O'Leary, John

Thursday, 30 November 1978

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 310 No. 3

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Bay Pollution.

I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7 together.More Button

The most recent water quality measurements in Dublin Bay as a whole were part of a study commissioned jointly by Dublin Corporation, the ESB and the Dublin Port and Docks Board. This study was comple...More Button

Dollymount is one of six representative locations around the Irish coastline where sampling for the purpose of the EEC directive on the quality of bathing water was carried out. The results of monitor...More Button

A joint survey of the river Liffey and Dublin Bay carried out on behalf of Dublin Corporation, the ESB and the Dublin Port and Docks Board was published in 1976. One of the significant findings of th...More Button

In reply to Deputy Collins, a survey of the river side of the Bull Wall at Dollymount, which I am sure is the place he is referring to, has shown that the water quality is not satisfactory. The Bull ...More Button

The Deputy is referring to that part of the harbour at the mouth of the Liffey?More Button

A joint survey of the river Liffey and Dublin Bay was carried out on behalf of Dublin Corporation, the ESB and the Dublin Port and Docks Board. One of the most significant findings of the report was ...More Button

It is our policy to ensure that existing levels are maintained and to ensure that standards are not lowered. We have a lot to learn from mistakes made in other countries.More Button

We are monitoring the position in consultation with the local authorities.More Button

I would not agree.More Button

We are handling the situation adequately at the moment.More Button

I am not aware that there is a shortage of staff to deal with this directive.More Button

No, not that I am aware of.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bathing Waters Regulations.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 9 together. The EEC directive concerning the quality of bathing water was notified to member states on 10 December 19...More Button

The Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977, provides any specific statutory powers required for the purpose. The object of this directive is to ensure that the quality of bathing waters, sea w...More Button

I am reasonably satisfied.More Button

No, I have not.More Button

I am as happy as any man could be in such a situation. The EEC directive concerning the quality of bathing waters was notified to member states on 10 December 1975. The directive requires member state...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Recycling Plant.

I presume that the type of plant which the Deputy has in mind would be for the composting of a mixture of sewage and domestic refuse. I am advised that a plant of this kind has recently been construc...More Button

The establishment of a plant is a matter for consideration by Dublin Corporation. If the proposal they submit to my Department is considered feasible, it will be approved. Careful consideration woul...More Button

I am prepared to help and advise Dublin Corporation in every way possible, but there are many problems in the way of setting up such a plant. For example, the Salzburg plant is on a site of 200 acres...More Button

My reply is based on information available in my Department.More Button

Yes, they know very well what the problems are and whether such a proposal would be feasible.More Button

I quoted it as an example.More Button

Yes, it is.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Sewage Disposal.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 12 together.More Button

As I have stated, I am aware that there is a certain amount of pollution but I am advised that the level is not one that is harmful to bathers. Naturally, from the amenity point of view there is muc...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin City Atmospheric Pollution.

The principal constituents of atmospheric pollution in the Dublin city centre area are the same as for other European urban atmospheres, namely, sulphur dioxide and smoke—usually grouped together— car...More Button

There are no such proposals at present. My information is that the problem is not serious in any way in so far as the emission from cars in the Dublin area is concerned.More Button

I have the information here. Dublin Corporation have eight monitoring stations in the centre city area for the purpose of monitoring sulphur dioxide and smoke levels. Measurements are taken at thes...More Button

I cannot say in which areas the stations are located.More Button

I shall examine the feasibility of doing that.More Button

I am aware of the statements made recently at the seminar in Galway but there seemed to be a difference of opinion in the views expressed at that seminar. Many matters were considered in the recently...More Button

I would accept that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - House Valuation.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 15 together. As statistics of house prices are not kept by reference to floor areas I regret that the information sou...More Button

The position is that to ascertain the lowest price approved for house of specified floor area there would be required the expenditure of staff time that would be totally out of proportion to the usef...More Button

I agree that prices increased substantially during a period of 12 months but we have gone into this on at least two occasions here. The Government have taken steps to rectify the situation and this m...More Button

