Dempsey, Noel

Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 623 No. 86

First Page Previous Page Page of 322 Next Page Last Page

Leaders’ Questions.

Grow up, Deputy.More Button

Like Fine Gael did with its promises on Eircom.More Button

Order of Business.

Question again put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 20 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Order of Business (Resumed).

Question again put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 3 be agreed.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Deputy Shortall is attempting to mislead the House.More Button

I do not disallow them.More Button

Try asking a few relevant questions.More Button

Priority Questions - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if it is reasonable that the biggest exporter of software in the world should have one of the worst performances in terms of the delivery of broadband services at home; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that the communications market in Ireland is fully liberalised and that the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg, is the statutory body with responsibility for regu...More Button

The Deputy will be pleased to note that our international costs for broadband are the lowest of anywhere in Europe and that our domestic costs approximate the mid-European average. With regard to our ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware from my statements on the subject since I became Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, that I am not satisfied with the state of play regarding broadband ...More Button

Priority Questions - Broadcasting Sector.

Was asked: if he intends for RTE to play a lead role in driving digital take-up here; if he has mandated RTE to begin a process of review and renewal to ensure, as the organisation itself has noted, that public ...More Button

My core policy objectives for the development of the broadcasting sector including RTE are detailed in my Department’s Statement of Strategy 2005-2007. These objectives are to create an environment th...More Button

In answer to the Deputy’s first question, I do not believe everything I read in the newspapers. I have read different versions of the so-called fear and loathing in Dublin 4. I am not worried by somet...More Button

On the issue of licences, the Deputy is correct in that I did not give a very specific answer to the question he raised. In the context of the broadcasting Bill, the issue will need to be considered.More Button

This is a debate which must be addressed in the broadcasting Bill. There needs to be anticipation, as God knows what will happen in the next six or 12 months as all the platforms come together. The qu...More Button

Priority Questions - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: his views on whether the strategy group established by his Department on the future of the fisheries sector is sufficiently representative of those involved in the sector.More Button

Priority Questions - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: if he will clarify the position regarding the future development of Ros a’Mhíl harbour, due to his Department’s commissioned report to assess the viability which recommended two separate developments ...More Button

We would not like to have the people of Ros a’Mhíl waiting for the Opposition parties to get back into Government.More Button

I am mad for a fight.More Button

Priority Questions - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: his views on whether a long-term strategic plan for the oil and gas industry operating here, and a repayment of at least 20 per cent on gross profits, should be enforced by statute on these speculator...More Button

The fiscal terms for the licensing regime under which offshore exploration companies operate are provided for by the Finance Act 1992. The system is straightforward and is based on a corporation tax r...More Button

I have stated all along that the community in the immediate vicinity of the pipeline and the terminal should benefit from any gas find. I have believed for a long time that where people are discommode...More Button

Neither the Deputy nor I should anticipate what Shell intends to do. The Advantica report deals with all safety issues in an objective way — I was asked about this matter prior to and after the report...More Button

Other Questions - Electricity Sector.

Was asked: if, in view of his recent comments that the ESB should not be broken up into smaller parts or atomised, he will publish the Deloitte & Touche report on the ESB that he commissioned and is in possessio...More Button

Was asked: when he expects to publish the Deloitte & Touche report; the bodies, groups, persons or agencies who have to date had sight of this report; if he expects the contents of the report to be reflected in ...More Button

Was asked: the reason he has not published the Deloitte & Touche report; if he has set a date for publication; the groups, persons or bodies who have to date had access to part of its contents; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: when he intends to publish the Deloitte & Touche report with regard to dominance in the electricity market; the discussions which have taken place to date within the Government with regard to the repo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22, 24, 44 and 91 together. In my recent address to the Energy Ireland conference, I stated that the Government did not favour the privatisation or atomisation of the ...More Button

I am aware that the Deputy does not know what is happening but because he is not aware of what is happening——More Button

I am not criticising the Deputy, I am saying that just because he does not know what is happening does not mean that nothing is happening.More Button

I would not like anyone to think that the diligent officials in my Department who are working on the energy paper are doing nothing. They are committed to this issue and have put in long hours with me...More Button

Over the coming weeks.More Button

If I can be around the first week in August, so can the Deputy.More Button

As soon as I can fix a date. It should be around that time.More Button

I will probably be working throughout August. The Deputy should not make any holiday plans for August.More Button

The Deputy raised a number of questions, including the reason I did not publish the Deloitte & Touche report before now.More Button

The reason is that it is an important part of the energy paper but it is not the be all and end all. The Deloitte & Touche report is part of that. We have used it as an input in terms of the electrici...More Button

——to make it much more efficient and make the market much more competitive when we move that forward.More Button

I would not be so foolish as to make a statement like that on any report that has had this type of circulation, but all the copies of the Deloitte & Touche report are personalised to the individuals a...More Button

——predict that nobody else would have seen it. Many journalists have asked me about its contents. The Deputy can ask the journalists. They have heard nothing from me. On ownership of the grid, securit...More Button

On consumers’ interest, there are two aspects to the remit of the Commission for Energy Regulation, CER. One is competitiveness, which encompasses various aspects, and the other is consumer protection...More Button

Road Traffic Bill 2006 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed).

