Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 6 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 2

First Page Previous Page Page of 598 Next Page Last Page

Priority Questions. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the extent of illegal dumping; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Priority Questions. - House Prices.

Was asked: the plans he has to change Government housing policy having regard to the continuing inability of families to afford their own homes, the low number of local authority dwellings being constructed and ...More Button

Priority Questions. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the efforts he has made to resolve the dispute with land owners which has already set back parts of the road building programme by at least six months.More Button

Priority Questions. - Traveller Accommodation.

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to stop the large scale encroachment on to public land by traveller traders; and if he proposes to change the Traveller Accommodation Bill, 1998.More Button

Other Questions. - European Conventions.

Was asked: if proposals regarding the signature by the Government of the Council of Europe's European Landscape Convention have been finalised; if so, when they will be submitted to Government; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: if he has submitted proposals to Government in relation to the signature by the Government of the Council of Europe's landscape convention; if the convention will be ratified in the near future; and i...More Button

Other Questions. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the plans he has for a comprehensive national study of existing and closed landfill waste sites, having regard to the findings of a study conducted by Imperial College, London, which found that there ...More Button

Other Questions. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: if he plans to deal with the undersupply of rental accommodation.More Button

Was asked: the reason he has not implemented the recommendations of the Commission on the Private Rented Residential Sector; the progress which has been made on the legislation recommended in the commission repo...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concerns by the private rented residential sector; his views on the fundamental and important role of the private rented sector; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Other Questions. - Disposal of Vehicles.

Was asked: the progress made in regard to his discussions with the motor industry for measures for the safe and effective disposal of end of life vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: if a decision has been reached as to the way successor tenants should be dealt with in July 2002; and if he has satisfied himself that the estimate of numbers is accurate.More Button

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 147 of 17 October 2001, 200 of 16 May 2001, 114 of 8 February 2001 and 155 of 18 October 2000, he will state when the first survey of local authorities took...More Button

Was asked: if he has reached a conclusion on the way in which he will deal with the problem facing successor tenants who will face market rents in 2002 when the 20 year protection afforded when rents were deregu...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious problems regarding the scheme funded by his Department and operated by the health boards under which assistance would be provided for persons over 65 yea...More Button

Was asked: his views on the allocations made to each health board for the administration of the housing aid for the elderly scheme; his further views on whether the existing system of making fixed allocations en...More Button

Was asked: the reason funds are not available to cover applications under the housing aid for the elderly scheme in County Kilkenny; if a new allocation will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: when he will publish his plans to deal with recycling and waste management; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the average waiting time for driving tests at each testing centre at the latest date for which figures are available; the average waiting time nationally; the number of centres at which the target of ...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: the number of cases in which the European Commission has initiated legal action or announced that it intends to take legal action, arising from the failure by the Government to implement European Unio...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he proposes to introduce a scheme for the replacement and improvement of defective septic tanks.More Button

Was asked: when he will implement the national hazardous waste management plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the timetable for the implementation of the national hazardous waste management strategy published by the Environmental Protection Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Openings.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the quality of the reinstatement of streets, roads and footpaths when licensed contractors have completed their work; if he has sought the views of the director of tra...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Loans.

Was asked: the action which is planned to reduce the high fixed interest rates being paid for many local authority loans; and when those paying these high rates will be given relief.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes to review the possibility of relief for mortgage holders (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 158 on 18 October 2001 and 711 on 3 October 2001, he will state when the first survey of local authorities took place in relation to high fixed interest rat...More Button

Was asked: his plans to relieve the burden of high rates of interest paid by persons who took housing and reconstruction loans from Cork Corporation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the total number of local authority dwellings required to be provided under the terms of the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness; the total number of these dwellings required to be provided to date;...More Button

