Gormley, John

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 699 No. 1

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Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a hen harrier payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments are made on the basis of approved farm plans. I understand that the applicant’s plan is currently with his farm planner for finalisation. When the final plan is submitted, the National Parks...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: the status of the National Monuments Bill; when he will deliver this Bill to Cabinet. More Button

I will shortly bring proposals to Government, based on extensive review of national monuments legislation, and substantial stakeholder consultation, with a view to bringing forward a comprehensive and...More Button

Written Answers - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: the number of litter fines that were served in the first six months of 2008; and the number that were paid. More Button

Statistics on local authority enforcement action on litter, including the numbers of fines issued and paid for litter offences, are submitted by local authorities to my Department every six months; th...More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Planning.

Was asked: if he will institute a review of the State’s response time and lack of planning during both the recent flood and cold events; his views on the fact that there is an urgency in relation to future plan...More Button

I have initiated a review of the emergency response to the recent flooding event and a review will be undertaken on the operation of the co-ordination of the inter-agency arrangements during the recen...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the proposed legislation or guidelines pertaining to dog breeding and dog welfare planned for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I published the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009 on 22 December 2009. The Bill contains provision to give statutory effect to the recommendations of the Working Group that reviewed the managemen...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an application (details supplied) was made to his Department by the ESB on 11 April 11 2008 to seek a foreshore licence for permission to drill under ...More Button

Following the enactment of the Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act, 2009, my Department assumed responsibility on 15 January 2010 for a range of foreshore functions including all foreshore en...More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Planning.

Was asked: the meetings of the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee held in October, November, December 2009 and to date in January 2010; the location of each meeting; the items on the agenda of each meet...More Button

The National Emergency Response Co-ordination Committee is a non standing committee and it was convened for the recent flooding and severe weather events. Its primary purpose is to bring together a wh...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: the legal or competition impediments for local authorities who might wish to waive council business rates or offer a percentage rebate for new businesses for a defined time period; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 437 of 24 November 2009, if the Local Authority (Rates) Act 1970 is superseded by the Valuation Act 2001; if there is any legal impediment for local authorities ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 842 and 881 together. The Local Government (Rates) Act 1970, rather than the Valuation Act 2001, is the relevant piece of legislation in relation to rates waiver sch...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Was asked: his views on reinstating the disabled person’s grant for those who have limited access in their own homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has sought information from each local authority in relation to their waiting list for housing adaptation grants for the elderly and mobility grants. More Button

Was asked: if he will make funding allocations to local authorities for housing adaptation grants proportionate to the population of that local authority area in view of the fact that many local authorities are...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Heritage Areas.

Was asked: when payment for the sale of a bog will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Having regard to available budgetary resources, priority is being given under the bog purchase scheme to those wishing to sell their interest in the 32 raised bog sites which were nominated for design...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he will reimburse the €700,000 which has been spent to date by Clare County Council on the recent flooding crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will reimburse the €659,000 expended by Clare County Council in response to the recent flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 846 and 854 together. I provided some €16.5m in supplementary funding to assist local authorities in the worst hit areas in meeting the immediate and exceptional cos...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of Civil Service staff in his Department; the number of these staff who hold an economics degree; the number of these staff who hold a post graduate economics degree; the number of these s...More Button

The total number of staff employed by my Department on 1 January, 2010 was 1,186 (full-time equivalents). My Department has an extensive policy, legislative and capital investment mandate, and employ...More Button

Written Answers - Sustainable Development Strategy.

Was asked: if he will support a matter (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the increases in the cost of allotment rental; his plans to bring in regulations limiting the costs, particularly in the case of old age pensioners; and if he will ...More Button

There are currently no primary legislative provisions governing the designation or management of allotments. The issue of allotments and any rental costs arising is therefore a matter for any local a...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the action plan for the implementation of regulations that require all timber used in Government, semi-State and local authority procurement contracts to be sourced from certifiably sustainable timbe...More Button

Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, which were transposed into Irish law by regulations made by the Minister for Finance, allow for environmental and social criteria and conditions to be integrated ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if, in view of a recent incident involving the collision of a vehicle and a deer during a Ward Union hunt, he will revoke the hunt’s licence on public safety grounds. More Button

I am aware of the recent incident where a deer collided with a vehicle during a hunt meeting. I have had concerns for some time relating to this particular hunting practice for both animal welfare an...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: his plans to review the residential density guidelines with a view to reduce density to provide for more family-friendly residential units in developments. More Button

Following an extensive statutory consultation process, I published new statutory Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas (Cities, Towns and Villages) ...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: when he will appoint an inspector to investigate the contract for an incinerator (details supplied) in Dublin 4; the reason he did not appoint an inspector when he assumed ministerial office in 2007;...More Button

There have been significant increases in recycling rates in Dublin, with a corresponding drop in residual waste volumes. In addition, the recommendations of the report which I commissioned to underpi...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges.

