Ryan, Eamon

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 3

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with the late sitting be agreed to.”
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Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008: Order for Second Stage.

Question put.
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Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the reason a semi-State body (details supplied) is not covered under the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

ESB Customer Supply is a division of the ESB Group. ESB, in common with other Commercial State Bodies, is not included under the remit of the Freedom of Information Acts. I am advised that the decis...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if he will provide an estimate of the cost of legal services which his Department paid for in 2007 and to date in 2008; and if he is satisfied that effective measures are in place to minimise this c...More Button

The cost of legal services incurred by my Department in 2007 and to date in 2008 is as follows. The bulk of legal services expenditure arises as part of the complex commercial transactions including t...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: if he will consult with Bord na Móna and officials in the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism on the matter of the proposed closure by Bord na Móna of the Clonmacnoise and west Offaly railway; and...More Button

This is an operational matter for the Board of Bord na Móna plc. However, I have obtained information from the company on the issue on behalf of the Deputy. Bord na Móna advises that the company has ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the number of capital projects which have gone over budget in each of the past five years; the original estimate for each of these projects; the final cost of same; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Since the establishment of my Department in June 2007 no capital projects have exceeded their budget. My Department continuously seeks to deliver expenditure on capital projects within budget in a va...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the severance packages for each retiring staff member in his Department over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was established in June 2007. Since then, any member of staff who retired received the standard terms and conditions applying under the ...More Button

Written Answers - Post Office Network.

Was asked: if he has devolved complete responsibility to an Post in the determination of policy relating to the closure of post offices; if he has policy input on such matters; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

It is Government policy that An Post remains a strong and viable company, in a position to compete in a liberalised market, provide a high quality, nationwide postal service and maintain a nationwide,...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the reason it appears the communications regulatory system throughout Europe seems to have achieved a higher quality and availability of communications services than those available here; if he has h...More Button

The Irish telecommunications market is competitive and healthy. This is evident from ComReg’s latest quarterly report for end June 2008. This confirms the continuing growth in broadband with 1,055,0...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: the details of the development works undertaken by his Department under section 181(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, since the Act was enacted; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources was established in June 2007. The identification of records prior to June 2007 cannot be facilitated without undue commitment of staff res...More Button

Written Answers - Site Remediation.

Was asked: the budget and consultant’s brief governing the commissioning of a report on the Avoca river and the old mines (details supplied); and the action taken to ensure that local stakeholder input is being...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services.

Was asked: if, in view of RTE’s decision to postpone the diaspora channel, he will ensure that the Irish abroad will have access to Irish television services; the way he will ensure that the commitment to provi...More Button

Section 3(1)(b) of The Broadcasting Act 2007 requires RTÉ to establish and maintain a television broadcasting service and a sound broadcasting service, which services shall be made available, in so fa...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Authority.

Was asked: the plans he has put in place in relation to the seven regional chief executive officers and their extensive offices and staff in view of the fact that the seven regional fisheries boards and the Cen...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: if, in the interest of reducing paper use, his Department has plans to relax or drop the requirement to supply three or more hard copies of tender documentation and to move towards greater use of ele...More Button

My Department is engaged, at present, in a review of its procurement processes. As part of that review my Department is examining all potential savings, efficiencies and reductions of the administrat...More Button

Written Answers - Offshore Exploration.

Was asked: if petroleum leases granted before 1 January 2007, under the terms of his Department’s licensing terms for offshore oil and gas exploration and development 1992, included or were accompanied by an as...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: the public transport services used by him since he came into office or since 2007 on official business; the destinations travelled to; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

Since coming into office I have used both the Luas and Iarnród Éireann on official departmental business. I travel within Dublin on the Luas occasionally and I have travelled to a number of destinati...More Button

Was asked: the public transport services used by his officials since 2007 on official business; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the amount the process of decentralisation has cost the taxpayer to date excluding the cost of all sites or buildings acquired; and the cost for each individual location. More Button

As I informed this House in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 335 of 5th November 2008 the vast majority of property related costs of Decentralisation have been paid directly by the Office of Pub...More Button


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