Was asked: the number of local authority houses completed during 2000; the number of voluntary sector houses completed in 2000; the number expected to be completed in 2001; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: his estimate of the total number of applicants on local authority housing lists; the amount by which he estimates the number of applicants has increased since the last assessment of housing needs, con...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the increasing waiting lists for local authority and affordable houses; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that some applicants have been on the wai...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the most common age group involved in road traffic accidents, especially serious and fatal accidents; the estimated number of inexperienced drivers who will seek provisional driving licences over the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the proportion of aluminium cans sold here containing drinks which are collected and recycled.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: the investigation which has been held by his Department into a recent case where potentially hazardous medical waste was dumped at an illegal site in west County Wicklow; if he has satisfied himself t...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he has proposals to deal with the extensive over use of packaging materials; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will establish a statutory body, with significant powers, to take responsibility for measures to promote waste prevention and waste minimisation; and, if not, his plans for the exercise of State...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when his Department will allocate funding for a new sewerage scheme for Skibbereen, County Cork.More Button

Written Answers. - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: the progress made to date with regard to meeting obligations under the Kyoto agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Offences.

Was asked: the specific steps he intends to take to prevent a widespread campaign of impersonation at the next general election; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the amount of packaging waste which was recycled in 1999, 2000 and to date in 2001; the way in which this figure is measured; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if there are legislative proposals planned following the recent High Court decision that the requirement for financial deposits from Dáil or European candidates was unconstitutional; and if he will ma...More Button

This matter is under examination in the light of the High Court decision.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the number of persons killed and injured in road traffic accidents during 2000 and to date in 2001; if, in regard to the Government strategy on road safety, he will list those commitments which have b...More Button

Was asked: the measures he will introduce to reduce the level of road accidents; and if he will give a timetable for the introduction of such measures.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Members' Remuneration.

Was asked: the progress made in his discussions with representative organisations for local authorities regarding the introduction of salaries for members of local authorities; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the targets and timescale for the reduction of bio-degradable municipal waste going to landfill; the measures he intends to take to reach these targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the average tonnage of domestic refuse produced per household; the method of assessment of such production; if the average has increased compared to the average ten years ago; and if he will make a st...More Button

Written Answers. - Building Regulations.

Was asked: his views on the recent suggestion made by the president of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland that one-off homes should be banned from the countryside due to the strain they put on services...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: the steps he is taking arising from the recent report of the Ombudsman which found that the administration of the planning system was in a state of collapse; if, in view of the Ombudsman's findings, h...More Button

Written Answers. - National Spatial Strategy.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the Government's spatial plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if he has received proposals from An Bord Gáis for the provision of central heating to local authority houses; if so, if he has examined the proposals; if he has made a decision on the proposals; and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Heavy Goods Vehicles.

Was asked: the plans he has to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles using roads, having regard to their impact in terms of pollution and the number of road deaths involving these vehicles; if his attention ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Services.

Was asked: the direction which has been given by his Department to local authorities regarding the installation of water meters in premises used for commercial purposes; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Written Answers. - National Emergency Plan.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to ensure the safety and security of the water supply system having regard to the increased level of public concern regarding the dangers of chemical or biological attack;...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that all local authorities have major accident plans in place to allow them to properly respond to major accidents or incidents; the frequency at which the plans are review...More Button

Was asked: the role he will play in co-ordinating efforts in the activation of major accident or disaster plans; the extent to which overall responsibility in these matters rests with his Department; his plans t...More Button

Was asked: if, as a result of international security concerns, he has given any extra instructions with regard to the monitoring of air pollution throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the ongoing international security concerns, he has put in place any measures to protect vital, vulnerable or sensitive installations under the aegis of his Department; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department is involved in the provision of a major accident or emergency response; if his Department has identified in sequence the procedures to be followed by the various bod...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: the plans he has to amend planning regulations and standards for the Environmental Protection Agency.More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: his views on the reprimand sent to his Department by the European Commission on 6 August 2001 which alleged failure to fulfill its obligations in assessing the effects on the environment of a number o...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if an individual should be allowed obtain a grant for sinking their own well.More Button

Written Answers. - Traveller Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will introduce a licensing system to ensure that Travellers can move from one transient site to another only when sufficient places are available and that the local authority in question co-ordi...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Relations Consultants.

Was asked: the total amount of money spent by his Department on press and public relations activities and specifically on the engagement of press or public relations consultants in respect of each of the periods...More Button

Was asked: the public relations or advertising campaigns which have been funded or part-funded by his Department since June 1997, which involve the personal appearance of the Minister or Ministers of State on te...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 119 and 545 together. The cost of running my Department's press office and of communications staff employed by my Department from July 1997 to date is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Cycling Facilities.

