Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 25 February 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 475 No. 4

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Priority Question. - Estate Improvement Programme.

Was asked: if he will give details of the distribution of the special £3 million estate improvement programme as recommended in the first report of the ministerial task force on measures to reduce the demand for...More Button

Tell that to the group water schemes.More Button

Priority Question. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the discussions, if any, he has had with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry on the likely implications for waste management policy arising from the disposal of meat and bone meal and spec...More Button

Waste management requirements and other issues arising from the BSE problem are continuously monitored by the Government. Appropriate liaison is being maintained between Departments and agencies whos...More Button

There is a comprehensive waste strategy for BSE related wastes which is approved by Government and has the following elements. All rendering plants which produce meat and bone meal for use in animal ...More Button

All the material is being rendered into an inert substance and is currently being safely stored close to the rendering plants until it is disposed of.More Button

Priority Question. - Drinking Water Quality.

Was asked: his views regarding the deterioration in the quality of drinking water and the contamination of water in certain parts of the country as confirmed by the Environmental Protection Agency report 1991-94...More Button

The recent report of the Environmental Protection Agency on drinking water quality in 1995 indicates that overall quality continues to be satisfactory, especially in the public supplies. Apart from c...More Button

I will specifically answer the three points made by the Deputy. In relation to Roundstone, I provided money this year for a first rate water supply which will be in place this year. In relation to N...More Button

That is a separate question.More Button

There is a specific question tabled on that matter which will be reached and I do not want to pre-empt it. The Deputy should be embarrassed. She instanced three sources of pollution and she should h...More Button

The problems of pollution and difficulties with water supplies did not begin when I became Minister, but I am dealing with those issues. I announced last week the most comprehensive package of measur...More Button

The representative groups with which I have had discussions appreciate the comprehensive approach I am taking to this matter.More Button

That is totally untrue.More Button

I have no fear of that day ever arriving——More Button

——unless the finances of the State fall into the hands of the Progressive Democrats.More Button

The Deputy has a brass neck to talk about canvassing for votes when her party spokesman, in a blatant act of electioneering and irresponsibility, signed a blank cheque of promises to a group last week...More Button

We have not witnessed such an outburst from Deputy Quill before——More Button

We have witnessed histrionics from the Deputy in an attempt to——More Button

——hide the embarrassment of her party at facing both ways at once, decrying the Government about over-expenditure and jumping on the first bandwagon that marched past its door. Even she is embarrasse...More Button

I will deal with the specifics of the question.More Button

The question referred to a concern about water quality. I have allocated £150 million to programmes announced this week to improve water quality. The Progressive Democrats would not allocate any mon...More Button

God help anybody who needs State support from the Progressive Democrats to provide basic water, sewerage or other infrastructures. This Government's record in improving water supplies will stand the t...More Button

Other Questions. - Litter Offences.

Was asked: the number of convictions for litter offences in 1995 and 1996; and if he is satisfied with enforcement in relation to litter.More Button

In 1996, there were 113 convictions out of a total of 250 prosecutions for offences under the Litter Act, 1982. In 1995, there were 136 convictions out of a total of 241 prosecutions brought by local...More Button

I do not believe the record is dismal.More Button

On-the-spot fines increased from 648 to 1,108. I am not complacent about the litter problem. It is a serious environmental issue that must be resolved. There are no easy solutions to the problem. ...More Button

There is some merit in the Deputy's suggestion. The ideal would be to have no convictions, no prosecutions and no litter. That is the utopia towards which we should work. When one considers the sta...More Button

In deference to the wishes of both Opposition parties that the Government would not expend more money, I asked local authorities to recorder their priorities and to make the fight against litter a pri...More Button

I do not have the data with me, but a survey of the components of litter was carried out last year. The Deputy is right in that the two articles she mentioned are largely represented in litter. I ha...More Button

Other Questions. - Group Water Schemes.