Was asked: if he will introduce a waiver in relation to the €200 non principal private residence charge in the case of persons who own one property, who are currently in negative equity and who have had to move...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, which sets out the detail of the €200 charge on non-principal private residences, is structured with a starting position of a universal liability for residenti...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards.

Was asked: when he will appoint the professional conduct committee to deal with matters in relation to the architectural profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under section 23(1) of the Building Control Act 2007, responsibility for the establishment of the Committee in question is vested in the relevant registration body, which, under section 13 of the Act,...More Button

Written Answers - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: when he will announce the level of funding for Limerick regeneration for 2010; when this funding will become available for draw-down by Limerick regeneration; the amount of funding which will be comm...More Button

Was asked: if he will examine the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) in view of the employment and urban renewal it will bring to Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

As Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, I am generally precluded under section 30 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 from exercising any power or control in relation to a...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he has received correspondence from a council (details supplied); the steps he has taken to address the issues raised in this correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have responded to the correspondence in question which concerned the allocation of monies to South Dublin County Council from the Local Government Fund. General purpose grants from the Local Governm...More Button

Written Answers - Litter Pollution.

Was asked: his plans to place a levy on chewing gum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department entered into a negotiated agreement designed to tackle chewing gum litter with the chewing gum industry in 2006. The 3-year programme involved a comprehensive radio, outdoor and in-store...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if he has carried out an analysis of legal costs and fees paid by all local authorities for the years 2005 to 2008, inclusive; if better value for money will be achieved from the employment of solici...More Button

The information sought in the Question is not available in my Department. The provision or procurement of legal services is the responsibility of individual local authorities. Local authorities emplo...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services.

Was asked: when he will publish the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 to 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Local authorities were asked in July 2009 to submit their assessment of needs for water services infrastructure to my Department by 23 October 2009. These assessments, which are currently under exami...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he has concluded the examination of Waterford County Council’s revised preliminary report for the Faithlegg water supply scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the new public water supply scheme for the Ring Gaeltacht, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 864 and 889 together. The Faithlegg and Ring/Helvic Water Supply Schemes were included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2007 — 2009. Planning ph...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the amount of money that has been spent on salt importation in December 2009 and January 2010 on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The cost of salt importation is a matter for the individual local authorities concerned and the National Roads Authority under the aegis of the Minister for TransportMore Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the amount he expects to spend on carbon credits for 2009 and 2010; his views on whether it is appropriate to support the purchase of carbon credits at a time when public transport operators have bee...More Button

Under the Carbon Fund Act 2007, the National Treasury Management Agency has been designated as purchasing agent for the State. In 2009, the Agency spent some €23.9m exclusive of VAT from the Carbon Fu...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: if he had a meeting with animal welfare activists in his Department in the weeks leading up to the vote on the Lisbon treaty, as reported in the media; the date of that meeting; the groups with whom ...More Button

I met representatives of the Alliance for Animal Rights on 30 June, 2009 at their request to discuss a number of issues with regard to my responsibilities under the Wildlife Acts. I also met members ...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences.

Was asked: the process involved in the consideration of a foreshore licence application by his Department, from the receipt of the application by his Department to the issuing of the final decision to the appli...More Button

Following the enactment of the Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act, 2009, my Department assumed responsibility on 15 January 2010 for the following: all foreshore energy-related developments ...More Button

Written Answers - River Basin Management.

Was asked: when he will be implementing and funding the river basin management plan for the River Shannon, which he signed off on in October 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The making of a river basin management plan is a function reserved to local authorities and the process of finalising plans, including that for the Shannon International River Basin District, will be ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: his plans to bring forward legislation in relation to stalled developments and unfinished housing estates across the midlands; if he will establish a taskforce with midlands counties in view of the f...More Button

The developer of a residential estate is statutorily required to complete a development in accordance with the terms of the planning permission. A development which has not been completed in accordan...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: when he expects a decision to be made on a project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Planning.