Was asked: the steps being taken to address the dangers faced by cyclists, especially from heavy goods vehicles, having regard to the fact that 15 of the 20 cyclists killed in Dublin over the past six years died...More Button

Written Answers. - Recycling Plastics.

Was asked: the plans he has to address the low level of collection and recycling of plastic packaging containers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Offences.

Was asked: when he expects that the proposed penalty point system for driving offences will be in operation; the progress being made in regard to updating computer systems to facilitate the introduction of the p...More Button

Was asked: if he has been in contact with authorities in the United Kingdom or elsewhere to acquire the necessary information technology to operate penalty points in order that this system can be launched here a...More Button

Written Answers. - Membership of Local Authorities.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to end the practice of members of Dáil Éireann also being members of local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The question of disqualifications from local authority membership has been recently reviewed by the Oireachtas and relevant provisions are set out in section 13 of the Local Government Act, 2001. The...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the local authorities which have not made a waste management plan; the local authorities whose waste management plans have been deemed to be invalid under section 4 of the Waste Management (Amendment)...More Button

Written Answers. - Traveller Accommodation.

Was asked: when he expects to be in a position to provide efficient halting sites on a uniform basis to cater for all of the transient Travellers in the country; and the sanctions he is taking against local auth...More Button

Written Answers. - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: the situation regarding the use of GMOs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Referendum Commission.

Was asked: the plans he has to establish a referendum commission for the forthcoming referendum on the Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy) Bill, 2001; and if he wil...More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Was asked: the progress made to date regarding the implementation of strand II of the RAPID programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the amount of construction and demolition waste which is being disposed of in landfills; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the steps being taken to address the delays in the road construction programme provided for in the national development plan, especially having regard to warnings that road design teams may have to be...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Forum.

Was asked: the progress made to date by the housing forum established under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness; when it is expected that the forum will complete its work and publish a report; if the forum...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that adequate measures have been taken to deal with waste management; the extent to which the implementation of a national waste management plan has to date benefited the e...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if he has informed the National Roads Authority either in writing or verbally that it should slow down the implementation of the roads element of the national development plan.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Strategies.

Was asked: the local authorities which have informed him of their adoption of a housing strategy; if he has examined these strategies; if this will impact on the construction industry; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if all local authorities submitted housing strategies under Part V of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, by 31 July 2001 deadline; the number of local authorities which have varied their developm...More Button

Written Answers. - Staff Shortages.

Was asked: the steps being taken to address staff shortages in An Bord Pleanálá and planning departments in local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Inclusion Units.

Was asked: the five local authorities selected to pilot new social inclusion units; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will sanction the contract forwarded to him by Limerick County Council for the completion of the Croagh sewerage scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Regulations.

Was asked: the plans he has to make all taxis wheelchair accessible.More Button

Was asked: the progress being made in drawing up more suitable standards for wheelchair accessible taxis.More Button

Was asked: his plans to ensure that all taxis are wheelchair accessible; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider a special compensation package to deal with individual hardship cases arising out of deregulation of the taxi industry.More Button

Was asked: the compensation package which has been offered to taxi plate owners to ameliorate the impact of deregulation of the industry.More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to compensate full-time single plate taxi drivers.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if he will make available to Cork County Council the funding required for the development of the Bantry inner relief road.More Button

No application for funding has been received in my Department from Cork County Council in respect of the Bantry inner relief road.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if funding will be made available for the new water scheme in Bantry, County Cork.More Button

This scheme is included in my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2000-2002 as a scheme to commence construction this year. The submission of contract documents by Cork County Council is ...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: if he plans to ensure monitoring of the planning control system which was previously carried out by the environmental research unit.More Button

My Department carries out extensive monitoring of the planning system. Statistics in this regard are published annually by my Department and are available in the Oireachtas Library for the years up to...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of persons who are on the housing list in Ballina, County Mayo.More Button

Was asked: the number of local authority houses which are unoccupied in Ballina, County Mayo.More Button

Was asked: the number of local authority houses which are vacant in County Mayo; the number of local authority houses which are vacant nationwide; and the reason these houses are not being filled.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the position in relation to the use of mobile phones by those driving vehicles; and his proposals regarding this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will make funding available for stage two of the Bandon sewerage scheme.More Button

A preliminary report for Bandon sewerage scheme was submitted to my Department in 1993 but has not been approved. This scheme was included in the list of water and sewerage schemes submitted by Cork C...More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the number registered as homeless in the greater Dublin area for the following categories: single male; single female; family with no children; one child; two children; three children; four children; ...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Pollution.