Was asked: the decisions, if any, the Government made further to his meeting with the Federation of Group Water Schemes.More Button

Better Local Government — A Programme for Change lays down a comprehensive agenda for change, including a new buoyant funding system for local authorities and the assimilation of local authority charg...More Button

I am always amused by the Deputy's late understanding of issues. On 19 December when the most comprehensive package of local government reform for 30 years was announced——More Button

The cheque writer has arrived. Did Deputy Harney give the Deputy a slap?More Button

The Progressive Democrats said: “We do not know what it will cost, but whatever it is, we will pay it”. That is wonderful economics from the Progressive Democrats.More Button

The Deputy's comment was that I have made a mess of it.More Button

The Deputy does not want to hear it because it is too painful for him. The Deputy appeared on national television on 19 December and welcomed the proposals. He did not comment on group water scheme...More Button

From the beginning I have included consideration of all group water supplies.More Button

From the beginning I have considered the implications of the abolition of domestic water and sewerage charges. I am interested in the Deputies' comments because some of their Fianna Fáil colleagues w...More Button

I will answer all the Deputy's questions but he must take it as well as give it.More Button

I thought out the matter. Charges for public water use in town and rural areas were abolished from 1 January. People are grateful for that fact and they are equally happy whether they live in my rur...More Button

——and particularly about the Environmental Protection Agency report which states that 43 per cent of private schemes have some form of coliform contamination. A solution must be found to this problem...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the level of coliform contamination in the public schemes is less than 9 per cent.More Button

The Roundstone matter will be sorted out this year. If the Deputy does a check list, he will note the improvements coming on stream. I made it explicitly clear to the federation that any scheme whic...More Button

It has been my policy from the beginning.More Button

On 21 January.More Button

It can be put down to the fact that it is an election year. The Deputy is aware motor taxation has not increased by 1p this year and was not increased by 1p last year.More Button

The Deputy does not need to worry about next year.More Button

The Deputies do not want to hear it because they want to create as much confusion as possible.More Button

I will put all the facts on the table so that even Deputy Dempsey can understand them. Motor taxation was not increased this year.More Button

It was not increased this year.More Button

Motor taxation will not increase this year. I wanted a level of local discretion available to local authorities under the new buoyant system and they can increase it by 3 per cent next year and 3 per...More Button

It is 3 per cent in each year.More Button

It is difficult for the Deputy to listen.More Button

The Deputy does not know how to do so because he is totally wrong.More Button

It is 6 per cent over two years. It is appalling that the Deputy has not read any of it and understands none of it. It is 3 per cent next year and 3 per cent——More Button

It is 3 per cent next year if local authorities want it and 3 per cent the following year, giving a total of 6 per cent over two years. That is explicit in the book.More Button

Deputy O'Hanlon confirmed that for the Deputy.More Button

After that, no increase is allowable. This is agreed unless the base rate for motor taxation is increased by Government.More Button

Does the Deputy understand? It will be enshrined in law which I will introduce in the House. I wish to repeat the appeal I have made at seminars and over the last two years; I thought I had some for...More Button

We should not destroy the chance for local government reform because an election is pending. Local government should be allowed to thrive regardless of who is in Government after the election.More Button

It is a comprehensive package of real reform which has been welcomed. The Deputy should put forward his own proposals and not knock holes in a good system for base political reasons.More Button

The entire package of local government reform measures encompasses much more than the funding mechanism, it covers in a comprehensive way the relationship between councillors and management and the ge...More Button

Let us try to work together to make it work.More Button

I have said at each of the five gatherings attended by representatives of every council — the final one was held yesterday in Cavan-Monaghan — that the package is not written in stone and that every i...More Button

Let us work together to achieve its objectives. If people attempt to shoot it down because of the year that is in it, somebody will have to pick up the pieces. I want to reform local government to w...More Button

We are still paying for the substandard housing built when the Deputy was in the Custom House.More Button

The Deputy has no right to talk about local government as his record was abysmal. Houses were built without fireplaces and chimneys. We are spending tens of millions of pounds to rectify the damage.More Button

I appeal to all sides of the House to give the scheme a chance. People should not try to feign dissent for political reasons.More Button

No decisions have been made. Last Thursday I met the representatives of the farmer organisations and the Federation of Group Water Schemes and listened to their views. I will accept further submissio...More Button

Will the Deputy read the document?More Button

A number of the questions that she asked are answered in the document. It will not matter where a commercial fleet is registered as all the proceeds will be placed in the equalisation fund.More Button

It is contained in the document.More Button

If the Deputy had read the document carefully, she would know what is envisaged. The legislation is being prepared and will be introduced this session.More Button

On the rate support grant, the Deputy is correct that the Minister for the Environment could decide on the allocations on a whim but the equalisation fund is different. For the first time there will ...More Button

Capital expenditure on group water schemes amounted to £3.4 million in 1994, £6.6 million in 1996 and will amount to £11 million this year. This includes the additional £5 million allocated to upgrad...More Button

Regarding Deputy Molloy's question, the Bill is not before us but will be introduced in this session. Unlike the rates support grant, which was a matter of Government discretion year on year, for the...More Button

Deputy Dempsey's question is pertinent. I indicated to local authorities that schemes approved in advance of the devolving of the process to local authorities will proceed in the normal way. If ther...More Button

Written Answers. - Footpaths and Pavements Report.