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the position held by Ireland in the European league in terms of full availability of broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects 100% availability of broadband throughout the country, as is the case in Northern Ireland; if he has identified ways and means to speed up the provision of the technology; his views o...More Button

Was asked: the time schedule recognised for the provision of 100% broadband services throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the low uptake of broadband at various locations throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that over 900 households in the greater Stamullen region in County Meath have no access to broadband facilities; if he will bring forward measures to ensure...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 23, 35, 70, 83 and 120 together. The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband, is a matter in the first instance for the private sector companies ...More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: the extent to which he has had discussions with principals or interested parties involved in oil, gas or other mineral explorations, on or offshore; if discussions have taken place regarding the licen...More Button

Was asked: his proposals in relation to the operation regarding the issue of licences for oil, gas or other mineral exploration; if it is intended to review existing procedures in this regard.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25 and 29 together. My Department has ongoing and widespread contacts with both the industry and the sector in general in relation to a wide range of issues. I recentl...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Interconnectors.

Was asked: the progress to date in the provision of east west electricity interconnectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Security of energy supply is a key imperative for Ireland and the European Union. The relatively small size of the Irish electricity market underlines the need for greater interconnection as a means o...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Pipeline.

Was asked: the position with regard to mediation efforts of the Corrib gas issue; the effect of recent planning rulings on Shell’s pipeline and proposed refinery and if and when he expects an announcement on an ...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to the availability of supply from the Corrib gas field; if the issues which have impeded the progress of the project in the past have been fully addressed by the various intere...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 34 together. As Deputies will be aware, as a result of local concerns over the safety of the Corrib gas pipeline, I commissioned a comprehensive independent saf...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: his proposed role for the ESB for the generation and transmission of electricity in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his preferences for the future ownership of the electricity grid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if discussions have taken place with ESB management or staff regarding the future development of the ESB in conjunction with increased electricity demands and deregulation; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: his preferred options for the future role of the ESB in the energy market at both generation and transmission levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 38, 54 and 59 together. Future possible directions for the electricity sector, taking into account all relevant considerations including the development of the all...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: if it is proposed to develop a native biomass or biofuel industry to enable in excess of 25 per cent of electricity and 10% of petrol and diesel requirements to be replaced and produced from arable cr...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which various alternative and renewable fuels are being developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the potential biomass has as an energy source here.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he intends to encourage the development of alternative or renewable fuels having particular regard to the need for import substitution, reduced dependence on fossil fuels and compl...More Button

Was asked: if he has had recent consultations with, the Department of Agriculture and Food, with a view to the utilisation of farm land previously used for beet growing for bio-fuel production; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: if the Government will institute a comprehensive biofuels strategy including the refinery and distribution network; if he has liaised with the Department of Agriculture and Food in relation to sugar r...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 30, 49, 50, 93, 104 and 107 together. Biofuels and biomass policies are critical components of overall energy policy objectives to significantly enhance the contributi...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the amount spent on phase 1 of the MANs; the amount it is estimated that Phase 2 and 3 of the MANs project will cost; the amount of the MANs network that is currently lit; the level of uptake on the M...More Button

The total cost of the Phase One MANs was approximately €85 million. All 27 networks are now complete. They have been handed over to the Management Services Entity, eNet, which was contracted in June 2...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the uptake of the scallop and whitefish decommissioning programmes and the expected outcome on the whitefish programme up to the conclusion of these supports; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: the number of potential electricity or renewable energy suppliers with whom his Department has had discussions in the context of the development of renewable energy, compliance with Kyoto principles, ...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself regarding the progress to date in the provision of alternative electricity generating sources with particular reference to renewables and import substitution; if he intends...More Button

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the ESB or other potential electricity generating interests with a view to the future development of the alternative energy sector and the need for security of supply; a...More Button

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the ESB or other potential electricity generating interests with a view to the future development of the alternative energy sector and the need for security of supply; a...More Button

Was asked: the number of potential electricity or renewable energy suppliers with whom his Department have had discussions in the context of the development of renewable energy, compliance with Kyoto principles,...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself regarding the progress to date in the provision of alternative electricity generating sources with particular reference to renewables and import substitution; if he intends...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 33, 74, 116, 225, 255 and 274 together. Support programmes put in place by this Government have more than doubled the capacity of renewable energy powered electricity ...More Button

Written Answers - EU Regulations.

