Hogan, Philip

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 758 No. 1

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Written Answers - Public Sector Pay

Was asked: following the response of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to Parliamentary Question No. 137 of 1 February 2012 in which he states the remuneration of city and county ...More Button

Salaries of City and County Managers are set out in the City and County Managers (Remuneration) (No. 2) Order 2010. The salaries for City and County Managers are set out in the table: There are a nu...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford has been refused a grant for an extension due to requirements brought about by their disability, while their spouse, who has separate needs, ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: the position regarding an application by a community centre (details supplied) in County Longford for equipment in respect of its newly built sports hall and community centre; and if he will make a s...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 146 of 25 January 2012 which sets out the position in this matter. The documentation for the State Aid notification was submitted through the relevant EU notifica...More Button

Written Answers - Household Charge

Was asked: if an estate (details supplied) is exempt from paying the household charge. More Button

Was asked: the reason residential property owned by a Government Department is exempt from paying the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if an estate (details supplied) in County Kildare can be considered in relation to the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339, 361 and 366 together. The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislation under...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if he intends to amend the pension entitlements or remuneration of existing city and county managers. More Button

Was asked: if he intends to amend the pension entitlements or remuneration of new entrant city and county managers. More Button

Was asked: the number of city and county managers that will avail of the Croke Park grace period retirement of February 2012; and if he will supply the retirement age of each manager availing of the grace perio...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, the amount received by each city and county manager on retirement between January 2000 and February 2012 providing a break down of the final lump sum by annual pe...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 340 to 342, inclusive, and 360 together. Article 78 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Scheme 1998 / 2007 deals with the pension entitlements of...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: if he will respond to the calls from concerned residents to overhaul the building regulations system to underpin the necessary remedial work for homes affected by pyrite; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I have set up an independent Panel to examine the problem of pyrite in private housing and I have asked the Panel to report to me early this year. When I receive the report, I will give early and car...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Elections

Was asked: the grade at which a public servant is precluded from taking up an elected position at local authority level; the grades ineligible for holding local authority elected positions; and if he will make ...More Button

Section 13 of the Local Government Act 2001 provides that certain classes of persons are disqualified from being a member of a local authority. Section 13(h) provides that a civil servant who is not ...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System

Was asked: if a commission has been set up to review the European election constituencies; if so, the terms of reference of the commission; when it is expected to report; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Section 5(1) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, requires that a Constituency Commission be established to review Dáil and European Parliament constituencies following the publication by the Centra...More Button

Written Answers - Home Purchase Schemes

Was asked: the help available for those who find it difficult to get a deposit together (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Private Residential Tenancies Board

Was asked: the funding made available and expenditure of the Private Residential Tenancies Board each year respectively since it was established; the number of staff employed by the board each year respectively...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of applicants to the Private Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution service in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 respectively; the number of ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the reason item nine on the second schedule was not undertaken despite many attempts to have it done; the action he will take in the interest of public safety to ensure that the instruction in schedu...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the number of persons who were housed by each local authority from their respective homeless list in each of the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; if he will provide a breakdown of the nature of housi...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if he will consider increasing the grant of €2,000 per household for sewage connection to group schemes that would allow persons living further away to connect in view of the new Water Services Bill....More Button

The rate of grant available for Group Sewerage Schemes is €2,031.58 per house or 75% of the cost of the scheme, whichever is the lesser. I have accepted a proposal from the National Rural Water Servi...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Budgets

Was asked: if it has been brought to his attention that it is a matter for each local authority to determine its own spending priorities in the context of its annual budgetary process; and in this context the r...More Button

I refer to the replies to Questions Nos. 131 and 134 of 29 September 2011, 466 of 24 January 2012 and 196 of 22 February 2012, in which I stated that it is a matter for each local authority, including...More Button

Written Answers - Retail Sector Developments

Was asked: if he will provide an update on proposals for new planning guidelines that will restrict the limit on the size of retail units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Household Charge

