Howlin, Brendan

Thursday, 9 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 2

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Waste Management Bill, 1995: From the Seanad.

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 1: Section 4: In page 9, lines 28 to 38, subsection (2) (a) deleted and the following substituted:More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 2: Section 5: In page 15, subsection (1), lines 1 and 2 deleted, and the following substituted: “‘vehicle’ includes— (a) part of a veh...More Button

The new provision will enable a local authority to simply move in on a property and take an abandoned vehicle. The law on registration is a separate matter. Obviously when a vehicle is changing owne...More Button

The Chair should not encourage the Deputies. The word “abandoned” includes a vehicle left in such circumstances or for such period that it is reasonable to assume it has been abandoned and cognate w...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 3: Section 14: In page 20, subsection 6 (c), line 37, after "which", "to his or her knowledge" inserted. This is a simple technical ame...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 4: Section 21: In page 26, subsection (3), line 18, "district" deleted, and "district," substituted. This amendment has been proposed b...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 5: Section 28: In page 35, subsection (1), line 4, after "assistance", "and support" inserted. This is a drafting amendment for the pur...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 6: Section 34: In page 47, subsection 5 (b), line 13, "who" deleted, and “whom” substituted.More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 7: Section 38: In page 53, subsection (2), the words from and including “in accordance" in line 8 down to and including "deposited" in ...More Button

There is a great deal of disquiet about some reception points. For example, many bottle banks are allowed to overflow and instead of presenting an environmentally clean recycling image, they are eyeso...More Button

Under these provisions a local authority may specify the operating hours of such facilities. Subsection (10) (a) of amendment No. 11 proposes that a person shall not deposit or discard waste at a fac...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 8: Section 38: In page 53, between lines 16 and 17, the following new subsection inserted: “(3) Without prejudice to the provisions of...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 9: Section 38: In page 53, subsection (3), line 17, “(1) and (2)” deleted, and “(1), (2) and (3)” substituted. Question put and agreed ...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 10: Section 38: In page 54, subsection (8), lines 1 and 2, after “paragraph (b) (iii),”“and subsection (3),” inserted. Question put and...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 11: Section 38: In page 54, between lines 5 and 6, the following new subsection inserted:More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 12: Section 40: In page 58, subsection (9), line 42, "who" deleted and "whom" substituted. Question put and agreed to.More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 13: Section 52: In page 75, line 30, “was” deleted and “were” substituted.More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 14: Section 59: In page 82, subsection (1), line 27, "by persons" deleted. This is a technical amendment intended to clarify the text b...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 15: Section 61: In page 84, between lines 3 and 4, the following new subsection inserted:More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 16: Section 65: In page 85, between lines 34 and 35, the following paragraph inserted: “(c) the insertion in section 83, after subsecti...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 17: Section 66: In page 86, between lines 38 and 39, the following new sections inserted: “(2) Section 3 of the Local Government (Wate...More Button

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I do not think County Wexford could ever be described as urban.More Button

I think I have struck the balance right when in succession one Deputy says I am going too far and the other says I am not going far enough. It sounds like mission impossible but I believe I can actual...More Button

Regarding the issue of offal, I will be replying to a priority question on it tabled by Deputy Eoin Ryan during Question Time and I look forward to the debate on the issue. It is one we must face in ...More Button

I am not sure that there would be widespread support for Deputy O'Keeffe's solution. I refer him to the debate on the Agricultural Estimate in the Official Report of 2 May 1996 when he was of the vie...More Button

I have an open mind on these matters, but I am not sure that there would be instant agreement on the Deputy's proposal, but there is a real issue to be addressed. We have gone a long way to deal with...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 18: New Section: In page 89, before the First Schedule, the following new section inserted: “71. —(1) A vehicle shall not be abandoned...More Button

I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 19: FIFTH SCHEDULE. In page 97, between lines 17 and 18, the following inserted:More Button

As this is the last time the Bill will be before this House, I thank Deputies on all sides for their contributions during all Stages. I join Deputies in thanking the large number of outside interests...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Galway Sewage Treatment Plant.

Was asked: if he intends to reverse his decision regarding the siting of the Mutton Island sewage treatment plant in County Galway.More Button

The decision to approve the location on Mutton Island of the sewage treatment plant for Galway was taken after the fullest consideration of all the environmental issues involved. I remain convinced ...More Button

I have placed in the Library of the House all the correspondence on the issue between my Department and the Commission. I have not received any recent correspondence on the matter. Mutton Island is ...More Button

This issue has been ongoing for a long time and I will get on with it. My objective is to provide the best sewage treatment plant for every urban area. Galway is an important city which is developin...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rendered Offal Disposal.

