Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 30 May 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 520 No. 1

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Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: his views on the recent study carried out by doctors at the Medical Bureau of Road Safety at UCD which states that there is a major increase in the number of people driving under the influence of drug...More Button

Written Answers. - River Catchment Management.

Was asked: the objectives and operation of river catchment management.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if he will state with reference to the 1999 annual report of the Ombudsman, the local authorities which are implementing the requirement provided for in the contents of a 1993 circular from his Depart...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that all local authorities are complying with a 1993 circular from his Department, as mentioned in the most recent annual report of the Ombudsman, that housing authorities ...More Button

Written Answers. - Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 539 of 26 January 2000 and Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 8 March 2000, a compulsory purchase order has been processed; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

I gave my consent to the acquisition of this site on the 24 May 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if consideration will be given to a unified shared ownership scheme throughout the four local authority areas of Dublin in an effort to improve the workings of the shared ownership scheme; if he has g...More Button

Was asked: if the 20% social housing provision which is part of the Planning and Development Bill, 1999, relates to housing co-operatives and voluntary housing associations who acquire land and who in turn sell ...More Button

Part V of the Planning and Development Bill, 1999, will require that a specified percentage, of up to 20%, of land zoned for residential use must be made available for social and affordable housing. T...More Button

Written Answers. - House Prices.

Was asked: if his Department has had discussions with the Department of Finance in relation to a proposal to either remove or reduce VAT on the sale of houses to average income groups similar to a situation whic...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Stations.

Was asked: if he has received an application from Dublin Corporation for a second fire appliance for the Tallaght fire station, Belgard Road, Dublin 24, in view of the increasing demands on the fire service; if ...More Button

The provision and financing of a fire service, including the provision of fire fighting appliances and their deployment among fire brigades, is the responsibility of the local fire authorities, in thi...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Guidelines.

Was asked: when the draft retail planning guidelines will be published; the plans, if any, he has to dilute the guidelines that apply to the hardware/DIY sector from their existing format; if his attention has b...More Button

Was asked: when the draft retail planning guidelines will be finalised; if there are any changes proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 276 together. In April 1999, I published draft retail planning guidelines for public consultation. The draft guidelines recommended that, pending the preparati...More Button

Written Answers. - Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Was asked: if he will have considerations made into introducing a scale of compensation which ensures that farm owners or other property owners whose property is subject to compulsory purchase orders for road bu...More Button

The existing compensation code provides for the determination by a property arbitrator, in default of agreement between the local authority and the landowner, of the appropriate compensation based on ...More Button

Written Answers. - Smokeless Fuel Regulations.

Was asked: the number of prosecutions made each year under the regulations governing the burning of smokeless fuel since its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: when he will confirm the compulsory purchase order to facilitate the construction of the Newtownmountkennedy to Arklow (phase 1) road development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Wicklow County Council has submitted the Wicklow County Council compulsory purchase (Newtownmountkennedy to Ballynabarny Road improvement scheme) No. 2 Order, 1999, for my confirmation and has applied...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to introduce new recycling programmes in view of correspondence received from persons (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Appointments.

Was asked: the number of women represented on local authority social policy committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to the strategic policy committees which are being set up by county and city local authorities. Details regarding the membership of the SPCs as sought by the Deputy a...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Services.

Was asked: the position with regard to 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 to local authorities to undertake fresh assessments of the needs for capital works ...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious disquiet which exists in Ennis, County Clare and the surrounding areas regarding a local pathway known as the Rocky Road (details supplied), which, it is...More Button

Clare County Council submitted an environmental impact statement and an associated compulsory purchase order for the proposed N18 road improvements – Dromoland to Crusheen, including the Ennis by-pass...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the reason the information requested in Parliamentary Question No. 545 of 26 January 2000 has not been made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the Deputy has been furnished in the last few days with copies of the lists of: water and sewerage schemes identified by Kerry County Council in response to my Department's request t...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the expenditure for each county council under the scheme for house improvements in lieu of local authority housing.More Button

Written Answers. - Cycle Facilities.

