Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 29 February 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 515 No. 3

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Priority Questions. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the proportion of urban waste water discharged without treatment; the proportion which receives (i) preliminary treatment, (ii) primary treatment, (iii) secondary treatment and (iv) secondary treatmen...More Button

Section 61 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992, requires the Environmental Protection Agency to report on the quality of effluents being discharged from sanitary authority waste water fac...More Button

The Deputy must not have heard what I said. We have set a target date in line with EU legislation which requires that all waste water discharges from systems with a population of over 2,000 be treated...More Button

We have provided £3 billion for the period 2000-06 and, if possible, we hope to complete the process within that timeframe, even in respect of discharges from agglomerations with populations of 1,000....More Button

Priority Questions. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of tenants who were evicted from private rented accommodation during 1999; his estimate of the extent to which rents in the private rented sector have increased over the past three years; t...More Button

Priority Questions. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the percentage of waste products recycled in 1999; the level of recycling to be reached nationally over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Waste Database, NWD, report published by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 indicates that, in 1995, 7.8% of household and commercial waste was recycled, while 17.3% of reported ...More Button

The figure to which the Deputy and I referred is a 1995 figure. I regret we do not have a more up to date figure. I expect that figure will be substantially higher when the 1998 figures are published....More Button

Kerbside started out as a three year pilot project collecting recyclables from domestic households. It was initiated by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and it was supported at the outset 65% by private in...More Button

Priority Questions. - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: the action, if any, he will take to deal with the chronic litter problem which is blighting every area; the proposals, if any, he has to prevent continued littering; the measures, if any, he will take...More Button

Priority Questions. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made concerning the implementation of the Government's affordable housing scheme established by his Department in 1999.More Button

Other Questions. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the measures, if any, proposed by his Department in response to EU proceedings in respect of water quality; the measures, if any, implemented in this regard; the measures contemplated; the response, i...More Button

Water quality problems in group water schemes, particularly those using private sources and serving some 50,000 households, are at the centre of the EU's concerns. I have initiated extensive measures...More Button

We expect that standards will reach those of the European Union as quickly as possible. Once the county water strategies are in place, we will embark on a programme to put remedial measures in place. ...More Button

We indicated to the Commission that we would improve the schemes and outlined the work we are undertaking. We told it that the programme would be completed as quickly as possible. That is the only ind...More Button

The word “improvement” in public supplies has been used by us in discussions with the Commission since 1988. It is well recognised but it caused it a difficulty in this case. The Commission is also co...More Button

Other Questions. - Taxi Licences.

Was asked: the developments, if any, regarding his discussions with representatives of the taxi industry; the progress, if any, made on the request of the taxi industry for a taxi forum; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received by the 18 February 2000 deadline for new taxi plates; the number of existing taxi licence holders who have applied for an additional licence; the number of cosies w...More Button

Was asked: if he will return power to the local authorities to allow for the issue of the 350 taxi licences which they had planned to issue in January 2000 in view of the injunction which is preventing the issui...More Button

Other Questions. - Amenity and Recreational Areas.

Was asked: if he will allocate significant quantities of moneys to local authorities, in conjunction with moneys for housing, to purchase lands and have them developed and maintained as open spaces, incorporatin...More Button

Was asked: the discussions, if any, he will have with the Departments of Health and Children and Justice, Equality and Law Reform regarding the provision of amenities and recreational areas, particularly in buil...More Button

Order of Business.

Deputy Deasy should speak to his Whip.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made to date in implementing the report of the high level group on road safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of provisional driving licences on issue from his Department; the steps, if any, he is taking to reduce the number of provisional drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who applied for driving tests in 1999; the number of these persons who were given a test; the number of these persons who passed; the backlog at the end of 1999 for those awaitin...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the increasing environmental problems being created by the difficulty in disposing of old cars; the discussions, if any, he has had or will have with the motor indus...More Button

A number of waste disposal and recovery activities, including the dismantling or recovery of vehicles and the recovery of scrap metal and other metal waste, are subject to the requirements of the Wast...More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Traffic Management.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to deal with the continuing chronic transport and traffic problems in the greater Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the surveys and research carried out recently to establish the reason and uses of traffic coming into the city; the measures, if any, which will be taken to reduce traffic gridlock; and if he will mak...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 36 and 50 together. The DTI strategy, which was published in 1995 with a planning horizon to 2011, provides the framework for a wide range of initiatives to respond to...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Forum.