Was asked: the policy implications, if any, for his remit in respect of proposals to dump rendered offal in landfill sites.More Button

Primary responsibility for the development of environmentally sound waste management arrangements to deal with offal and-or rendered wastes rests with the meat industry. The Environmental Protection ...More Button

I am the Minister responsible for the environment. Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency Act the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for overseeing the maintenance o...More Button

The issue is being considered by a working group comprised of representatives of my Department and a number of others. All possible methods of disposal will be considered. There is a list of possible...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Litter Campaign.

Was asked: if he will give details of the recently announced litter campaign; and the total cost of this campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Action Against Litter is a radical initiative designed to prevent and control litter in Ireland and is built on four main foundations: improving local authority performance; reforming, updating and s...More Button

We have had the benefit of two analyses, an analysis of the composition of litter, conducted by my Department, and an attitudinal survey carried out by IBAL, Irish Business Against Litter, a very welc...More Button

There must be ongoing monitoring of this matter. I have charged local authorities with producing anti-litter plans at local level. The Bill which, I hope, will be enacted during the course of this ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Authority Housing Refurbishment.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to promote the refurbishment of older local authority housing in view of the commitment in the programme A Government of Renewal; and the extra resources, if any, that have b...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Living Over the Business Initiative.

Was asked: the measures, if any, he is taking to deal with the failure of the living over the shop pilot scheme for designated streets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Forestry Development.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to address the problems caused by afforestation by a number of adjacent owners and by either a single owner or a number of owners over a period longer than three years in vie...More Button

Was asked: the acreage that will be subject to planning permission for forestry planting.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to reduce the 200 hectare base required for planning permission in respect of forestry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the acreage that will be subject to environmental assessment for forestry planting.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that forests planted in close proximity to dwelling houses or trees can increase the danger of criminal attacks on elderly people living in isolated areas; ...More Button

Was asked: the planning conditions he proposes to introduce as part of his new forestry programme.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to address the concerns of people regarding forestry that are not addressed in his recently announced regulations, namely forestry planted by more than one person or over a p...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6, 12, 14, 36, 55, 79 and 94 together. It is Government policy to promote the development of a strong forestry sector which can contribute to sustainable development, ...More Button

In regard to the matter of acidification, not all forestry projects cause or give rise to acidification. This depends on the type of plant and the type of soil in which the trees are planted. It is ...More Button

I hold a strong view on the environmental aspects of afforestation but it is not shared uniformly by those involved in forestry. When these regulations were being drawn up my officials and I engaged ...More Button

The type of trees planted is primarily a matter for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The environmental impact and planning requirements come within my ambit of responsibility. I ope...More Button

I have answered the Deputy's question three times, but I will do so again. I do not have the power to apply normal planning permissions to forestry projects unless I introduce primary legislation. I...More Button

In relation to existing plantations, there are no powers available to me to take the action the Deputy suggested. I can do nothing about damage — if that is the correct word — that has been done to d...More Button

I intend to issue guidelines on designation which will go to every local authority. Designation will not necessarily be part of current plans. If that is not the legal position I will revert to the D...More Button

The Deputy is straying directly into the area of responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Whatever experience I had in Health, I have none in that area.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Road Markings.

Was asked: whether he intends to lay down official standards for the marking of non-national roads; and the cost per kilometre of providing on these roads central white-line marking and yellow-line markings at e...More Button

Section 95 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, provides that the Minister may make regulations or give directions in relation to the provision of traffic signs, including road markings. The standards, meas...More Button

I am strongly in agreement with the Deputy. I said months ago, in response to a question about road accidents, that I intended taking a range of measures, one of which was the preparation and publica...More Button

I have had ongoing discussions with them. I spoke at a special seminar on road safety with the City and County Managers' Association in Dublin. They have been involved in the preparation of the manu...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Government Financing.

