Roche, Dick

Thursday, 15 December 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 612 No. 70

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Written Answers - Archaeological Sites.

Was asked: if he will purchase lands currently for sale in the village of Tulsk, County Roscommon (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The area in and around Rathcroghan contains much valuable archaeology. My Department has recently had discussions with Roscommon County Council with a view to undertaking a conservation plan for archa...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: the funding provided by his Department for sheltered housing units in County Wexford in 2004 and to date in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: the number of animals put down by the local authorities to date in 2005; the initiatives he intends to introduce to change attitudes and to encourage owners to neuter and microchip their dogs, regulat...More Button

The Control of Dogs Acts 1986 and 1992 place statutory responsibility for dog control and licensing services on local authorities. The implementation of the Acts is vested in local authorities, which ...More Button

Written Answers - Regional Road Network.

Was asked: the advice or specifications given by his Department to the local authorities relating to the proportion of blacktop tarmac that should be used in the repair and resurfacing of secondary roads in pref...More Button

The improvement and maintenance of non-national roads in its area is a statutory function of each individual road authority. The choice of final surfacing type to be used on such roads is a matter for...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the directive name, directive reference number and number of cases where Ireland has been formally cautioned under Article 226 of the treaty of the European Community, issued a reasoned opinion under ...More Button

In areas for which my Department has responsibility, the European Commission is in correspondence in respect of 49 cases relating to possible infringements of EU environmental legislation. These cases...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Stations.

Was asked: the position regarding a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; if the project has gone out to tender; when the tender process will be completed; when work is expected to start; and if he will mak...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: when sanction to proceed will issue from his Department for the construction of a rural dwelling house (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the position in regard to grants, financial assistance to carry out necessary improvements, repairs to an old house in order to make same habitable (details supplied); the assistance which is availabl...More Button

Written Answers - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: if his Department has plans to compensate persons who sold their bog lands before and without being aware of a compensation package; his views on whether there should have been forewarning; the compen...More Button

In July 2004, my Department concluded an agreement with the farming pillar under Sustaining Progress which involved increased rates of compensation for the cessation of turf cutting in bogs that have ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when his Department will release funds from the water services investment programme 2004 to Mayo County Council for a new sewerage scheme for Killala, in view of the fact that the need for this scheme...More Button

The Killala sewerage scheme is approved for construction in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006. Further consideration will be given by my Department to Mayo County Council’s...More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 1387 of 28 September 2005, the progress to date on the regional water schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position is unchanged since the reply to Question No. 1387 of 28 September 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Vehicle Registration.

Was asked: further to Question No. 1085 of 12 April 2005, when the review of the vehicle registration certificate will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The review of the vehicle registration certificate has taken place and information relating to year of manufacture is included in all certificates issued from 29 November 2005 onwards.More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: the number of times compulsory purchase orders have been used in the past 20 years to acquire sites for national schools and the details of same.More Button

The functions of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in regard to the compulsory acquisition of land by local authorities were statutorily transferred to An Bord Pleanála f...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: further to the €18 million unspent on the disabled persons grant scheme nationally in 2004, if he has put in place a monitoring system throughout the local authorities which will enable him to reallo...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Status.

Was asked: further to Question No. 653 of 15 November 2005, the groups, including local government interests, with whom he has consulted on this issue.More Button

Over the past year, I have held both formal and informal consultations with a variety of local government interests on the issue of the creation of new town councils and their prospective functional r...More Button

Written Answers - Community Wardens.