Was asked: the group that will be considering the structures and modalities for the property tax; if he will provide the names of the persons and the organisations they represent; the reason these persons have ...More Button

I have recently established an interdepartmental expert Group to design an equitable property tax having regard to its terms of reference. This Group, reflecting the principal Departments/Office conc...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: the structure that will replace the work done by the rural development officer in assisting with applications for the low income small holder initiative. More Button

The initiative referred to in the Question was one of a series of measures implemented through the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) that was designed to counter disadvantage and to...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: if he will clarify the position of households nationally who have joint water supplies with their neighbours; if any data exists as to location of same; if the divide between urban and rural areas is...More Button

As indicated in the reply to Question No. 144 of 29 February 2012, a public consultation process on the Government’s proposals for the establishment of a new public water utility and the proposed appr...More Button

Was asked: his views on a proposal regarding Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if a sewerage scheme for Creggs, County Galway, will be included in the next water services investment programme for the county in view of the fact that current arrangements for the village are unsat...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 - Consultancy Contracts

Was asked: the name of the company which was awarded the contract for printing the household charge leaflet; the amount the contract was worth; if the contract was honoured; and the tendering process used in th...More Button

Wood Printcraft, Coolock was awarded the contract and supplied the household charge leaflet for the amount of €36,776.60. The National Procurement Service of the OPW has a framework agreement in plac...More Button

Written Answers - Public Service Staff

Was asked: the changes in recruitment policy, if remaining applicants on the panel for Dublin City Fire Brigade will be put on the new panel or alternatively, if a new panel is to be compiled, will previous pan...More Button

The recruitment moratorium in the Public Service was introduced by the Government in March 2009 as an emergency measure in response to the financial crisis facing the State. Under the terms of the mo...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of moneys spent by each local authority year on year from 2000 to 2011 on funding third level education for councillors in tabular form. More Button

The information requested is not available in my Department. The Local Government Act 2001 (Section 142) Regulations 2010 and the Guidelines accompanying the Regulations provide the basis for local a...More Button

Written Answers - Household Charge

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 531 of 28 February 2011, if he will clarify the appeal procedure is to be applied to rectify this error or please advise if local authorities are to rectify the ...More Button

Was asked: if a person with an intellectual disability and in the care of State psychiatric services and is living in their own house, is liable to pay the household charge. More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislative basis for the household charge. Under the legislation, an owner o...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the criteria which exempt unfinished estates from the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will consider adding an estate (details supplied) in County Cork to the list for household charge waiver. More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the total fees received in his Department for freedom of information requests and the number of individual requests in each of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the number of freedom of information requests submitted in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 to his Department; the total amount of fees ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 369 and 370 together. The information requested is set out in the table. All fees charged in respect of an FOI request must be paid prior to the records being releas...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: the state of legislation with regard to regulating declarations of non-use of a vehicle filed with the Garda; if there is any legislative or administrative facilitation of car insurance providers com...More Button

It is estimated that the annual loss arising from vehicle owners declaring their vehicles off the road is in the region of €84m. I intend to bring forward legislation this year to address the issue o...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

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

Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta Teo (MFG) confirmed that its Board, upon examination of the company’s financial situation, took the decision to cease trading on 7 September 2011 on the basis of insol...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council local authority mortgage holders have received only a single 0.25% cut to their interest rate since the rates were last increased...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: with regard to An Bord Pleanála and planning, after a planning application has been refused by a local authority, whether the four weeks allowed to make an appeal by the applicant to An Bord Pleanál...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: if he will support the residents of Priory Hall, Dublin, on the matters raised by one of the residents (details supplied). More Button

I refer to the reply given to Question No. 162 of 1 March 2012 which sets out the position in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if the chief executive officer of Rehab (details supplied) is a member of any State board; and the remuneration, expenses or other payments they receive for such membership. More Button

The person in question is not a member of any of the Boards of State bodies under the aegis of my Department.More Button


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