Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 22 January 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 473 No. 4

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Order of Business.

Is the Deputy against abolishing service charges?More Button

The Deputy is wrong again.More Button

Priority Questions - Local Government Arrangements.

Was asked: if he will give details of the proposed system of equalisation in the new arrangements for local government.More Button

The new system of local funding is based on assigning the proceeds of motor taxation to local authorities. The amount of this taxation collected by the different authorities will vary, in some cases ...More Button

I confirm that the majority of counties and authorities will receive support from the equalisation fund. I welcome the Deputy's support for the concept of the fund which is largely based on work on h...More Button

Objectivity depends on one's perspective and if one takes anything from anyone objectively, that is a damage. I confirm largely what the Deputy said. We started the process this year, but we will no...More Button

Priority Questions - Water Pollution Inquiry.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the relevant local authorities are co-operating with the inquiry into water pollution at Nenagh, County Tipperary.More Button

I take it that the question relates to the further investigation now being undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency, following my request in October 1996, into the nature and extent of the gr...More Button

I strongly share the Deputy's view but I have received no report from the Environmental Protection Agency that there was anything but full co-operation from both local authorities. On publication of t...More Button

I would welcome any data the Deputy might have about information the Environmental Protection Agency needs. As he is aware, I requested all local authorities to carry out their own survey. I underst...More Button

Priority Questions - Lough Corrib Water Quality.

Was asked: if he is in receipt of a recent report by a leading environmental scientist which states the water quality in Lough Corrib is under severe threat from agricultural and sewage pollution; and the action...More Button

Lough Corrib and River Corrib are designated salmonid waters and, accordingly, subject to the monitoring and pollution control requirements of the European Communities (Quality of Salmonid Waters) Re...More Button

That is not true.More Button

I cannot accept the Deputy's first contention. My comprehensive reply focused specifically on the western lakes and Lough Corrib in particular.More Button

One of the problems with the report is that the samplings were only from the littoral zones or the edges of the lake.More Button

I can only read the report and the sampling measures.More Button

I did. As a result, the data is not as comprehensive as it might be. However, there are good points in the report. It points out that some of the monitoring carried out by the Environmental Protect...More Button

With regard to the location of landfill, the Deputy will be aware, following 18 months of debate on the Waste Management Act, that stringent environmental standards are being put in place with regard ...More Button

I welcome the report. Any additional information we receive on vulnerable ecosystems such as those in the western lakes is most important. We will take careful cognisance of the report and I will re...More Button

Priority Questions - Sellafield Nuclear Plant.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he has taken in view of the new evidence produced in relation to NIREX in his capacity as chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Sellafield; and the plans, if any, he has to meet Mr. ...More Button

The ministerial committee on Sellafield and the Irish Sea is continuing its role in ensuring good co-ordination of strategy and overseeing the work of Departments with responsibilities in this area. T...More Button

The leaked report is a vindication of the Irish Government's position last year. The issues we raised about the geology and hydro-geology of the area were the focus of our presentation. The fears we ...More Button

We will keep on the pressure and use not only bilateral contact of persuasion but, more importantly, since the co-ordination group that I chair has been established, every international forum and trea...More Button

I would be very concerned if NIREX adopted the attitude that this was a rubber-stamping process. From my direct contacts over more than two years with Secretary of State Gummer, he is not a person to...More Button

Yes. As I said, if there are any legal avenues open to us they will be explored. The Attorney General serves on the committee I chair to ensure that every legal avenue is explored. We have not ruled...More Button

There are two separate questions. The NIREX underground geological repository for nuclear waste is a stand alone issue. The other issue is the development of THORP and the ongoing threat posed by the...More Button

Both are to be opposed but the strategy has to be slightly different. One proposal does not yet have planning permission and we must fight to ensure that it does not get planning permission. It has ...More Button

That is not the case. We cannot say we have been successful until the British nuclear industry has been effectively closed down. However, our ongoing campaign has had a significant impact in terms o...More Button

A British Minister would not like direct interference with due process in the UK.More Button

We have made a strong case and will continue to make it. I would not appreciate a Minister from another jurisdiction interfering in due process in my country.More Button

I will continue to put a strong case to him. I will have an opportunity to impress the case upon him within a few weeks at the next Environment Council meeting.More Button

Priority Questions - Redevelopment of Ballymun, Dublin.

Was asked: when he will approve the redevelopment of Ballymun, Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other Questions - EU Blue Flag Status.