Was asked: when and the way in which he plans to implement his proposed study of national footpaths and pavements.More Button

Was asked: when and the way in which he plans to implement his proposed study of national footpaths and pavements.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 57 together. I expect to receive the consultants' report on the non-national roads pavement condition study in the near future. The report will be taken into a...More Button

Written Answers. - Nuclear Safety.

Was asked: the action being taken by the Government to support the four Dundalk citizens in their case against the British nuclear industry.More Button

The Government decided on 5 November 1996 to offer State financial assistance and other support to the County Louth residents taking court action against BNFL. The assistance applies to specific item...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Activities.

Was asked: if he will publish the value for money reports compiled on local authorities; and the name of the authorities concerned.More Button

Was asked: if he will publish the value for money reports compiled on local authorities; and the name of the authorities concerned.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 71 together. As outlined in Better Local Government — A Programme for Change, the role of the value for money (VFM) unit of my Department will be enlarged in te...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Use Policy.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made to date in formulating the promised national land use policy plan; if the plan will include designation of areas suitable for landfill sites; and if he will make a statement...More Button

As I have indicated previously in the House, my Department is preparing a series of guidelines on land use policy issues for local planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála. Guidelines on telecommuni...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Charges.

Was asked: the estimated cost in 1997 and in a full year of his decision to abolish water charges in urban areas; and the estimated cost in 1997 and in a full year of his decision to abolish water charges for lo...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost in 1997 and in a full year of his decision to abolish water charges in urban areas; the estimated cost in 1997 and in a full year of his decision to abolish water charges for local ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25 and 70 together. Based on local authority estimates, the 1996 income from domestic water charges, including charges in respect of group schemes served from public s...More Button

Written Answers. - Litter Control.

Was asked: the number of full-time and part-time litter wardens employed by local authorities on 1 January 1996 and 1 January 1997.More Button

Was asked: the number of full-time and part-time litter wardens employed by local authorities on 1 January 1996 and 1 January 1997.More Button

Was asked: the number of convictions for litter offences in 1995 and 1996.More Button

Was asked: the number of convictions for litter offences in 1995 and 1996.More Button

I propose to take Question Nos. 26, 29, 36 and 43 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Facilities.

Was asked: the guidelines in place for a local authority when considering a planning application for a residential dwelling house to be used or partly used as a child care facility or creche; and if he will make...More Button

No guidelines have been issued to planning authorities regarding the issues to be considered when dealing with planning applications in respect of child care facilities. The consideration of individu...More Button

Written Answers. - Nuclear Safety.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made in his capacity as Chairman of the Government Committee on Sellafield since the recent meeting with the Minister of State for Energy with the British Ambassador; and the pla...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to make representations to the reopened United Kingdom inquiry on NIREX in his capacity as Chair of the Government Committee on Sellafield.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to make representations to the reopened United Kingdom inquiry on NIREX in his capacity as Chair of the Government Committee on Sellafield.More Button

Was asked: the progress, if any, made in his capacity as Chairman of the Government Committee on Sellafield since the recent meeting with the Minister of State for Energy with the British Ambassador; and the pla...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 33, 35 and 56 together. The Government is maintaining its opposition to the NIREX proposal for a rock characterisation facility near Sellafield and will continue t...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if, in relation to his overall policy responsibility for waste management, he has received representations from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on the likely implications for waste ma...More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to his overall policy responsibility for waste management, he has received representations from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on the likely implications for waste ma...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 32 and 45 together. This matter is dealt with in the reply to Question No. 11 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the cost, if any, which would be incurred for dwelling houses supplied by group water schemes or private schemes in County Louth, which have made an application for taking in charge by Louth County Co...More Button