Was asked: if he will clarify the position in view of the EU position on minimum import price against the Norwegian salmon industry, which is designed to remain in place for five years, and in further view of th...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: his views on the analysis of RTÉ, that the process of digital switch over that has already begun in the UK will affect the television reception in Irish homes along the eastern seaboard by 2008 and al...More Button

The UK has a schedule to switch off analogue TV in different regions from 2008 to 2012. In the development of a switchover plan, the Irish communications regulator will work closely with the UK to ens...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Reserves.

Was asked: the Government’s target for oil reserves to be held in Ireland or abroad under the auspices of the National Oil Reserves Agency; the number of days the reserve currently stands at; his views on access...More Button

Under the European Communities (Minimum Stocks of Petroleum Oils) Regulations, 1995, the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) acts as an agent of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Res...More Button

Written Answers - Internet Use.

Was asked: the extent to which directly, through the Regulator or through the use of improved technology, he will ensure the elimination of spam on the internet.More Button

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has no function with regard to spam. The development of technology is a matter for the industry itself. My Department and the Office of the Data P...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: the plans he has to follow the example of the British Government and ensure that Government offices are carbon neutral by 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Public Sector programme, operated by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), energy performance is enhanced through improved design, investment and management in new and refurbishment projects. Th...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if the satisfaction he expressed at the joint launch of the new geological map of Ireland is indicative of his intention to reintroduce the GSI Bill, previously withdrawn from circulation; his views o...More Button

I accept fully that it is important to modernise the legislation governing the operations of the Geological Survey of Ireland. A certain amount of preparatory work on such legislation has been underta...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Conservation.

Was asked: if he will report on the work of the three person expert group in relation to salmon fishery; if he will follow the scientific advice and the decision of the National Salmon Commission; and if he will...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Industry.

Was asked: the reason there are no figures available for the numbers of people employed in the seafood processing industry for the years 2001 to 2004; the way he plans to develop a seafood strategy without any h...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: the measures he has taken to promote condensed boilers.More Button

The House of Tomorrow programmes of Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) stimulate the widespread take-up of more sustainable energy planning, specification and construction practices in both new home bui...More Button

Written Answers - Post Office Network.

Was asked: if he has received information regarding the closure of post offices throughout the country in the past five years; the number of post offices downgraded or closed down; the number of sub-post offices...More Button

Was asked: the number and location of rural post offices and urban post offices that have been closed or downgraded in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 87 together. The opening, conversion and closure of individual post offices is a matter for the board and management of An Post. With regard to the post office ...More Button

Written Answers - Internet Use.

Was asked: if he will estimate the level of e-literacy across the State; if there are significant differences in e-literacy due to age, gender, geographical differences; the measures he is recommending to his co...More Button

I have no function in these matters. This question is more appropriate for the inclusion Policy Unit in Department of the Taoiseach.More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: if the Government is supporting proposals by the European Commission to ease the fisheries aid rules and introduce a new limit on fisheries aid to be set at €30,000 per person over a three year period...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: if he will provide information on the €7.9 million funding for coastal protection and small harbours during 2006; if this funding will increase in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: the implications of the consolidation of the national retail and wholesale oil distribution network on his expressed aim of developing a vibrant Irish biofuels sector and network; and if he will make ...More Button

The importation, distribution and retail oil industries are fully privatised and deregulated. Companies make business decisions based on commercial considerations. Under the merger provisions of the C...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: the extent to which radio and television programmes here are being made available throughout the island; if he has examined the prospect for a higher degree of transmission to other jurisdictions; and...More Button

There are no specific legislative impediments to commercial broadcasters who wish to broadcast to the Irish community in Britain, or elsewhere in the European Union, on a purely commercial basis. As r...More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services.

Was asked: the extent to which postcodes are expected to be used to improve the viability of An Post and the quality of service to the consumer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the total cost of the introduction of postcodes; the revenue expected to be generated therefrom in a single year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has had meetings with An Post or unions regarding his pledge to have new postcodes in place by 2008; and if he has taken their concerns on board.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 56, 66 and 82 together. In order to examine the introduction of a postcode system in Ireland, I established a Working Group comprised of people with experience of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: the persons to whom the responsibility will fall to build the new electricity generation station at Aghada; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Within the liberalised, competitive energy market, it is open to any person to apply for the necessary authorisations and permissions to construct a power generating station. Naturally, this would be ...More Button

Was asked: further to his recent commitment to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable sources to 15 per cent by 2010, the proposed means by which the new target will be achieved; and if he in...More Button

I launched REFIT on 1st May and the programme opened on 1st June. Sixty one applications were received and my officials are currently in consultations with the applicants. The published target in REFI...More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: the stage oil and gas exploration licenses are at for the Slyne and north west exploration province; the persons who are carrying out his promised review of licensing terms and conditions; the terms o...More Button

I expect to issue licence offers to successful applicants in the Slyne/Erris/Donegal Round shortly. In relation to the review of licensing terms under which exploration companies operate, my Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Navigational and Communications Technology.