Was asked: if he is concerned at the number of beaches and coves which do not conform to the standards required for the EU blue flag status; and the plans, if any, he has to improve the situation in a significan...More Button

Ireland's record on blue flag awards to beaches compares very favourably with the rest of Europe. Statistics compiled by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe — FEEE — which operates ...More Button

Fifty per cent of our beaches meet the stringent requirements to get a blue flag, but that is not to suggest that the other 50 per cent are polluted. There are a number of reasons for beaches failing...More Button

I have indicated that an investment programme of £1.3 billion has been earmarked to bring all our coastal zones up to the standards that will be required in the year 2005 under the European directive....More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: whether he intends to make additional finances available to local authorities to enable them to take over group water schemes when service charges are abolished by the Government.More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to offset the costs involved for persons participating in group water schemes and providing water supplies from private wells in view of his recent proposals to abolish w...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the widespread concern of shareholders in water schemes, many of whom pay motor tax, towards providing water free of charge in urban areas while at the same time hav...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on charges for voluntary group water schemes, cattle troughs and other charges including maintenance and running costs for group water schemes in view of his announcement r...More Button

Was asked: whether provision will be made in the Government's plans for the abolition of water charges for the taking in charge of group water supply schemes and the payment of an amount to each local authority ...More Button

Was asked: the level of finance which will be made available towards the running costs of group water schemes in the event that local authority service charges are abolished in the 1997 budget.More Button

Was asked: whether he intends giving any assistance towards maintenance costs to people who provide their own sewerage systems, either through group sewerage schemes or through individual treatment plants or sep...More Button

Was asked: whether he intends giving any assistance to people who have private supplies of water in view of the abolition of water charges for people on local authority schemes.More Button

Was asked: the steps, if any, he intends to take to ensure that people whose water supply is provided by group water schemes will not have to pay any water charges in view of his abolition of water rates for peo...More Button

Was asked: whether the same arrangements will apply to group water scheme members as to local authority domestic water customers.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 29, 30, 43, 67, 71, 74, 246, 247, 248 and 283 together. “Better Local Government — A Programme for Change”, which I published last December, lays down a comprehensive ...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the urgent need to provide a substantial increase in the 1997 allocation to Cavan County Council for the repair of regional and county roads; and if he will make a s...More Button

The non-national road grants allocation to Cavan County Council this year amounts to £6,796,000. This is an increase of some £850,000, or 14 per cent, on the 1996 figure.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staffing.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the number and percentage of women in each grade in local administration; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to circulate in the Official Report a tabular statement setting out the information requested. The information is based on staffing returns supplied to my Department in respect of the posit...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Charges.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to abolish service charges.More Button

Was asked: the exact charges which he submitted to Government for abolition and which were announced in his public statement on 19 December 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 33 and 58 together. “Better Local Government — A Programme for Change” provides for a new funding system for local authorities, under which, inter alia, charges by loc...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Environmental Directives.

Was asked: the number of cases currently pending before the European Commission in respect of alleged breaches by Ireland of EU Environmental Directives; whether he has satisfied himself that the European Commis...More Button

The information requested is summarised in a table which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. In one case, Commission proceedings are pending in the European Court of Justice. One reasoned...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to address the problems faced by landlords and tenants incurred at the hands of drug dealers and abusers in the context of private rented accommodation.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staffing.

Was asked: his views on the recently published report of the Irish Planning Institute confirming that the local authorities planning service is chronically understaffed; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The allocation of staff to the various local authority service areas and the creation of additional posts, where considered necessary, taking account of local needs and priorities, is a matter for the...More Button

Written Answers. - Litter Fines.

Was asked: the numbers of litter fines imposed nationally in 1996; and if he will provide a table of such figures by local authority area for 1996.More Button

The information sought is not yet available in my Department. Local authorities have, however, been requested to forward to my Department at an early date details of litter control activity in 1996, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for each urban council to collect motor tax in their own area in view of the abolition of water charges and their replacement by motor taxation; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I have no such plans. Provision will, however, be made by law to ensure that urban authorities receive an equitable share of the income from motor taxation collected by the county councils.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding received in motor taxation by each local authority for each of the years 1995 and 1996.More Button

Details of the amounts of motor tax collected by each licensing authority for 1995 are contained in the reply to Question No. 308 of 25 July 1996. The figures for 1996 set out in the tabular statement...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: the current position in respect of the issuing of licences for private contractors involved in waste collection as envisaged under the Waste Management Act, 1996; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I intend shortly to make regulations under section 34 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 in relation to the grant by local authorities of permits to private waste collectors.More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Information.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made towards reducing the response time for requests under the environment regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the updated Access to Information on the Environment Regulations, 1996, the time for responses to requests for environmental information has been reduced from two months to one month, as a gener...More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Taxation.