Was asked: when the proposed housing forum promised in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness will be established; the terms of reference of the proposed forum; its proposed membership; when it will report; a...More Button

Written Answers. - National Polls.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has for the introduction of weekend voting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While I am not opposed to the introduction of weekend voting, I remain to be convinced that it would make a major difference to voter turnout. National polls have now been held on all days from Tuesda...More Button

Written Answers. - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: when he will produce a White Paper on global warming and Ireland's national plan to ensure that it lives within the limits set for it at the Kyoto Summit.More Button

Was asked: the greenhouse gas growth limitations Ireland has adopted under the Kyoto Protocol; the progress, if any, made in reaching these targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 47 together. Ireland's target under the Kyoto Protocol is to limit the net increase in emissions of a basket of six greenhouse gases to 13% above 1990 levels in...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when he will bring forward long promised legislation providing for the reform of local government and the direct election of mayors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Work is ongoing on the Local Government Bill, which is at an advanced stage of drafting and is intended for publication in the current Dáil session. The Bill is substantial with more than 200 sections...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the position of stage 4 of the north east Kerry regional water scheme; if his attention has been drawn to the importance of this scheme to over 600 families without a mains-water supply in the Asdee a...More Button

Contract documents for stage 4 of the Listowel regional water supply scheme were submitted to my Department in 1991 but have not been approved. The scheme is first on the list submitted by Kerry Count...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the representations, if any, made to the European Commission regarding its proposals for an EU-wide limit on blood alcohol level for drivers and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Industry.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for the registration or licensing of builders and building contractors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 1997 report of the strategic review committee on the construction industry included a recommendation for a registration system for building contractors and subcontractors. The report recommended t...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Projects.

Was asked: the further discussions, if any, he will have with the Churches regarding the possibility of making land available for housing; the discussions, if any, he will have in this regard with other holders ...More Button

As I explained in my reply to Question No. 83 on 26 January 2000, my Department met last year with the Conference of Religious in Ireland, the representative body of the Church of Ireland and the Iris...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Relations Services.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to reduce the cost of public relations services for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The reply to Question No. 93 of 26 January indicated that six full-time staff and one job sharer are assigned to the press and public relations function in my Department. I do not consider that there ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of estates built for a considerable number of years yet to be taken in charge for each local authority; the amount of funding required to take all of these estates in charge; and the plans,...More Button

The question of the taking in charge of estates is essentially a matter for each individual local authority and my Department does not systematically collect such information. However, the Department ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the steps, if any, open to him to secure co-ordination between local and regional waste management strategies with a view to ensuring that the considerable investment involved produces an adequate res...More Button

Written Answers. - House Prices.

Was asked: the impact, if any, of actions taken following the publication of the Bacon report, with particular reference to the attainment of affordable housing; the extent to which house prices have been reduce...More Button

Was asked: the extent, if any, to which his proposals or actions have had the effect of reducing house prices or bringing house prices within the reach of earners of the average industrial wage; and if he will m...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: when he will receive the report of the commission on the private rented sector; and the plans, if any, he has to provide any additional protections for people in private rented accommodation pending r...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce new legislation in the landlord and tenant area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Polls.

Was asked: if he has identified the constituencies in which it is planned to conduct electronic voting in the next general election; the plans, if any, he has to use electronic voting in some constituencies only...More Button

The Government has agreed in principle to the introduction of electronic voting and counting. The next phase in the development of this project will be the invitation of tenders for the necessary hard...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to deal with the mounting waste disposal problems, particularly having regard to the fact that many landfill sites are facing closure within two years; and if he will mak...More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: the number of cars tested to date under the national car inspection test; the number of vehicles which failed the test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Homelessness Problem.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to deal with the problem of homelessness, particularly in the greater Dublin area; if his attention has been drawn to the call made by Focus Ireland for annual expenditure of...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Incineration.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to transfer responsibility for certification of waste incineration plants from his Department to the Environmental Protection Agency; the plans, if any, he has to make provis...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the plans, if any, in place or envisaged to encourage and incentivise operators into the recycling business in view of the lack of outlets for goods collected for recycling and the general uneconomic ...More Button

Written Answers. - County Development Boards.

