Roche, Dick

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 628 No. 6

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Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: if, in relation to the grazing stocking rate for an area (details supplied) he will provide a copy of what was proposed by the EU for this area to bring the Irish farmers in line; the proposals from ...More Button

Continued overgrazing by livestock in some areas has given rise to environmental problems, particularly loss of vegetation and soil erosion in commonages. In this regard, damage to the habitat of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Acts.

Was asked: if there is a requirement on local authorities to present minutes to the council of the corporate policy committee for adoption; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no obligation under the Local Government Act 2001 which requires the minutes of the Corporate Policy Group, CPG, to be circulated to the elected council for adoption. The adoption of the min...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the position in relation to the Gweedore sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on the de-bundling of the Gweedore sewerage scheme and the Letterkenny sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 512 and 513 together. The Gweedore and Letterkenny Sewerage Schemes have been approved for funding in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. W...More Button

Was asked: when approval will be given for pipe replacement for the Rosses regional network under the water conservation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has allocated funding of €25 million for water conservation measures in County Donegal under the Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. In response to an interim report from Done...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the action he will take regarding the concerns of residents that inappropriate trees (details supplied) should be banned from being planted in suburban gardens due to their propensity to take over ga...More Button

Current Irish legislation does not provide for restrictions on the height of hedges. I have however asked my Department to prepare some preliminary proposals for dealing with this matter and I will c...More Button

Written Answers - Noise Pollution.

Was asked: if there is redress for residents experiencing noise values resulting from motorway provision which are in excess of predicted levels and of the British standard. More Button

The Minister for Transport has responsibility for policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme, and implementation of individual projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority...More Button

Was asked: if there is imminent legislation which would require remedial action in circumstances where traffic noise levels exceed a given EU accepted standard; and if such legislation is contemplated either at...More Button

I have recently made the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006, which give effect to EU Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. Environmental noise is de...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if the Labasheeda and Carrigaholt sewerage schemes in County Clare will be fast tracked in view of the fact that Cooraclare, which had been bundled with those schemes, has been given to go-ahead; and...More Button

I recently approved Clare County Council’s proposals to advance the works for Cooraclare independently of the other two locations included in the Carrigaholt/Labasheeda/Cooraclare Sewerage Scheme whic...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will provide copies of all the records it holds regarding the Castleconnor group water scheme in west Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer to the replies to Question No. 257 of 2 November 2006, and to Question No. 575 of 21 November 2006, in which I indicated that my Department has received no recent correspondence or representat...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations.

Was asked: if Part M of the 1988 building regulations make it compulsory for all restaurants to have toilets accessible for wheelchair users; and the action disabled people can take on this matter. More Button

Part M (Access for People with Disabilities) of the Building Regulations applies to all new buildings, and extensions to or material alterations of existing buildings, to which the public have access ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: the amount spent by his Department and by the national parks and wildlife service in hiring helicopters in each of the past three years; and the breakdown of the yearly amount paid for this service. More Button

The cost of helicopter hire organised directly by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department for the past three years is set out below: Helicopter hire connected with the recent developm...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when the phasing report submitted by Donegal County Council in relation to the Killybegs sewerage scheme will be approved and work allowed to commence on the scheme. More Button

The Killybegs Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. I approved Donegal County Council’s Preliminary Report for the scheme last month, subject t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: the amount spent by the national parks and wildlife service for the purchase of vehicles (details supplied) in each of the past three years; the number of vehicles purchased; and the number of ranger...More Button

One crew-cab vehicle of the make referred to in the question was purchased by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in December 2005 at a cost of €43,550. A further crew-cab of the same make is curr...More Button

Written Answers - Smoking Ban.

