Ryan, Eamon

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 675 No. 4

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 23 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2009: Second Stage (Resumed).

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand part of the main question.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the source of the funding in respect of the national insulation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the estimated duration of the national insulation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding he proposes to allocate to the national insulation programme in other years if the scheme is to be continued past 2010. More Button

Was asked: the way it is calculated that 4,000 jobs will be created by the national insulation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 to 375, inclusive, together. Along with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, I launched the National Insulation Programme for economic ...More Button

Was asked: the projects which have gone over the timescale and budget within his Department since September 2007 to date in 2009; the length of time each project has run over; and the cost that time and budget ...More Button

The following table sets out the projects within this Department, which have gone over timescale and budget since September 2007; the length of time each project has run over and the cost associated w...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the length of time the national broadband scheme is currently running over its original schedule since first announced; the amount of money the over-run has cost his Department; the number of consult...More Button

Significant time, expertise, human and financial resources have been invested to ensure the optimum outcome and best possible broadband service from the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) procurement pro...More Button

Was asked: the length of time the metropolitan area networks phase II project is currently running over its original schedule since it was first announced; the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on the project; t...More Button

Under Phase ll of the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) Programme a total of 88 networks covering 94 towns were approved. It had been envisaged that the networks would be completed by the end of 2007...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the cost of researching, drafting and publishing the Energy White Paper 2007; and if he is committed to delivering the targets and measures set out in this paper in the specified timeframe. More Button

The external costs associated with publishing the Government’s Energy Policy White Paper comprised €30,664.29 for design and printing and €4,785.79 for translation into Irish. Consultation research a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: the cost of the Review of the Security of Ireland’s Access to Commercial Oil Supplies September 2008; the action he has taken since the publication of this report; and the action he will take in rela...More Button

Was asked: the details of the report into the security of Ireland’s oil reserves; the action he will take as a result of this report; the cost of commissioning this report; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 380 and 381 together. The report on the review of the security of Ireland’s access to commercial oil supplies was commissioned by my Department on foot of a commitment...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the cost of the Commission for Energy Regulation to the taxpayer; the number of staff employed by the CER each year from 2005 to date in 2009; the cost of the staff at the CER; and if he will make a ...More Button

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is funded through a levy on the energy sector and does not receive Exchequer funding. The CER reports annually on staff and costs in its annual report, whic...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: if the recently announced grants for the installation of high performance boilers and insulation will be extended to include work that has been recently completed or is currently under way; and if he...More Button

Was asked: if the new insulation grant scheme will provide assistance to home owners for the replacement of windows and doors or the provision of proper insulation of windows and doors; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: if the installation of new draught-proof double glazed windows will be included as work eligible for the award of the insulation grants announced recently by him; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 383, 384 and 388 together. The Home Energy Saving Scheme which I launched on 8 February last, provides grant assistance to homeowners for attic and wall insulation, ef...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: the reason the fisheries board (details supplied) is charging an extortionate amount for a licence. More Button

Was asked: the cost of a licence (details supplied) for the past ten years in tabular form. More Button

Written Answers - Energy Prices.

Was asked: when the announced reduction in energy prices can be expected in view of the recently announced energy review. More Button

The Commission for Energy Regulation will shortly complete its review of options for a reduction in electricity and gas prices, taking account of all relevant factors. I have also engaged with IBEC a...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the number of public service answering points here; the number of staff employed at each point; if he has studied the expenses involved in upgrading the PSAP network to include the eCall road safety ...More Button

Eircom provides the existing Public Service Answering Points (PSAP) network for the answering of emergency calls. The number of PSAPs and the staff numbers employed at each point is an operational ma...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Pylons.

Was asked: if he will provide the information he has in relation to pylons in residential areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The planning and development of electricity transmission and distribution line infrastructure are matters for EirGrid and ESB respectively. I have no function in relation to the siting of pylons for ...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the district electoral divisions in County Laois that are not part of the national broadband scheme; the reason they are not part of the scheme; and the details of the broadband service available in ...More Button

The objective of the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) is to provide access to affordable, scaleable broadband services to rural areas, many of which do not currently have any broadband service. The NBS...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Conservation.

Was asked: the way a community group can apply to Sustainable Energy Ireland to register its interest in taking part in the warmer homes scheme; the number and location of community based organisations currentl...More Button

The Warmer Homes Scheme (WHS) provides funding to Community Based Organisations for the installation of energy efficiency measures including cavity wall insulation, attic insulation, boiler lagging ja...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when his Department will publish regulations or legislation regarding the production of geothermal energy here; if he will confirm that the necessary drafting of such regulations is included in the u...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of civil servants employed in his Department who are also in receipt of a Civil Service pension; the amount paid to same in respect of their employment and in Civil Service pensions; and i...More Button

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources currently employs two former civil servants who are also in receipt of a Civil Service pension. In the first case the services of a form...More Button


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