Was asked: if he will examine the possibility of allowing the transfer of motor taxation from one vehicle to another by the same owner in view of the fact that many vehicles are sold, traded or scrapped prior to...More Button

The legal provisions governing the motor tax system are based on associations between the particular vehicle and its taxation category, determined by reference to factors such as engine size, vehicle ...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Was asked: the environmental priorities which were advanced during Ireland's Presidency of the EU; and the extent to which the greening of Maastricht was achieved.More Button

The Irish Presidency set itself the overall objective of both actively and efficiently promoting the internal agenda of the Environment Council and co-ordinating a leading EU role in wider internation...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Statistics.

Was asked: the number of deaths from house fires in 1996; and if he intends to initiate any measures to avert fatal fires.More Button

Fire statistics supplied to my Department by the fire authorities indicate that, in 1995, 38 fatalities occurred in fires attended by fire brigades, of which 32 were in houses or flats; figures for 19...More Button

Written Answers. - Sellafield Nuclear Plant.

Was asked: the arrangements he has made, if any, as chairman of the Government committee on Sellafield, to meet UK Environment Secretary, John Gummer, in view of the new evidence produced regarding NIREX.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 26 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if he will make a supplementary allocation to Galway County Council in view of the recent harsh weather conditions and the serious damage that has been done to roads by both frost and snow in order to...More Button

The 1997 non-national road grants allocation to Galway County Council is £9.892 million, an increase of £1.329 million or 16 per cent on the 1996 figure. Total non-national road grant allocations in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Value for Money Audits.

Was asked: if he will publish the names of the local authorities surveyed in the audits carried out by the value for money unit in his Department.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that all meetings are open to the public and publish the names of councils surveyed by the value for money unit in his Department in the interest of openness and transparency in loca...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 231 together. As outlined recently in “Better Local Government — A Programme for Change”, the role of the value for money (VFM) unit of my Department will be en...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in sanctioning funding under the EU co-financed scheme of grants for an application submitted by Galway Corporation in respect of work on the West Distributor Road, including ...More Button

Galway Corporation submitted two proposals for consideration for funding in 1997 under the EU co-financed scheme of specific improvement grants on non-national roads which are of economic benefit and...More Button

Written Answers. - Cultural Developments Plan.

Was asked: the number of local authorities which have to date produced a cultural development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The preparation of plans for the development of the arts and culture in their areas is a matter for individual local authorities. I understand that 20 authorities have prepared such plans and that a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Disability Grants.

Was asked: the number of disabled persons grants approved in each county for the last accounting period.More Button

Written Answers. - Crashed Vehicle Register.

Was asked: his views on whether the establishment of a central register listing crashed vehicles would enhance consumer protection; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have no proposals to introduce a register of this kind. However, the possibility of noting writtenoff etc. vehicles on the computerised national vehicle file will be kept under review as developmen...More Button

Written Answers. - Dungarvan (Waterford) Library.

Was asked: the steps, if any, being taken to provide a new library building at Dungarvan, County Waterford, at a location that has been provided by Waterford County Council and which has been approved by An Chom...More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 137 and 153 of 2 July 1996. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers. - Hazardous Storage Tanks.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the increasing number of fires involving plastic storage tanks serving domestic and commercial premises; and if he will introduce as a matter of urgency rigorous sta...More Button

The attention of my Department has been drawn to some reports of fires involving oil storage tanks. Responsibility for the formulation of standards for products such as oil storage tanks comes under ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if he will ensure that the loan limits available through the social housing schemes are raised to take account of the steep rise in house prices.More Button

Written Answers. - Disabled Persons' Grant Scheme.

Was asked: if he will extend the disabled persons' adaptation scheme to include the provision of facilities for central heating which is so often essential for people with disabilities; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Nenagh (Tipperary) Water Pollution.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the pace of the investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into the pollution of the water supply in Nenagh, County Tipperary; and the steps, if any, he has ...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 24 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers. - Licence Fees.

