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National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (6 Oct 2022)

Catherine Martin: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." Dlí tábhachtach is ea an An Bille um Fhorais Chultúir Náisiúnta (An Ceoláras Náisiúnta) (Leasú), 2022 agus tá áthas orm é a chur faoi bhráid an Tí. The purpose of the Bill before this House is to put the necessary legal framework in place to support the transfer of the...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Matt Shanahan: The Communications Regulation Bill is certainly a topical subject in light of the cyberattack on the HSE and news from the US today that a chief technology officer from Uber is being prosecuted for a data breach in 2016. This Bill is designed to enact a European directive on data management, network management, and security and legislative provisions. Customer care has been a significant...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I thank Deputies for their interesting contributions. Deputies O'Rourke and Ó Murchú raised the question of nuisance calls, scam texts and scam calls, and asked for an update in that regard. Last year, I convened a meeting of the mobile operators, the head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, the head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and ComReg. We set up a task...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Seán Canney: I am delighted to be able to speak on the Bill, and to bring to the attention of the Minister of State some of the issues that are affecting us nationally. First I will deal with the telephone system and the billing situation at the moment. Eir has issued letters to all of its fixed line customers to say that, in future, they will have to pay €7.50 for the privilege of getting their...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Denis Naughten: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this legislation and thank the Aire Stáit for dealing with it. I welcome the publication of the Bill, particularly the provision for additional powers to be given to ComReg, which is very much warranted. However, there are a few issues not dealt with in the Bill that need to be addressed. The first is an issue I have raised on numerous...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Ossian Smyth: Yes.

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Richard Bruton: ComReg has a formal dispute resolution where a problem has not been resolved for 40 days but a fee of €15 has to be paid for it. I do not mind paying the fee but it should be refunded if the case finds that the company was wanting. We should not putt obstacles in the way; 40 days is four times what the delivery standard for those companies should be and if ComReg has to intervene in...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Mattie McGrath: I too welcome this Bill. As the previous speaker mentioned, ComReg and the different aspects to this area are something that people struggle with. It is a sad indictment on our country that we meet people in our clinics who mention problems with Eir, which is a complete disaster. People in rural and isolated areas depend for safety and security on pendant alarms and their Eir lines might...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Richard Bruton: I join with other Deputies in saying this Bill is very welcome. I also join with other Deputies, however, in saying we need a much more activist consumer protection approach in this country, particularly at this time of rising costs but more importantly at a time of imbalance in the relationship between these large companies, which not only have access to market power but that also have an...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Thomas Gould: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. It has some very good measures, specifically those that will increase the powers of ComReg. That organisation does good work. It supports vulnerable people and can be an easier organisation to gain access to and get support from. This removes the need to go to the High Court, freeing up valuable and vital court resources. It is...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I note the welcome aspects of this Bill. Despite the delay, this legislation will see the enforcement provisions in the EECC being transposed into Irish law. This is very welcome, especially the provision for ComReg to have additional powers and a wider remit. We are all conscious in our constituencies of issues around consumer protection and lack of due regard for online security. This...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Question again proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: I will be sharing time with colleagues. The Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg, has been operating with one hand tied behind its back, which has allowed poor standards and customer service problems to go unaddressed. As in the energy sector, the Government established an independent regulator but left it without the teeth needed to enforce standards of quality properly. At the...

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Oct 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We all welcome this legislation, although it is one of those Bills that we would have liked to have seen earlier. It is a straightforward requirement that companies realise the service expected of them, particularly those that operate in the telecommunications field. We all know of the issues that existed with Eir. The pandemic brought us into a different world where we had an absolute...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Josepha Madigan: My understanding is that approximately €4 billion is going into the building of schools through the planning and building unit in the Department of Education. If the Deputy wants to bring his query to me, I will have a conversation with the Minister for Education about it.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: We have heard today that demand for electricity will outstrip supply. Why would it not do so, given that the Government gave in to the Green Party when it closed two Bord na Móna power stations in the middle of the country? Surely the Government will not cave in to the proposal to decommission the Kinsale gas terminal, where we could store gas during the summer months and have it at...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: That is just not accurate. Those power plants in the midlands were closed on foot of a court order in a planning decision. It was not an evil plot by the Green Party or the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications. That is just not true.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: They were not supposed to close for seven months.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: They were closed on foot of a court decision. We are going to use the infrastructure there for battery storage, which will be helpful for dealing with our energy needs and energy security. The reasons the demand for electricity has increased so much in Ireland are simple: our population is growing rapidly, our economy is growing fast and we are moving away from fossil fuels to electric...

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