Was asked: if, arising from the recent launch of the new geological map of Ireland, it is intended to complete GPS associated mapping throughout the whole country with a view to enhancing navigational and commun...More Button

I understand from my colleague, the Minister for Finance that Ordnance Survey Ireland has completed national coverage of GPS compatible mapping for the state and has the capability to supply such data...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Gas Grid.

Was asked: if, with regard to the recommendations made in the Advantica Report for changes to pipeline and valve stations to ensure that the Corrib pipeline pressure does not exceed 150 bar, he has received info...More Button

I have not yet received the information referred to in the Deputy’s question. The company has informed my officials that there is extensive redesign work to be done, involving some ten or so different...More Button

Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: if he has received information indicating health problems arising from the proximity to mobile phone masts or electricity transmission lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The consensus of scientific literature to date regarding possible adverse health effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields from facilities such as power lines, mobile phones and their base stati...More Button

Written Answers - Mobile Telephony.

Was asked: his proposals to encourage greater competition through deregulation of the mobile telephone service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have no function in the matter raised by the Deputy. The communications market in Ireland is fully liberalised. Responsibility for the regulation of electronic communication service providers rests ...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: if there have been developments to the digital television policy that Ireland informed the European Commission it was preparing in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of households which have a television; the number of households with two or more television sets; the breakdown of the main television platforms in households including satellite, Irish ter...More Button

Was asked: the overall cost for the digital switch over, including costs for infrastructure, trials for promoting and evaluating DTT and DAB, costs for the simulcast period, of establishing a general digital inf...More Button

Was asked: if it is intended that digital television will be free to air; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on statements made by a European Commission official at the recent ComReg and OECD conference on spectrum management that the EU believes digital switch-over should be well advanced by 2010 ...More Button

Was asked: the prospect of a national rollout of digital audio broadcasting services; his views on establishing a national information campaign to inform the general public on digital television and radio servic...More Button

Was asked: the way Irish digital television and broadcasting rollout compares with the best international performers in the UK, the rest of the EU and further afield; the level of digital development reached and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 85, 94, 111, 119, 124 and 125 together. A digital terrestrial television (DTT) pilot programme is currently being implemented by my Department. The purpose of the ...More Button

Was asked: when he is going to publish the Deloitte & Touche and William Fry solicitors report on TG4; if he has decided to make TG4 an independent statutory body; the timeframe for this development; and if he w...More Button

I have examined the consultants’ report on the implementation plan for the establishment of TG4 and have formulated my proposals, which I will circulate shortly to Government. I will consider publishi...More Button

Written Answers - Resource Exploration.

Was asked: the extent of positive indicators arising from oil, gas or other mineral explorations, onshore or offshore; if adequate scientific resources are being made available to develop the sector; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: if there have been indications of a viable oil, gas or other mineral finds in the past 12 months; if he expects further developments or announcements in this area in the near future; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: the extent of positive indicators arising from oil, gas or other mineral explorations, onshore, or offshore; if adequate scientific resources are being made available to develop the sector; and if he ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 68, 267 and 278 together. Traditionally and for sound reasons exploration for hydrocarbons and other minerals is a private sector activity licensed by the State. The C...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the number of new entrants to the telecommunications market who have applied to or are willing to get involved in the provision of broadband or other telecommunications services or facilities througho...More Button

Was asked: the number of potential broadband service providers of which he is aware and which are anxious but unable to compete effectively in the provision of broadband services throughout the country; the acti...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69 and 113 together. The authorisation regime under the current regulatory framework for telecoms has lowered the barriers to entry for operators. The provision of tel...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the way he has invigilated the performance of the marine agencies including the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and his own Department in performing their duties; the agency which has been prima...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: his views on whether it is fair that taxpayers have to foot the bill of addressing deficient broadband infrastructure while the private sector, and Eircom in particular, will then come in and reap the...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that the reason for the slow roll-out of broadband services in this state has been due to the lack of investment by the private sector in the necessary infrastructure to delive...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 110 together. The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband, is a matter in the first instance for the private sector companies operating in...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Legislation.

