Hogan, Philip

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

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Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: if it is possible to register a small van purchased during the building boom when the owner was working in construction as a domestic vehicle as the vehicle in question is being charged at a commerci...More Button

Motor tax is based on the construction and use of a vehicle. To be taxed as a goods vehicle, a vehicle must be constructed or adapted for that purpose and used solely in the course of trade or busine...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: the situation in relation to a voluntary housing association to assess family income supplement for the purposes of assessable income for rent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Charges

Was asked: if forcing local authority employees to participate in the collection of the household charge contravenes the terms of the Croke Park Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local autho...More Button

Written Answers - Rental Accommodation Scheme

Was asked: if he has instructed all local authorities to enter into negotiations seeking discounts in rent when engaging in the acquisition of rental accommodation scheme properties; the savings that have been ...More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Technology

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

The issue of the potential health effects of mobile phone masts was the subject of an Expert Group Report commissioned by the Government and published in March 2007. This Report, entitled Health Effec...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development Programme

Was asked: in view of a recent communication from the EU DG Competition in relation to rural development funding from LEADER projects in excess of €200,000, if he will confirm if the notification process is pro...More Button

I can confirm that the notification process to obtain the necessary state aid clearance to provide grant aid in excess of €200,000 under the Basic Services and Village Renewal measures of the Rural De...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: the measures he plans to introduce, if any, to assist the licensed Irish road hauliers who are struggling as a result of the price increases in motor tax; if he will consider eliminating motor tax fo...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that a working group was set up between officials of my Department, the IRHA and some members of the Oireachtas. This working group is discussing a number of issues of concern...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if he will advise on an issue regarding a Labour Court recommendation in connection with redundancy (details supplied). More Button

Was asked: if he will consider correspondence (details supplied) regarding redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 780 and 796 together. I refer to the reply to Question Nos. 402, 416, 381 and 382 of 27 March 2012 which set out the position in this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Mortgage Arrears

Was asked: the position regarding information in relation to housing programmes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if he will provide the timeline for the increase in mortgage interest supplement from last December’s budget for loans between 2004 and 2008, to be passed on to holders of mortgages through Dublin Ci...More Button

Written Answers - Private Residential Tenancies Board

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the costs that a landlord must pay to the Private Residential Tenancies Board in a given year, per property; his views on whether in view of the state of the rental ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: his plans to continue the tenant purchase scheme 1995 which the previous administration announced would be extinguished at the end of 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the status of the reports into planning irregularities in six local authorities that he decided would be an internal inquiry in June 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Charges

Was asked: if he will examine the possibility of re-opening the option for persons to pay the household charge in instalments in view of the fact that some households did not receive any information regarding t...More Button

There is a range of options available for persons to pay the household charge. An online system www.householdcharge.ie is in place in the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) to enable homeown...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: his plans regarding the establishment of an Irish water company; the options he is considering, be they amalgamation into an existing semi State, formation of a new company or a private operation and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of the Irish Water Authority; the timeframe for its schedule of work to be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has issued any guidelines or circulars to local authorities offering guidance on the establishment of the new water authorities; the implications for the restructuring and reorganisation of wat...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Charges

Was asked: if an instalment payment option is being considered under plans for the more progressive property tax due to be introduced from 2013. More Button

Was asked: if consideration is being given under plans for a water tax to those caring for persons with special needs or disabilities who might have greater needs in their usage of water. More Button

The Memorandum of Understanding with the EU/IMF and ECB commits Ireland to introducing water charges for households. The objective of the water metering programme is to install water meters in househo...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Services

Was asked: his plans this year to require local authorities to provide householders and ratepayers in their respective administrative areas with detailed information as to the projects and services funded by th...More Button

Local authorities are multi-purpose bodies responsible for an extensive range of services, which include among other services, public parks; libraries; open spaces and leisure amenities; planning and ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Charges