Was asked: the amount of money that has been given in grants towards the provision of group schemes in County Louth; the number of schemes which are at the various stages of development; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the number of private group schemes that have been taken in charge in the last five years by Louth County Council in the Cooley Peninsula and the numbers waiting to be taken in charge; the number of h...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 37, 187 and 188 together. The taking in charge of group water schemes is a matter between the relevant local authority and the groups concerned. Information on the nu...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to meet the members of Galway Corporation in relation to expediting sewage treatment plans for Galway city.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to meet the members of Galway Corporation in relation to expediting sewage treatment plans for Galway city.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 38 and 51 together. I have arranged to meet a deputation from Galway Corporation on Thursday next.More Button

Written Answers. - Traffic Regulations.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce legislation enabling local authorities to enact bylaws to prevent able-bodied motorists parking in spaces reserved for the handicapped; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Comprehensive new traffic and traffic signs regulations which are being finalised at present will provide for the general regulation and control of traffic, including the parking of vehicles in public...More Button

Written Answers. - Architectural Heritage.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has in relation to promised legislation on the preservation of the interiors of historic buildings.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has in relation to promised legislation on the preservation of the interiors of historic buildings.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 73 together. The report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group on Strengthening the Protection of the Architectural Heritage, published last September, contain...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when he will sanction and make the necessary funding available for the Ballyhegue sewerage scheme, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have recently approved the preliminary report for this scheme and, under my Department's water and sewerage services work programme for 1997, the scheme is to be advanced through the planning and de...More Button

Written Answers. - Communication Masts.

Was asked: his policy regarding the erection of telecom masts in urban areas or in the vicinity of dwelling houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The erection of telecommunications masts requires planning permission. Decisions to grant or to refuse to grant planning permission for such developments are matters in the first instance for the rel...More Button

Written Answers. - Sustainable Development.

Was asked: if the local agenda 21 plans for sustainable development, which will be incorporated in the strategic management plans, will be adopted by local authorities or if they will be in parallel; and if he w...More Button

The guidelines on local agenda 21 which my Department issued in 1995, emphasised that local agenda 21 is part of the process of defining and articulating sustainable development considerations at a lo...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Water Supplies.

Was asked: the number of households throughout the country connected to individual private wells, the average cost of which is in the region of £3,000 each, plus ongoing maintenance and running costs; the propos...More Button

According to census returns, some 129,000 homes are served by private individual water supplies. To cater, among other things, for these, I am committed to continuing and expanding the programme for t...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Recycling.

Was asked: his views on whether there is a necessity for the State to underwrite the price of recycled products such as paper and domestic plastic, as is done in other EU countries, to ensure that his plans for ...More Button

The successful development of waste recycling will depend to a significant extent on the development of more extensive and stable markets for recyclable materials. At my initiative, this issue was di...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will include the west Waterford water supply scheme in his capital programme to allow moneys to be spent on this scheme in 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In view of the size and cost of Waterford County Council's initial proposals for a water supply scheme to serve west Waterford, my Department requested the council to review the scope of the project a...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: whether any shortfall in local Government funding in 1997 due to the changes in the structure of funding will include the differences in motor taxation, the rate support grant and local service charge...More Button

Was asked: the effect, if any, the elimination of service charges will have on the operation of the fire services at urban or county council level; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that all local authorities are in a position to ensure an adequate and satisfactory level of services; the submissions, if any, he received from local authorities on the su...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61, 72 and 149 together. The new funding system, with its inbuilt buoyancy, will adequately provide for the expenditure needs of local authorities, now and in the futu...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the result of trials which were carried out on the reed bed sewerage system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A limited number of local authority proposals involving the use of reed bed systems have been carried out to date and further projects have been approved to go to construction. These projects will be...More Button

Was asked: if he has any proposals to allocate funds to households who have to install a single house mechanical treatment plant for sewerage treatment in view of the fact the average capital cost of such a plan...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to address the problem of ageing, overloaded, malfunctioning and inadequate septic tanks for treating sewage throughout the country; and if he will favour grant aiding or req...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 66 together. There are no proposals to provide public funds or tax allowances in respect of the costs of these facilities.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will review the decision to refuse a first time house buyer's grant to a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: whether he will approve an application for a grant under the small schemes programme, 1997, to improve the Caherciveen water supply scheme in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: whether he will approve the appointment of consultant engineers to enable plans to be drawn up for a new water supply scheme at Caherciveen, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the current position in regard to a new water scheme for Caherciveen, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 125, 126 and 155 together. Kerry County Council submitted a proposal costing £109,000 for the upgrading of this scheme under the small schemes programme. As already a...More Button

