Roche, Dick

Tuesday, 23 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 593 No. 1

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with the late sitting be agreed.”
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Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: the guidelines and best practice advice on tree protection that are available from his Department to local authorities for their subsequent proactive distribution to architects, developers and planner...More Button

Guidelines for planning authorities on tree preservation were issued by my Department in 1994. The guidelines draw attention to the opportunities open to planning authorities to influence and control ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the position with regard to a water scheme extension (details supplied) in County Mayo; when funding was applied for by the council for this project; when funding will be approved; and the expected st...More Button

The extension of the Lough Mask regional water supply scheme from Shrah to Westport is included in my Department’s water services investment programme 2004-2006 to commence construction in 2005. My De...More Button

Written Answers - Community Warden Service.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposal to establish a community warden service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The pilot community warden service was launched in February 2002 in five local authorities: Galway, Leitrim and Wexford County Councils, Galway City Council and Naas Town Council. My Department has co...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the reason that between 1998 and 2003, Ireland has had the second highest number of environment infringement cases of all EU member states; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of Ireland’s record concerning compliance with EU environmental regulations, he will consider upgrading or consolidating enforcement mechanisms; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the mechanisms that are in place to ensure compliance with EU environmental regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 625, 628 and 629 together. I am keenly aware of the importance of timely transposition and effective implementation of EU environmental legislation. Some 200 pieces of...More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department failed to comply with EU Regulation No. 2037-2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department chose not to reply to correspondence and notices of action from the European Commission and preferred to argue the case before the court, with its significant cost to the Sta...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 626 and 627 together. Due to competing demands in relation to the requirements of new EU environmental legislation, and the need to deploy available resources on a pri...More Button

Written Answers - Serviced Land Initiative.

Was asked: further to Question No. 1203 of 29 September 2004, the status of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department will be in a position shortly to respond to information received from Roscommon County Council in relation to the council’s revised proposals for the serviced land initiative scheme at L...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he has received the preliminary report on the development of a sewerage scheme for the village of Creggs, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 1172 and 1204 of 29 September 2004.More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 826 of 27 April 2004, if he will approve funding for the upgrade to the south Roscommon water supply and Killeglan springs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The south Roscommon water supply scheme has been approved for funding under my Department’s water services investment programme 2004-2006. The design review report for the scheme submitted by Roscommo...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Review.

Was asked: further to Question No. 179 of 13 October 2004, when the review of the disabled persons grant scheme in his Department will be concluded; if he intends to publish the report of the review; and if he ...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Heritage Areas.

Was asked: the position in relation to a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; when he expects the work to commence on the visitor centre; if planning permission has been secured; when the construction phas...More Button

A sum of €3.81 million has been allocated by my Department under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 for this project, which involves a new visitor centre to serve Ballycroy National Park, County ...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the grant aid available for the installation of lifts for the disabled in buildings that are used by the public, for example, community centres, churches and parish halls; and if there is no grant aid...More Button

Such grant assistance is not available from my Department, although I understand that a grant for purposes of this kind has been approved for Kildare County Council by the Dormant Accounts Fund Disbur...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if tenders have been received for the completion of a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Westmeath; the date on which these tenders were received; if funding has been sanctioned for this sch...More Button

I understand that tenders for the provision of waste water treatment facilities for Castletown-Geoghegan and five other locations were received by Meath County Council, acting as procurement authority...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Code.

Was asked: the legislative mechanism by which a local authority can bring forward by-laws preventing alcohol consumption in public parks and open spaces.More Button

I understand that a number of local authorities have used their general by-law making powers under the local government code to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public parks and open spaces. It ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the state of progress on a development (details supplied) in County Cork; if he will outline the delays in this project since the announcement of funding by his Department in 1999; and the reasons the...More Button

The Kilbrin sewerage scheme has been approved for construction in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006 under the rural towns and villages initiative at an estimated cost of €1...More Button

Written Answers - Air Pollution.

Was asked: the procedure a person can follow if they believe there is serious air pollution in their area which is affecting their health; the person they should contact to monitor the pollution and deal with th...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 376 of 28 October 2004. Air quality management is primarily the responsibility of local authorities. Accordingly, where an issue regarding air pollution arises in ...More Button

Written Answers - Seal Cull.

Was asked: if research has been undertaken on the number of seals off the Irish coast; if there are circumstances whereby seals can be culled in a controlled and caring manner having regard to the scientific res...More Button

There are two species of seals in Irish waters, the harbour or common seal and the more numerous grey seal. In August 2003, a national census of harbour seals was carried out by the national parks and...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he plans to issue directives to local authorities and An Bord Pleanála to implement his policy on one-off housing rather than the guidelines proposed by his predecessor; and if he will make a state...More Button

In accordance with normal practice, the Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Sustainable Rural Housing, published on 4 March 2004, were issued in draft form to give all those interested an opportuni...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: the position on the recruitment process for IT officer posts, namely, IS analyst-developer, IS project leader and IS technical support officer within local authorities (details supplied); the reason t...More Button

The IT grading structure introduced in local authorities in 2002 included the creation of new employments of IS project leader, IS analyst-developer and IS technical support officer at grades VII, VI ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: if he will consider the appointment of a representative of docklands residents associations to the executive board of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to ensure that the interests of local r...More Button

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 provides for an executive board comprising a chairperson and seven ordinary directors. The current board was appointed with effect from 1 May 2002 f...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he will request a detailed report regarding the purchase of land by Trim Town Council beside Trim Castle for use as a car park for which it obtained Government funding; if all proper procedures wer...More Button

My Department has sought and received a report from Trim Town Council on issues pertinent to grant assistance of €63,486.90, IR£50,000, provided to the council in 2000 by the then Department of Arts, ...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Stations.

Was asked: the position in relation to a new fire station (details supplied) in County Mayo; if all the documents are in place for this project; when this project will commence; and the detailed breakdown of all...More Button

Written Answers - Noise Pollution.

Was asked: the body which is responsible for monitoring noise emissions from aeroplanes at Weston Aerodrome; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that South Dublin County Council says it is not its respon...More Button

There are no statutory limits for noise emitted from airports or aerodromes, nor is there a specific statutory requirement on local authorities to monitor noise emissions from airports or aerodromes. ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if sanction will be given for the commencement of work on the extension of the Innishannon water supply schemes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Innishannon, Ballinadee-Ballinspittle-Garretstown, water supply scheme has been approved for funding in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006 under the rural towns and vill...More Button

Written Answers - Tourist Accommodation.

Was asked: if the statutory charge for directional signs indicating bed and breakfast locations will not be increased to avoid burdening bed and breakfast owners further who already have considerable overheads s...More Button

The Planning and Development Regulations 2001 were amended in 2002 to set the licence fee for a fingerpost type directional sign to indicate tourist accommodation, which does not exceed one metre in l...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will sanction the commencement of work on the Skibbereen sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 184 of 13 October 2004. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - Fire Stations.

Was asked: the position regarding the building of a new fire station for Wexford town; if a site has been designated; when the fire stations will relocate; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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