Was asked: the measure being taken to enforce the non-principal private residence charge against owners of property who do not reside in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, broadened the revenue base of local authorities through the introduction of the charge on non-principal private residences (NPPR). The charge is se...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if he will consider examining the possibility of pumping sewerage from Doolin, County Clare, to a treatment facility in Lisdoonvarna thus negating the need for the construction of a treatment plant i...More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Clare. The Programme includes contracts under co...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Reform

Was asked: his plans to introduce local government reforms that will allow for a directly elected Mayor of Dublin; when these reforms will be brought before Dáil Éireann; and when he hopes the election of Mayor...More Button

Work is proceeding with a view to bringing policy proposals to Government as soon as possible in relation to the reform and development of local government in accordance with the Programme for Governm...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the date on which he contacted city and county managers to discuss with them the possibility of council staff going door to door encouraging households to pay the household charge; and if he will mak...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. The household charge is framed on...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the plans, if any there are to introduce a rent to buy scheme here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: when he intends to review rates on commercial buildings and in particular rates on childcare premises and crèches. More Button

Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independent ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: the position regarding changes in recruitment policy; if remaining applicants on the panel for Dublin City Fire Brigade will be kept on record for when the moratorium is eventually lifted. More Button

Under Section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each County and City Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local autho...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

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

The contract to provide the Srowland Water Treatment Plant, currently under construction as part of the River Barrow Abstraction Scheme, is being funded under my Department’s Water Services Investment...More Button

Written Answers - Fire Safety

Was asked: if consideration has been given to requiring owners of public buildings and in particular hotels to provide fire alerting systems for deaf persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the Fire Services Act 1981 and 2003, fire safety and fire prevention measures in public buildings, including hotels, are the responsibility of the person having control of the premises. Section...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: when he proposes to publish draft regulations under section 70L of the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As stated in the reply to Questions Nos. 1 and 2 of 8 March 2012, draft performance standards for domestic wastewater treatment systems were published for public consultation on 1 March. The consult...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if it will be possible to have additional funding allocated to the Milltown sewerage scheme to have five extra houses taken in view of the fact that they already have their septic tanks in front of t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a sewerage scheme for Milltown, Tuam, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 803 and 836 together. The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the awarding of the recent contract tendered for the printing of register of electors application forms; the company to whom this contract was awarded; the reason the c...More Button

The assessment of a tenderer’s financial and economic standing is a key part of any procurement process. Establishing the appropriate suitability criteria that are relevant and appropriate to a partic...More Button

Written Answers - Vancant Properties

Was asked: if he will put in place a scheme to examine ghost commercial properties and provide funding to local authorities in order that these properties can be made safe and cleaned up (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: his views on a submission (details supplied) by the Priory Hall residents committee, Dublin, regarding fire safety concerns raised by an inspector from his Department during the construction of Prior...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the serious defects identified by State inspectors during the construction phase of Priory Hall, Dublin, the complex was re-inspected prior to the first resident moving into the buildi...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the division of responsibility between his Department, the relevant local authority and the Health and Safety Authority during the period from 2005 to 2010 for ensuring ...More Button

Was asked: the State agency that ultimately had responsibility during the period from 2005 to 2010 for determining that a building had been built in line with building standards and was safe for habitation. More Button

Was asked: the procedures that were in place in the period from 2005 to 2010 to ensure that fire risks and other serious building defects identified by State inspectors during the construction phase of building...More Button

Was asked: if, during the period from 2005 to 2010, following the identification by a State agency of fire risk or other building control problems at a development during the construction phase, such buildings ...More Button

Was asked: his response to a statement (details supplied) by the Priory Hall residents committee regarding fire safety concerns raised by an inspector from his Department during the construction of Priory Hall....More Button

Was asked: if he will come up with new plans to resolve the Priory Hall issue, Dublin, and to make the residents’ concerns a priority. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 806 to 811, inclusive, 839 and 922 together. I refer to the reply to question No. 162 of 1 March 2012 which sets out the position in relation to the inspection undert...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if expenses relating to the non principal private residence charge and household charge will be recognised as expenses for tax calculation purposes in the case of commercial holiday homes; and if he ...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, set out the legislation underpinning the household charge and the charge on non-principal priv...More Button