Was asked: the current spell of extreme weather to be a major emergency in view of the definition of a major emergency and the disruption and curtailment of services including the failure to grit and salt roads...More Button

While a major emergency was not declared during the recent severe weather event, the Framework for Major Emergency Management and the major emergency plans prepared under it include arrangements for c...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the savings outlined in the report of the special group on public numbers and expenditure programmes which were accepted in budget 2010 for his Department in tabular form; the savings which will be a...More Button

Expenditure provisions for 2010 for my Department are set out in the Estimates Volume published by the Minister for Finance as part of Budget 2010. These provisions have been determined in the context...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if local authorities have discretion to reach individual arrangements with persons by, for example, extending payment terms or accepting interest only payments for a certain period in the event of a ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the specific costs, including signage, brochures, launches, consultations, advertisements, public relations, and so on incurred by the promotion of gateway status for each of the gateway and hub town...More Button

Since 2000, Exchequer funding in excess of €1.3 million has been provided for: research in the preparation and ongoing implementation of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS); publication and launch of ...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: his plans to achieve European targets in respect of carbon emission reduction; if he will report on the Copenhagen Conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the period 2008-2012, Ireland will meet its target for the purposes of the Kyoto Protocol through a series of national measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supplemented as necessary by the ...More Button

Written Answers - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: if turf cutting is now prohibited on the 32 designated bogs on which the derogation has lapsed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The ten year derogation on turf cutting on the 32 Raised Bog SACs that were notified for designation in 1999 has now expired. In the coming weeks, I expect to receive a report, and recommendations for...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if planning permission would have been required to build a housing estate on land in South Dublin in 1961; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The national system of planning control in Ireland began with the commencement of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act 1963 on 1 October 1964 when a general obligation to obtain plannin...More Button

Was asked: if he will support a matter (details supplied). More Button

My Department’s Development Management Guidelines for Planning Authorities, published in June 2007 and available on my Department’s website at www.environ.ie, advise that potential applicants should b...More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Planning.

Was asked: if he will instruct local authorities to upgrade their emergency plans in view of the recent adverse weather; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

All local authority major emergency plans are based on A Framework for Major Emergency Management and became operative on 30 September 2008. The Framework and the plans detail a co-ordination structu...More Button

Written Answers - Seanad Reform.

Was asked: if his report on Seanad reform has been finalised; his plans to publish legislation on Seanad reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has finalised his report on Seanad reform; when he plans to publish legislation on Seanad reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 882 and 901 together. The final meeting of the All-Party Group on Seanad Reform was held on Wednesday 4 November 2009; the aim of the Group was to establish the extent...More Button

Written Answers - Ethics in Public Office.

Was asked: the details of each gift, favour and hospitality received, both over and under the value of €650, since May 2007 to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the Ethics in Public Office Acts, 1995 and 2001, I have furnished a statement of registerable interests to the Standards in Public Office Commission each year. I have not received gifts over th...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Schemes.

Was asked: if he will review the arrangements which compel persons who purchase a home from their local authority under the affordable housing scheme to purchase mortgage protection insurance from the local aut...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied that the mortgage protection scheme provided by local authorities, which is mandatory on persons who purchase a home under the affordable housing scheme, is operated in a fair mann...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Monaghan County Council previously informed mortgage holders that they were permitted to seek alternative mortgage protection cover at more competitiv...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he will confirm that there is to be an increase in the landfill levy from February 2010 to €30 per tonne, under the Waste Management (Landfill Levy) Amendment Regulations 2009, which follows an in...More Button

The landfill levy was increased from €20 per tonne to €25 per tonne with effect from 31 December 2009. I intend to increase the landfill levy by a further €5 per tonne with effect from the 1 of Febru...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges.