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the various interested parties in the context of a review of broadcasting legislation with particular reference to the public and independent sector, local and national...More Button

The priority issues to be addressed by the legislative proposals that will form the basis of a new Broadcasting Bill are as follows: the establishment of a single content regulator for commercial, com...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: the sea fisheries output including the tonnage and the main species caught for each of the years 2001 to 2005 for the five national harbours Killybegs, Castletownbere, Howth, Ros a' Mhíl, Dunmore East...More Button

Was asked: the percentage of the European catch, Ireland’s TAC for demersal, pelagic and shellfish represent for each of the years 2001 to 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if he anticipates entering into discussions with the new owners of Eircom with a views to achieving a higher degree of investment in communication technology, the completion of local loop unbundling a...More Button

I recently met with Mr. Pierre Danon, who is to be the non-executive Chairman of Eircom. I meet with industry players on a regular basis. Any investment in infrastructure would be a commercial decisio...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Gas Grid.

Was asked: when he expects to turn on supply from the Corrib gas pipeline; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Completion of the development works is clearly the principal factor that will determine the date for the developer to turn on first gas. This is a matter for the developer.More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: if he has made suggestions, issued instructions or expressed opinions in regard to the impact on the consumer of higher energy prices with particular reference to current and future economic needs, in...More Button

I have no function in relation to the regulation of electricity and gas charges. This is a matter which falls within the statutory responsibility of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) under th...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: if he has had recent discussion with broadcasting or sporting authorities with a view to ensuring free to air transmission in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 5th April last, I announced that it was my intention, following consultation with my Cabinet colleagues, to continue to designate the current list of designated events as events of major importance...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: the implications of the EU agreement on €4 billion fisheries fund for the National Strategic Plan; and the plans he has put in place for the allocation of the fund.More Button

Was asked: the way the recent agreement on the European Fisheries Fund has impacted on his aquaculture strategy; his targets for the growing Irish aquaculture production up until 2013; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the agreement on the new €4billion European Fisheries Fund; the level of funding the Irish fishing industry and coastal communities will receive under the EFF; the level of fundin...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the recent proposals by European Commission Information Society Commissioner, Ms. Viviane Reding to establish an EU telecoms regulator and an EU spectrum management and licensing agency; the implicati...More Button

The European Commission is undertaking a review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications, which came into force in 2003. The Commission has just recently published proposals and possi...More Button

Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that non-ionising radiation from mobile telephone or electricity transmission lines are within EU guidelines in terms of safety; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The international limits on exposures for non-ionising radiation, developed by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), have been adopted in Ireland on the basis of...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: if parish church broadcasting services which were discontinued by order of the Regulator have been or will be restored without undue cost to the consumer.More Button

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is the statutory body responsible for the management of the radio spectrum in Ireland. ComReg recently launched a licensing scheme that will allow...More Button

Written Answers - Nuclear Power.

Was asked: his response to the proposal of the Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to conduct a public debate on nuclear power in the autumn session of Dáil Éireann; and if he will ma...More Button

The Government has confirmed that the long-standing statutory ban on nuclear power generation in Ireland will remain. Given that nuclear power is back on the international agenda because of sustainabi...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the public and private or corporate investment in the Digital Hub to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Exchequer expenditure at the Digital Hub since 2000 is approximately €127 million to date. This includes approximately €76 million investment in property and infrastructure as well as approximately €5...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the frustration of the business sector in their efforts to obtain broadband services at various locations throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the numerous requests for provision of broadband from the domestic and the corporate market; his proposals to ensure the delivery of such services in the near future...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 118 together. The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband, is a matter in the first instance for the private sector companies operating in...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: his proposals to introduce legislation governing the broadcasting sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The priority issues to be addressed by the legislative proposals that will form the basis of a new Broadcasting Bill are as follows: The establishment of a single content regulator for commercial, com...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: if evaluation or appraisal has been carried out of the various power stations throughout the country currently due for decommissioning or with an identifiable limited lifespan in the context of deregu...More Button

I was recently apprised of a decision by the ESB Board not to undertake any further significant investment in the 620 Megawatt generating station at Tarbert, which is likely to lead to the closure of ...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: his preferred options for the development of the radio and television industry with particular reference to terrestrial broadcasting and the changing and growing needs of the consumer; and if he will ...More Button

My core policy objectives for the development of the broadcasting sector are detailed in my Department’s Statement of Strategy, 2005- 2007. These objectives are: To create an environment that encourag...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: the measures he has introduced to deal with alleged illegal fishing activity on Irish waters or ports; the estimates from his Department for black fish catches in each of the years 2001 to 2005; the p...More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services.

Was asked: if he will make a statement regarding his future plans of privatisation regarding An Post; and the percentage of the company the State will retain.More Button

This Government has no plans to privatise or part- privatise An Post.More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Fleet Modernisation.

Was asked: his views on the judgement of the European Court of First Instance against the European Commission over its refusal to allow 20 Irish fishing vessels to increase the size of their vessels; and the imp...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the reason the Government made no submission to a EU consultation process on the extension of the European Universal Service Obligation for broadband internet services; if he subsequently supported a ...More Button

My Department engages fully with the EU Commission on communications issues. As the Deputy may be aware, universal service in the communications area is a safety net for those whose financial resource...More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services.

