acts as issuing agent for TV Licence fee collection in accordance with Section 145 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 and all operational matters are dealt with by An Post. An Post makes every effort to bring evaders into the licensed pool and a considerable amount of time and resources are spent on dealing with this issue. An Post concentrates its initial efforts in getting people to buy...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electric Vehicles (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: There are currently in excess of 19,000 electric vehicles (EVs) under taxation in Ireland. This represents a five-fold increase on the number of electric vehicles that were on Irish roads at the end of 2017. The number of electric vehicles is expected to continue to increase as more models become available and the supporting infrastructure continues to be put in place. In October 2017, the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Bord na Móna (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Government is committed to supporting Bord na Móna to deliver an extensive multi-annual programme of rehabilitation of the company’s land bank. The July Jobs Stimulus Plan makes €15 million funding available this year to commence a multi-year programme for enhanced rehabilitation of 33,000 hectares of Bord na Móna peatlands. The funding will support a just...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Ministerial Communications (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: Pending the setup of my official email address and remote access, I have occasionally requested documents to be sent to my private email address for review. The documentation relates to normal Departmental business. My advisers have not used their private email for any official business.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Ministerial Meetings (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: A copy of my diary since my appointment as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is outlined below. Internal meetings have not been included. Date Meeting 09/07/20 IEA CLEAN ENERGY TRANSMISSIONS SUMMIT 10/07/20 INTRODUCTORY MEETING W/GERMAN AMBASSADOR ...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Ministerial Advisers (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: On the commencement of every Dáil, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform issues guidelines setting out the arrangements for the staffing of Ministerial Offices. The appointment of Special Advisers is subject to section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997. The Guidelines for the 33rd Dáil, which incorporate the principles of section 11 of the PMSA Act, are...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electric Vehicles (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: There are currently 658 standard public charge points as part of the ESB eCars charging network which is supported by this Department in respect of the contribution the Climate Action Fund is making to the network. This is supplemented by a limited number of charging points provided by local authorities and retail outlets. In addition there are also 80 fast chargers and four high powered...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Sustainable Development Goals (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: Ireland has adopted a ‘whole-of-Government’ approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with each Minister having responsibility for implementing individual SDG targets related to their functions. As Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I have lead responsibility for targets related to a number of SDGs, including Goal 12 on Sustainable...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Ministerial Advisers (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: On the commencement of every Dáil, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform issues guidelines setting out the arrangements for the staffing of Ministerial Offices. The appointment of Special Advisers is subject to section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997. The Guidelines for the 33rd Dáil, which incorporate the principles of section 11 of the PMSA Act, are...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Exploration Licences (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Programme for Government - Our Shared Future - contains a commitment to end the issuing of new licences for the exploration and extraction of gas on the same basis as the decision taken in September 2019 by the previous Government in relation to oil exploration and extraction. I have made this commitment effective immediately: my Department is no longer accepting new applications for...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The information on mileage by Ministers in discharging their official duties is not available in my Department. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has however indicated, based on data collected by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, that the average CO2 emissions of a new car was 112.7 gCO2/km in 2017 and 114 gCO2/km in 2018. The CSO indicate that average...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Question refers to an area located within the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website at . The AMBER area represents the area to be served by the network to be deployed under the NBP State led Intervention, the contract for which was signed in November last with National Broadband Ireland (NBI). The NBP network...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Just Transition Commissioner (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 153, 172, 173, 177 and 178 together. As stated in the Commissioner's report, the community workshops scheduled for April 2020 to be hosted by START as part of the Midlands process were delayed because of the national and international restrictions related to Covid-19. This was in line with public health guidance. The EU Platform for Coal Regions in...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Trading Online Voucher Scheme (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is managed by my Department and delivered nationwide in partnership with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Enterprise Ireland, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices and Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Scheme offers advice and peer-to-peer support and a grant of up to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Efficiency (30 Jul 2020)

Eamon Ryan: The Programme for Government and the Climate Action Plan set ambitious targets for the number and depth of residential retrofits to be completed by 2030. The targets are to retrofit 500,000 homes to a Building Energy Rating of B2/cost optimal equivalent and to install 400,000 heat pumps in existing buildings over the next 10 years. Retrofitting has the ability to contribute to a number of...

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