Gormley, John

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 714 No. 4

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Order of Business

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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1, Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010, be agreed to.”
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Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

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Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

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Written Answers - Foreshore Licences

Was asked: the reason for the delay in granting a foreshore licence to a company (details supplied) in County Kerry for their liquefied natural gas project on the Tarbert Ballylongford landbank; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the delays in granting a foreshore licence to a company (details supplied), County Kerry, for their liquefied natural gas project on the Tarbert Ballylongford landbank are accept...More Button

Was asked: when he expects a foreshore licence to be granted to a company (details supplied), in County Kerry, for their liquefied natural gas project on the Tarbert Ballylongford landbank; and if he will make ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 481, 488 and 489 together. I refer to the reply to the Dáil adjournment debate on this issue taken on 29 June 2010. The draft leases and licences were received from ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the current balance of development levies held on account by Fingal County Council; the balance of development levies held on account by Fingal County Council at end 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and ...More Button

As Minister, my role is to provide the necessary statutory and policy framework within which individual development contribution schemes are adopted by each planning authority. Section 48 of the Plann...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: when finance will be allocated for the construction of waste water treatment plants at Goresbridge, Freshford and Johnstown, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Freshford / Johnstown / Goresbridge Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012. A contract for an interim wastewater treatment plant for Freshford...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme

Was asked: the membership of the working group who prepared and drafted the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Working Group on the Management of Dog Breeding Establishments, which reported in 2005, comprised the membership set out below. The Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009 has regard to the majorit...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the position regarding State agencies in his Department; the number that have been set up in his Department since his appointment in 2007; the persons who he has appointed to these agencies; and if h...More Button

No new agencies have been established since my appointment in June 2007. The bodies and agencies under the aegis of my Department, and the appointments made to them by me since my appointment in 2007...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Investigations

Was asked: the position regarding reports or reviews commissioned by him since his appointment in 2007; the number of reports or reviews that have been commissioned since his appointment; the remit of the repor...More Button

The information requested in respect of my Department is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: his plans for the provision of a drinkable water supply for Lettermore, County Galway, which currently takes its water from Lough Illiuntaisna which is an unsuitable supply; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in...More Button

Written Answers - Noise Pollution

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1048 of 16 September 2009, if he will provide an update; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is a commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce comprehensive legislation to address noise nuisance. The General Scheme of a Noise Nuisance Bill was approved by the Government in Ma...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy

Was asked: the steps he will take to ensure the proper regulation of exotic pond plants in shops and gardening outlets; the implications this may have for biodiversity; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The threat to biodiversity and habitats by non-native invasive plant and animal species is widely recognised. My Department is currently finalising draft new Habitats Regulations which will be publis...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: the position regarding the Building Energy Rating Certificate; the cost of this to the homeowner in view of the fact that it is needed on all homes for sale or rent; the reason this cost is necessary...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Building Energy Rating Certificate issued by Sustainable Energy Ireland, SEI, following an assessment by a qualified BER assessor; the person who must be registered with SE...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 492 and 493 together. The European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 — 2008, which transposed Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy perform...More Button

Written Answers - Special Protection Areas

Was asked: his plans to make Dungarvan Harbour and the Back Strand, Tramore, County Waterford, special protection areas; when this new designation will be in place; the reason this decision was taken; and if he...More Button

My Department is currently engaged in a programme of classification of Special Protection Areas under the Birds Directive. This exercise includes the re-classification of many existing SPA sites, incl...More Button

Written Answers - Water Quality

Was asked: if he has received any report from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the quality of bathing water in respect of County Waterford for 2009; the content of any such report; and if he will m...More Button

The EPA published its’ report on The Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland 2009 in early June 2010. The report found that 93% of the 131 bathing areas nationwide complied with EU mandatory standards. I...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Audit Service

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the local government auditor criticised Waterford County Council over their deteriorating collection levels and for not properly maintaining a registe...More Button

Each Local Authority is required to prepare and publish a financial statement in respect of every financial year. These financial statements are audited by the Local Government Audit Service which pr...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the applications for foreshore leases (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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. I understand that the ei...More Button