Was asked: whether he has submitted proposals for a small sewerage scheme at Steelroe, Killorglin, County Kerry, under reed bed plans to the EU for funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: whether he will sanction a grant for a reed bed sewerage scheme at Steelroe, Killorglin, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 and 157 together. While the provision of a sewerage scheme at Steelroe, Killorglin has been discussed informally by Kerry County Council with my Department, no fir...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to have finance made available under a remedial works scheme to Kilkenny County Council to allow urgent work to be carried out to a number of council houses which hav...More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if he will consider an amendment to section 3 of the Valuation Act, 1988, to allow for the introduction of a moratorium on building for new start-up industries; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I have no such proposals. Industrial development policy is a matter generally for the Minister for Enterprise and Employment.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if he will approve a driving test for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is being offered a driving job if he gets a full driving licence.More Button

A driving test appointment for 26 March has issued to this person.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: if he will define the word, "used", contained in the Local Government (Planning and Development Regulations) 1997, S.I. 78 of 1997, regarding section 4, column 1 (i) which exempts from the requirement...More Button

The application of the regulations referred to in particular cases is a matter, in the first instance, for the local planning authorities in the context of their responsibilities for the enforcement o...More Button

Written Answers. - Peace and Reconciliation Programme.

Was asked: if he will give details of the projects supported to date by his Department under the Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in the Border counties; the amount allocated in this regard; and th...More Button

A total of £3.5 million was allocated to the Border counties last year under Measures 1 (a) and 1 (b) of Sub-Programme 2 (C) of the Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern I...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if the open air burning of waste paper and office waste contravenes any regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 24 of the Air Pollution Act, 1987 places a general duty on the occupier of any premises, other than a private dwelling, to limit/prevent emissions. Further, the occupier of any premises must ...More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Language Service.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that his Department makes adequate provision for members of the public who wish to have their business with his Department conducted in Irish, particularly in view of the p...More Button

My Department is fully committed to the implementation of Government policy with regard to the provision of bilingual services. Detailed policies adopted by the Department on foot of these guidelines...More Button

Written Answers. - Dundrum By-Pass Inquiry.

Was asked: if he will request a speedy report from the public inquiry on the Dundrum by-pass which was held almost 11 weeks ago; his views on whether a speedy report and subsequent decision by him is in the publ...More Button

The inspector will report as quickly as possible on the public local inquiry referred to. On receipt of the report, there will be no avoidable delay on my part in making a decision on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Cyclists Safety.

Was asked: if he will make it compulsory for young cyclists to wear crash helmets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is advisable that cycle helmets should always be worn while cycling. The wearing of helmets is better encouraged by way of educational and publicity campaigns such as those undertaken by the Natio...More Button

Written Answers. - Use of Bull-Bars.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the current controversy (details supplied) regarding the use of bull-bars fitted to motor cars, vans and four wheel drive vehicles; the steps, if any, he intends tak...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 171 of 2 July 1996. Proposals to address this issue at EU level are currently being examined by a Commission working group.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the action, if any, he proposes to take with regard to gaining sanction for Cohesion Funding for the south Leitrim regional water scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In view of the number and value of applications for Cohesion Funding currently with the Commission, and on which my Department is actively pursuing decisions, there are no plans at this stage to submi...More Button

Was asked: the action, if any, he proposes to take with regard to gaining sanction for Cohesion Funding for the north Leitrim regional water scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application seeking Cohesion Funding for the north Leitrim regional water supply scheme was submitted as part of the Lough Gill catchment scheme. However, approval to the scheme was not included i...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if he will act under section 50 1 (b) of the Roads Act, 1993 in connection with the proposed road development at Kinsale, County Cork.More Button

I understand that the development concerned is the subject of a planning application to Cork County Council. As the proposed development does not involve the construction of a public road, section 50...More Button

Written Answers. - Nuclear Safety.