Was asked: the most current guidelines to local authorities regarding the provision of cycle lanes; and the technical details in this regard.More Button

In March 1998 my Department, in association with the Dublin Transportation Office, published a design manual for cycle facilities entitled Provision of cycle facilities – National Manual for Urban Are...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if the July 1986 geometric design guidelines from An Foras Forbatha have been superseded for urban road design.More Button

The guidelines referred to, while relating primarily to roads to be provided outside urban areas, incorporate elements appropriate to urban roads. The National Roads Authority is preparing a comprehen...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) undertook any public relations or consultancy work for the then Minister for the Environment and Local Government or the Department of the Environment and Local Governme...More Button

A search in my Department has established that no public relations or consultancy work was undertaken for the then Minister or the Department by the person concerned in the period 1987 to 1994.More Button

Written Answers. - Building Regulations.

Was asked: his views on the use of hollow block construction with regard to our commitments under the Kyoto agreement; if his attention has been drawn to the widespread use of such a construction method in the D...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that current construction practices such as the use of hollow blocks meet the energy sustainability criteria necessary to meet our Kyoto obligations.More Button

Was asked: his plans, if any, to amend the building regulations or to use other financial instruments such as the first time buyers grant to achieve higher insulation standards; and, if so, if will he signal thi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 264, 265 and 266 together. My Department lays down no specific standard for construction practices other than that the form of construction used should comply with the...More Button

Written Answers. - Town Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: the current status of the town renewal scheme applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the review group dealing with the town renewal scheme will publish its report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the current situation regarding a sewerage scheme at a location (details supplied) in County Limerick; and when this scheme will get Department approval.More Button

Contract documents for this scheme are with my Department but have not been approved. The Foynes-Shanagolden sewerage and drainage scheme is 15th on the list of schemes submitted by Limerick County Co...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to open discussions with Bord Gais with a view to undertaking a joint programme to install gas fire central heating in all local authority houses; to request that Bord Gais m...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: if the publication date for the report on the Commission on the Private Rented Residential Sector is still 1 June 2000; and if the publication date has been delayed, the reasons for the delay.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the moneys being made available to extend the Portumna sewerage scheme, Portumna, County Galway, to Woodpark; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Additional information has been requested by my Department from Galway County Council to enable a decision to be made on this proposal.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: if he will amend the regulations for the disabled persons reconstruction grant to allow approval to be granted by a local authority on the recommendation of a family doctor and local area engineer in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, under present funding, it will take at least 17 years to carry out restructuring work on local county roads in County Monaghan; if he will make additi...More Button

The ten year restoration programme for non-national roads has as its aim the restoration of all local and regional roads in county council areas over the life of the programme, i.e. by the end of 2005...More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the new services or extension of existing services contained in the new national development plan funded by his Department which have commenced or will commence in the south Kildare constituency durin...More Button

Was asked: the capital programmes contained in the national development plan and funded by his Department which has commenced in the south Kildare constituency during 2000; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 and 275 together. The national development plan sets out a framework for the development of physical infrastructure, including national roads, public transport, wa...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Works Scheme.

Was asked: the progress that has being made in his Department on an application from Westmeath County Council for approval and financing of an improvement scheme at Ennell Court, Patrick Street, Mullingar; when ...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the waiting time for driving tests for cars and commercial vehicles in each test centre in County Westmeath; and the plans he has to reduce this waiting time.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the present situation concerning an application from Westmeath County Council for approval to appoint consultants to design a sewerage and surface water plan for the Robinstown area at Mullingar, Coun...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 202 of 7 March 2000. The position is unchanged.More Button

Was asked: the applications from Westmeath County Council to his Department for funding or approval for sewerage treatment plants; when each of those applications was received; the estimated cost of each project...More Button

A copy has been sent to the Deputy of the list of water and sewerage schemes identified by Westmeath County Council in response to my Department's request to each local authority to undertake a fresh ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if, in the context of plans for the future waste disposal strategy, he has commissioned any study on the emissions from incinerators and their possible adverse health effects; and if he will make a st...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the financial burden on local authorities of operating recycling measures for waste products; if his attention has further been drawn to the low prices available for...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of applicants on local authority housing waiting lists for the latest date for which figures are available for the Clondalkin and Lucan areas; the number of local authority housing units un...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the report of the chairing panel of the National Consultation Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms and the Environment recommended that there shoul...More Button

The policy statement, which I issued in October 1999 in relation to genetically modified organisms and the environment, following the public consultation I initiated and the work of the chairing panel...More Button


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