Written Answers - Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009

Was asked: when legislation to deal with puppy farming will become law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009 was initiated in, and has passed all stages in, the Seanad. It commenced second stage in the Dáil on 2 July, and second and remaining stages are scheduled to ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the reason behind initiating a review of the way in which planning laws and policy are being implemented by a number of local authorities around the country; the reason he chose the six authorities; ...More Button

I recently announced a planning review to assess the application of planning legislation, policy and guidance within the development plan and development management systems at local level. The review ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the position regarding the purchase of boglands (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the reason for the delay in the processing of this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Contracts of sale for this case were executed on my behalf in October 2008 and the purchase monies were provided to the Chief State Solicitors Office (CSSO) to progress the sale. However, it is my un...More Button

Written Answers - Library Projects

Was asked: when he will make the necessary funding available to allow the relocation of the library in Gaoth Dobhair to its proposed new facility in the Aislann Gaoth Dobhair, Doirebeaga, County Dhun na nGall; ...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: when the Gweedore sewerage scheme in County Donegal will progress to tender stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Gweedore Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a contract to start within the lifetime of the Programme. My Department is awaiting additi...More Button

Was asked: when the Glenties and Dungloe sewerage scheme in County Donegal will progress to public tender stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Dungloe and Glenties Sewerage Schemes are being advanced jointly and are included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a contract to start within the lifetime of the...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Falcarragh sewerage scheme in County Donegal; when it will progress to tender stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Falcarragh Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a scheme to advance through planning. My Department is awaiting the submission by Donega...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Loans

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 520 of 29 June 2010, the reason the provisions necessary to address the matter were not included in the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009; when he e...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding the seven towns and villages sewerage scheme in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Waterford Grouped Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme is approved for funding under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 at an estimated cost of over €50m. The scheme pro...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 326 of the 27 April 2010; if he has received an application for a foreshore licence in respect of a project (details supplied); when a decision will issue in res...More Button

My Department has not received an application for a foreshore licence in respect of works at Doolin Pier. I understand, however, that Clare County Council is preparing such an application for submissi...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 978 of the 3 November 2009; the position regarding a project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 621 of 1 November 2006, the status of these regional water schemes; when he will approve funding for the projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

A comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure has been approved for County Roscommon in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 -2012, a copy of which is available in the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the position regarding an application from an organisation (details supplied) in County Laois; if any payments have been made in respect of site acquisition or other costs; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 58 and 74 of 8 July 2008, if a waste management plan exists for the site at Haulbowline, County Cork, as required under Council Directive 1993/31/EC; if so, th...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 58 and 74 of 8 July 2008, if a conditioning plan exists for the site at Haulbowline, County Cork, as per Article 18(1) of Council Directive 1999/31/EC; the loc...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 58 and 74 of 8 July 2008, the person who is the competent licensing authority for the permit for waste management at Haulbowline, County Cork; if a copy of the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 to 513, inclusive, together. As provided for in the European Communities (Amendment of Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations, 2000) Regulations, 2002, any landf...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the position regarding the purchase of the civic amenity site in Gorey, County Wexford; the number of meetings held in respect of the purchase of the site. More Button

Under the grants scheme towards the capital costs of the development of Civic Amenity Facilities operated by my Department, projects may be funded for up to 75% of the capital expenditure under approv...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding the extension of the wastewater treatment plant for Gorey town. More Button

Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, expected to commence construction in the period 2010-2012 or to be further progressed through planning in the period 20...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Dundrum wastewater treatment plant in County Tipperary; the funding that has been applied for and is outstanding; the next stage to progress this funding; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Newcastle wastewater treatment plant in County Tipperary; the funding that has been applied for and is outstanding; the next stage to progress this funding; and if he will ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 516 and 518 together. The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the development of a comp...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Mullinahone wastewater treatment plant in County Tipperary; the funding that has been applied for and is outstanding; the next stage to progress this funding; and if he wil...More Button

The Mullinahone Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a scheme to advance through planning. My Department is awaiting the submission by South...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: when the power to sell local authority dwellings in multiple unit developments to tenants will be brought into effect; if he will issue a circular to local authorities outlining the optimal legal tra...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Safety

Was asked: further to comments in Dáil Éireann (details supplied) on 10 December 2009 regarding fire safety, if Dublin City Council has provided his Department with an update; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The background to this case was set out in Minister Killeen’s statement to the House as part of the adjournment debate on 10 December 2009. As indicated in that statement, enforcement notices under t...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives

Was asked: if the EU Commission has investigated breaches of EU Environmental Law in respect of a company (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The European Commission originally corresponded with my Department in August 2002 on complaints received concerning the manner in which Ireland implemented Council Directive 75/442/EC on waste, as ame...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: if the new planning guidelines in relation to national secondary roads will allow for one off houses along the the N72 and N73; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Special Areas of Conservation

Was asked: the position regarding special area of conservation lands in County Sligo in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department recently received correspondence from the person in question as he wished to make a late appeal to the boundary of the River Moy candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) in County S...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: his views regarding outstanding works in an estate (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: when it is proposed to close a facility (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision to close a landfill is a matter for the landfill owner and/or the Environmental Protection Agency. It is not a matter in which I have any function. Under section 60(3) of the 1996 Act, I...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Resources Protection

Was asked: the position regarding the report on sea lettuce in Clonakilty, County Cork; his views on the recommendations contained in the task force report; when he expects to make a decision on this issue; and...More Button

I received the final Report of the Sea Lettuce Task Force in May 2010, which recommended the assignment of the clean-up task, along with the necessary resources, to Cork County Council to implement ac...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if he has received requests for funding from Cork County Council in relation to the Bandon sewerage scheme; if funding will be provided for the scheme from other non local government sources; and if ...More Button

Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, expected to commence construction in the period 2010-2012 or to be further progressed through planning in the period 20...More Button

Written Answers - Hazardous Waste

Was asked: his views on the establishment of a working group on the Haulbowline site, County Cork; his further views on whether a baseline health study should be carried out as part of the deliberations of the ...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 294 of 9 June 2010 which sets out the position in this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding a water supply scheme (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a water supply scheme (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 529 and 530 together. Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, expected to commence construction in the period 2010-2012 or to...More Button

Was asked: when approval will be given for a new water scheme (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, or expected to commence construction or to be further progressed through planning in the period 2010-12 in County Cork,...More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to start the Mallow sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Midleton sewerage scheme, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 532 and 533 together. Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, expected to commence construction in the period 2010-2012 or to...More Button

Written Answers -

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Mitchelstown Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Mitchelstown north Galtees water supply scheme, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Whitegate/Aghada Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Youghal Water Supply Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Fermoy Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 534 to 538, inclusive, together. The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the developm...More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to commence the Conna Regional Water Supply Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, or expected to commence construction or to be further progressed through planning in the period 2010-12 in County Cork,...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Disposal

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the proposals to change the licensing arrangements in respect of a landfill site (details supplied) in County Cork to allow for unbaled waste; and if he will make a...More Button

The landfill site referred to is a landfill operated under a waste licence issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Under the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2010, licensing powers, including powe...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the progress made in issuing letters of notification to local authorities regarding housing association schemes in the south east, the south and the mid-west who have been sanctioned under the capita...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives

Was asked: the response to the proceedings instituted against Ireland in the European Court of Justice by the European Commission for continually failing to fulfil its obligations under the Waste Directive 75/4...More Button

A formal response by Ireland to the judgement of the European Court of Justice issued to the European Commission in October 2005 detailing the measures being taken to ensure compliance with the provis...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the ongoing environmental pollution and danger to drinking water caused by domestic sewage from the septic tanks and other effluent treatment systems; the reason fo...More Button

Was asked: his response, if any to the call in May 2009 by the Joint Oireachtas Committee to provide effective standards, joined up regulation, effective policing and guarantees on performance and durability of...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 543 and 544 together. Reports by the Environmental Protection Agency have identified septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment systems as a potential source ...More Button

Was asked: the towns being considered for the new waste water treatment plant for 2010, 2011 and 2012; the number of waste water treatment plants that are delayed an extension due to inaction of the Department;...More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, which is available in the Oireachtas Library, sets out the contracts and relevant locations where works relating to the provision of wastewater treat...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if a policy will be implemented to ensure that, where contractors, under the improvement works scheme have not fulfilled their obligations, that there would be some recourse for the beneficiary of th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Contracts

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

The information requested in the question covering the period from 1 January 2009 to the current date is set out in the following table. The orders were placed under centralised National Procurement ...More Button


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