Rabbitte, Pat

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 753 No. 2

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Written Answers - Offshore Exploration

Was asked: his views on plans to drill for oil off the coast of Dalkey, Dublin; possible effects this will have on the environment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Services

Was asked: the reason the British communications regulator Ofcom has authority in removing the news channel Press TV from the Sky platform in Ireland. More Button

Sky is a commercial company and is not regulated in Ireland. I have no role in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the salaries and allowances paid to his private secretary and to the Secretary General of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The allowances and salary payable in respect of private secretary posts in my Department are as set out in Circular 28/2009: Revision of pay of Civil Servants (Application of pay adjustments in accord...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the number of appointments that have been made to State boards by him since he came to office, including the names of the appointees and the boards they have been ap...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that there are 18 State bodies under the aegis of my Department. Of these there are 15 whose boards are appointed in whole in or in part by the Minister and/or the Government....More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of retired public servants that have been rehired by him, or rehired by State agencies under his aegis. More Button

One retired public servant has been hired by my Department since I assumed office as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on 9 March last. Information in respect of staffing of a...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement

Was asked: the criteria being used to award contracts in respect of maintenance and safety work for the ESB. More Button

The procurement of maintenance and safety works by ESB is an operational matter for the Board and management of ESB and are not matters in which I have a direct role or statutory function.More Button

Was asked: if there is an obligation on State companies to seek tenders for maintenance and other contracts outside of Ireland. More Button

Under EU Directives on public procurement public works, supplies and service contracts above certain thresholds must be advertised on the Official Journal of the EU and awarded on the basis of objecti...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: when a new RTÉ authority will be appointed; and the criteria he will apply to decide on appointments to the authority. More Button

Part 7 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 provides for matters relating to the appointment of the Boards of each of the public service broadcasting corporations, RTÉ and TG4. Each Board consists of twelve m...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement

Was asked: when the tender concerning emergency phone calls was last awarded; the details of same; the name of the company that was awarded the contract; the length of the contract; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Following a public procurement process the tender for the concession to operate the Emergency Call Answering Service was awarded to BT Communications Ireland Limited. The concession agreement was sig...More Button

Written Answers - Postal Services

Was asked: if he will explore the possibility of An Post expanding the services it offers to include a payment facility for the household charge, motor tax, and so on; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Matters relating to the post office network, including the development of commercial strategies, are an operational matter for the management and Board of An Post and one in which I have no statutory ...More Button

Written Answers - European Council Meetings

Was asked: the EU Council of Ministers on which he sits; the number of meetings of that Council that have been held between 2007 and 2011; the number of those meetings that he attended; the number that were att...More Button

The policies of Transport, Telecommunications and Energyare dealt with under one Council formation — Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE). Councils are normally held in spring (Feb...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Prices

Was asked: if he will engage with the ESB with a view to achieving a reduction or elimination of their reconnection fees for new businesses entering an existing premises that has been left vacant. More Button

ESB is an independent commercial State body and the matters referred to by the Deputy arise from ESB operational matters regarding which I have no function. Responsibility for the regulation of recon...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: his response to correspondence from the Bord na Móna staff pensioners’ association dated 8 December 2011; his views on the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The operation of the Bord na Móna General Employees Superannuation Scheme (GESS) is a matter for the Trustees of the GESS and the Board of Bord na Móna, and not one in which I have a direct function. ...More Button


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