Was asked: the cost to the applicant of each integrated pollution control licence granted by the Environmental Protection Agency.More Button

A schedule of integrated pollution control licence application fees is provided in the Environmental Protection Agency (Licensing Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 1996 (S.I. No. 239 of 1996). The other...More Button

Written Answers. - Lough Corrib Water Quality.

Was asked: if his attention as been drawn to the concern regarding the levels of pollution in the waters of Lough Corrib as expressed in the O'Sullivan report entitled, Lough Corrib - a Cause for Concern; and th...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 25 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the response he has made to the request by Galway Corporation to clarify his position in relation to Mutton Island.More Button

Was asked: if he has responded to the request from Galway Corporation to clarify his position in relation to Mutton Island.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the proposed Mutton Island sewerage treatment and disposal plant in Galway; if a date has been agreed for a meeting with a delegation from Galway Corporation to discuss ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 64, 230 and 277 together. In my letter to the mayor of Galway on 3 October 1996, I suggested that the corporation should consider the option of a treatment plant based...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Laws.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to amend the planning laws with a view to speeding up the planning process; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The planning and development code aims to strike an appropriate balance between the need, in the public interest, for full consideration of a planning application and the wish of the applicant for an ...More Button

Written Answers. - Devolution Commission Report.

Was asked: his views on the proposals contained in the Devolution Commission's interim report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the proposals contained in the Devolution Commission's interim report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 292 together. The Government's response to the first interim report of the Devolution Commission was set out in a Government statement issued on 1 August, 1996...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if he will promote the composting of garden and vegetable waste as recommended to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Sustainable Development; and, if so, when regulations will be drawn up to require co...More Button

It is stated objective of national recycling policy to divert some 100,000 tonnes of organic waste away from landfill by means of composting by 1999. The new scheme of waste recycling grants according...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Projects Funding.

Was asked: the number of new library projects funded by his Department in each of the years from 1990 to 1996; the further plans, if any, he has for developing the library infrastructure; and if he will make a s...More Button

Library authorities were required in 1995 to prepare library development programmes in accordance with guidelines issued by my Department. These programmes will help to form a framework for the future...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for a link road from Ardarostig to Melbourne Road in County Cork to alleviate the traffic problems in that area.More Button

Was asked: if he will make funds available to enable Cork Corporation commence construction of the link road from Ardrostig Cross to Curraheen in order to alleviate traffic congestion in residential areas in Bis...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 and 228 together. This link road, if constructed, would be a non-national road and responsibility for its construction and financing would normally be a matter for...More Button

Written Answers. - Weekend Voting.

Was asked: if he will consider holding general elections on a Friday or a weekend in order that students and young people living away from home, who are registered in their home constituency, may travel home to ...More Button

The question of weekend voting is one of a number of electoral matters which I have referred for consideration to the Oireachtas Select Committee on Finance and General Affairs.More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Reports.

Was asked: the total amount of money expended on consultancies in the past two years; the total number of reports from these consultancies; and the cost of such reports.More Button

Payments totalling £2,974,431 were made by my Department in respect of consultancies during 1995 and 1996. Nearly half of this amount was paid in respect of two major projects — the development of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Fatal Road Accidents.

Was asked: the number of fatal accidents on the roads in 1996; the average age of the victims; and the measures, if any, he will put in place to reduce the number of such accidents.More Button

Provisional Garda figures show that there were 417 fatal accidents on Irish roads in 1996, in which 455 people were killed. Detailed analysis of the Garda accident reports to provide data in relation...More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal.

Was asked: whether a portion of ground at Ellison Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, will receive section 23 designation.More Button

Was asked: the provisions, if any, he has made for the inclusion of Carrick-on-Suir and Tipperary town, County Tipperary, in the urban renewal scheme for 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: whether a portion of ground at Ellison Street, Castlebar, County Mayo will receive section 23 designation.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a large proportion of housing applicants in the Dundalk Urban District Council area are in urgent need of rehousing; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made for a driving test for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

A driving test arranged for this person on 3 January was cancelled by him due to illness. A test has been rearranged on 24 January.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made on the provision of a sewerage scheme in Crosmollina, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 and 250 together. A preliminary report for the Crossmolina sewerage scheme is with my Department but, given the level of commitments under the water and sewerage ...More Button

Written Answers. - Extension of Limerick Borough Boundary.