Was asked: his Department’s policy in regard to the future development of An Post; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The future development and continued viability of An Post and its services is, in the first instance, a matter for the board and management of An Post. I believe that there will continue to be a key n...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: the way levels of output and employment in the Irish fisheries and seafood sector compare with other major European maritime nations such as Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, France and Holland over th...More Button

Was asked: the measures he intends to introduce to tackle the major structural problems in the fishing sector, in view of the decrease in fleet size of 75 per cent in Dingle harbour in the past 20 years, and wit...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: his plans for the management of spectrum space; if he has directed his Department and ComReg to undertake research in this regard; his views on whether Irish spectrum space will be commercially auctio...More Button

Access to spectrum space is an essential requirement for many sectors including telecommunications, broadcasting, aviation, shipping, public safety and defence services. This, together with the signif...More Button

Written Answers - Inland Fisheries.

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Government has given a commitment to the EU that it will meet scientific advice in 2007, ensuring that fisheries will only take place in estuaries and rivers on stocks whic...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: his views on the European Commission’s investigation into broadcasters here, following the Commission’s ruling against Dutch Government aid paid to NOS; the communication he has had with the Commissio...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the EU Commission’s investigation into the funding of RTÉ. As the Deputy may be aware this investigation arose in the context of a formal complaint by TV3, mad...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: the number of the existing power plants here which are scheduled to be closed down in the next ten years; and the consequences of the proposed closure of Tarbert Power Station on the generation adequa...More Button

I was recently apprised of a decision by the ESB Board not to undertake any further significant investment in the 620 Megawatt generating station at Tarbert, which is likely to lead to the closure of ...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Gas Grid.

Was asked: if he, officials of his Department or others appointed by him, have concluded their discussions with the various interest groups involved in the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline; if all the iss...More Button

As the Deputy will know, I appointed Mr. Peter Cassells as mediator in the dispute between objectors to the proposed development and the developers. He has, for some months now, been meeting with conc...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if he will provide information on reports that the European Commission’s proposals on tackling roaming fees imposed on mobile phone users have been watered down; the measures the Government brought fo...More Button

As Minister for Communications, I have strongly supported Commissioner Reding’s initiative to bring forward a Regulation on international roaming charges. High roaming charges are a barrier to communi...More Button

Was asked: his views on the recent incidents of successful legal challenges to the regulatory decisions of the Commission for Communications Regulation with regard to the opening up of both the fixed line and mo...More Button

Matters arising from the outcome of appeals of regulatory decisions, including costs, are primarily a matter for ComReg, which is independent in the exercise of its functions under the provisions of t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if he will report on the recent establishment of the Irish Energy Council; the amount of money which will be designated to the IEC for its establishment and maintenance; the way Sustainable Energy Ire...More Button

Energy issues are very much centre-stage right now, nationally, in the EU and world-wide and the groundwork which resulted in the creation of the Irish Energy Council commenced a strategic review of t...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: his preferred options for the generation of electricity in the future from wind, oil, gas, coal, hydro or renewable fuels; the most appropriate blend of generation capacity in view of the need to main...More Button

Maintaining diversity in fuels for electricity generation is one of the key issues in energy policy. While our electricity fuel mix is currently heavily reliant on fossil fuels, particularly gas, we h...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences.

Was asked: the progress which has been made with foreshore licences as regards Quilty, Scariff and Feakle, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made with foreshore licences as regards Labasheeda, Cooraclare and Carrigaholt in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: his plans for the accelerated provision of broadband services necessary for the economic well-being of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy may be aware that the communications market in Ireland is fully liberalised and that the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg, is the statutory body with responsibility for regu...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in the provision of broadband in County Louth, and in particular to detail any problem in the provision of broadband; if he will comment on the problem in Monasterboice and any ot...More Button

The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband, is a matter in the first instance for the private sector companies operating in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independ...More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services.

Was asked: his Department’s policy in regard to the future development of An Post; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 107 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: if it is intended that digital television will be free to air; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the schedule for the provision of digital television; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the degree to which digital television is expected to become available in early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 227, 228 and 247 together. The digital terrestrial television (DTT) pilot programme is currently being implemented by my Department. The purpose of the pilot is to bri...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the number of entrants to the telecommunications market who have applied or are willing to get involved in the provision of broadband or other telecommunications services or facilities throughout the ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 69 and 113 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Was asked: if parish church broadcasting services which were discontinued by order of the Regulator have been or will be restored without undue cost to the consumer; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 88 on Wednesday 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Mobile Telephony.

Was asked: his proposals to encourage greater competition through deregulation of the mobile telephone service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 64 answered on 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Internet Use.

