Coveney, Simon

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 650 No. 1

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Ceisteanna — Questions - Programmes for Government.

Asked the minister: if he will report on the implementation of An Agreed Programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Priority Questions - Telecommunications Services.

Asked the minister: if he will confirm that, as he stated in a speech to Dáil Éireann on 26 February 2008, all areas that do not have broadband by 1 July 2008 will get broadband under the national broadband scheme; and ...More Button

I note we are discussing the issue of broadband again. We will continue to return to it until the Opposition is satisfied the Government is taking it seriously. Is it the case that the map I am hold...More Button

How does the Minister square his view with the statement by the Commission for Communications Regulation at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Regulatory Affairs that the national bro...More Button

Priority Questions - Decentralisation Programme.

I would have thought it would have taken two seconds to give the answer to that question.More Button

Priority Questions - Telecommunications Services.

Asked the minister: if the International Advisory Forum on next generation networks has reported; if so, if he will publish the findings; if he will publish a detailed timetable of the action he proposes to take on prom...More Button

We are back to the issue of broadband again. Why did the Minister believe it was appropriate to appoint an independent advisory forum to advise him on his own policy paper when we could have debated ...More Button

What about Ireland?More Button

The Minister has put his finger on the problem. This is a fast-changing market but the Government is not providing leadership. That is the issue. There are decisions the Minister could take, on whi...More Button

I asked about the forum. Who on the forum represents business?More Button

Is John McElligott happy with the Government’s response?More Button

Priority Questions - Alternative Energy Projects.

Asked the minister: the criteria for prioritising successful applications in view of the large number of wind energy projects hoping to get connection to the grid under the gate 3 connection process; if he will confirm ...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply, but it is a different answer to the one I expected. The Commission for Energy Regulation informed the Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resourc...More Button

As time is tight, could I ask the Minister to answer the specific question I asked?More Button

Unfortunately, that is not what the CER is saying, and it will be making the decision. It is saying that acceptance will be based on the time the application was made.More Button

The Minister is saying something entirely different.More Button

The Minister correctly said that it is the plan of the Government to obtain approximately 4,000 MW from onshore wind farms. We currently have the capacity for more than 1,000 MW on the grid, but ther...More Button

It is no consolation for those people that they might get a connection after 2020.More Button

Other Questions - Electricity Transmission.

Asked the minister: if it is possible to extend the timeframe under which a consultant appointed by his Department will undertake a study on the comparative merits of overhead electricity transmission lines and undergro...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of companies that have tendered for the study on the comparative merits of overhead electricity transmission lines and underground cables for the Meath-Cavan-Monaghan 400 kV project; when ...More Button

Asked the minister: if the tender has been advertised on a Europe-wide basis for the study on the comparative merits of overhead electricity transmission lines and underground cables for the Meath-Cavan-Monaghan 400 kV ...More Button

Asked the minister: if he will ensure that there will be no conflict of interest between the selected successful tender and the past relationship with EirGrid which may compromise the credibility of the study of the com...More Button

How much time do we have for questions? Do we get extra time?More Button

I will follow up on one or two of the Minister’s answers. The representative group, which consists mostly of the North East Pylon Pressure group, submitted a 300 page document by the deadline. Will ...More Button

That is the issue, rural versus urban.More Button

Other Questions - Telecommunications Services.

I thank the Minister for a detailed reply. I accept there are some impressive CVs on the forum. Will the Minister explain the reason he chose not to have any current business users of broadband serv...More Button

I am not questioning individuals.More Button

Regarding where we develop from here, the Minister stated that we will see an amended policy document from the Government in the middle of April. This is quite soon. Could the Minister seek time in ...More Button

On the same issue, I agree with the Minister’s last comments. The State’s job is to facilitate competition in this area and, where there is market failure, to subsidise where necessary. By doing thi...More Button

We are discussing availability for those who want it. While everyone in Northern Ireland can get it, only 25% of people in the Republic can get it.More Button

Perhaps the Minister should go home for a while.More Button

The Minister has been in the Pale for too long.More Button

Cancer Services Reports: Motion (Resumed).

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Question put: “That the motion be agreed to.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Capitation Grants: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Question put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button


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