Gallagher, Pat the Cope

Thursday, 29 April 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 4

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Priority Questions - Tourism Projects.

The provision of an operational guarantee for any project is a matter for consideration in the first instance by the local authority concerned and my Department has received no approach from Mayo Coun...More Button

As I pointed out in my reply, no application was received by my Department from Mayo County Council.More Button

The Deputy has acknowledged that the Minister has no role here. The decision to provide operational guarantees for this or any project is a matter, in the first instance, for the local authority witho...More Button

Priority Questions - Recycling Policy.

Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste is based on the concept of producer responsibility, which effectively requires producers to contribute to the waste management costs of products whi...More Button

Deposit and refund schemes for used beverage containers operate in a number of countries and the Scandinavian countries feature prominently in this regard within the EU. Sweden has used deposits on ca...More Button

I accept recommendations were made. A total of €13 million per annum is available through the plastic bag and landfill levies and I have not turned my back on the recommendation completely. However, I...More Button

The Deputy has raised the litter problem resulting from fast food packaging, ATM receipts and chewing gum and the economic sanctions that could be taken. A number of recommendations have been made and...More Button

We are victims of our success.More Button

Priority Questions - Nuclear Plants.

The UK Government and other contracting parties to the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic signed up to the OSPAR strategy with regard to radioacti...More Button

The Government has been pursuing a policy to close down Sellafield for a considerable length of time. The Deputy will be aware of the case we took under UNCLOS to The Hague last year in respect of Sel...More Button

We are in constant contact at official and ministerial level. Shortly after my appointment I spoke with representatives of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland who made a number of visits ...More Button

Priority Questions - Electronic Voting.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 45 together. Some €45 million has been advanced to date by the Department of Finance to returning officers to meet expenditure on the cost of system hardware an...More Button

The voter education awareness campaign is estimated to cost €5 million, including VAT. Deputy Perry’s view was raised several times yesterday on Committee Stage of the Electoral (Amendment) Bill and i...More Button

Apprehension and fear of the unknown is understandable but while I will not say they are as easy to use as 1,2,3 or be facetious, anyone who has seen the machines knows that they are easy to use. We a...More Button

I am not aware of how much money was allocated to each county registrar. It is not part of the question and I do not have the breakdown of figures. If one works through international accredited instit...More Button

Dublin West, Dublin North and Meath are a microcosm of the rest of the country. It worked well there and it will work on 11 June. We have considered the question of multiple votes. It may well be that...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

The internal implementation team in my Department is co-operating actively with the decentralisation implementation group, the Department of Finance and the Office of Public Works on the decentralisat...More Button

Written Answers - Nuclear Plants.

The vitrification plant at Sellafield, which came into operation in 1991 with two vitrification lines, encapsulates the liquid high level radioactive waste held in storage tanks at Sellafield into gla...More Button

Written Answers - Case Against BNFL.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 54 of 4 March 2004. A reply has been lodged with the European Court of Justice by the European Commission in its case against Ireland under Articles 10 and 292 EC ...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Under the national allocation plan, NAP, for emissions trading in the period 2005 — 2007, withholding the issue of allowances in respect of future years to companies that close will apply in respect o...More Button

Written Answers - Archaeological Sites.

My Department operates a number of initiatives to assist in raising awareness of the archaeological heritage. Approximately 120,000 monuments receive protection as part of the record of monuments and ...More Button

Written Answers - Nuclear Safety.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 54 together. The new TPP process, a chemical treatment which removes up to 97% of the technetium-99 from one of the waste streams at Sellafield, is something I ...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

I am satisfied that the Government has appropriately implemented the terms of Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the community and amending...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Disposal.

National and EU policy both recognise that thermal treatment, with energy recovery, licensed to the highest environmental standards, has a role to play as one element within the integrated approach to...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

I am informed by the Department of Transport that the European Parliament has approved the proposed EU guidelines for the development of trans-European networks in the transport sector, thus enabling ...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 834 of 27 April 2004.More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

The Irish food processing, pig and poultry facilities in question are listed in the European pollutant emissions register, EPER, by virtue of the fact that they hold integrated pollution control, IPC,...More Button

Written Answers - Archaeological Sites.

Excavation licences are issued to individual archaeologists and no licences have been issued to the company referred to by the Deputy. In addition, my Department cannot find any record of an excavatio...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 38 and 67 together. The preparation of draft legislative proposals to streamline the consent process for major infrastructure projects is at an advanced stage. I will ...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System.

Section 32 of the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2004 deals with expenditure limits for presidential elections in light of the judgment referred to. With regard to European elections, the judgment has alr...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question No. 146 of 3 February 2004. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - Water Quality.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 143 together. The national development plan provides €4.4 billion for investment in water services infrastructure up to the end of 2006. This is approximately t...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System.

The appointment of polling stations at an election is a matter for the appropriate returning officer in accordance with electoral law which already provides for a number of measures relating to access...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

The report of the Institute of Public Administration on this matter has recently been received and I am currently considering it. Copies will be placed in the Oireachtas Library in due course. The rep...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

I refer to the reply to Priority Question No. 1 on today’s Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

It has been an important objective of the Irish EU Presidency to advance discussions on the European Commission’s proposal for a revised regulation to govern waste shipments. The proposed regulation w...More Button

Written Answers - Funding of Political Parties.

I am considering the report, Review of the Electoral Acts 1997 to 2002, of the Standards in Public Office Commission, which was prepared at my request. The report will provide an input to the review o...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

There are currently five cases in respect of which the European Commission has initiated legal action relating to non-implementation of EU directives in areas for which my Department has responsibilit...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System.

A number of measures have been undertaken and further measures are under way and planned for encouraging voter turnout in the forthcoming polls. In November 2003, my Department undertook a publicity c...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

On a number of occasions I have expressed the view that sustainable development, in economic, environmental and social terms, is crucially dependent on there being in place a fully developed infrastru...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

There are no proposals at present to introduce a scheme of grants for septic tank improvements. The national rural water monitoring committee is currently overseeing the implementation of a pilot prog...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

I have emphasised that there can be no excuse for illegal waste activities, either in the form of illegal movements of waste to another jurisdiction or illegal dumping within the State. I have identif...More Button

Written Answers - Litter Pollution.

Under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2003, primary responsibility for management and enforcement responses to litter pollution generally, including problems caused by discarded cigarettes and chewing ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Tá scéim uisce réigiúnach chasla, a chuirfidh soláthair uisce nua ar fáil don Cheathrú Rua, sa Chlár Infheistíochta Uisce 2003-2005 de chuid mo Roinne. Tá tógáil na scéime le tosú an bhliain seo chuga...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

I assume the question refers to correspondence between my Department and Trim Town Council regarding an application for planning permission to develop a hotel on the site in question. Under the herita...More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Services.

I assume that the question refers to the European Community mechanism adopted by Council decision 2001/792/EC on 23 October 2001 to facilitate reinforced co-operation in civil protection assistance in...More Button

Written Answers - Nuclear Safety.

During its Presidency of the European Union, Ireland has sought actively to advance progress on these two proposed directives which together comprise the nuclear safety package. The two directives con...More Button

Written Answers - Nuclear Plants.

I refer to the reply to question No. 51 of 4 March 2004. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - End-of-Life Vehicles.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 139 together. Member states were required to transpose the provisions of European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53/EC on end of life vehicles, ELVs, int...More Button

Written Answers - National Monuments.

Pearse’s cottage at Rosmuc, which is a national monument on the record of monuments and places, was previously in the care of my Department and was appropriately maintained and presented to the public...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

I refer to the reply to question No. 770 of 27 April 2004.More Button


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