Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 30 March 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 502 No. 6

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Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will grant aid a water scheme to bring water from Loughrea to Craughwell; if the necessary plans have been submitted by Galway County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when financing of Craughwell water scheme from the Loughrea scheme will be approved in order to upgrade existing supply which is of poor quality; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 250 together. A revised proposal for an extension of the Loughrea regional water supply scheme to Craughwell was recently received in my Department. As the sch...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the ad hoc advisory committees and groups in relation to policy or implementation, the statutory committees, permanent groups, interdepartmental groups, advisers, consultants and unestablished civil s...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Question No. 145 of 24 March 1999. Details in relation to consultants and unestablished civil servants are set out in the following tables. Table 1 Consultancy ContractsMore Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the disastrous condition which exists on class three roads in County Sligo; the plans, if any, he has to allocate funding for class three roads; the amount of money ...More Button

The maintenance and improvement of all classes of non-national roads in their areas is a matter for the road authorities, to be funded from their own resources supplemented by allocations from the Loc...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Process.

Was asked: if he will amend the procedures which prevent members of the public submitting comments to a planning authority on an exempted development.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to amend the procedures which dictate that planning authorities do not have any statutory responsibility to inspect exempt development; and his views on whether this arrangem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 229 and 230 together. Section 4 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963, provides for certain developments to be exempt from the need to obtain pl...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the schemes, if any, available for Irish people living in England to return home and be housed, particularly pensioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - INTERREG Programme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the motion agreed by the members of Sligo County Council expressing their dissatisfaction at the way in which his Department is treating Sligo under the Interreg Pro...More Button

I am aware of a recent motion agreed by the members of Sligo County in relation to INTERREG II funding. My Department provides capital grants to county councils for certain roads and water/waste water...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the amount of money by way of grant aid for essential repairs a county council is allowed to allocate to any one individual applicant; and if this ceiling varies from county to county.More Button

Was asked: the age an applicant must have reached before his application for essential repairs will be considered.More Button

Written Answers. - Biosafety Protocol.

Was asked: Ireland's position in relation to the biosafety protocol outlined at the Cartagena summit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At its meeting on 11 March 1999, the European Council of Environment Ministers underlined the high priority it attaches to the development of a biosafety protocol on the transboundary movement of livi...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the public concern that his Department's driving testers regard driving at less than the speed limit especially in built-up areas as failure to make sufficient progr...More Button

Written Answers. - Smoke Alarms.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a proposal by Lisburn District Council in County Antrim to make the fitting of a smoke alarm compulsory in all dwelling houses; and his views on whether this policy ...More Button

My attention has not previously been drawn to this proposal but I have asked my Department to get details of it. Present policy relating to the installation of smoke alarms is given in the reply to Qu...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: if an unmarried person co-habiting with another unmarried person may obtain a new house grant in his or her name, in spite of the fact that this person's partner has already owned a house, whether the...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Lands.

Was asked: if the Government will take a policy decision to end the arbitrary ringfencing of the major cities by means of green belts and outdated borough boundaries, in order that serviced land for housing can ...More Button

Policy in relation to the proper planning and development of urban areas, of which the provision of green belts is part, is a matter to be determined by the elected members of the local authority thro...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Hostels.

Was asked: if county and county borough councils are empowered to provide foyer-type single room hostel accommodation at low, fixed rents for students and young single people at work; and if he will provide an a...More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the annoyance of the traders and residents of Ballyshannon who have not received urban renewal status; if their application will be reviewed; and the basis on which ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on sewerage schemes since 1 January 1989 in County Kerry and west Cork county health district; and the schemes and the amount spent on each of the schemes.More Button

Expenditure on individual major public sewerage schemes in Kerry and west Cork from 1 January 1994 to 29 March 1999, and a list of schemes approved under the small schemes programme between 1994 and 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: the eligibility of towns under the proposed urban renewal scheme of the townscape restoration scheme to be introduced in 1999; the definition of a town of less than 6,000 population; and if any town w...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he has received information on the dual envelope; his views on whether this envelope will significantly decrease the amount of waste; if he will promote this invention; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who failed his driving test is afforded an immediate opportunity to repeat this test in view of the fact ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the structure and procedure in place for applicants for a waste licence facility; the reason for the length of time taken to make a decision; and the plans, if any, he...More Button

Was asked: the policy on waste management; his views on whether landfill is still part of this policy; the plans, if any, he has to indicate to local authorities any changes he will adopt to discontinue landfill...More Button

Written Answers. - Overhead Power Lines.

Was asked: his views on whether it is an environmentally sustainable practice to install overhead power lines and pylons in areas of scenic importance; if he will issue guidelines to the effect that all these po...More Button

The decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for overhead power lines and systems, which are not exempted development, is a matter for the relevant planning authority or An Bord Pleanál...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the position regarding the Granard sewerage scheme; when this scheme will go to tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Contract documents have been submitted to my Department for this scheme, which is included in the 1999 water and sewerage investment programme to start construction this year. Additional information i...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Regulations.

Was asked: if it is a safety requirement that the trailers of articulated trucks have a braking system which is independent of the tractor unit; if so, if it was introduced to help reduce the incidence of jack-k...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if an early driving test will be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford who urgently requires a full licence for job purposes.More Button

Written Answers. - Dog Licences.

Was asked: if he will create a concession for old age pensioners living alone or over 75 years of age in the purchase of dog licences in view of the benefits in terms of security and companionship; and if he wil...More Button

The question of introducing a scheme whereby elderly persons could obtain a dog licence at a reduced rate has been examined. While I recognise that a dog can provide both a sense of security and compa...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he has developed educational material for circulation through the schools to encourage young cyclists not to use the footpaths; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Glass Milk Bottles.

Was asked: if he has considered subsidisation as a means of continuing to have milk deliveries made in bottles rather than the proposed abandonment of bottle deliveries by the main company involved in liquid mil...More Button


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