I have given the reason why the information cannot be supplied now. I do not know what the position was in April 1978.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Finglas (Dublin) Housing Defects.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 16 to 18 inclusive, together.More Button

I believe that the report is a factual one and it is now a matter to be dealt with by the parties to the contract, namely the contractor and the agency acting on behalf of the corporation.More Button

The contractors for the scheme have been instructed by the National Building Agency to carry out the remedial works recommended by the structural engineering consultants and approved by the Institute ...More Button

This is a matter to be dealt with by the parties to the contract—the contractors and the agency acting on behalf of the corporation. In the circumstances it would be inappropriate for me to make any ...More Button

In reply to the first supplementary question from the Deputy, the position is that the standard of local authority housing has been improved substantially in recent years.More Button

I cannot say that these defects occurred directly——More Button

Quite recently, on Monday, 20 November, the agency's legal adviser wrote to the solicitors acting for the contractors instructing them to carry out the remedial works in accordance with the terms of t...More Button

I can examine the Deputy's suggestion, but the position is that the contractors for the scheme have been instructed by the National Building Agency to carry out the remedial work recommended by the st...More Button

The position is, as I stated before on a few occasions, that this is a matter to be dealt with now by the parties to the contract, the contractors and the agency acting on behalf of the corporation. ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - House Completions.

The number of new houses completed in 1977 was 24,548, of which 6,333 were local authority dwellings and 18,215 were non-local authority dwellings. It is estimated that new house completions in 1978 ...More Button

Every figure which I gave is correct.More Button

I will give the reply again. The number of new houses completed in 1977 was 24,548, of which 6,333 were local authority dwellings and 18,215 were non-local authority dwellings. It is estimated that n...More Button

It is difficult to say exactly at this moment what the total completions will be before the end of December. The Deputy will appreciate that local authorities ran into many difficulties this year in ...More Button

No, I would not accept that at the moment.More Button

The position is that the local authorities sought from the Government last year £100 million to carry out their programme. They were authorised to spend £88 million approximately but we must bear in ...More Button

That is not necessarily so, particularly in cases of local authorities who have land banks and who purchased sites a number of years ago and had those sites in hands as at 1 January 1978.More Button

We cannot say exactly how many houses will be completed this year until after 31 December.More Button

I have given the information. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Open Fireplaces.

A scheme of grants was introduced in October 1974 for the installation of fireplaces or solid fuel heaters in houses including local authority houses, which are centrally heated only. These grants ar...More Button

No. There is no relationship between this scheme and what has happened in Finglas which was the subject matter of a previous question.More Button

The position in Finglas, as I stated earlier, is a matter between the contractors, the building agency and Dublin Corporation.More Button

Details made available to tenants are contained in the reply. Matters relating to construction and improvements in rented local authority dwellings fall to be decided between the tenants and the loca...More Button

That risk is always there.More Button

Not at this moment.More Button

This has been the practice. It is open to local authority tenants of centrally heated houses to have fireplaces or solid fuel heaters installed with the aid of these grants and loans. We have substan...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Electoral Boundaries.

I would refer the Deputy to my replies of 17 and 25 October. No decision has been taken in regard to the re-drawing of any local electoral area boundaries.More Button

The only commitment I can give is that contained in the Fianna Fáil manifesto which indicated that an electoral commission would be set up to revise constituencies and put an end to all charges of ger...More Button

The position is that we must be realistic. It may well happen that applications will come in from a number of local authorities for revision. The time now available to carry out a review of electoral...More Button

I cannot comment on this inquiry which was held this morning because I may have to take a decision on the inspector's report and I would not like to prejudice that decision.More Button

I am not saying that. I am saying that no decision has been taken.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Group Water Schemes.

The bulk of group schemes are in fact in counties comprised in the disadvantaged areas. A substantial increase in the maximum State grants payable for the provision of group water supply schemes was ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Waste Disposal.

The statutory powers and duties in respect of the collection and disposal of refuse rest with the local sanitary authorities. It is a matter for each sanitary authority to decide on the provision to ...More Button

No. The main reason is to give guidelines to local authorities.More Button


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