Was asked: the number of prosecutions per annum over the past five years in Dublin and Cork for the burning or sale of bituminous coal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: if he will approve an application under the urban and village renewal scheme by Kilkenny County Council to carry out works at the square in Castlecomer, County Kilkenny.More Button

Kilkenny County Council have submitted a plan outlining work to be carried in 2001 under the Urban and Village Renewal Programme 2000-2006. Included in this plan were works to be carried out in the Ma...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Management Structures.

Was asked: the number of local authorities which have changed their structures in relation to the better local government in the country; the number of local authorities which are still operating on the existing...More Button

All local authorities have either put in place the new management structures arising from the Better Local Government process or are in course of doing so. It is expected that this process will be co...More Button

Written Answers. - Plastic Bags Levy.

Was asked: the status of his proposal to levy a charge for the provision of plastic bags to consumers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Draft regulations to introduce a levy on plastic shopping bags were released for public consultation in September. These propose that the levy to be charged at 15 cent per bag with effect from 4 Febru...More Button

Written Answers. - Water, Sewerage and Housing Projects.

Was asked: the water, sewerage and housing projects for which an allocation of funding has been made in each local authority in County Monaghan since 1997; the stage of development; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Expenditure by local authorities on major schemes included in my Department's water services investment programme is recouped by the Department on an individual project basis. Details of such recoupme...More Button

Written Answers. - Employment of People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he has carried out a survey of local authorities to ensure that they are complying with the regulation regarding the employment of disabled workers; and the percentage of the workforce in each loca...More Button

The information sought is obtained as part of the annual staffing returns submitted by local authorities to my Department. On the basis of the staffing returns furnished for 1999, the latest year for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he has received a response from Kilkenny County Council regarding the applicability of DBO procurement for new treatment works to allow a sewerage scheme in County Kilkenny progress; if funding has...More Button

This scheme has been approved for funding under the rural towns and villages initiative. My Department is awaiting a report from Kilkenny County Council in relation to the applicability of design/buil...More Button

Was asked: if he will include four existing residences in the Abbeylara Road area in the Granard sewerage scheme, County Longford.More Button

The design of the scheme, as approved for funding under my Department's water services investment programme, did not make provision for connecting the houses in question to the collection system. Con...More Button

Written Answers. - Carbon Dioxide Emissions.

Was asked: if he has figures estimating the amount of carbon dioxide released per person each year; if such statistics exist; the way in which this compares with averages from other EU countries; and if he will ...More Button

Per capita emissions of COf8>2 and other greenhouse gas emissions for 1997 for all EU member states are presented in Emissions to Air 1990-1998, Estimation Methods, Trends and Challenges – EPA 2000 – ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: the reason a hackney driver cannot have his vehicle approved at the NCT centre in either Athlone or Castlerea; the reason this certification is restricted to the Galway centre; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the reason the roadworthiness test for a hackney car costs twice the amount of that for a private car; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the roadworthiness inspection for a hackney vehicle has been transferred from the local PSV inspector to a regional NCT test centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Regulations.

Was asked: the regu lations for establishing a taximeter area.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the expenditure by the Exchequer on road safety in 2000 and 2001 to date.More Button

Exchequer funding for road safety agencies under the aegis of my Department is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Postal Voting.

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation or amend the existing legislation to enable disabled people to obtain a postal vote without having to register for each election; if he will ensure that each polling s...More Button

There are a number of options available to disabled persons who may choose to vote by post or may vote in person at a polling station with or without the assistance of a companion or the presiding off...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the European Union funding which is being made available towards the Dublin Port tunnel; the proportion of the total cost it represents; the way in which this compares with the funding from the Europe...More Button

The construction costs of the Dublin Port tunnel are being met from the Exchequer provisions for national roads and no EU funding is involved. European Union funding, through the Cohesion Fund, was a...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: the reason he issued an instruction to local authorities requesting that the local authority portion of the essential repairs grant scheme and the disabled persons grant scheme should no longer be fun...More Button

Written Answers. - House Completions.

