Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 620 No. 19

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  292.  Mr. Naughten  Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the public bodies under the control of his Department; their function, role, location and establishment date; the administration costs of each body in the year 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20467/06]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the table.

Public Bodies under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

Body Established Function Location Admin. cost in 2005
Communications Sector
An Post 1st January 1984 An Post is a major commercial organisation whose role is as follows:
(i)to provide a national postal service with the State and between the State and places outside the State
(ii)to meet comprehensively and efficiently the postal needs of the State and to satisfy the reasonable demand for such services
(iii)to provide services by which money may be remitted
(iv)to provide counter services for the company’s own and Government business
Main Office is situated at the General Post Office, O’Connell Street. The Company also has a nationwide retail network. €736.7 m
Digital Hub Development Agency July 2003 The function of the Agency is to procure, secure the provision of and to promote and facilitate the development, including the carrying out of construction or maintenance works, of the digital hub as a location for digital enterprises and related activities; Digital Hub Development Agency, Digital Exchange, Crane Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8 Total: €1,815,604
Travel & Subsistence 13,138
Office Rental 24,647
Office Services 785,738
Office Overhead 199,478
Insurance 113,829
Marketing & Advertising 162,124
Property Related Expenditure 103,582
Professional Services 94,234
Audit Fee 7,200
Depreciation 234,582
Bad Debts 62,363
Sundry 14,689
Marine Sector
National Salmon Commission (NSC) 2000 The National Salmon Commission is a Statutory Body established to assist and advise the Minister in relation to the conservation, management, protection and development of the wild salmon and sea trout resource in Ireland The Central Fisheries Board provides the secretariat for this Commission. See address below €48,296

Body Established Function Location Admin. cost in 2005
Central Fisheries Board (CFB)
Eastern Regional Fisheries Board (ERFB)
Northern Regional Fisheries Board (NRFB)
North Western Regional Fisheries Board (NWRFB)
Southern Regional Fisheries Board (SRFB)
South Western Regional Fisheries Board (SWRFB)
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board (ShRFB)
Western Regional Fisheries Board (WRFB)
1980 The Central Fisheries Board has the function of supporting and coordinating, where necessary, the performance of the Regional Boards. The Seven Regional Boards have responsibility in relation to management, conservation, protection, development and improvement of fisheries in their regions and for the promotion and development of angling. CFB: Unit 4 Swords Business Campus, Balheary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
ERFB: 15A, Main Street Blackrock Co. Dublin
NWRFB: Ardnaree House Abbey Street, Ballina Co Mayo
SWRFB: 1 Neville’s Terrace, Masseytown, Macroom Co. Cork
SRFB: Anglesea Street, Clonmel Co. Tipperary
WRFB: The Weir Lodge Earls Island Galway
NRFB: Station Road Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
ShRFB: Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road Limerick
€21.78m
Fisheries Co-operative Societies 1991 There are eight societies whose principal functions are to participate in the development of the fisheries by raising funds and making grants or payments available for development of fisheries for benefit o f public.They are as follows: Eastern Fisheries Development Society; Southern Fisheries Development Society; South Western Fisheries Development Society; Lower Shannon Fisheries Development Society; Upper Shannon Fisheries Development Society; Western Fisheries Development Society; North Western Fisheries Development Society; and Northern Fisheries Development Society. As they are attached to the individual Fisheries Boards the addresses are the same as the Fisheries Boards above. €135,000
Loughs Agency 1999 The Loughs Agency is itself an Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission. It was established under the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999 and its main function is to provide effective conservation and development of the fisheries and marine resources of the Foyle and Carlingford areas. €1.513m The Agency’s administrative costs in the North are met by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Body Established Function Location Admin cost in 2005
Licensing Authority (Sea Fishing Boats) 1 July 2003 The licensing and registration of sea fishing boats in accordance with the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003. Leeson Lane, Dublin 2. The administrative costs of this Authority are met by the Department and are not separately identified.
Marine Institute 1992 The Institute’s main functions are:
(i)to provide the Department with information and advice on marine research and development
(ii)to support existing marine businesses and related activities through the provision of key scientific services and advice
(iii)to provide for wise management decisions to guide the on-going sustainable development of the marine resource iv) to support research, technology development and innovation activity to create further employment and to underpin future innovation, growth and wealth creation in the marine area
Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway €18.5 m
An Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) 1952 The development of the Sea Fishing and Aquaculture Industry. B.I.M. is a market led organisation working with the Seafood Industry to maximise the quality and value of output from the sea fishing and aquaculture sectors within the context of EU policy and the National Development Plan Headquarters: Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
Other Locations: National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Regional Fisheries Centre, Castletownbere, Co. Cork; Offices in Killybegs and Galway. Overseas Offices in Ireland House in Paris, Madrid and Dusseldorf.
Marketing €3,731,864
Information & Planning €915,426
Administration €4,811,142
Total: €9,458,432
Energy Sector

Body Established Function Location Admin cost in 2005
Bord Gáis Éireann 1976 The Bord’s main functions are: i) the development and maintenance of a system for the supply of natural gas that is both economical and efficient ii) the construction of a natural gas network iii) the supply of natural gas. Headquarters in Cork BGE is a statutory corporation obliged under Section 10 Gas Act 1976 to cover its outgoings and earn a reasonable return on capital. In accordance with its Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 31 March, 2006, its operating costs were €128m
Bord na Móna plc Established 1946. Bord na Móna became a plc.on 1 January 1999 To produce, market and foster the production and use of turf and turf products and the harvesting of peat for supply to the three peat-fired electricity generating stations Headquarters in Newbridge, Co Kildare Bord na Móna plc is a commercial body governed by the Companies Acts. In accordance with its Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 30 March, 2005, its operating costs were €85.5m.
Irish National Petroleum Corporation (INPC) September 1979 Since the sale of the INPC’s businesses and commercial assets in 2001, the INPC has no operational capacity and remains in place to manage residual issues post the 2001 sale, and to act as parent to its sole remaining subsidiary, the National Oil Reserves Agency 7 Clanwilliam Sq, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 €406,000
National Oil Reserves Agency June 1995 Maintenance and holding of national oil reserves and agent of the Minister for Communications, Marine & Natural Resources in regard to oil stockholding obligations 7 Clanwilliam Sq, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 €732,000
Sustainable Energy Ireland 2002 To promote and assist the development of sustainable energy Head Office: Glasnevin, Dublin 9 *€6.3m (est)
EirGrid plc 2001 Production of Electricity Transmission System Operator Plan and the running of the national grid Head Office: 27 Lower Fitzwilliam St, Dublin 2, * €6.7m (est)
ESB 1927 The generation, supply and sale of electricity ESB Group Headquarters, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 **€1,022,783,000 broken down as follows; Payroll 494,749,000 Operations and Maintenance 528,034,000


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