Was asked: the number of counties where county development boards have been established; the role planned for the development boards; the resources which will be made available to them; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Some five county-city development boards have now been established and have held their inaugural meetings. It is expected that most will have been set up by the end of March. The CDBs will see local g...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of applicants on local authority housing waiting lists at the latest date for which figures are available; the number of local authority housing units completed during 1999; the number to b...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: his views on whether the local authorities which do not implement a charge for services for waste collection conform with his Department's waste strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral System.

Was asked: if he will give details of the submission he made to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution regarding electoral reform.More Button

Was asked: the submission, if any, he has made or will make to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution on proposals for changes to the electoral system; the main points of his submission; and if he wi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 63 and 77 together. I refer to the reply to Question No. 117 of 26 January 2000. I was invited to meet the Oireachtas JointCommittee on the Constitution to discuss ele...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Appeals.

Was asked: the proportion of planning appeals determined by An Bord Pleanála within the statutorily prescribed period during the course of 1999; and the way in which it com pared with the corresponding proportio...More Button

Section 2(2) of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1992 sets an objective for the board of determining every appeal or other matter within a period of four months. Reflecting the gro...More Button

Written Answers. - Flood Relief.

Was asked: the role, if any, his Department plays in combating the problem of flooding; the steps, if any, he will take to deal with the problem of flooding in the Shannon catchment area in view of the damage do...More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 136 and 591 of 26 January 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Water Supply.

Was asked: the new water treatment facilities or water supply schemes, if any, to be provided by public-private partnerships; the arrangements, if any, being made for charging for water supplied through these sc...More Button

Significant progress has already been made in the development of the PPP approach to water services. Details of projects which have already been initiated on a PPP basis are set out in the following ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: if he will exempt drivers and car owners over 65 years of age from the £35 fee for the national car test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the percentage of construction and demolition waste which is recycled; the plans, if any, he has to increase these levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Laws.

Was asked: the changes, if any, he will introduce in planning laws or regulations arising from the report of the Cabinet committee on infrastructural developments, including public-private partnerships; and if h...More Button

The Government, on 15 February, accepted the recommendations of the cabinet committee on infrastructural development on an integrated package of changes to the existing statutory approval and judicial...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he will bring forward to overcome the difficulty being experienced by local authorities in acquiring land for housing at a reasonable cost due to competition from the private se...More Button

Written Answers. - Plastic Bag Use.

Was asked: the specific legislative or other steps he will take arising from the recently published consultancy report on plastic bags; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am considering the submissions received during the recent public consultation process, which followed publication of the consultancy report on plastic bags. I will shortly bring proposals to Governm...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: the action, if any, he will take in view of the decision of the European Commission to take legal action against Ireland arising from the failure to comply with EU directives regarding water quality a...More Button

A press release by the European Commission on 11 January 2000, inter alia, indicated its intention to initiate proceedings concerning drinking water quality problems associated with private group wat...More Button

Written Answers. - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: the number of fines issued during 1999 under the Litter Pol lution Act, 1997; the number of prosecutions which were taken and which were successful; the further action, if any, he will take to address...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if Government targets set in 1994 for the recycling of aluminium, ferrous metals, glass, paper and plastics were achieved in 1999; if not, the reason in this regard; and the action, if any, contemplat...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Policy.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he will bring forward for the development of professional accreditation standards for housing management in view of the commitment given in the Programme for Prosperity and Fair...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of applicants awaiting a driving test at the latest date for which figures are available; the average length of the waiting time for a test at each centre; the reason for the long delays; t...More Button

Written Answers. - Traveller Accommodation.

Was asked: the reason approval was withdrawn from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the development of a Travellers' halting site at Lower Dodder Road, Dublin; the representations, if any, made to him in...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Policy.

Was asked: the specific steps, if any, he will take to meet the commitments in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness in regard to social and affordable housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Industry.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the construction industry has the capacity to meet the construction needs set out in the national development plan, particularly having regard to the concerns expresse...More Button

I refer to my reply to Question No. 88 of 26 January 2000. The interim report of the forum for the construction industry on increasing the capacity of the construction industry has been published. I i...More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: if he will exempt disabled car owners from the £35 national car test fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Homelessness Problem.