Was asked: the number of housing units built in 2001; if he will provide a comparative figure for 2000; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the housing construction sector is indicating there are ce...More Button

Written Answers. - Voluntary Housing Scheme.

Was asked: if he will make arrangements whereby tenants of houses provided by voluntary housing groups and organisations will be enabled to purchase those houses; his views on whether those tenants should be ent...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the arrangements made for the selection of the contract for the driver theory test; the way in which advertisements were placed; the location of these advertisements; the selection method and nominate...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: the wage bill involved in running each local authority for each of the past five years; the permanent job content that this represents; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is not available in my Department. On the basis of information supplied to my Department by local authorities, the following is an estimate of the total wage bill for the pas...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Strategy.

Was asked: if any review of housing strategy is being adopted by his Department; if so, the findings of such review; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Boundaries.

Was asked: when he received a proposal from Castlebar Urban District Council to extend the urban boundary; if he has examined this proposal; the reason for the delay in approving the extension; when he will give...More Button

The first town boundary alteration – Killarney – to be effected by any Minister in recent years was implemented from 1 January this year. Castlebar, Ballina and Westport are the next cases for conside...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: his plans to introduce mandatory disqualification for driving on the wrong side of continuous double lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Urban District Status.

Was asked: his plans to confer urban district status on the town of Castleisland.More Button

There are no plans to establish an urban district council in Castleisland. In line with the recommendations of the report of the commission on town local government, Towards Cohesive Local Government...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Supply.

Was asked: the position on proposals to privatise or semi-privatise the water supply system in the Dublin area through a public private partnership; and if he will respond to the concerns of a person (details su...More Button

Public private partnership projects are being advanced in accordance with the framework agreement for the implementation of public private partnerships under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness....More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: the numbers serving in grades one, two, three, four, five and six in local authorities for each of the years 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000.More Button

The information sought in relation to the year 2000 is being compiled in my Department and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. On the basis of annual staffing returns submitted by the...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if he will review the situation whereby citizens of the United Sates of America who have full driving licences are required to take out a provisional driving licence here and undergo a test.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting driving tests in the Cork city and Cork county areas; the average waiting period for a driving test; the number of driving instructors available; and the centres they op...More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the amount of money which has been allocated and spent to date by his Department in each county under the national development plan.More Button

The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of houses which have been purchased in each of the local authority areas for 1999 and 2000 in respect of the tenant purchase scheme; and if he will provide a more favourable scheme in the n...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he will review aspects of the Road Traffic Bill, 2001 in view of an argument put forward (details supplied) suggesting that certain intended safety provisions would have an opposite effect and woul...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Facilities.

Was asked: the amount of funding made available through his Department to develop community facilities such as community centres in 2001; the scheme or schemes under which such funding is available; the amount a...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: the reason for the continuing delay in having the European Union standard of crash barriers EN 1317 implemented here.More Button

The question of the application of the standard referred to pending its full adoption by the EU is the subject of correspondence with the European Union. Pending the outcome of this process, in July 2...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if he will set a date after which it will be illegal to deposit used batteries with other refuse.More Button

The Waste Management (Hazardous Waste) Regulations, 1998 and the Waste Management (Hazardous Waste) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 transpose into Irish legislation relevant provisions of Council Direct...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Permissions.

Was asked: if it will be permissible to grant planning permission in future in advance of an EPA licence being granted; and if damage to the health of a local community or the environment is likely to occur as a...More Button

In the case of a development which requires both planning permission and an integrated pollution control licence, the law does not require that an integrated pollution control licence be granted in ad...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of applicants for local authority housing in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: his views on the Dublin Simon Community annual review; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many local authority targets in regard to homelessness have not been met; and the structures and...More Button

Was asked: if he will establish a fast track option for dealing with severe cases of homelessness.More Button

Written Answers. - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: when a comprehensive public education programme will be initiated on the importance of worming dogs to prevent spread of toxocara, and the need for dog owners to clean up after their pets.More Button

The controls on dogs operating under legislation for which my Department is responsible relate primarily to the prevention of nuisance and menace to the public as well as litter pollution. Under secti...More Button

Written Answers. - Building Regulations.

