Molloy, Robert

Thursday, 6 July 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 262 No. 6

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Committee of Public Accounts Final Report.

As soon as possible. Question put and agreed to.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Name of Meath Town.

On 25th June, 1971, the Government made an order under section 76 of the Local Government Act, 1946, entitled the Local Government (Change of name of Urban District) Order, 1971. The order changed th...More Button

I think both forms have equal standing now.More Button

The question relates to the county registrar and not to Government Departments.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin House Fire.

The information requested in the first part of the Deputy's question is not available in my Department. In regard to the electrical wiring of local authority housing, an electrical specification prepa...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meath Housing Schemes.

With regard to build ing proposals I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 63 of the 22nd June, 1972. An additional proposal to accept a tender for 11 houses at Kilmainhamwood was recei...More Button

Looking back to the reply I gave on 22nd June, I notice that the proposal in respect of the Donore scheme was received on the 29th March, 1972. That was the proposal for the acceptance of a tender. I...More Button

It is not unusual to have proposals in the Department awaiting sanction. I do not think the Deputy would expect that as proposals came in they are sanctioned automatically. First, they must be examin...More Button

No, I cannot say. This scheme, along with others, will be considered when the next lot of housing schemes is being released.More Button

I am not saying there is no money. I am saying there is not unlimited money. The Deputy under stands the position very well.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kerry Housing.

On 12th April last I approved of the council's proposal to appoint a firm of consultant architects to design a further housing scheme at Kenmare. The initiation of proposals for another housing schem...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Kildare Houses.

I have approved this proposal.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Housing.

I have not received any estimate from Dublin Corporation of the number of houses and flats which will be completed by them in 1972. As I stated in reply to Questions Nos. 96 to 99, of 18th May, 1972,...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - NBA Contracts.

The contracts entered into by the National Building Agency Limited are in accordance with the standard form of agreement and schedule of conditions for building contracts, and I am informed by the age...More Button

In this case I am not aware that conditions other than those laid down in the contract are being applied. The question relates to a specific instance and the contractor concerned has been approached ...More Button

Yes.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Professional Social Workers.

The number of permanent offices of housing welfare officer under the local authorities in question is eight under Dublin Corporation, two under Dublin County Council and one under Dún Laoghaire Corpor...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Authority Accommodation.

I presume the Deputy is referring to the draft of model bye-laws in relation to rented accommodation on which I invited comments from the public on the 28th June. I will be glad to receive comments o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rents Increase.

In a circular letter which issued on 20th February, 1969, local authorities were informed that specific approval would not be necessary to increases in the maxima of differential rent scales not excee...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Corporation SDA Loans.

I have decided to increase from £3,300 to £3,800 the limit of the maximum loan payable by Dublin Corporation for new houses commenced on or after the 1st July, 1972, and for previously occupied houses...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Land Speculation.

So far as my Department are concerned, there appears to be no record of any such complaint having been received.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

I have recently approved a tender in relation to six of these extension schemes. There are no final proposals before my Department for the two remaining schemes, namely Skirteen, Monasterevan and Scr...More Button

In some areas in Dublin pressures are less than optimum due to the need to conserve supplies to meet the greatly increased demand in recent years from new housing and industrial development. New majo...More Button

I am aware that the pressures are less than optimum and schemes are being planned which will ensure an adequate supply in future. I cannot give any specific promise by way of date as to when the press...More Button

The information is being complied and will be forwarded to the Deputy.More Button

I have not the information and I have already said it is being compiled for the Deputy and it will be sent to him.More Button

I do not think so.More Button

The information is not as readily available as the Deputy may imagine. My Department have been under some pressure this week with a number of officials tied up here with Bills in the Dáil and Seanad ...More Button

There are but if Deputy Tully wishes to become smart——More Button

There is no truth whatever in that and I am surprised at Deputy Tully making that type of allegation against members of the staff of my Department who have a great record.More Button

The information will be compiled and the Deputy will get it before long.More Button

It has.More Button

In June, 1969, consideration of a group water supply scheme for Ballyhasty was deferred at the request of the local authority. In January, 1970, the authority submitted a proposal for a public scheme ...More Button

Contract documents for this scheme are under examination in my Department.More Button

Contract documents for these schemes, which were submitted to my Department on the 29th December, 1970, and the 14th December, 1971, respectively, are under consideration. I cannot indicate at this st...More Button

I have approved the preliminary proposals for the Borris-in-Ossory sewerage scheme. The preliminary proposals for the Portarlington sewerage improvement scheme which were submitted on the 30th Decembe...More Button

Contract documents for this scheme are under examination in my Department.More Button

The local authority have been asked to consider a suggested change in the system of sewage disposal in this scheme.More Button

Revised proposals for this extension were submitted to my Department on the 19th June, 1972, and are under examination.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Shannon Valley Floodings.