Was asked: if he plans to introduce legislation to ensure proper safety and control of designated smoking areas of public buildings, including pubs; if he will designate an agency to police this issue; and if h...More Button

The safety and control of designated smoking areas of public buildings is a matter in the first instance for the owners of such premises and a number of legislative codes apply. I have no plans to in...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: the reason a full and detailed reply was not issued in relation to a query that was raised with him. More Button

A substantive reply to the Deputy’s correspondence has issued.More Button

Written Answers - Radon Gas Levels.

Was asked: his views on putting in place a radon grants scheme in view of the high concentration of radon here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

During the period 1992 to 1999, the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) carried out a nationwide survey of radon gas in domestic dwellings. The survey involved the measurement of rado...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: the cost of providing a home composting unit to all houses here. More Button

The information sought is not available in my Department. The National Strategy on Biodegradable Waste, published in April 2006, is aimed at the progressive diversion of biodegradable municipal wast...More Button

Written Answers - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: the status of a cessation of turf-cutting scheme application form for persons (details supplied) in County Clare; if the contract has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This site in Tullagher Lough and Bog is currently being surveyed and upon receipt of the surveyor’s report a letter of offer to purchase the lands will issue to the vendors.More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when he will give approval for the extension of water from the Carramore treatment works to Glevamoy. More Button

The Extension of the Erris Regional Water Supply Scheme to Glenamoy is approved for funding in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. Mayo County Council’s Water Services Pric...More Button

Was asked: when he will approve the preliminary report for Belmullet sewerage scheme as it is with his Department since 2004. More Button

Was asked: when he will give the go ahead for Foxford sewerage scheme as the preliminary report is with his Department since 2004 awaiting approval. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 530 and 532 together. The Belmullet and Foxford Sewerage Schemes are approved for funding under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007 and are b...More Button

Was asked: when he will approve the contract documents for Ballina town water. More Button

The Ballina Regional Water Supply (Storage and Mains) Scheme is approved for funding under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. Mayo County Council’s Contract Documents for ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he will make provision for the establishment of small playschools on the same basis as small bed and breakfasts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I assume that the Questions refers to article 10(4) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 which sets out an exemption for development consisting of the use of not more than 4 bedrooms in a ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if he will reduce from 18 months to 12 months the time that persons who have been deemed to be homeless must wait to qualify for the RAS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Housing Regulations.

Was asked: if he will provide this Deputy with a copy of a set of regulations (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: his plans to develop the legal framework and the administrative structures to enhance the protection of animals outside of the commercial agricultural sphere; if he has conducted an audit of the adeq...More Button

My Department has responsibilities under the Wildlife Acts and the Habitats Regulations, relating to the conservation of populations of certain wild animals. Staff of my Department are deployed in ad...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the progress that has been made in assessing the preliminary report from Clare County Council on the proposed Kilrush and Kilkee sewerage schemes; the funding that has been earmarked for these projec...More Button

The Kilkee and Kilrush Sewerage Schemes are being advanced under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007 as a joint project to start construction in 2007 at an overall estimated ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: when the second phase of the remedial works scheme for Mullaghmatt housing will take place; his views on whether there is a need to include an external works scheme on the private houses and boundary...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Management Companies.

Was asked: if he knows the number of housing estates, as distinct from apartment developments, for which a condition of planning permission was imposed by the relevant local authority to establish a management ...More Button

My Department does not collect the detailed data referred to in the Question.More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: if a request has been received from a group (details supplied) in County Kildare for funding; if he will give favourable consideration to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount of expenditure on consultancy by his Department in 2003, 2004 and 2005; the number of consultants engaged by his Department in those years; and the steps which have been taken to reduce th...More Button

I refer to the replies to Question No. 164 of 4 October 2006 and Question No. 785 of 6 July 2006. My Department has regard to the appropriate Department of Finance guidelines on engaging consultants. ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: if an upper age limit applies regarding membership of State boards under his aegis; if so, the reason for the age limit; his plans to remove same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An upper age limit of 65 years applies for any member of the Board of an agency under the aegis of my Department who is an employee of the agency and whose employment commenced before 1 April 2004. Th...More Button


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