Was asked: further to his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 19 of 27 March 1996, whether he received the full stage I phase of the consultant's report on local government finance; if so, if he will make availa...More Button

I have just received the report of the consultants who undertook Stage I of the study on local government financing and I am making arrangements for it to be published. The report analyses future expe...More Button

I would rather clarify the position for the Deputy asking the question. I am committed to strengthening local government. I do not say that lightly; I believe there is a very strong view in the Hou...More Button

——the Leader of the Fianna Fáil Party, Deputy Ahern, and the Leader of the Progressive Democrats, Deputy Harney, when they indicated to the Select Committee on Finance and General Affairs that this re...More Button

I received it on Tuesday last so the House will forgive me if I have not yet read or examined it comprehensively. Once I have had an opportunity to do so, I will make it available to the Opposition p...More Button

I do not intend to engage in a broad-ranging discussion on the consultants' report which I shall publish. I hope phase II will be up and running in parallel, which will constitute taking the most like...More Button

I am very much in agreement with the Deputy. When they appeared before the Select Committee on Finance and General Affairs, Deputies Bertie Ahern and Harney were clear that they favoured an all-party...More Button

Perhaps broadcasting of the proceedings of the Oireachtas has ensured greater coherence between what is said here and in constituencies. I am heartened by the views expressed here. We are setting our...More Button

In the Programme for Government — and I was involved in the negotiations — we asked the professional review group to include in its remit the residential property tax. All the local charges have to b...More Button

Once people pull the plug on it, the issue will die. We must try to bring about major reform — which if done right, the public will welcome. I know I am asking a great deal from the Opposition to w...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pedestrian Facilities.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide funds for local authorities to improve pedestrian facilities.More Button

Responsibility for the improvement and maintenance of public roads, including the provision of facilities for pedestrians, rests with individual road authorities. In the case of non-national roads, i...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Registration of Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to review articles 5(2)(c) and 5(2)(d) of the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations, 1996 (S.I. No. 30 of 1996) to protect the privacy of tenants; and whether h...More Button

Was asked: his views regarding the right to privacy in relation to the information sought and the possible use of such information by criminals in view of article 5(2)(b) of the Housing (Registration of Rented H...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Driving Licence Regulation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that applicants for category A provisional licence, who are under 25 years of age and have not held a full driving licence in respect of category A1 for at ...More Button

The regulations governing the licensing of drivers provide that access to a provisional licence for category A (motorcycles) is restricted to those who have either held a licence under sub-category A1...More Button

It is not possible for anyone who gives a Republic of Ireland address to get a Northern Ireland licence, but those who give a Northern Ireland address can get one. We have a higher standard, a young ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - North Westmeath Group Water Scheme.

I think Deputy O'Rourke for raising this important matter which has been a focus of significant public attention in recent weeks. It was also the subject of a parliamentary question tabled today by D...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Restoration Programme.

Was asked: if he will allocate part of the restoration of the non-national roads grant to urban areas or if he will make a special allocation for restoration work in urban areas.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to put in place a ten year restoration programme for city roads in parallel with his recently announced ten year restoration programme for county roads; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 111 together. As I indicated in replying to previous questions on this subject, the decision to undertake a special restoration programme for regional and count...More Button

Written Answers. - Conservation Projects.

Was asked: the amount to be allocated in respect of grants for conservation projects in each of the years up to 1999 in view of his statement of 16 April 1996 in respect of this matter.More Button

Was asked: the centres throughout the country for urban and village improvement measures; the centres where landmark buildings will be restored and rehabilitated; the cost of each project; and if he will make a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Request for Inquiry.

Was asked: whether he intends to accede to the unanimous request by members of North Tipperary County Council to initiate an inquiry into the workings of the council.More Button

The information supplied by the council is not sufficient to form a judgement on the council's request for an inquiry. As the council has requested, I intend, therefore, to have a senior official of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Research and Development on Cleaner Production.

Was asked: the amount of money spent in 1995 on research and development in the area of cleaner production in view of the commitment in the Operational Programme for Environmental Services, 1994 - 1999; and the ...More Button

There was limited activity in 1995 under the cleaner production measure of the Operational Programme for Environmental Services, 1994-1999. One project, costing £46,680, commenced and an instalment of...More Button

Written Answers. - Polling Stations Location.

Was asked: the current position regarding a request from disabled persons' organisations to have all polling stations for each election and referendum held at a location which meets the minimum accessibility gui...More Button

At each election and referendum, my Department advises returning officers to select, as far as possible, buildings which are accessible by people with disabilities and, in particular, that polling sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Regulations.

Was asked: the matters of concern that have been brought to his attention regarding the housing regulations, 1996; his views in this respect; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Ardmore (Waterford) Sewerage Scheme.

Was asked: if he will sanction funding for a study of the provision of a new sewerage scheme for the seaside resort of Ardmore in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Waterford County Council has recently submitted a report outlining the case for a study for a sewerage scheme in Ardmore. However, due to the level of existing commitments and the number of high prio...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Impact Study.