Was asked: the number of homeless people at the end of 1999; the criteria used for this classification; if his attention has been drawn to efforts made in other countries to deal with homelessness; and the propo...More Button

Written Answers. - Inland Waterways.

Was asked: the latest position regarding the provision of an impoundment on the Smearlagh River, Derrindaffe, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This scheme is 24th on the list of projects submitted by Kerry County Council in response to my Department's request for local authorities to undertake fresh assessments of the need for capital works ...More Button

Written Answers. - Park and Ride Facilities.

Was asked: the local authorities, if any, which have issued a certificate to developers in respect of qualifying park and ride facilities in accordance with section 70 of the Finance Act, 1999; if he has satisfi...More Button

Tax incentives were included in the Finance Act, 1999, to encourage private sector participation in the development of park and ride facilities in major cities, including Dublin. I issued guidelines i...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the consultancies, work groups and specialist groups employed for carrying out studies in his Department; when these groups were established; when their reports are expected and if he will make a stat...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the consultancies, work groups and specialist groups currently employed by my Department to carry out studies is set out in the following table.More Button

Written Answers. - Thatching Grants.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to increase the thatching grant in view of the fact the current grant fails to meet 50% of the cost of thatching a house and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Kerbside has effectively ceased collections since December 1999; the steps, if any, he will take to immediately provide a substitute service and if he ...More Button

Was asked: the measures, if any, he has taken to address the serious problems associated with Kerbside's recycling service in the greater Dublin area in view of his campaign to encourage recycling of waste mater...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 219 and 255 together. I have no direct function in relation to the company concerned or its operations. However, I am monitoring ongoing developments and am aware of p...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the position in regard to funding for a sewerage system in Shercock, County Cavan, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are currently no proposals in my Department for this scheme. Accordingly, the issue of funding does not arise.More Button

Written Answers. - Compulsory Purchase Order.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in contacting a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny with the result of a public inquiry regarding objections to compulsory purchase order No. 1 of 1998 submitted by K...More Button

The Kilkenny County Council compulsory purchase order No. 1 of 1998 was confirmed, subject to modification on 13 December 1999, by me having regard to the objections made and to the inspector's report...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to provide funding to resurface Ring Road at Tramore, County Waterford, between Tramore Heights and the entrance into Elm Park at Holy Cross school and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to provide funding to complete the Ring Road at Tramore, County Waterford between the top of Tramore Heights and Newtown Hill and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 223 together. The maintenance and improvement of non-national roads in their area, including resurfacing, is a matter for Waterford County Council, to be funde...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: when the Government will reduce the interest rates, mortgages and loans taken out with local authorities in view of the current low interest rates; the plans, if any, he has to review the lending rate...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to stop motorists from putting spotlights on their vehicles in view of the fact many accidents have been caused by the over use of spotlights; the guidelines, if any, in this...More Button

Written Answers. - Traffic Wardens.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to amend legislation to give traffic wardens employed by local authorities protection over and above that given to ordinary citizens due to the hazardous nature of their ...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: if there is a problem which prohibits local authorities from co-operating with FÁS and some other State agencies to clean up and maintain old graveyards, the environs of ancient monuments and access t...More Button

Local authorities, acting in their capacity as burial boards, are responsible for the management and maintenance of burial grounds provided by them. I am not aware of any problems which might prevent ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if funding for the upgrading of the Clareville water treatment plant in Limerick will only be forthcoming if it is undertaken under the "design, build, operate and finance" model; if the traditional t...More Button

The national development plan includes a target of £100 million in private finance to support public investment in the area of water supply. In seeking to meet this target the Department has identifie...More Button

Was asked: if he will assure that using the "design, build, operate and finance" model for a capital water project will not be used as a means to introduce domestic water charges at a future time and if he will ...More Button

In the context of achieving the ambitious infrastructural investment objectives set out in the national development plan, increasing emphasis is being placed on the use of public private partnerships,...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Pensions.

Was asked: the reasons the local government auditor has requested a change in the way in which pensions are calculated by Carlow Urban District Council resulting in a reduction in pension for a person (details s...More Button

The calculation of a pension for a local authority employee is a matter for the local authority concerned in accordance with the statutory provisions. The function of a local government auditor in thi...More Button

Written Answers. - Homelessness Problem.

