Rabbitte, Pat

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 742 No. 2

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Written Answers - Energy Resources

Was asked: his views on the fact that no regulations are in place regarding any onshore gas extraction proposals under the current legislation, for example the proposed hydraulic fracturing for gas; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that no regulations are in place regarding any onshore gas extraction proposals under current legislation, for example, the proposed hydraulic fracturing for gas; and if he will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 389 and 393 together. I can inform the Deputy that there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place that would apply in the case of any major onshore gas extrac...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services

Was asked: his views regarding the proposed sale of the Channel 69 spectrum and the cost implications for musical societies and the many communities and small businesses using radio microphone; and if he will m...More Button

The licensing of radio microphones is a matter for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). I understand that channel 69 (854 - 862 MHz) is one of the channels available for radio micro...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Efficiency

Was asked: the number of persons who have been approved for work on the warmer homes scheme since 1 January 2010; if he will provide a breakdown of the approved work to be carried out in the homes approved, in ...More Button

The energy poverty strand of Better Energy aims to provide energy efficiency improvements to low-income homes unable to afford the cost of implementing such measures. ‘Better Energy: Warmer Homes’ de...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect to have the work completed under the warmer homes scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy programme on behalf of my Department. The energy poverty strand of Better Energy aims to provide energy efficiency imp...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: the amount of revenue that could be raised in a 12 month period by applying a 0% rate of tax on the first €75,000 lump sum pension payment paid out to public and civil servants in his Department on r...More Button

Was asked: the amount of revenue that could have been raised between June 2010 and June 2011 if a 0% rate of tax on the first €75,000 lump sum pension payment on retirement of all public and civil servants in h...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 394 and 396 together. The number and amount of retirement lump sums paid to ex staff of my Department varies considerably from year to year. During the period 1st Ju...More Button

Was asked: the number of retired public and civil servants from his Department that are currently in receipt of an annual pension of up to and including €30,000 per year; up to and including €50,000 per year; u...More Button

I understand that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is providing the data on numbers of retired civil servants in the ranges of pension, as sought by the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Semi-State Bodies

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

The matters referred to by the Deputy are day to day operational matters for the Board and management of Bord Gáis Éireann and I have no function in the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services

Was asked: the Comeragh area in County Waterford including Kilmacthomas, if he will advise on status of Saorsat, which the Saorview website describes as being in the process of being developed to provide covera...More Button

Was asked: if he will address a problem regarding Saorview in County Kerry (details provided); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 398 and 409 together. Issues relating to television coverage is specific areas of the country are an operational matter for RTÉ. The Broadcasting Act 2009 provides f...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all companies providing an external professional service to his Department such as ICT, legal advice, advertising, project management and including any other external pro...More Button

In the time available, it has not been possible to identify and assemble the information requested. My Department is in the process of identifying and assembling the information and I will revert to t...More Button

Written Answers - Jobs Initiative

Was asked: the jobs created by initiatives funded by him under the jobs initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I announced the launch of Better Energy: the National Upgrade Programme, last May in the context of the Government’s Jobs Initiative. Better Energy: Homeshas replaced the previous energy efficiency ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the total cost of all staff, permanent and non-established, allocated to assist him with constituency work in the 100 days following his appointment. More Button

The total salary cost, including overtime and employer’s PRSI, of all staff allocated to assist me with constituency work in the 100 days following my appointment was €52,476.More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects

Was asked: if a grant is available for site construction and installation of wind turbines on farms; the maximum amount of same; and if there is an ongoing annual grant provided once the wind turbine farms are ...More Button

There is no capital grant scheme for the construction or maintenance of wind turbines. REFIT — the renewable energy feed in tariff — is the scheme which supports new renewable generation from wind. T...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) in County Donegal are being refused cavity wall insulation due to the fact that they had attic insulation works done, under the warmer homes scheme in 2009. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 494 from him of the 14th September 2011. The position has not altered in the meantime.More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects

Was asked: if he has considered the way merchant commercial windfarms excluding Alternative Energy Requirement projects will survive financially in the single electricity market when it is flooded with Renewabl...More Button

Ireland has been set a legally binding target for renewable energy as a proportion of all energy consumption that must be achieved by 2020. Ireland’s 16% overall target as prescribed in the Renewable ...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services

Was asked: the context of the strategy to implement a smarter economy if he will document the action taken to implement the strategy and recommendations proposed under the Digital Agenda for Europe which is one...More Button

Was asked: if he will mention the Digital Agenda for Europe on his Department’s website; his plans to elaborate a strategy in the public realm on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans on the lack of implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe at national level here; his further views on this failure and his plans to change same; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 405 to 407, inclusive, together. The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is one of seven flagship initiatives under the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and in...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is planning to update the SEAI wind atlas; his views that some of the best wind speed data measured to up ...More Button

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) wind atlas published in 2003 provides wind data on a county by county basis for wind turbine hub heights of 50, 75 and 100m. It was primarily intend...More Button

Written Answers - Daylight Savings Time

Was asked: if he has examined the potential energy savings of not putting the clocks forward, daylight saving, at the end of October; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The implementation of summertime and wintertime hours each year by putting clocks forward and backward by one hour is one of many factors which influence patterns of energy usage. I do not, however, ...More Button

Written Answers - Electricity Generation

Was asked: the position regarding the North-South interconnector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The planning, development and routing of transmission line infrastructure is a matter for EirGrid, which is the State owned body responsible for the operation of the electricity transmission system. ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to prioritise the connection of high capacity windfarm developments to grid in order of merit rather than chronology of application; his further plans for the development of windfarm cluste...More Button

Connections to the electricity grid are a matter for the Commission for Energy Regulation in the first instance and I have no direct role in the process. It is estimated that 4630MW of renewable gener...More Button

Written Answers - Information and Communications Technology

Was asked: the reason Irish persons are encouraged to buy Irish as it will support the economy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The registration of “.ie” country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) names can currently only take place through the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) and its Registrars. The IEDR is the registry for .ie domain n...More Button


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