Gormley, John

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 680 No. 3

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Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: the maximum electric field value in volts per meter allowed if a mobile phone transmitter is located in a place where people may be found. More Button

The issue of potential health effects of mobile phone masts was comprehensively covered by the Expert Group Report published by Government in March 2007 entitled “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fie...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: if the National Development Finance Agency has entered or considered or is considering entering a financial arrangement relating to the Poolbeg incinerator project, Dublin 4; if the NDFA has advised ...More Button

As previously advised, the facility in question is provided for in the Dublin regional waste management plan for which the four Dublin local authorities have statutory responsibility under the Waste M...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the reason tenants of housing associations are not allowed to purchase their homes; if he will introduce legislation to allow tenants of housing associations to purchase their homes; and if he will m...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the position regarding grants in respect of re-roofing a church ( details supplied) in County Carlow; the grants available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The civic structures conservation grant scheme, which is administered by my Department, provides grants for the restoration and conservation of buildings of significant architectural heritage merit an...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Services.

Was asked: the criteria used by his Department to establish full-time or day manned fire services; if he is examining the fire service provision in view of the Bray fire disaster, County Wicklow; if Wexford Bor...More Button

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs, the provision of a premises and the making of...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the position regarding a lease between housing association housing schemes and its tenants (details supplied). More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a matter between housing association housing schemes and tenants’ responsibilities (details supplied). More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 565 and 566 together. I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 373, 374, 384 and 385 of 31 March 2009, setting out the position in relation to the management and mainte...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: if county managers are entitled to bonus or performance related payments; the amount of these payments paid in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for each county; if there is a standard mechanism of calculating the...More Button

The Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector (Part 2 of Report No.38 of September 2000 dealing with Rewarding Exceptional Performance) recommended the introduction of a performance rela...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations.

Was asked: his views on the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 568 and 591 together. The EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings, which was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Energy Performance of ...More Button

Written Answers - Water Quality.

Was asked: if water softening at source will be provided in Clonmel, County Tipperary due to the costs incurred at household level by hard water; his views on bringing in grant aid for the installation of domes...More Button

South Tipperary County Council’s Preliminary Report for the Clonmel Town and Rural Water Supply Scheme proposes the abstraction of water from the River Suir, which will allow the Council to discontinu...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the grant assistance available to a homeowner, whose property is a protected structure or has a conservation order in place in respect of same property; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

A Conservation Grants Scheme is administered by local authorities with funding from my Department. The scheme is aimed at assisting owners and occupiers to carry out conservation works on structures o...More Button

Written Answers - Coastal Protection.

Was asked: if the Dublin local authorities have been informed that they are to fund the work of the Dublin Bay Task Force; if not, when they will be instructed to do so; the amount each Dublin local authority w...More Button

Was asked: the way the make up and membership of the Dublin Bay Task Force was decided; if he appointed the members of the Dublin Bay Task Force directly; the way the chair of the Dublin Bay Task Force was appo...More Button

Was asked: when he will begin drawing up the necessary legislation to enable a Dublin Bay plan and integrated coastal zone management plan to be put in place for Dublin Bay; and when he will provide an opinion ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 to 573, inclusive, together. At my request, the Dublin Regional Authority established the Dublin Bay Task Force in May 2008, essentially to prepare a draft Master ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the infrastructural projects that have been approved; and the infrastructural projects going ahead in County Mayo for 2009 from his Department. More Button

I assume the Question refers to Water Services infrastructural projects. Details of all major water and sewerage schemes included for funding by my Department are set out in the Water Services Invest...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation.

Was asked: the reason motor tax on a car imported from the UK is calculated using the old method as opposed to basing it on CO2 emissions; his plans to address this anomaly; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Second hand car imports are liable to motor tax on the same basis as cars first registered in Ireland, as follows: A private car first registered abroad or in the State prior to 1 January 2008 is taxe...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the application by Clúid for a housing development at Blarney Street, Cork, which was submitted to his Department some time ago for formal approval. More Button

To date my Department has not received an application for funding for a project at this location. However, I understand that Cluid Housing Association have prepared a submission and are engaging with ...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: the breakdown by local authority of the number of affordable housing units which are completed but remain vacant and the value of this property in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Responsibility for the operation of the affordable housing schemes is primarily a matter for individual housing authorities. I have no function in relation to the valuation of affordable housing unit...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 207 of 19 February 2009, if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty posed for residents in the vicinity of quarries which have been registered under provi...More Button

Was asked: if he has received a legal opinion from An Bord Pleanála regarding the legal framework governing pre-1964 quarries and the capacity of local authorities to enforce conditions attached to their licens...More Button