Was asked: if he has received representations to extend the Limerick city borough boundary to include Purteen, County Clare; if his attention has been drawn to the objections which the residents of Purteen have ...More Button

The legal framework for local authority boundary alterations, as set out in Part V of the Local Government Act, 1991 and the associated regulations, enables all the issues in relation to such a bounda...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the proposed amount of funding under the Cohesion Funds for road spending for the western region, being the province of Connacht and Donegal and Clare, up to the year 1999; the percentage of the Cohes...More Button

Responsibility for the selection of road projects for submission for Cohesion Fund assistance is a matter for the National Roads Authority, following consultation with my Department, the Department of...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will pay a first time buyer's grant to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that she should not be held responsible for unscrupulous builders who have not got their tax...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Planning.

Was asked: the number of planning decisions made by local authorities and subsequently overturned by An Bord Pleanála on a county by county basis in each of the years from 1993 to 1996.More Button

Details of the number of planning decisions made and appeals received by area for each of the years 1993 to 1995 are set out in my Department's publication, Planning Statistics 1995, a copy of which i...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when the appropriate house payment will be made to the Streetwise Housing Association in Athlone, County Westmeath.More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Vehicle Lighting.

Was asked: the position regarding people who have spotlights on their cars; and the regulations governing this position.More Button

Was asked: his views on people who have spotlights on their cars in view of concerns that high-powered spotlights are causing many accidents.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together. Spotlights which equate with headlamps are permitted on motor vehicles, provided they meet the requirements of, and are used in accordance with, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he intends to provide finance for a sewerage scheme at Limerick Junction; and, if so, when the work on this scheme will commence.More Button

Preliminary proposals for this scheme have recently been submitted to my Department but, given the high level of commitments under the water and sewerage scheme programme, I cannot say when it may be ...More Button

Was asked: the progress, if any, with the scheme for the extension of Manorhamilton sewerage scheme, County Leitrim, to Lurganboy in view of the fact that the contract documents for the extension have been in th...More Button

Given the high level of commitments under the water and sewerage scheme programme, I cannot say when it may be possible to approve this proposal.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a higher rate of thatching grant can be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the final cost of the work carried out.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Laws.

Was asked: whether he will bring forward legislation to require planning permission to be obtained to remove original windows from a building and install replacement windows.More Button

Under section 4 (1) (g) of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963, development consisting of the carrying out of works for the maintenance, improvement or other alteration of any st...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Was asked: the total cost to his Department of the Presidency of the EU; and if he will give details of such costs.More Button

The total cost of the Presidency to my Department in 1996 was £322,800. A breakdown of this is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties for salmon farm owners in isolated areas such as Rosroe, Renvyle, County Galway, who cannot gain access to landing piers due to the poor condition o...More Button

I recently allocated £9.892 million in grants for non-national roads to Galway County Council, including £1.333 million in discretionary grants and £6.609 million in restoration programme grants. The...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Group Report.

Was asked: if he has received the report of the consultancy group on the extent of the backlog of deficiencies in regional and county roads; if so, if he will publish the result of this report; and if he will ma...More Button

I expect to receive the consultant's report around the end of February. A decision on publication will be made when the report has been received and considered.More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Taxation.

Was asked: the amount of motor taxation revenue collected in County Meath in 1996 for noncommercial goods vehicles and other vehicles.More Button

The amounts of motor tax collected in County Meath in 1996 for goods vehicles and all other classes of vehicles are set out in the following table. The figures shown for arrears are not subdivided be...More Button

Written Answers. - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: his views regarding the soiling of beaches, walkways, parks, roads and footpaths by dogs; his views on whether the current legislation allowing for local authorities to make by-laws is satisfactory in...More Button

Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Bill, 1996 proposes to make it an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up when a dog fouls in certain specified public places. It is intended that...More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Taxation.

Was asked: the amount of motor tax collected by each licensing authority in each of the years from 1994 to 1996 broken down into amounts for private vehicles and commercial vehicles.More Button

Was asked: the amount in car tax collected on a county by county basis for the most recent year for which figures are available.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 and 302 together. The amounts of motor tax collected in respect of private cars, motor cycles and all other vehicles in 1994 and 1995 are set out in the following ...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: the State and semi-State boards under the aegis of his Department; the appointments, if any, which have been made to these boards in the past year; the number of women who have been appointed; the per...More Button

The information requested is set out in the following table. TableMore Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if he will provide the option of reducing the amount of paper waste produced at election time by producing a copy of the electoral register for each constituency for use by An Post, so that only one l...More Button