Was asked: the extent to which directly, through the Regulator or through the use of improved technology, he will ensure the elimination of spam on the internet; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Legislation.

Was asked: his proposals to introduce legislation governing the broadcasting sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The priority issues to be addressed by the legislative proposals that will form the basis of a new Broadcasting Bill are as follows: •The establishment of a single content regulator for commercial, co...More Button

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the various interested parties in the context of a review of broadcasting legislation with particular reference to the public and independent sector, local and national...More Button

The priority issues to be addressed by the legislative proposals that will form the basis of a new Broadcasting Bill are as follows: •The establishment of a single content regulator for commercial, co...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: if he has had recent consultations with the Department of Agriculture and Food with a view to the utilisation of farm land previously used for beet growing for bio-fuel production; and if he will make...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which various alternative and renewable fuels are being developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he intends to encourage the development of alternative or renewable fuels having particular regard to the need for import substitution, reduced dependence on fossil fuels and compl...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 235, 236 and 266 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 30, 49, 50, 93,104 and 107 of today.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if he has had recent discussions with broadcasting or sporting authorities with a view to ensuring free to air transmission in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects free to air broadcasting of various sports and sporting activities in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 248 together. On 5th April last, I announced that it was my intention, following consultation with my Cabinet colleagues, to continue to designate the current ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which radio and television programmes here are being made available throughout the island; if he has examined the prospect for a higher degree of transmission to other jurisdictions; and...More Button

There are no specific legislative impediments to commercial broadcasters who wish to broadcast to the Irish community in Britain, or elsewhere in the European Union, on a purely commercial basis. As r...More Button

Written Answers - Digital Hub.

Was asked: the public and private or corporate investment in the Digital Hub to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question 90 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if he anticipates entering into discussions with the new owners of Eircom with a view to achieving a higher degree of investment in communication technology, the completion of local loop unbundling an...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 77 on Wednesday 5th July 2006.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the slow progress in the provision of broadband facilities throughout the country, he has considered issuing new instructions or directions to the Regulator with a view to identifying a...More Button

I have no plans to issue instructions or directions to the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg in relation to the provision of broadband facilities. The provision of telecommunications se...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: the progress to date in the provision of east west electricity interconnectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 26545/06 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services.

Was asked: the cost of the introduction of post codes; the revenue expected to be generated therefrom in a single year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which post codes are expected to be used to improve the viability of An Post and the quality of service to the consumer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I proposed to take Questions Nos. 243 and 256 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 56 and 66 of the 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Radiation Levels.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that non-ionising radiation from mobile telephone or electricity transmission lines are within EU guidelines in terms of safety; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 86 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: if he has received information indicating health problems arising from the proximity to mobile phone masts or electricity transmission lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 63 of 5th July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Legislation.

Was asked: his preferred options for the development of the radio and television industry with particular reference to terrestrial broadcasting and the changing and growing needs of the consumer; and if he will ...More Button

My core policy objectives for the development of the broadcasting sector are detailed in my Department’s Statement of Strategy, 2005-2007. These objectives are: to create an environment that encourage...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the position held by Ireland in the European league in terms of full availability of broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 23 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the frustration of the business sector in their efforts to obtain broadband services at various locations throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 92 and 118 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: the time schedule recognised for the provision of 100 per cent broadband services throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 23 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the low uptake of broadband at various locations throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 23 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: when he expects 100 per cent availability of broadband throughout the country as is the case in Northern Ireland; if he has identified ways and means to speed up the provision of the technology; his v...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 23 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: the number of potential broadband service providers of which he is aware and which are anxious but unable to compete effectively in the provision of broadband services throughout the country; the acti...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 69 and 113 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Post Office Network.

Was asked: the number and location of rural post offices and urban post offices that have closed or downgraded in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has received information regarding the closure of post offices throughout the country in the past five years; the number of post offices downgraded or closed down; the number of sub post offices...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 258 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 47 and 87 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: if he has made suggestions, issued instructions or expressed opinions in regard to the impact on the consumer of higher energy prices with particular reference to current and future economic needs, in...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 79 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: if discussions have taken place with ESB management or staff regarding the future development of the ESB in conjunction with increased electricity demands and deregulation; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: his proposed role for the ESB for the generation and transmission of electricity in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his preference for the future ownership of the electricity grid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his preferred options for the future role of the ESB in the energy market at both generation and transmission levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 260, 263, 271 and 272 together. I refer the Deputy to my answer to Questions Nos. 28, 38, 54 and 59 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: if evaluation or appraisal has been carried out of the various power stations throughout the country currently due for decommissioning or with an identifiable limited life span in the context of dereg...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: the person to whom the responsibility will fall to build the new electricity generation station at Aghada; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 57 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the Deloitte and Touche report; the bodies, groups, persons or agencies who have to date had sight of this report; if he expects the contents of the report to be reflected i...More Button