Was asked: if he will consider requiring Fingal County Council to have a full environmental impact study carried out prior to the Swords town park, near Swords Castle, being used as a building site for the propo...More Button

Under Article 116 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 1994, an environmental impact statement must be prepared in respect of urban development projects undertaken by or on b...More Button

Written Answers. - Integrated Pollution Control Licences.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the charges applying to companies for integrated pollution control licences.More Button

It has been the stated policy of Government, since announcing the intention to establish the Environmental Protection Agency, that the agency's integrated pollution control licensing function should ...More Button

Written Answers. - Golf Course Development.

Was asked: if he will consider requiring existing golf courses built without the need for planning permission to have an ecological audit carried out and, where necessary, appropriate action be taken to protect ...More Button

Golf courses developed prior to the introduction of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 1994, were considered to be exempted development. I have no power to take action of th...More Button

Written Answers. - National Roads Development Strategy.

Was asked: the further priority that will be given to the N2 road when the National Development Plan is reviewed in 1997.More Button

The Operational Programme for Transport, 1994 to 1999, sets out the development strategy for national roads for the period of the programme. The mid-term review will be undertaken over the next 12 mo...More Button

Written Answers. - Criteria for New House Grant.

Was asked: the qualification criteria, if any, that is used when assessing timber frame houses as against a traditional type of house for the purpose of new house grants.More Button

Written Answers. - Disc Parking Scheme.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce a nationwide and uniform disc parking scheme.More Button

Traffic and parking by-laws made by the Garda Commissioner under sections 89 and 90 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, following consultation with the relevant local authorities and with my consent, provi...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Use Policy.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to formulate and implement a national land use policy which would designate the areas for planned growth and the areas where such growth should be controlled; and if he will ...More Button

Under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, the determination of policy of the kind referred to in the question is a matter for local planning authorities through the development plan ...More Button

Written Answers. - Dungarvan (Waterford) Waste Water Disposal Scheme.

Was asked: the current position regarding the provision of a waste water disposal scheme for Dungarvan, County Waterford.More Button

The EIS for this scheme was certified, with modification, in December of last year. The preliminary report for the scheme is currently under examination in my Department but, in view of the existing ...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Law Cases.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to expedite and/or change the proceedings of An Bord Pleanála in cases where the only issues being appealed are the financial levies being imposed on building work.More Button

Consideration will be given, in the context of the next Local Government (Planning and Development) Bill, to points that have been raised regarding the operation of planning law in cases where an appe...More Button

Written Answers. - Sources of Pollution.

Was asked: the number and nature of joint projects which are currently under way regarding the problem of pollution between his Department and the private industrial sector.More Button

My Department participates in, or is associated with, a range of initiatives and joint studies with industrial sectors, with a view to reducing or eliminating sources of pollution. These include the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Pollution Control Licensing.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to include agricultural activities among the list of established, as distinct from new, activities to be subjected to integrated licencing under the Environmental Protection ...More Button

Integrated pollution control (IPC) licensing for activities listed in the First Schedule to the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992, is being phased in over the five year period 1994 to 1998. L...More Button

Written Answers. - Buildings Under Departmental Control.

Was asked: the buildings, other than the Custom House, under the control of his Department that predate 1843; whether any of these are listed; the interiors, if any, that are listed; the plans, if any, he has to...More Button

There are no such buildings under my Department's control.More Button

Written Answers. - Sewerage Plant Funding.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for the upgrading of a sewerage plant at the county council housing scheme in Tyholland, County Monaghan.More Button

I recently approved a grant of £75,000 for the upgrading of the sewerage treatment plant at Tyholland, County Monaghan.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing Needs.

Was asked: the results of the assessment of local authority housing needs that was carried out on 29 March 1996 in respect of the number of homeless persons; the results of the survey on hostel accommodation; an...More Button

Written Answers. - Traveller Halting Sites.

Was asked: if he has approved funding to South Dublin County Council for the upgrading of temporary sites for members of the travelling community in the Clondalkin, Dublin 22 area; the amount of funding involved...More Button

Written Answers. - Liffey Catchment Plan.

Was asked: the funding that has been obtained to date from the EU cohesion fund in respect of the River Liffey catchment plan; if he will give a timetable for the completion of the proposed works, including the ...More Button

To date, no funding has been obtained from the Cohesion Fund in respect of the river Liffey Catchment Plan. The application for funding was submitted to the European Commission in 1994.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made in advancing the application by Clare County Council for EU cohesion funding for water and sewerage schemes.More Button

Applications in respect of three integrated water and sewerage scheme proposals relating to County Clare have been submitted to the European Commission for co-financing under the Cohesion Fund. No de...More Button

Written Answers. - Agricultural Rates.