Was asked: the reason the use of hollow blocks continues to be permitted in the construction industry.More Button

The building regulations do not place a restriction on the use of any particular method of construction or product, including hollow concrete blocks, provided the performance requirements of the regul...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: his views on the Swedish example of a law requiring owners of parked vehicles to turn off their engines; and if he will introduce the same here.More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Service.

Was asked: when he will publish his review of the fire service.More Button

I expect to receive the final report of the consultants engaged to assist in the review of fire safety and fire services in Ireland at the end of November 2001. The timing of publication of the review...More Button

Written Answers. - International Conventions.

Was asked: the progress being made to implement the Stockholm convention on POPs.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of affordable or local authority houses built, made available, sold or tenanted to eligible applicants in the last 12 months to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of social housing that local authorities have obtained in each of the past two years; if he has satisfied himself with this number; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has monitored developments in regard to waiting lists for local authority houses; the extent to which waiting lists have been reduced; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: if he has given any instructions in the past six months to the various local authorities in an effort to address housing problems; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will declare a housing emergency with a view to making a serious impact on the number of people seeking local authority or affordable housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Building Regulations.

Was asked: if he will introduce a comprehensive energy rating method for dwellings in the forthcoming revision of TGDL; and if he will make compulsory the provision of an energy certificate to buyers of dwelling...More Button

In 1997, I introduced a voluntary heat energy rating method as one of three methods of demonstrating compliance with Part L of the building regulations, conservation of fuel and energy. The Irish Ene...More Button

Written Answers. - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: the progress being made to establish an EU wide system of tradable permits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.More Button

On 23 October 2001, the European Commission published a proposal for a draft directive of the European Parliament and of the Council (COM(2001)581) establishing a framework for greenhouse gas emission...More Button

Written Answers. - National Climate Change Strategy.

Was asked: if a medical expert can be involved in the national climate change strategy.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 350 on today's Order Paper with regard to arrangements for implementing the national climate change strategy. As work progresses on this, the interdepartmental cli...More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Taxation.

Was asked: his views on whether, by treating bicycles with small electric motors and speed restricted to push bike level as motor bikes with the speed of motor cars, he will effectively put these zero emission v...More Button

I refer to the replies to Questions Nos. 705, 706, 717 and 732 of 3 October and Question No. 157 of 18 October. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the legislation which transposed EU decision 2000/532/EC into law; and if it has not been transposed, when this will occur.More Button

Having regard to the provisions of section 4 of the Waste Management Act, 1996, Commission decision 2000/532/EC, which replaced previous decisions establishing a European waste catalogue and a hazardo...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether bottom ash from incinerators could be used in the construction industry.More Button

A 2000 report concerning substance flow analysis for dioxins in Denmark, financed by the Danish EPA, indicated that dioxin levels in samples of bottom ash ranged from 5.1 to 17.8 ng I-TEQ/kg dry matte...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if he received information from local housing authorities regarding the number of local authority dwellings which lack a central heating system; his plans to convert local authority dwellings with cen...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Projects.

Was asked: if he will approve the necessary finance in 2002 to enable Fingal County Council to provide a public library in Rush, County Dublin.More Button

Was asked: if he will approve the necessary finance in 2002 to enable Fingal County Council to provide a public library in Skerries, County Dublin.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 542 together. My Department has received no proposals from Fingal County Council for the provision of new branch libraries in Rush or Skerries.More Button

Written Answers. - Parking Regulations.