Was asked: the progress, if any, of the interdepartmental working group subordinate to the ministerial group; the documentation considered; the likely risk posed to the population of Ireland by installation and ...More Button

The interdepartmental working group established on foot of a Government decision of 5 November 1996 has since met on three occasions. The group is conducting an examination of all available evidence ...More Button

Written Answers. - Building Regulations.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made with the proposed new technical guidance to accompany the building regulation with regard to places of assembly; the exceptions that are allowed; the reasons for such except...More Button

The building regulations require minimum standards to be observed in the design and construction of all new buildings, including buildings used as places of assembly. The only circumstance in which a...More Button

Was asked: his views on basement developments in new residential estates in urban areas; his views on whether there is merit in introducing regulations in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The building regulations require minimum standards to be observed in the design and construction of all new buildings, including dwellings. The regulations apply to all parts of buildings, including ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: the level and volume of clinical and toxic waste generated in Ireland on a monthly basis; the current methods for disposal of such waste; the long-term proposals for such waste; and if he will make a ...More Button

Hazardous wastes from industry, hospitals and other sources are treated in a variety of ways, including incineration, biological and physicochemical treatment, re-use, recovery and export for treatmen...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: in view of circular L1/97 of 21 January 1997, from his Department, if the question of funding for Lurganboy sewerage scheme, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, has been devolved to Leitrim County Council;...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of group schemes, and water and sewerage schemes costing less than £250,000, is being devolved to local authorities. The block grant allocations to individual lo...More Button

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

The position is unchanged since the reply to Questions Nos. 76 and 77 of 21 November 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Parking Facilities.

Was asked: if he will intervene with the relevant bodies to ensure that privately owned commercial buses have the same parking facilities in Galway, Dublin and elsewhere as are available to semi-State owned buse...More Button

The Road Traffic Acts provide that stopping places and stands for omnibuses, i.e. buses operating on a definite route, may be designated by the Garda Commissioner and that the commissioner may make b...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the current position in regard to a new sewerage scheme for Caherciveen, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Caherciveen sewerage scheme was opened in October 1995. There are no further proposals for a sewerage scheme for Caherciveen with my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the progress, if any, being made with regard to the Cohesion Fund application for funding for the Donegal waste management scheme, in particular for the towns of Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Laghey, Mount...More Button

No decision has been given by the European Commission on the Cohesion Fund application for the Donegal bay wastewater management scheme, which includes sewerage schemes for the towns of Ballyshannon, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: when he will be in a position to meet a deputation from IBEC north west region to discuss the mid-term review of funding for national roads in the north west; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

In November 1996, I received representations on behalf of the north west regional office of IBEC in relation to road funding in the area. I have issued a comprehensive reply outlining the significant...More Button

Written Answers. - Polling Day.

Was asked: the consideration, if any, which will be given to the holding of the next general election on a Sunday; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a Sunday is being considered as polling day for the next and future general elections; if soundings have been made about the suitability of such a day; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 and 172 together. I refer to the reply to Question No. 72 of 22 January 1997 which sets out the position in this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when approval will be given to proceed with Carrickmacross water supply augmentation scheme and Carrickmacross sewerage scheme, phase three, County Monaghan.More Button

A brief for the Carrickmacross water supply augmentation scheme and a preliminary report for Carrickmacross sewerage scheme, phase 3 have been submitted to my Department. However, having regard to th...More Button

Written Answers. - Sligo Inner Relief Road.

Was asked: the action, if any, he proposes to take regarding a through-route in Sligo town.More Button

I understand that an environmental impact statement, EIS, and a compulsory purchase order, CPO, for the acquisition of property for the proposed Sligo inner relief road are being prepared for submiss...More Button

Written Answers. - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: if he will attend the EU Environment Council meeting on 3 and 4 March 1997; if so, his views on the position the EU should take on the Climate Change Convention, UNFCCC; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the insurance industry has recorded a forty-fold rise in claims arising from hurricanes and other extreme weather over the past 25 years; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the involvement, if any, the Government had in the ad hoc group on the Berlin Mandate which met from 9 to 13 December 1996; if so, the conclusions reached; the responsibility, if any, Ireland unilater...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 164, 173 and 177 together. Ireland was represented at the meeting of the ad hoc group on the Berlin Mandate, AGBM, from 9-13 December 1996 and in its capacity as Pre...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the moneys allocated under each heading by his Department to Sligo County Council in each of the years from 1989 to date.More Button

Was asked: the moneys allocated under each heading by his Department to Leitrim County Council in each of the years from 1989 to date.More Button

Was asked: the moneys allocated under each heading by his Department to Sligo Corporation in each of the years from 1989 to date.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 166, 167 and 168 together. The information requested is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the stage of planning of the proposed sewerage scheme at Loch Gowna, County Cavan; when the project will proceed to the next stage of planning; when construction work will commence; and if he will mak...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 213 of 20 November 1996. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid Scheme for the Elderly.