Was asked: if he has received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied) regarding the laws that relate to the registration by planning authorities of pre-1964 quarries; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 578 to 580, inclusive, together. It is acknowledged that there are deficiencies in section 261 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, concerning the control of quar...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: if he will respond to a query (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to a query (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 581 and 582 together. The total Exchequer provision for social and affordable housing programmes for 2009 will be published shortly in the Revised Estimates for Public...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the action he will take on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The functions of each of the 7 Business Units in my Department’s Housing Division, and the staff numbers currently working in each, are set out in the Table.More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when the revised Environmental Protection Agency waste water treatment manual for single houses will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand that the Environmental Protection Agency expects to publish the Manual to which the Question refers at an early date.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he will make funding available to local authorities for disability grants in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when local authorities will be informed of the funding allocated to each local authority by his Department for disability and mobility grants that are allocated by each authority; if there will be, a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 585 and 604 together. Allocations to individual local authorities under the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability will be anno...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: the number of voluntary housing organisations here that have purchased sites for housing and other related matters in each of the past six years where these sites were not developed and where these s...More Button

Under my Department’s Capital Funding Schemes for voluntary and co-operative housing, grants of up to 100% of the approved cost of projects are available for accommodation provided by approved housing...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 390 of 31 March 2009, the position regarding the allocation to Roscommon County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Following the publication, shortly, of the Revised Estimates for the Public Service 2009 by the Department of Finance, allocations for the various programmes and schemes under the 2009 built heritage ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement Policy.

Was asked: if he will issue guidelines to local authorities to review turnover threshold conditions being placed on tenders in view of the financial pressure facing many businesses; and if he will make a statem...More Button

All public bodies are subject to public procurement policy and guidelines as determined by the Minister for Finance in accordance with national and EU procurement guidelines. The relevant policy and ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of uncertified sick days taken within all sections of his Department for the years 2007 and 2008 and to date in 2009; the number of employees who have taken uncertified sick days in the ca...More Button

The information requested is being compiled, as appropriate, and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Housing Statistics.

Was asked: the number of houses and apartments sold in 2009; and the number of houses and apartments let in 2009. More Button

My Department collates and publishes a wide range of housing statistics that inform the preparation and evaluation of housing policy. Among the areas of activity covered are statistics on: the deliver...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Was asked: his views on correspondence (detail supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department’s involvement with the new Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditu...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: his plans to introduce a housing product that allows a person renting to convert their rental payments into equity in the home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008 provides for the introduction of an Incremental Purchase Scheme for lower income households assessed as eligible for social housing support and who wis...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Stations.

Was asked: if his Department has provided funding to Dublin City Council to refurbish Dublin Fire Brigade’s training centre; if so, the amount of funding allocated; when he expects construction work to commence...More Button

The development and modernisation of the Dublin Fire Brigade’s Training Centre at the O’Brien Institute, Marino by Dublin City Council will be carried out on a phased basis over a number of years. To ...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations.

Was asked: the reason fire safety applications prepared according to British Standard BS9999 are not being accepted by his Department; when it will come into operation; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Responsibility for assessment of Fire Safety Certificate applications is vested in the 37 local Building Control Authorities. Applications for fire safety certificates are made to the authorities und...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Was asked: if he plans to facilitate persons who purchased houses under the affordable housing scheme to re-mortgage their property. More Button

Legislative provision to facilitate arrangements under which a local authority could agree to its clawback charge ranking in second place behind a new or topped-up mortgage charge, thereby facilitatin...More Button

Written Answers - House Prices.

Was asked: the policy that he has adopted to reflect the falling values of house prices with reference to affordable housing schemes across the country and prices charged by local authorities for such houses; a...More Button

The price of units transferred to local authorities under Part V primarily reflects the costs negotiated, in accordance with the relevant legislation, between authorities and developers. These costs a...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when he will approve the borrowing by Galway County Council to fund the non-recoupable element of Tuam town water distribution and main drainage stage two civil works. More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm to Galway County Council that his Department will provide the timely re-coupment of the council’s expenditure from his Department in respect of the Tuam town water distribution and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 598 and 599 together. My Department is finalising its examination of applications from a number of local authorities for loan approvals in respect of expenditure on wa...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: his views on the rezoning of lands (details supplied) in County Galway from agricultural to residential in contravention of sustainable residential development planning guidelines without good cause;...More Button

I understand that the rezoning of the lands referred to in the Question has been included for consideration in the draft Clifden Local Area Plan which is currently being considered by Galway County Co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: when a substantive response will issue in relation to correspondence (details supplied). More Button

A reply to the correspondence in question will issue within the next 10 days.More Button

Written Answers - Private Residential Tenancies Board.

Was asked: the status of the proposal to merge the Rent Tribunal into the Private Residential Tenancies Board; the date by which this merger is to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Preparatory work on the legislative amendments required to underpin the merger of the Rent Tribunal and the Private Residential Tenancies Board is underway in my Department. While it had been intende...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Services Board.

Was asked: the status in relation to the proposals in Annex D of budget 2009 to merge the Local Government Management Services Board and the Government Computer Services Board into the Local Government Services...More Button

A process is in place to bring about the merger of the Local Government Management Services and Computer Services Boards as quickly as possible. This takes into account the existing functions of the ...More Button


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