Was asked: the amount of money collected nationally in 2009 under the non-principal private residence charge; and the amount received by Cork City Council and Cork County Council. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 291 of 16 December 2009, the net amount which will accrue to each respective local authority as a result of the introduction of the €200 on non-principal residen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 888 and 902 together. The amounts collected as at 31 December 2009 under the non-principal private residence charge are outlined at Table A. The amounts collected and ...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Heritage Areas.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 286 of 17 December 2009, the number of hectares in each county that are designated candidate special areas of conservation, candidate national heritage areas and...More Button

The Table supplied in reply to Question No. 286 of 17 December 2009 provides the correct position with regard to candidate Special Areas of Conservation, Natural Heritage Areas and Special Protection ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 286 of 17 December 2009, the number of hectares of marine area that are designated special areas of conservation, natural heritage areas and special protection a...More Button

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

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the non principal private residence charge imposes a significant financial demand on an organisation (details supplied); if he will consider revisitin...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, which sets out the detail of the €200 charge on non-principal private residences, is structured with a starting position of a universal liability for residenti...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Vehicle Registration.

Was asked: the trade plates that are not accepted in Northern Ireland; his view on whether the €260 fine plus clamping is contrary to the aims and objectives of the Good Friday Agreement; and if he will make a ...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 207 on 5 February, 2009. The law relating to trade plates, for which my Department has responsibility, is provided in section 21 of the Finance (No.2) Act 1992 an...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Was asked: the number and location of full-time and retained fire fighting units in 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 354 of 8 December 2009. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the amount allocated to local authorities under the national retrofit programme in 2009; the amount of the budget that was spent; the amount allocated to the scheme for 2010; if the allocation includ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the details of the proposed scheme for inspection of domestic septic tanks; when the scheme is expected will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The renewed Programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce a scheme for the licensing and inspection of septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment systems. In October 2009, the ...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: when consent and advice will be given by his Department in order that works will proceed at a location (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has a number of concerns with certain elements of the proposed works in the area in question as they impact on habitats and species. Accordingly, my Department will arrange to meet with...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he has technical information to back up his wide ranging assertions and recent statements affecting housing developments at various locations here to the effect that bad planning or zoning decisio...More Button

Was asked: if he will acknowledge the damage done by his public comments (details supplied) relating to the development of Sallins in County Kildare; if his attention has been drawn to the offence caused to the...More Button

I propose to take Questions No. 898 and 910 together. The Guidelines for Planning Authorities on the Planning System and Flood Risk Management which I published in November 2009 are aimed at ensuring ...More Button

Written Answers - River Basin Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that all rivers, streams and watercourses left to their own devices will over years require cleaning, de-silting or general maintenance as this has been pr...More Button

Flood risk management is a complex undertaking and desilting of rivers is only one of many measures that may be used to manage risk. Desilting in one location may have adverse consequences elsewhere ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the legislative framework to give effect to the incremental purchase scheme that was provided in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009; when the IPS scheme will be available in Dublin City ...More Button

Written Answers - Water Charges.

Was asked: his plans to reintroduce household water charges; and the timescale envisaged. More Button

Was asked: his plans to have water meters installed in all homes here; the way he will implement this; the estimated cost; they way it will be paid; and the timescale envisaged. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 903 and 904 together. As indicated in the reply to Questions Nos. 283, 287, 288 and 302 to 304, inclusive, of 17 December 2009, the renewed Programme for Government co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of whole time equivalents serving in his Department in the grades of secretary general, deputy secretary general, assistant secretary general, higher principal officer, principal officer, ...More Button

The Human Resource Management System (HRMS) for the Civil Service was introduced in 2002. Information in respect of 31 January 2002, which is the first HRMS data available, is included in the followi...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he will limit the number of planning applications on a site (details supplied) in County Kerry to four applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is a basic principle of the planning system that it should be open to a person to submit a planning application. There are no proposals to amend planning legislation to restrict the number of plann...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services.

Was asked: the amount allocated to each local authority in the 2007 to 2009 Water Services Investment Programme for watermains rehabilitation; the amount distributed to each local authority; the amount earmarke...More Button

Details of all major water services schemes included for funding by my Department, along with the water conservation allocations for each local authority, are set out in the Water Services Investment ...More Button

Was asked: the monies pending for payment to local authorities under the 2007 to 2009 Water Services Investment Programme; the time delay in payment following each successful application for funding for each lo...More Button

Validated claims for recoupment of expenditure to the value of €40 million in respect of schemes being financed under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme are being processed for paymen...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff in his Department, broken down by division and section, annually since 2007 to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested in relation to my Department’s staffing at the end of 2007, 2008 and 2009 is set out in the following table. The information is broken down by Division. The preparation of in...More Button


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