Was asked: the funding which will be provided to the North-Eastern Health Board in 1997 for the housing aid scheme for the elderly; the number of applications currently on hand; the level of funding required to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Tolls.

Was asked: if any roads scheme in receipt of EU funding can be tolled; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that approval of EU aid in respect of a roads project would not preclude the making or approval of a toll scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Control.

Was asked: in view of his claim that planning authorities have adequate powers to ensure housing estates are completed, if he will advise these authorities on the way they can successfully apply these powers as ...More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to require developers to finish a housing estate before being granted permission to build another or before being reformed as a separate development company so that in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 175 together. Responsibility for the enforcement of planning control is a matter for the planning authority concerned. Where a development has been carried out...More Button

Written Answers. - National Recycling Strategy.

Was asked: if the national recycling strategy will result in all Government bodies, national and local, using recycled stationery in view of the fact that a similar political decision in Denmark resulted in the ...More Button

The national recycling strategy indicated that the Government would promote the use and purchase of products made from recycled materials. The Green Government Guide, which was circulated to all Gover...More Button

Was asked: the progress and plans, if any, there are regarding EU Directive 85/339/EEC on containers of liquid for human consumption in view of the growing trend in Ireland, but not in other developed countries,...More Button

The EU Directive referred to has been repealed. Progress on re-use and recycling of packaging waste generally has been set out in the reply to Questions Nos. 21, 75 and 128 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Was asked: the facilities, if any, which exist for the separate collection of batteries in all categories, for watches, walkmans and cars, in view of the fact that almost six years have elapsed since Council Dir...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 69 of 13 June 1996. The vast majority of automative-type lead-acid batteries are collected separately within the motor trade and otherwise under informal arrangeme...More Button

Written Answers. - Scéimeanna Uisce.

Was asked: an bhfuil iarratas aige ó Chomharchumann Forbartha Inis Mór Teoranta, ar chruinniú le fadhbanna uisce Inis Mór a phlé, agus má tá an bhfuil i gceist aige nó ag oifigigh óna Roinn casadh le hionadaithe...More Button

Tá iarratas faighte agam ó Chomharchumann Forbartha Inis Mór Teoranta ar chruinniú chun fadhbanna uisce a phlé. Tá iarratas ar mhaoiniú ón gCiste Comhuaineach do scéim uisce Inis Mhóir curtha faoi bh...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the housing allocations made recently in respect of County Louth; if he will give details of location, house type, cost per dwelling house, site cost and overall site cost in each case; and if he will...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Usage.

Was asked: if he supports the view that a greater involvement of the general public in our libraries will result in the most up-to-date and current stock in books and IT/computer form; if he has satisfied himsel...More Button

The currency and range of their stock of books and other materials is one of the key factors which contributes to the level of library usage. In more recent times, library authorities have been diver...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the reason he has not paid capital grants due to group water schemes throughout the country for over 12 months; the number of such schemes awaiting payment; the total amount of money to be paid; the d...More Button

Last year my Department paid £6.6 million in capital grants for group water and sewerage schemes. Instalments of grants are paid on foot of certification of work done as schemes progress. Final insta...More Button

Written Answers. - Drinking Water Quality.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has put in place to halt the consistent and excessive exceedances of fluoride in drinking water supplies, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Quality of Drinking Wat...More Button

The Environmental Protection Agency's recent report on the Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland in 1995, with a review of the period 1993-95, shows a steady reduction in the percentage of exceedances ...More Button

Written Answers. - Ozone Layer Depletion.

Was asked: the scientific studies, if any, presented in view of the fact that fluoride is found in chlorofluorocarbons, CFCs, which have helped create the hole in the ozone layer; and if his attention has been d...More Button

I am aware of studies which have demonstrated that it is the chlorine, and not the fluorine, content of CFCs — chlorofluorocarbons — which contributes to ozone depleting processes in the stratosphere...More Button

Written Answers. - National Recycling Strategy.

Was asked: his views on the plans of Berkshire County Council to dig up and recycle waste which has been buried in landfill sites, and bringing back into use reusable glass, metals and plastic thereby creating l...More Button

The excavation of old landfills, sometimes referred to as landfill mining, is a relatively new practice which has been explored in some countries. Excavation has been carried out both for the purposes...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Supplies.

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

I refer to the replies to Questions Nos. 14 and 53.More Button


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