Written Answers - Regeneration Programmes

Was asked: if he will provide a further breakdown of Ballymun Regeneration Limited’s expenditure incurred in 2011 which has been stated to be €28.1 million of which €27.2 million is in respect of construction p...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if he intends to exempt persons living on offshore islands not connected to the mainland by bridges from the household charge or from the new property tax, in view of the higher cost of living on isl...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. The Act places the household char...More Button

Was asked: the number of households that had registered for the household charge by Monday 26 March 2012 and in addition, of those registered, the number of households that have paid the household charge in par...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have registered to pay the household charge that have only paid instalments and not the full amount.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 815 and 825 together. The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides the legislative basis for the household charge. Under the Act, an owner of a resident...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: if he will review and implement in full the recommendations of the 1977 Kenny report to regulate land valuations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take in order to implement the Kenny report. More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: if he will confirm whether or not Waterford County Council made a submission to the consultation on reform of the water sector here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A six week public consultation was held from 16 January 2012 to 24 February 2012 on a range of water sector reforms. A paper setting out the proposed reforms and phase 1 of the independent assessment...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the number of prosecutions that have been initiated by local authorities in respect of non-payment of the non-principal private residence charge; the number of persons liable to pay the charge in 201...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an estimate of the level of non-compliance with the non-principal residence charge for each of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the likely level of the charge outstanding. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 818 and 904 together. The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, broadened the revenue base of local authorities through the introduction of the charge on no...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Complaints Procedure

Was asked: the number of written submissions, if any, he received from the County and City Managers Association in the period from 1 of January 2011 to date in 2012; the date on which these submissions were rec...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 379 of 13 March 2012 which sets out the position in this matter. More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staffing

Was asked: the amount of money that it will cost to pay council staff to work overtime on Saturday 31 March to take payment for the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the State to ensure that all local authority offices were staffed to collect the household charge on 31 March 2012; the number of local authority offices at which staff had to be redeploy...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 820 and 894 together. Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements nece...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the person who is liable to pay the household charge when a residence is jointly owned by a married couple who are now separated, one of whom is willing to pay their half of the household charge but ...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. The household charge is framed on...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the percentage of income that is calculated in each local authority to determine the amount of rent paid by tenants for social housing; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant local authority houses in each local authority area in tabular form on an authority basis and the length of time these houses have been vacant. More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: if he intends to reform the current retention planning legislation which frequently allows dwellings to be constructed and activities carried out which negatively impact adjoining landowners; and if ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the reasons an estate (details supplied) in north County Dublin which is still managed by the developer, and a similar estate in north County Dublin seemingly in the same condition and management arr...More Button

Was asked: the reason estates (details supplied) in County Donegal were not exempted from the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the criteria applied in assessing whether an estate qualifies as an unfinished housing estate for the purposes of the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an estate (details supplied) in County Limerick which is served by the same pumping station as its neighbouring estate is not exempted from the househ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: the current funding position in relation to the provision of the post of cycling officer in Dublin City Council. More Button

Under its delegated sanction, as an exception to the recruitment moratorium in the Public Sector, my Department approved a six month extension to the Dublin City Council Cycling Officer’s contract in ...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: the position regarding approval, tender and construction of a waste water collection system for a location (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Kildare. Two contracts for the Kildare Sewerage ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 122 of 14 March 2012, the percentage of the money approved by him to Kildare County Council for his housing adaptation and other housing grant purposes was drawn...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that landlord owners of residential properties are passing payment of the household charge on to rental tenants and his plans to end this practice. 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. Application of the legislation in...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the household charge and long term leases of more than 20 years (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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. Application of the legislation in...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund

Was asked: when the two recently completed PWC Dormant Accounts Inspector’s Reports, the first such to have been undertaken in the ten years since the Dormant Accounts Act was signed into law, will be published...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that the first two of the dozens of financial institutions that contribute to the Dormant Accounts Fund have had Inspector’s Reports completed, if he will outline the programme for...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 833 and 834 together. I understand that the Dormant Account Inspection Reports, which I have not seen, have been completed recently by the Central Bank of Ireland. I ...More Button

