Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 11 March 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 476 No. 2

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Written Answers. - Genetically Modified Plants.

Was asked: if he will accede to the Green Party, Comhaontas Glas, call for an oral hearing on the proposed field trials of genetically modified sugar beet in spring 1997 in counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork in ...More Button

The determination of notifications for consent to conduct field trials of genetically modified plants is a matter for the Environmental Protection Agency under the provisions of the Genetically Modifi...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste-to-Energy Incineration.

Was asked: his views on the statement made by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency that incineration is not seen as recycling; and his views on the position of leading environmentalists that long-term and ...More Button

The Waste Management Act, 1996, consistently with EU legislation, classifies as a recovery activity the use of waste principally as a fuel or other means to generate energy. A recent EU Council Resolu...More Button

Written Answers. - Recycled Waste.

Was asked: the percentage of domestic municipal waste collected in Dublin which is recycled.More Button

The National Waste Database Report 1995, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, indicates that in 1995 the national recycling rate for household waste was 4.3 per cent. The report does not...More Button

Written Answers. - Operational Programme for Transport.

Was asked: the names, addresses and organisations they represent, of the members of the monitoring committee for the Operational Programme for Transport, 1994-99.More Button

The monitoring committee established for the Operational Programme for Transport 1994-99 is composed of representatives of Departments, implementing agencies, the social partners and the European Unio...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if tenders have been sought for Lisdoonvarna water and sewerage schemes, County Clare, if works will commence in 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the north Clare sewerage scheme; whether this matter is a priority of his; and the proposed timescale for the implementation of the plans.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 and 132 together. Stage 1 of the Burren and north Clare water services plan, which includes a proposal for improved water and sewage treatment facilities for Lisdo...More Button

Written Answers. - Smoke Free Zones.

Was asked: if it is possible for estates around the country to have their area declared a smokeless zone; the assistance, if any, his Department or the relevant local authority can give in this respect.More Button

Part IV of the Air Pollution Act, 1987, provided for the designation by individual local authorities of special control areas, subject to confirmation by the Minister for the Environment. However, th...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when the South-Eastern Health Board will be notified of their allocation for housing aid for the elderly for 1997.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will make the necessary funding available to extend the water supply in an area (details supplied) in County Cork; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a major development is bei...More Button

Was asked: when he will give approval and funding to the application with his Department for major improvements to the public water supply in Midleton, County Cork, to serve the town, its environs and Ballinacur...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 130 together. The Midleton element of the Cobh-Midleton-Carrigtwohill water supply scheme will serve Ballinacurra. Contract documents for the scheme have been ...More Button

Written Answers. - Thatching Grants

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid a thatching grant in view of the fact that he applied some time ago.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a grant has not been paid to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this grant will issue; the amount to issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Multi-Lingual Road Traffic Scheme.

Was asked: the measures, if any, he will take to warn and remind foreign visitors to this country that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in view of the number of accidents over the past few years.More Button

Last September, I introduced a new multi-lingual road traffic sign to warn drivers of the requirement to drive on the left-hand side of the road. Details of the sign are set out in a comprehensive new...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Legislation.

Was asked: if he intends that the provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 1996, will apply to all local authority tenants, whether housed or occupying other units of local authority accommodat...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the amendments, if any, to the five year restoration improvement programme payments to Meath County Council for the years 1998 and 1999; and if the payments will remain at £2,394,000 minimum for the r...More Button

Due to the increase in their restoration improvement grant allocation this year to £3.279 million, Meath County Council will be in a position to undertake nearly 40 per cent of the value of its 1998 r...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will grant the necessary financial support for the commencement of the Garryspillane and Mitchelstown group water scheme in County Limerick; and when work on the scheme is likely to commence.More Button

As already announced, responsibility for the administration of the group schemes programme is being devolved to the local authorities, subject to existing commitments on foot of approvals issued by m...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Library Projects.

Was asked: when he will provide funds to Leitrim County Council for the extension of the county library at Ballinamore.More Button

A sketch design and cost plan proposal for a branch library and library headquarters in Ballinamore has been received in my Department and is being considered. However, having regard to the high leve...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when initial approval for the preparation of contract documents for an extension to a water scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo will be forthcoming in view of the fact that the water at present b...More Button

Mayo County Council submitted a proposal to my Department for an extension of the Achill regional water supply scheme, to Tonragee-Owenduff. However, under the recently announced arrangements for the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of people being tested in each driving centre in County Donegal per week; the current backlog; the expected wait between application and test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Information requested is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the help, if any, which will be given to county councils to help them deal with water quality in their local authority area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 146 of 4 February 1997.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding

Was asked: if he will allocate funds for the section of the Green Route from Ballinteer Road to Grange Wood, or for any other part of that road; whether the construction of that link road to the Southern Cross M...More Button

Overall responsibility for the planning and design of the Southern Cross Route, and the allocation of funds to finance its construction, including any necessary ancillary links, is a matter for the Na...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Licence Recognition.

Was asked: the countries which have an agreement with Ireland to make their driving licences recognised and applicable here.More Button

European Union Directive 91/439/EEC requires that driving licences issued by member states should be mutually recognised. In addition, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Isle of Man, Jersey, Norway and ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Road Network.

Was asked: when the Edenderry-Enfield Road will be upgraded in view of the fact that it will be of major advantage to attract new industry into east Offaly which is very important.More Button

There are no current proposals before my Department for reclassification of the route in question. A lengthy and comprehensive review of the national road system was brought to a conclusion in July 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Mandatory Bicycle Fixtures.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that young cyclists using footpaths are becoming increasingly dangerous for elderly pedestrians in particular; if he will make it mandatory for all bikes to...More Button

The road traffic general by-laws provide that a driver, including a cyclist, shall not drive wholly or partly along a footway. An exception to this requirement is where a cycle track is provided on p...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will approve as a matter of urgency the Kylebroughlan, Moycullen group water scheme, County Galway, in view of the fact that water from some wells in the area are unfit for human consumption and...More Button

As already announced, responsibility for the administration of the group schemes programme is being devolved to the local authorities, subject to existing commitments on foot of approvals issued by m...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Works Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the ongoing problem with and danger in the remaining 20 homes in the Bath Road area of Balbriggan which still have prefabricated chimneys that were provided by the l...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a new house grant will be paid to persons (details supplied) in County Louth.More Button

Written Answers. - GTN Directory.

Was asked: whether his attention has been drawn to the availability throughout the Civil Service and to Members of the Oireachtas of the Government's Telecommunications Network Directory on computer within an on...More Button

Lotus Notes is not widely used in my Department and no on-line connection to the database containing the Government Telecommunications Network Directory has been established. Information for the purp...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the funding, if any, which will be allocated in 1997 for the upgrading of group water schemes in County Cavan: the schemes which will be assisted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As already announced, a total capital provision of £15 million is to be made available by way of block grants to local authorities in 1997 in respect of a devolved programme comprising: the existing g...More Button


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