Was asked: the action, if any, being taken to tackle homelessness in Dublin; the assistance given to voluntary organisations in this regard and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: to clarify the position regarding the rights of private driving instructors to enter housing estates for the purposes of training inexperienced drivers; his views on the worry and concern of many resi...More Button

Written Answers. - Rented Dwellings Register.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to review the legislation requiring landlords to register their property with all relevant local authorities and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Homelessness Problem.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that there is no disparity in the accommodation available to homeless people or other emergency accommodation offered to other groups and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: his understanding of the accommodation offered to homeless people; the number of people accommodated nightly; the availability of this accommodation during the day and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the recoupment from the four Dublin local authorities for expenditure on accommodation for homeless people in each of the years from 1997 to 1999; the number of people accom...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the plans, if any, his Department has for the extension of the Ballytie sewerage scheme to permit further local authority and private developments in the area and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

There is no such proposal in my Department.More Button

Was asked: the funding, if any, he has granted to urban district councils to permit those councils extend sewerage and water services to their boundaries where this has not already occurred; if he has satisfied ...More Button

Details of my Department's water services investment programme are contained in the Water and Sewerage Services Investment Programme Annual Report, 1999, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas...More Button

Written Answers. - Car Test Facilities.

Was asked: if adequate car test facilities will be located in County Mayo in view of the fact the two permanent test centres of Westport and Ballina mean that people in the north Mayo area have to travel in exce...More Button

Written Answers. - House Prices.

Was asked: the average cost of an average semi-detached dwelling in 1992, 1995 and 2000 and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - House Loans.

Was asked: the maximum level of loan available for house purchase to a one income family on the average industrial wage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Levels.

Was asked: the number of houses provided in the public and private sectors in each month for each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Crisis.

Was asked: the most recent initiative, if any, taken by him with a view to identifying the full extent of the housing crisis and taking the necessary measures to address the issue; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the local authority public housing programme as provided for by his Department is capable of meeting the need; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - First Time Homeseekers.

Was asked: the action, if any, his Department takes on a monthly basis to update the number of people who are first time homeseekers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the funding, if any, his Department has provided for affordable housing in Maynooth, County Kildare, in view of the seriousness of the housing crisis; the number of these houses to be provided in 2000...More Button

Was asked: the funding, if any, his Department has provided for affordable housing in Naas Urban District Council, County Kildare, in view of the seriousness of the housing crisis; the number of these houses to ...More Button

Was asked: the funding, if any, his Department has provided for affordable housing in Kilcock, County Kildare, in view of the seriousness of the housing crisis; the number of such houses to be provided in 2000; ...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Projects.

Was asked: the position in regard to finalisation of the agreement between the various bodies involved regarding the location of a library and other facilities, including a Garda station and youth facilities at ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Questions Nos. 503 and 588 of Wednesday, 26 January 2000. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Vehicle Disposal.

Was asked: the obligations, if any, on the motor industry to safely and fully dispose of cars which are no longer roadworthy; the facilities available for this disposal; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: the responsibilities, if any, of car owners to ensure the safe and full disposal of a car which is no longer roadworthy; the proper means of this disposal; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together. Section 32 (1) of the Waste Management Act, 1996, provides that a person shall not hold, transport, recover or dispose of waste in a manner that ...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Brigade Fleet.

Was asked: his views on the fact that 70% of the Dublin Fire Brigade fleet is over ten years old; his further views on whether this is an adequate standard for emergency services; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The provision of a fire service including the provision of fire fighting appliances for its brigades is the responsibility of the local fire authorities, in this case Dublin Corporation.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the sections, if any, of the Waste Management Act, 1996, which have yet to be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All sections of the Waste Management Act, 1996, have come into operation.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Government Strategy.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the latest negotiations on the implementation of the strategy for better local government.More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the discussions between the Local Government Management Services Board, representing local authority management, and the unions representing local authority ad...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Water Programme.

Was asked: if he will amend section 2.2 (e) of the guidelines for qualification for an individual water supply to a house to exclude those who received a new house grant within the previous ten years; and if he ...More Button

The first annual report of the national rural water monitoring committee, which has recommended a review of the terms and conditions of the grants and subsidies available under the rural water program...More Button


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