Was asked: the reason he has not published the Deloitte and Touche report; if he has set a date for the publication; the groups, persons or bodies who have to date had access to part of its contents; and if he w...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 264 and 273 together. I refer the Deputy to my answer to Questions Nos. 22, 24, 44, 91 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: his preferred options for the generation of electricity in the future from wind, oil, gas, coal, hydro or renewable fuels; the most appropriate blend of generation capacity in view of the need to main...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 126 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: the extent to which he has had discussion with principals or interested parties involved in oil, gas or other mineral explorations, on or offshore; if discussions have taken place regarding the licens...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 25 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if, arising from the recent launch of the new geological map of Ireland, it is intended to complete GPS associated mapping throughout the whole country with a view to enhancing navigational and commun...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Question No. 61 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Surveys.

Was asked: if the satisfaction he expressed at the joint launch of the new geological map of Ireland is indicative of his intention to reintroduce the GSI Bill, previously withdrawn from circulation; his views o...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 42 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: when he expects to turn on supply from the Corrib gas pipeline; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 62 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: if he, officials of his Department or others appointed by him have concluded their discussions with the various interest groups involved in the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline; if all the issu...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 115 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to the availability of supply from Corrib gas field; if the issues which have impeded the progress of the project in the past have been fully addressed by the various interested...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 27 and 34 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Was asked: his proposals in relation to the operation regarding to the issue of licences for oil, gas or other mineral exploration; if it is intended to review existing procedures in this regard; and if he will ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 29 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the numerous requests for provision of broadband from the domestic and the corporate market; his proposals to ensure the delivery of such services in the near future...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Questions Nos. 92 and 118 of 5 July 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation.

Was asked: the dividend income accruing to the Exchequer from the ESB over the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The table below lists ESB dividends in respect of 2001 to 2004, as paid to the Exchequer. The dividend in respect of 2005 will be approved at the company’s Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled f...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: the options available to reduce the energy costs for companies (details supplied), two of the largest manufacturing employers for the people of County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) provides support and advice to companies that wish to manage their energy budgets. In a context where world energy prices are expected to rise, it is even more necessa...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the total amount paid in terms of fees or expenses for the appointment of press or public relations consultants from outside his Department for each year since 2002; the firms appointed and the specif...More Button

There was one public relations contract initiated by my Department during the period. The firm, Fleishman-Hillard of 15 Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 4, was contracted on Friday 11 November 2005 to provide...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of political appointees and non-established civil servants appointed to his Department since June 2002; the nature of the post to which each such person is appointed; the annual cost in ter...More Button

My Department is compiling the data sought by the Deputy in this regard, and I shall forward them to him as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff broken down by grade employed within the private office and the constituency office; the number of such staff who are permanent civil servants; the number who are political appoint...More Button

There are currently 4 staff employed in the private office of the Minister of State at my Department, details as follows: one Higher Executive Officer, one Executive Officer and two Clerical Officers,...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff broken down by grade employed within his private office and his constituency office; the number of such staff who are permanent civil servants; the number who are political appoint...More Button

There are currently nine staff employed in my private office, details as follows: one Administrative Officer, three Executive Officers and four Clerical Officers, all of whom are permanent civil serva...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total amount spent by his Department in terms of advertising in newspapers, magazines and electronic media in respect of each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Advertising by my Department is the subject of a drawdown contract which is put out to tender on a regular basis by the Government Supplies Agency (GSA). The Department’s advertising is placed under t...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Was asked: if he has received communication from any of the parties involved in the delivery of natural gas from the Corrib gas field; if agreement has been reached with a view to delivery of supply to the consu...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 27 and 34 of today. Over the course of the project my Department has had detailed communication with the developers of the Corrib Gas Field on matters ...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the petroleum affairs division are doing enough to encourage Irish businesses to participate in exploration and production here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the petroleum affairs division facilitates mechanisms whereby Irish businesses benefit from exploration and production here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together. The objective of my Department in promoting the Irish offshore is to attract a good amount of interest from competent companies to undertake expl...More Button

Was asked: when there will be a decision on the latest licensing round relating to oil production and exploration; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I expect to make a decision shortly.More Button

Was asked: if any of the present applicants in relation to oil production and exploration are returning anything to the local economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Licensing rounds are held from time to time to stimulate interest in exploration of our territory or identified parts of it. The stated criteria to be taken into account in considering applications ar...More Button

Was asked: if there is an Irish company in the latest licensing round relating to oil production and exploration; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would refer the Deputy to the contents of a press release issued by my Department on 23 March this year in which the following applicants were named: Statoil Exploration (Ireland) Limited with Shell...More Button


Last Updated: 03/11/2010 21:26:08 First Page Previous Page Page of 322 Next Page Last Page