Was asked: the total amount outstanding in uncollected agricultural rates; the guidelines, if any, that he intends issuing to local authorities regarding the collection of such outstanding sums; and if he will m...More Button

The total amount of uncollected agricultural rates in respect of 1982 and earlier years was £19.9 million at 31 December 1987. It is a matter for each local authority to decide the action, if any, to...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Government Report.

Was asked: further to his reply to Parlimentary Question No. 19 of 27 March 1996, whether he received a copy of the report of the commission examining town local government within one week of the date of his rep...More Button

The report was presented to me by the commission on 25 April 1996 and is currently being printed. Copies will be made widely available as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Grant Allocation.

Was asked: the basis for his decision to decide to allocate the non-national non-discretionary road grants for the year 1994-95.More Button

The grants in question fell into two main categories: the EU co-financed scheme of specific improvement grants, and the INTERREG grants which became payable in 1995. The allocation of funds in each ca...More Button

Written Answers. - Aughtnagaddy (Donegal) Group Water Scheme.

Was asked: the current situation regarding Aughtnagaddy group water scheme, County Donegal which has been with his Department for many years; and the steps, if any, he will take in this regard.More Button

The final grant instalment of £10,886 was paid to the group in March 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Water Supply.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the work, which was approved by his Department, on the north city arterial watermain to Fairview and Griffith Avenue, Dublin which was to improve water supplies and pr...More Button

I am advised that the north city arterial watermain, which was commissioned in 1995 to improve the distribution system over a wide area of north Dublin city, is operating successfully. A number of pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Risks Associated with Chemicals.

Was asked: whether the attention of the fire authorities has been drawn to the range of dangerous or potentially dangerous chemicals in use in Irish industry; and whether the fire authorities are adequately equi...More Button

It is the responsibility of each fire authority to provide for the training and equipping of its fire service to deal effectively with the various risks it may encounter, including those arising from ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Elections.

Was asked: the date of the next local authority elections.More Button

Under the Local Government Act, 1994 elections of members of every local authority are required to be held in 1998. That Act also provides that polling day at the elections, which must be in the mont...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Sligo Relief Road.

Was asked: whether he has received a proposal from Sligo Corporation to sanction an inner relief road/mid block traffic route; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a similar proposal was already turn...More Button

I understand a traffic and transportation study for the borough of Sligo and its environs, an environmental impact statement for the proposed Sligo relief road and a related compulsory purchase order ...More Button

Written Answers. - Gweedore (County Donegal) Sewerage Scheme.

Was asked: the current position regarding the proposed sewerage scheme for Gweedore, County Donegal.More Button

The Gweedore sewerage scheme has been included in an application submitted to the European Commission for Cohesion Fund assistance for the Gaeltacht area. To date no decision has been received. Pendi...More Button

Written Answers. - Group Water Scheme.

Was asked: the current position regarding the Ballyvoreen/ Callaghane group water supply scheme in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Group water scheme grants of £83,866 were allocated to this scheme in November 1995 and £54,865 has been paid to date. Further payments will be made as work progresses on the scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Driver Tester Data.

Was asked: the number of driving testers that are employed; if he will give a breakdown between male and female; the criteria necessary to be a successful applicant; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

There are 70 driver testers employed by my Department, 69 male and one female. Applicants for the post of driver tester must be between 27 and 50 years of age, have a good general education and have ...More Button

Written Answers. - New House Grants.

Was asked: the number of applications for new house grants that have been refused in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Postal Vote for Fishermen.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide a postal vote for fishermen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Electoral Bill, 1994 proposes to provide voting arrangements for electors who, by reason of their occupation, are likely to be unable to attend their polling station on polling day.More Button

Written Answers. - Use of Mobile Phones.

Was asked: the procedures in place within his Department for monitoring the use of mobile phones by unestablished staff for purposes which are personal to the authorised user; the plans, if any, he has for impro...More Button

Arising from a value for money report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the management of telephone facilities in the Civil Service, Departments generally are examining procedures on usage and...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Works.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties regarding required remedial work at Ashling Park, housing estate, Dundalk, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Kilcursey (Longford) Water Scheme.

Was asked: whether he will approve the Kilcursey group water scheme in County Longford in view of the fact that the appropriate officer to do so has retired.More Button

Having regard to the existing level of commitments under the group water scheme programme I cannot say when it may be possible to approve this scheme.More Button


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