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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Appointments to State Boards (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: This Government has made changes in relation to appointments to State Boards and bodies with new arrangements involving advertisement of vacancies for applications from suitably qualified candidates and, in accordance with the government Decision of 12 April 2011, I have, each year, on my Department's website, invited Expressions of Interest from persons wishing to be considered for...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Legislative Programme (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Since March 2011 there have been five Bills initiated by me and brought through the legislative process to completion as follows: - The Access to Central Treasury Funds (Commission for Energy Regulation) Bill 2011, enacted on the 23rdof November 2011. No Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) was required for this Bill - a full RIA was undertaken for the related Petroleum (Exploration and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Expenditure (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department has not engaged the services of any debt collection agencies and there are no guidelines in place for hiring such agencies. The information sought regarding the Agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of their organisation.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Funding (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I refer to the reply to Question No. 130 of 26 June 2014. The position is unchanged.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Funding (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department does not provide any funding specifically for library services for persons with a visual impairment as my Department does not manage any library services with the one exception of the library of the Geological Survey of Ireland (G.S.I.). The G.S.I. Library is a small specialised library and currently does not facilitate those with a visual impairment.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Ministerial Advisers Remuneration (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department requested sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to appoint my Special Advisers, Mr Finbarr O' Malley and Mr Simon Nugent, at salary rates commensurate with their previous remuneration. Sanction was granted to appoint Mr. O'Malley at a salary rate of €83,337 per annum and Mr. Nugent at a salary rate of €97,200 per annum. Both salaries have...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Better Energy Homes Scheme Administration (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme on behalf of my Department. The scheme delivers a range of energy efficiency measures to low-income households who meet the defined eligibility criteria and are vulnerable to energy poverty. Recipients of the scheme do not receive grants but have measures installed free of charge....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Communications Market Regulation (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The regulation of the electronic communications market is an EU competency to ensure harmonised regulatory rules in the provision of such services and the associated electronic communications infrastructure within a fully liberalised internal EU electronic communications market. There is currently no legal impediment to operators throttling or blocking access to internet content or for them...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Transmission Network (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: This matter is an operational one for the company concerned, in accordance with appropriate planning provisions, and not one in which I, as Minister, have any role or function.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Transmission Network (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I am not aware of any need to alter the arrangements currently in place under the relevant provisions of the Electricity (Supply) Amendment Act 1927 in relation to works carried out by ESB Networks Limited as outlined by the Deputy. Accordingly, I do not have any plans to amend the Act. The existing arrangements as implemented by the company concerned are operational matters for the company...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Remuneration (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. - 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 No. of Staff in receipt of Increment 225 189 171 158 121 113 65 Average number of staff employed in Dept. 323 310 289 282 265 268 272 (staff numbers as at 31/5/14) Increments are paid in line with the approved rates of pay at the time as outlined on the website of the Department...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Rehiring (8 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Retired public and civil servants are engaged from time to time by my Department in areas where specific expertise is required for a short fixed period. These staff provide a level of knowledge, experience and background compatible with such requirements. Details of such engagements from 2011 to date are outlined in the following table. Year Number Associated cost 2011 3 €12,425...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Sick Leave (3 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the tables below: Total Sick Days Taken - 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Q1) Sick Days Taken 2,383 2,365 1,948 465 Total Uncertified Sick Days Taken - 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Q1) Uncertified Sick Days Taken 274 184 147 48 Total Certified Sick Days Taken - 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Q1) Certified Sick Days Taken 2,109 2,181 1,801 417 Long Term Sick...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Consultancy Contracts Data (3 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Details of the external reports commissioned by my Department are set out in tabular form below. The bulk of the studies referred to below are technical and specialist in nature and were necessary to enable the Department to discharge its policy and project responsibilities in the areas concerned. Consultancy Name Purpose of Consultancy Cost € Date of commission Date or expected...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Better Energy Homes Scheme Administration (3 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy Programme on behalf of my Department. This includes the Better Energy Homes scheme, the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme and the Better Energy Communities scheme. Through these schemes grants are provided towards the cost of a range of measures including attic insulation, wall insulation, heating systems...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Television Reception (2 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: In accordance with the Broadcasting Act 2009, RTÉ is responsible for the roll-out, coverage and operation of the SAORVIEW digital terrestrial television (DTT) network and I, as Minister, have no function in this matter. Specifically, the Act requires RTÉ to provide digital coverage to the same extent as provided over the previous analogue network, i.e. 98% population coverage, and I...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (2 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Government’s National Broadband Plan, which I published in August 2012, aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses. This will be achieved by providing:- - a policy and regulatory framework that assists in accelerating and incentivising commercial investment; and - a State-led...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Appointments to State Boards (2 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Board of Bord na Móna plc was established under the Turf Development Act, 1998. The Board consists of up to twelve members. Of these, seven of the members are appointed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The remainder are the Managing Director who is appointed by the Board and is an...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: CeadúnasTeilifíse (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Faigheann RTÉ maoiniú trí Dheontas i gCabhair do chuid de na hadmhálacha ó tháillí ceadúnais teilifíse agus tríd an ioncam tráchtála a ghineann sé. Faigheann TG4 maoiniú trí Dheontas i gCabhair, admhálacha ó tháillí ceadúnais teilifíse agus ioncam tráchtála. Déantar...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Bord Gáis Privatisation (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The cost associated with the change of name from Bord Gáis Éireann to Ervia is an operational matter for the company and not one in which I have a function. However, I did request that the company to ensure that any associated rebranding costs would be minimised and that any publicity campaign is appropriate and focussed on avoiding any potential negative safety implications arising...

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