The introduction of the suggested legislation is not contemplated; the liability of certain land holdings to periodic flooding is reflected in the rateable valuations of those holdings.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cork Bridge.

The making of a bridge order is at present under consideration in the light of the observations received from Cork County Council on the draft order. Arrangements for the construction of the bridge wi...More Button

There is no tourist season this year anyway. All I can say is that this is definitely coming to the end of the line as far as decisions on the bridge order are concerned. The making of an order on t...More Button

I have walked this bridge from one end to the other. It is pretty shaky and it will be an expensive job because it is such a long bridge.More Button

I have promised Kinsale Fianna Fáil Cumann that I will give this matter top priority.More Button

I have a standing invitation.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Mayo Canal Bridge.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 86 and 87 together. I have not received a loan application for this project and have not any information as to progress in p...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin-Kilcock Carriageway.

Improvement of the existing route and planning of a new line is in hands. It is a national primary route and accordingly all expenditure on the route would be met from the Road Fund.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Heavy Vehicle Regulations.

Driving too closely behind the vehicle in front, having regard to all the circumstances, can be an offence under section 51A of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, but no measured length of the distance to be...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Noise Abatement.

I would refer the Deputy to section 51 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963, which makes it an offence for any person to make or cause any noise or vibration in a public place ...More Button

I was not aware that the workings of some committees were interfered with in that way.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cratering of Roads.

I would refer the Deputy to the replies given to Questions No. 10 of 24th February, Nos. 10 and 19 of 1st March, and No. 20 of 5th July, in this matter. The whole question of damage caused to propert...More Button

I am aware of the case mentioned by the Deputy relating to Monaghan County Council. All I can say is that this matter is being kept under review by all the Departments concerned, including my own.More Button

I am afraid I cannot give the Deputy a definite indication at the moment.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Amenity Scheme Allocations.

No payments have yet been made to local authorities under the new amenity grants scheme but I would refer the Deputy to my written reply on the 27th June last in which I set out in a tabular statement...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Municipal Playgrounds.

I suggest that the the Deputy address his inquiry to Dublin Corporation.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Waste.

It is not my function to grant to industrial firms licences to dispose of industrial waste. The matter, however, may arise under the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959, as amended by the Fisheries (...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Tipperary Creosote Plant.

An order has been made deciding the appeals and refusing permission for the development in this case.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 26: Local Government (Resumed).

I should like to thank Deputies who spoke on this Estimate. As usual the number of subjects covered was quite extensive. I found the debate quite useful. These debates are usually helpful to a Minis...More Button

1st July, 1972.More Button

It applies to houses commenced on that date, or after that date. I am also confident that these changes which I have announced this week will be of considerable help to the middle-income group who wa...More Button

I do not think I did. I sent them to some organisations which had been writing to me about these matters. The Flat Dwellers' Association was one. If the Deputy would like a copy I will send him one...More Button

I have a few weeks' work to do on it yet.More Button

There was a recognition by some Deputies of the fact that I am making an effort, where possible, to increase the functions of local authorities, give them more responsibility and more decision-making,...More Button

There is a proliferation of authorities. With all the authorities we have we must be the most over-represented country in the world. Many of the smaller authorities were given no powers of any kind;...More Button

I do not think one can make a fair comparison with Sweden because there the population is very scattered. It would be generally accepted, I think, that we are not short of public bodies of one kind o...More Button

I recognise this and I am trying to find some way of solving the problem. Eventually this will mean involving the local authorities to a greater extent. This should meet Deputy Creed's point, too, i...More Button

It has been resisted. The best way of getting around the difficulty is to endeavour to reduce the causes of the frustration, not only to set up a system of information but to eliminate the reasons for...More Button

I have not worked out anything yet but I am only giving the House some indication of my thinking in the matter. Perhaps I am foolish to mention it at all at this stage but during the next month or tw...More Button

I shall not waste all my time on this subject now. Perhaps Deputies could bear with me for a month or two and see how I fare out. Then, they may criticise what I have done if they consider that neces...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Adjournment Debate: Child Entertainers.

What is his name?More Button

I am not too sure why Deputy Flanagan was so anxious to bring this matter up on the Adjournment today, since it was known in the House that the Minister for Justice is indisposed.More Button

He was not here today to answer this question tabled by Deputy Flanagan, and it was answered on the Minister's behalf by the Minister for Finance. I got no notice that this matter was coming up but I...More Button

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