Was asked: if he will publish a schedule identifying all those financial institutions that have contributed to the Dormant Accounts Fund since the fund’s inception; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The list below identifies all financial institutions (and Life Assurance Companies) that have contributed to the Dormant Accounts Fund since the Fund’s inception in 2003. Financial Institutions ABN AM...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: the position regarding access at a hotel (details supplied) in Dublin. More Button

The Building Regulations 1997 to 2011 provide for the safety and wellbeing of persons in and around buildings. The legal requirements are set out in twelve parts (classified as A to M) in the Second ...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System

Was asked: when he will publish the findings on the review of general and local election boundaries. More Button

Section 9(1) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, requires a Constituency Commission to present its report to the Chairman of the Dáil no later than three months after the publication by the Central...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was brought on to the Building Regulation Advisory Board, in view of the problems experienced by residents in their dealings with that person to attend the Join...More Button

Section 14 of the Building Control Act 1990 provides for the establishment of Building Regulations Advisory Body (BRAB) to advise me on matters relating to the Building Regulations. The BRAB provide...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if he will clarify the legal argument (details supplied) regarding the household charge and maintenance of a registrar. 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. Application of the legislation in...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: when the librarians who retired from the libraries (details supplied) in County Donegal will be replaced; the steps being taken to have the librarians replaced; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Day to day operations, including staffing levels and opening hours, in the public library service are a matter for each local authority in its capacity as a library authority under Section 78 of the L...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the basis of the decision to exclude persons in local authority housing from the liability for the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislation underpinning the household charge. Section 2(2) of the Act provid...More Button

Was asked: the fact that the household charge is being forced upon persons by saying that it will go towards paying local authorities, if he will confirm that if next year and the following years this cost is t...More Button

The household charge is a local authority charge, the proceeds of which are being used to fund vital local services in our communities, including planning and development, fire and emergency services,...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management

Was asked: the position regarding any proposals he has to restructure the waste market here to restrict side by side competition; when he expects to introduce such proposals; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied that rural communities in receipt of a private refuse collection service will have this service maintained and protected and affordable in any revised arrangements which he introdu...More Button

Was asked: if he will publish the regulatory impact assessment completed by his Department on the various options for the regulation of household waste collection; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

Was asked: when he will publish his proposals for competitive tendering for household waste collection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 848 and 875 to 877, inclusive, together. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce competitive tendering for household waste collection, under wh...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the total amount of money spent on advertising in promoting the household charge; if he will provide a detailed breakdown of same; and for a breakdown of the moneys spent on advertising in relation t...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the costs of the production, printing and distribution of the leaflet distributed to homes this week to remind persons to pay the household charge; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent on advertising and on administration of the new household tax. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 849, 856 and 859 together. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is administering the household charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county ...More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to a query raised in correspondence in regard to the operation of the household charge (details supplied). 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. Section 2 of the Act sets out the...More Button

Written Answers - Foreshore Licences

Was asked: the reason a request for a public inquiry was rejected before his Department issues a foreshore licence for a company (details supplied) to commence drilling in Dublin Bay; if he has considered the s...More Button

I refer to the topical issue debate on this matter taken on 28 February 2012. Given that the nature of the current application is for site investigation purposes only and the drilling of an explorator...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: if he will immediately move to halt the excavation of sand and gravel from the Esker at Raheenmore, Tyrrellspass, County Westmeath (details supplied); if he will explain the reason Westmeath County C...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management

Was asked: the responsibility of city and county managers including under the public health Acts in relation to having domestic waste collected in the local authority area; the locations in which this service i...More Button

Under section 33 of the Waste Management Act 1996, local authorities are not required to collect, or arrange for the collection, of household waste within their functional areas, if an adequate waste ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the number of properties that registered for the household charge; if he will give a breakdown of these on a county basis; the number of these properties that are entitled to an exemption and the ste...More Button

