Browne, John

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 610 No. 64

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Other Questions - Alternative Energy Projects.

The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources has overall responsibility for energy policy and is primarily responsible for the promotion and development of renewable energy, including...More Button

I read with interest Deputy Naughten’s speech at the Ard-Fheis on this issue. I notice that most if not all the issues he raised in his document were ones we have been encouraging for the past year. I...More Button

On the waste issue, my colleague, the Minister, Deputy Coughlan, made an announcement today and it will be in the Deputy’s pigeonhole soon.More Button

The wind turbine issue is a matter for the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Noel Dempsey. Having been in that Department for the best part of two years, I am very much...More Button

It is very much part and parcel of farm incomes. Indeed, in my county and many counties farmers have received planning permission in that regard and many of the wind turbines have been erected. There ...More Button

I have had direct discussions with farming organisations and farmers. Willow growing is not viable at present. We, therefore, decided to run with a pilot scheme of 500 hectares which is grant-aided su...More Button

——obviously the pilot scheme will become——More Button

Other Questions - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

REPS 3 was launched in June 2004 and by July 2005 we had exceeded the previous record level of participants in the scheme. There are more than 48,000 farmers in REPS and the numbers are rising steadil...More Button

As of now, REPS 3 remains open. Farmers can still join that scheme and be assured of a full five-year contract under the existing rules and at the existing payment rates. While REPS 3 will certainly c...More Button

I am informed that the level of penalties in REPS is low, under 3%. From my representations to the REPS section, I find that the officials are usually helpful and supportive and usually iron out any d...More Button

To date each country has put in its own plan. Our plan in respect of REPS 3 has been complimented as one of the best submitted and I am sure we will try to achieve the same standard in the case of REP...More Button

I only have experience from my county——More Button

Usually, if one applies to the REPS section in Johnstown Castle beforehand——More Button

——it will give one permission to do as outlined. As Deputy Howlin will know, there is a policy in Wexford such that if a hedgerow is removed, it must be replaced farther in from its original location....More Button


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