Was asked: if the agencies charged with responsibility for the management and issue of disabled parking permits have not received funding from his Department since 1998 (details supplied); if it is proposed to i...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the plans his Department has to establish a permanent solution for the water supply problems facing Moate, County Westmeath, and surrounding areas; the cost of the proposed scheme; and if he will make...More Button

The long-term water supply requirements of the areas concerned will be addressed under the south Westmeath regional water supply scheme. Stage 1 of the scheme, estimated to cost £9 million, is include...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the amount of funding his Department has given to An Taisce in each of the past five years; if he will give a breakdown of the funding county by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Most funding provided by my Department to An Taisce is channelled to its national organisation and a breakdown of this funding by county is not available. From 2001, funding of £55,000 – 69,835.59 – p...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the acreage of building land that each local authority has within its land bank; if he has satisfied himself that this figure meets the needs of the local authority in relation to his Department's pol...More Button

Was asked: the number of affordable housing applications that each local authority has received in the past two years; the number of houses in this category that the local authorities have; if he has satisfied h...More Button

Was asked: the number of affordable houses provided for occupancy through the aegis of the various local authorities in County Kildare in the 12 month period to date; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers. - Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Was asked: the plans he has to update the compulsory purchase order system, particularly in relation to the price paid to a person whose land is being compulsorily purchased; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

The compulsory acquisition of land for public purposes, on the basis of fair compensation to landowners, has operated widely in Ireland for many years and is supported by the Constitution and a range ...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation

Was asked: the number of rented accommodations registered with each local authority for the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of first time buyers grants paid by his Department in each of the past five years; the way in which these figures affected the number of housing starts in each of the past five years; and i...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of housing starts completed in each of the past five years; if there has been any rollover of starts; if he has satisfied himself that each local authority has met the starts allocated; the...More Button

Was asked: if research has been implemented in regard to the constitution of housing lists within local authority areas in any of the past five years; if so, the results of such research; the plans his Departmen...More Button

Was asked: the number of housing starts in Kildare for each of the past five years; the number on the housing list of the three housing authorities within Kildare for each of the past five years; and if he will ...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: when the guidelines under the Planning and Development Act, 2000 will be fully implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The scale and complexity of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, and the need to make regulations to give full effect to its provisions mean that it is necessary to commence the Act in stages. To d...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if his Department has given instructions or taken action to address the issue of a large number of accident blackspots which exist on the various roads throughout the country; and if he will make a st...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if he proposes to update proposals for realignment at Cope Bridge, Leixlip, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Flood Relief.

Was asked: the action which has been taken by the responsible bodies under his Department's aegis arising from the severe flooding which took place at Maynooth, Leixlip, Celbridge and other locations throughout ...More Button

Arising from the severe flooding experienced in some parts of the country in early November 2000, I advised the Dáil that I would convene the interdepartmental committee on peacetime emergencies to re...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the realignment of the road and bridge at Bond Bridge, Maynooth, County Kildare; when he expects work to commence on the project; the total costs involved; the likely duration; ...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a library and other integrated services at Confey, Leixlip, County Kildare; the extent to which agreement has been achieved between the various statutory bodies...More Button

On 2 July 2001, I approved a proposal by Kildare County Council for the acceptance of a tender for the provision of a new library at Leixlip. I am committing grant aid of £2.04 million for the project...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if the targets identified in the national development plan regarding water and sewerage schemes are likely to be achieved within the timeframe of the plan; if, on the basis of the performance to date,...More Button

The national development plan provides for a threefold increase in capital spending on water and sewerage services in the seven years up to 2006 by comparison to the period covered by the previous NDP...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: the progress to date in regard to the achievement of the objectives identified in the national plan in respect of the roads development programme; if, on the basis of the performance to date, he expec...More Button

The NDP provides for a total investment of £4.7 billion, in 1999 prices, in national road improvement and maintenance between 2000 and 2006, a threefold increase on expenditure between 1994 and 1999. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Pollution.

Was asked: the number of points throughout County Kildare at which the monitoring of air pollution takes place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the home zone initiative under way in many countries which improves quality of life in residential estates; and the plans he has to launch a similar scheme here.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: the extent to which car dismantling firms have required waste permits; and the efforts being made by his Department to ensure that all such firms acquire waste permits.More Button

In accordance with the Waste Management (Permit) Regulations, 1998, the performance of a vehicle dismantling or recovery activity requires a waste permit from the local authority in whose functional a...More Button


Last Updated: 10/09/2010 19:28:48 First Page Previous Page Page of 598 Next Page Last Page