Under electoral law, a candidate at a Presidential, Dáil or European election is entitled to send, free of charge for postage, to each person on the register of electors for the constituency, or to an...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the water shortage that occurred on Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, in recent weeks; if so, the reason for the delay in sanctioning the extra storage facilit...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the water shortage which occurred on Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway in recent weeks; the reason for the delay in sanctioning extra storage facilities promise...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 261 and 294 together. The test wells provided as part of the site investigation contract for the Inis Mór water supply scheme are being used to augment the island's su...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the amount provided to date for the acquisition of land by Fingal County Council to facilitate the construction of the Balbriggan inner relief road; and if he will provide an allocation for the constr...More Button

Fingal County Council received a grant of £100,000 in 1996 under the EU co-financed scheme of specific improvement grants for land acquisition for the Stephenstown Industrial Estate access road. The ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the Kells group water scheme, Kells, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This scheme has been approved to go to construction. I understand, however, that due to difficulties in negotiating wayleaves, start-up has been delayed and it may be necessary for the group to revise...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he will extend the essential repairs grant to include the installation of central heating for elderly people living alone; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the applications for water and sewerage schemes from each local authority in counties Cavan and Monaghan currently in his Department; and the current status of each scheme.More Button

The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of house constructions approved by his Department for Westmeath County Council and Athlone Urban District Council, for each of the years from 1987 to date; the actual number of houses const...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the amount of money allocated to Westmeath County Council for road construction and improvements to regional and county roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Non-national road grants are not sub-divided on the basis set out in the question. The total non-national road grants allocation to Westmeath County Council this year amounts to £3,656,000 which is a...More Button

Written Answers. - Project Sanction.

Was asked: the reason a project (details supplied) in County Galway has not been sanctioned; the date on which sanction will be given; the amount of money to be allocated in this regard; the commencement date of...More Button

Contract documents for Gort regional water scheme are with my Department but, having regard to the existing high level of commitments under the water and sewerage scheme programme, I cannot say when i...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: when he will make a decision on the Dundrum bypass, Dublin 14; if his attention has been drawn to the acute need for this by pass, which has been on the drawing board for over 20 years; if his attenti...More Button

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council has submitted compulsory purchase orders for the acquisition of land for the Dundrum Main Street by-pass and the Ballinteer Road/Wyckham bypass improvement scheme...More Button

Written Answers. - Polling Stations.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to ensure that all polling stations will be manned by people who are either unemployed or are in receipt of low incomes in view of the number of complaints (details supplied)...More Button

Statutory responsibility for the conduct of elections and referenda, including the employment of staff required, rests with the returning officers who are not subject to direction by me as to how they...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the current position regarding a water supply scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Construction of Westport water supply scheme extension from Cloonkeen to Castlebar, costing an estimated £2.25 million, is currently under way. It is intended that the scheme will be substantially co...More Button

Was asked: if he will sanction a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this will be done; the amount of money to be allocated for this project; the date on which construction will commen...More Button

This scheme is being considered in the context of my Department's water and sewerage schemes work programme for 1997, details of which I will announce shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Project Funding.

Was asked: if he will sanction a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this will be done; the amount of money being allocated for this project; the date on which the project will commenc...More Button

My Department has requested the group to submit outstanding documentation and technical information in relation to this proposal and a reply is awaited.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will introduce water/sewerage grants for domestic dwellings which are lacking such services, particularly in cases where the owners are unable to provide from their own resources.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding proposals for the improvement of the public water supply system between Spiddal and Tully, Baile na hAbhann, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding proposals for the improvement of the public water supply system between Spiddal and Tully, Baile na hAbhann, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 275 and 293 together. This scheme is being considered in the context of my Department's water and sewerage schemes work programme for 1997, details of which I will ann...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide a public sewerage system at Farranfore, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position is unchanged since the reply to Question No. 64 of 18 December 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Water Fluoridation Levels.

Was asked: if he will have investigations made into the environmental consequences of water fluoridation in view of the fact that more than one tonne of fluoride is dispersed into our environment every day, thro...More Button

Was asked: if he will release the findings of any research undertaken into the environmental consequences of water fluoridation in Ireland.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 279 together. The European Communities (Quality of Water Intended for Human Consumption) Regulations, 1988 fix a maximum admissible concentration for fluoride ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the changes, if any, which have taken place in local authority housing legislation to provide for separated persons; the changes, if any, he intends to introduce in this regard; and if he will make a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Service Charges.