Was asked: if he intends to continue the pilot community warden service in Naas, County Kildare in 2006.More Button

Naas Town Council is one of five local authorities where the community warden service has been piloted since 2002. The others are Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Leitrim County Council and...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he has approved the contract documents for the lower Liffey Valley sewerage scheme.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 582 of 22 November 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: if he will review the constraints of the cap on local authority staffing levels for local authorities in the greater Dublin area in view of he enormous population increase these local authorities have...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 250 of 1 December 2005. The Government’s intention to continue to regulate and control numbers in the public service within agreed ceilings was confirmed by my col...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that having allocated a capital allocation sometime ago in respect of the development of a specific sewerage scheme in County Cork (details supplied), serio...More Button

The Clondulane sewerage scheme is being funded by my Department under the Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006 as part of the serviced land initiative. I approved Cork County Council’s tender...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: when a civic amenity centre will be opened in Drogheda; and the correspondence he has had with Louth local authorities in regard to this matter.More Button

A civic amenity site is currently under construction in Drogheda, and has been allocated grant assistance totalling over €2 million from my Department. Construction is at an advanced stage and I under...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: further to a parliamentary question of 2 November 2005, the reason he decided to approve a public private partnership for the design, building, operating and financing of an incinerator on the Poolbe...More Button

As I have already indicated, my Department’s role in the approval process for this proposed waste to energy plant is limited to validating compliance with PPP procurement norms, as laid down in guidel...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the position in relation to the EU habitats directive as it pertains to an area (details supplied): when it is due to come into place; if it is the property of Dúchas; the person who sold same to Dúch...More Button

My Department has no record of purchasing land from the person named. However, if the Deputy would like to forward further details, I will arrange to have the matter examined.More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: if a review has taken place of the delivery of social and affordable houses under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000; if so, the findings of this review; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: if, during his review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, he will consider including purpose built creches, currently constructed to accompany every 75 dwellings, as a community gain w...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: if the appointment of a new tenant liaison officer, with appropriate salary and conditions, has been approved for Carrick-on Suir-Town Council; the approval sought; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: the number of social housing units under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 which his Department has not sanctioned on the grounds of price; the locations of same; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: the directive he will issue to local authorities particularly in counties Sligo and Leitrim in relation to the situation where persons who are cutting turf on a small commercial basis, or for their ow...More Button

I assume that the question refers to the revised peat extraction controls introduced under the Planning and Development Regulations 2005 which I made on 14 July 2005 following approval of both Houses ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Estate Management.

Was asked: if the taking in charge of housing estates will be included as a local government performance indicator; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The first national report, Service Indicators in Local Authorities 2004, which was prepared by the Local Government Management Services Board and published in July 2005, details the performance of loc...More Button

Written Answers - Noise Pollution.

Was asked: the regulations which exist in relation to road noise pollution where residents are experiencing high levels of noise pollution from traffic; the body which is responsible for enforcing such regulatio...More Button

Noise pollution related to roads is generally dealt with either by the National Roads Authority, NRA, and the Department of Transport in the case of major national road schemes, or by the relevant loc...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Procedures.

Was asked: the powers that exist to investigate the procedures and practices in local authorities; the action that can be taken if a local authority is found not to be acting appropriately in the performance of ...More Button

Was asked: the recourse that is available to public representatives and private citizens if they are unhappy with the local authority’s discharge of its duties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 462 and 463 together. There is a range of powers available under various codes governing local authority activities through which local authorities can be held to acco...More Button

Written Answers - Noise Pollution.

Was asked: his plans to ensure that statutory responsibility is given to his Department, a local authority or the Irish Aviation Authority to measure noise pollution arising from the operation of an aerodrome.More Button

Responsibility for the regulation of aircraft noise and for related operational matters rests with the Minister for Transport and the Irish Aviation Authority, as appropriate. There are no statutory l...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: his views on a special grant to allow cash strapped local authorities such as South Dublin County Council provide adequate coverage and collection of litter bins, in view of the growing litter problem...More Button

Primary responsibility for developing and implementing responses to the litter problem rests with local authorities. It is a matter for each local authority to determine the level of expenditure on lo...More Button

Written Answers - Heritage Sites.

Was asked: if all outstanding issues in relation to the ownership of the Lusitania and the issue of licences under the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1987 have been cleared up; and if he will provide an esti...More Button

My Department has not contested the ownership of the Lusitania. Having considered the High Court judgment in relation to the judicial review sought by the owner of the Lusitania of the Minister’s deci...More Button


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