Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 603 No. 6

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Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for a feasibility study as sought by Clare County Council regarding the future extension of Doonbeg Pier, County Clare, which will include site investigation and a full repo...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide funding in conjunction with Clare County Council to upgrade and dredge silt from the slipway at Seafield, Quilty, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: the number of salmon and trout tags his Department purchased in red, green, white, blue and orange in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: the position in relation to the development of the Corrib gas field; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The development of the Corrib gas field is progressing. While my Department has issued all consents for the project, the pipeline consent to construct was essentially permission in principle to procee...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: his observations on the low uptake of broadband Internet access; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of providing a guaranteed full broadband service to all towns in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 336 together. The latest figures from EUROSTAT relate to 2004 and are now almost six months old. They show, however, that Ireland is placed 20th of 26 countrie...More Button

Written Answers - Television Reception.

Was asked: the position with regard to his discussions with UK authorities regarding the broadcasting of Irish television channels in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 89 of 5 February 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Vessel Licences.

Was asked: if, in the event of the sale of the Atlantic Dawn fishing trawler with the quota of 14,000 tonnage, it will revert back to the State; and, if not, will the State be compensated for it; and if he will ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the most up-to-date information on his travels abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the persons who travelled with him in his official party; the duration of the visit; and the total cost.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 396 on Tuesday, 12 April 2005. I can confirm that this is the definitive information.More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: the reason independent consultants hired by his Department to review the safety of the Corrib gas onshore pipeline are part-owned by the project’s major shareholder (details supplied); if he will defe...More Button

I gave a commitment in the Dáil in March 2005 to undertake a review of the developer’s quantified risk assessment, QRA, for the Corrib gas field upstream onshore pipeline. Tenders for the QRA were inv...More Button

Was asked: the number of natural gas-related explosions which have taken place in the past ten years on a yearly basis.More Button

I am advised by Bord Gáis Éireann which maintains such records that the number of such explosions in the last ten years is as follows.More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount a person (details supplied) was awarded for consultancy work conducted on behalf of his Department in relation to the Corrib project in 2002.More Button

The amount paid in respect of this consultancy in 2002 was €32,879.84.More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: if a target for energy consumption based on 20% renewable energy by 2010 is achievable; if additional Exchequer funding will be required to achieve such a target; if so, the amount of same; and if he ...More Button

Within the electricity market, a target has been established to increase the amount of electricity consumed from renewable energy sources to 13.2% by 2010. That is regarded as a challenging target to ...More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: his views on restoring the State’s 50% stake in all oil and gas finds; the likely cost of such a move; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy is referring to the conditions of State participation under the 1975 licensing terms. I believe that the restoration of the 1975 terms would not make a positive contribution to petroleum ex...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Vessel Licences.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 244 and 245 of 31 May 2005, the location at which the capacity assignment form referred to in the Parliamentary Question can be obtained.More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if the Lough Foyle oyster beds are protected under the Irish fisheries legislation.More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Vessel Licences.

Was asked: if he will make a statement clarifying the situation regarding the presence on board fishing vessels of a logbook for vessels between ten and 17 metres in length who are out from port for less than on...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Gas Grid.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the extremely dangerous 345 bar Rossport pipeline of a company (details supplied) runs alongside the public road over significant portions of its lengt...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, with respect to version F of the risk assessment concerning the Rossport section of pipeline, it relates specifically and only to onshore, that is, re...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 342 and 343 together. The quantified risk assessment, QRA, version F, which was carried out on the onshore Corrib gas pipeline that will be carrying unprocessed gas to...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of his consent for the Rossport section of pipeline being founded on the original risk assessment and Johnston report, both of which are now defunct, he will acknowledge that said consent ...More Button

Mr. Johnston’s report on the pipeline design and the quantified risk assessment, QRA, based on that design are not defunct, and therefore any consents given by my predecessors for the pipeline and the...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: when funding will be provided for Lecanvey Pier in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the number of applications he has received in response to his advertisement for expressions of interest for excise duty exemption for rapeseed oil and other such products in the context of his plans t...More Button

The bio-fuels mineral oil tax, MOT, relief scheme was publicly advertised as a competitive “call for proposals” on 20 April 2005, and the closing date for receipt of applications was 13 May 2005. Unde...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application to upgrade a crane at a pier (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences.

Was asked: the number of times a restaurant (details supplied) in County Donegal was refused a foreshore licence or asked for additional information; the length of time such applications go back; and if he will ...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Safety.

Was asked: if he has been informed of a decision of the board of the Port of Waterford Company to privatise the pilot boat service for the port; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - ESB Conservation Measures.

Was asked: if the ESB conservation division is involved directly or indirectly in the commercial extraction of eels from its weirs on the Shannon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the ESB conservation division is involved directly or through third parties in the commercial extraction of eels from its weirs on the Shannon; the financial arrangements of same; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: the mechanisms in place in order that glass eels entering the estuary will safely reach the upper reaches of the Shannon system; if he proposes to introduce a restocking programme; and if he will make...More Button

Was asked: his Department’s plans to carry out an investigation into the activities of a company (details supplied); if so, if he intends to publish the findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Wild Salmon Stocks.

Was asked: if he will publish all the scientific information he has in regard to the state of the north Atlantic wild salmon stocks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: the amount of funding his Department provided for the publication of a report (details supplied).More Button

Written Answers - Land Reclamation.

Was asked: if he has commissioned a preliminary environmental impact statement on the Dublin Port application to reclaim land from Dublin Bay; if this has been released to Dublin Port; if it has been released un...More Button

Was asked: if Dublin Port has sought a lease of any part of the foreshore from the State; if the granting of such a lease would alter the basis on which permission is granted for reclamation or development of th...More Button

Written Answers - Port Development.

Was asked: the existing capacity of ports on the east coast; the projected capacity needs of these ports to 2014; the key projects to add to capacity within that timeframe which have been communicated to him by ...More Button

Was asked: if he will explain his statement of 25 November 2004 that the development of port facilities on the east coast which remove pressure to expand Dublin Port will have no bearing on Dublin Port’s applica...More Button

Written Answers - Coastal Erosion.

Was asked: if he has allocated or intends to allocate funding to halt the coastal erosion and remediate the old landfill site north of Bray Harbour that straddles the administrative boundaries of Wicklow and Dún...More Button

Written Answers - Common Fisheries Policy.

Was asked: the reason the statistics regarding the level of penalties imposed for fishery offences here were not included in a report (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the burden of penalties here (details supplied) is so high, thus placing Irish fishermen at a considerable disadvantage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Offences.

Was asked: if procedures for dealing with infringements (details supplied) will be simplified and streamlined to be more speedy and effective and more cost effective for the taxpayer; and if he will make a state...More Button

Written Answers - Pelagic Fisheries.

Was asked: the status regarding landing times at pelagic ports here; if he has resolved the industrial relations issues which seem to be at the heart of this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the safety and quality issues involved, small vessels targeting mackerel and herring off the Mayo coast this coming winter will be permitted to land their catches in Achill as was tradi...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Vessels Decommissioning.

Was asked: if he will provide a realistic package for the decommissioning of whitefish vessels (details supplied) with a budget of up to the €30 million required to make a significant impact; and if he will make...More Button


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