Was asked: the total amount of local service charges received by each local authority for each of the years 1995 and 1996.More Button

Outturn figures for 1995 and estimates for 1996 of the total amount received by each local authority from domestic water, refuse and sewerage charges are set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Portarlington (Laois) Swimming Pool.

Was asked: if he will provide funding to the Portarlington swimming pool committee for the upgrading and re-roofing of a swimming pool which serves a wide catchment area in counties Laois and Offaly; and if he w...More Button

A proposal for re-roofing the Portarlington swimming pool was submitted to my Department by Laois County Council in December 1996 and is currently under examination. The question of funding does not...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: his views on when EU approval for the funding of the Burren-north Clare water services plan will be forthcoming.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the financing of the Burren-north Clare water services plan by the EU.More Button

Was asked: the priority, if any, which has been accorded within his Department to the Burren-north Clare water services plan application for EU Cohesion Funding.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 284, 285 and 286 together. The European Commission has before it a number of Irish applications for Cohesion Funding, including one in respect of the Burren-north Clar...More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if funding will be approved in order to carry out the necessary marine survey.More Button

A brief for the proposed sewerage scheme at Killala, together with contract documents for a survey of the outfall location, are being examined in my Department at present. A decision will be made on ...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Improvement Grants.

Was asked: the feasibility of introducing a rural dwelling renovation grant to renovate an old dwelling or build onto an existing dwelling for use as a primary residence in rural areas; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Resettlement Incentives.

Was asked: the incentives currently available to address the issue of rural depopulation and encourage rural regeneration and resettlement in areas like County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Midleton (Cork) Library.

Was asked: when he will make the necessary funding available for the reconstruction and refurbishment of the new library in Midleton, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 177 of 26 March 1996. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Appeals.

Was asked: the number of planning appeals decided by An Bord Pleánala in 1995; and the duration of appeal time in respect of each appeal.More Button

Information on the number of planning appeals decided in 1995 is set out in the annual report of An Bord Pleanála for that year, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library. Page six of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Speed Limits.

Was asked: the consideration, if any, he has given to reducing the 30 miles per hour speed limit, particularly for residential areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I do not propose, at this stage, to provide for the application of speed limits of less than 30 mph which is the standard built-up area limit. International experience indicates that such lower limit...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Impact Assessments.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the guidelines and provisions for environmental impact assessment; if he is reviewing any aspect of these provisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The requirement to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of certain proposed developments derives from Directive 85/337/EEC. I am satisfied that Ireland has given full effect to this Dir...More Button

Written Answers. - Speed Reduction Devices.

Was asked: his current understanding in respect of the most suitable device for speed reduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Speed limits, as provided for under the Road Traffic Acts, are applied to all public roads. In addition, such traffic calming measures as they consider desirable to further reduce speed on public roa...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the total number of local authority houses built in 1996; and if he will give comparative figures for each of the years 1986, 1976 and 1966.More Button

Was asked: the total number of applicants on local authority housing lists for consideration in respect of allocation, transfers and homelessness; if he will give a breakdown for each local authority; and if he ...More Button

Written Answers. - Development Contributions.

Was asked: the total revenue generated by local authorities in 1996 under the development levy system; if his attention has been drawn to concerns regarding this system; and if he will give a breakdown of revenu...More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 34 and 96 of 13 June 1996. My Department's Planning Statistics 1995, of which a copy is available in the Oireachtas Library, gives details of development contrib...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the amount spent on sewerage upgrading works in the most recent year for which figures are available on a county by county basis.More Button

The information is as follows: Grant Payments for sewerage schemes in 1996More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the amount spent on road upgrading works and new road schemes on a county by county basis in the most recent year for which figures are available.More Button

The following table shows the expenditure on road improvement works on non-national roads carried out by county councils and financed from EU co-financed specific improvement grants; INTERREG (Border ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for the provision of a modern sewage treatment plant at Rathcormac, County Cork.More Button

A proposal to construct a treatment plant at Rathcormac under the 1997 small schemes programme has recently been submitted to my Department. In line with the recently announced decision to devolve re...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide funding for the provision of the water scheme for Cobh/Carrigtwohill/Midleton, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Contract documents for this scheme have been submitted to my Department but, given the high level of commitments under the water and sewerage programme, I cannot say when it may be possible to approve...More Button


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