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is administering the household charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I understand, from data provided by the L...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 128 of 8 March, 2012; if he will forward a response to same. More Button

I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 128 of 8 March 2012. The information requested has been forwarded to the Deputy. More Button

Written Answers - Motor Fuels

Was asked: if he will introduce a quality assured fuel scheme to give consumers confidence in the petrol and diesel that they are purchasing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department does not have a role in regulating fuel standards from a consumer perspective in terms of quality assurance or the operational performance of the fuel. My Department’s responsibility fo...More Button

Written Answers - Parliamentary Questions

Was asked: the number of written Parliamentary Questions replied to from 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012; the number of these that were answered in full; the number that related to issues where details supplied...More Button

From 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012, 1,191 Parliamentary Questions were answered by me and Ministers of State at my Department. Full replies were provided to 1,188 Questions and in the case of 3 Que...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if a person acting as an executor of a will who is charged with selling a house on behalf of a deceased person is exempt from the household charge or the second home charge; if he will consider a cha...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, set out the legislation underpinning the household charge and the charge on non-principal priv...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, the names and salaries of all his special advisors including special advisors of Ministers of State; any salary increases they have received since they took offic...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, details of all salary increases for special advisors requested by him or any Ministers of State in his Department; the names of the advisors and the amount reques...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 862 and 863 together. The information requested is set out in the following table: *In line with the Instructions on Ministerial Appointments for the 31st Dáil, Ms. La...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding

Was asked: if it has been brought to his attention that Sligo County Council has had the highest overall deficit balance of all county and city councils in recent years (details supplied); if his attention has ...More Button

I refer to the replies to Question numbers 131 and 134 of 29 September 2011, 466 of 24 January 2012, 196 of 22 February 2012, 352 of 6 March 2012, 348 of 21 March 2012 and 186 of 29 March 2012, in whi...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy

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

The issue of the potential health effects of electromagnetic fields masts was the subject of an Expert Group Report commissioned by the Government and published in March 2007. This Report, entitled H...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if he will clarify the procedure regarding the sale of a former local authority house having to be approved by the relevant local authority; if he views the practice as being outdated considering tha...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if a grant that has been approved will be forwarded without any further delay in respect of a group (details supplied). More Button

There are 35 Local Action Groups (LAG) contracted, on my Department’s behalf, to deliver the RDP throughout the country and these groups are the principal decision-makers in relation to the allocation...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the reason only one PPS number is required to register a property with multiple owners for the household charge; the safeguards in place to ensure that the rights of the other owners of the property ...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. Interpretation of the legislation...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: if further consideration can be given to the provision of funds for the extension of the local sewerage scheme to Cummeen, Strandhill, County Sligo (details supplied). More Button

The Sligo and Environs Sewerage Scheme, which includes the extension to Cummeen, is included as a scheme at planning in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013. My Department wro...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: his views on the fact that when a citizen owns a second property and is currently paying an annual non principal private residency charge of €200 for the second property that they will now be expecte...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, set out the legislation underpinning the household charge and the charge on non-principal priv...More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the household charge. More Button

The household charge is a local authority charge, the proceeds of which will be used to fund vital local services in our communities. The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides that in...More Button

Written Answers - Private Rented Accomodation

Was asked: if he will concede to a request that all landlords who have sitting tenants in excess of two to three years who lose their employment and end up being rent subsidised should be automatically entitle...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the large scale discrimination against tenants, who, through no fault of their own, end up unemployed and who are then eligible for a rent subsidy and who find the...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation regarding exemptions from the household charge and specifically in circumstances in which the co-owner of the residential property is in long-term residential care a...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

Written Answers - Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: the reason properties in class 2 ghost estates, that is estates for which a receiver has been appointed, are not eligible for a waiver from the household charge; if this matter is under review; and ...More Button

As part of the process of preparing the National Housing Development Survey 2011, published by my Department in October 2011, local authorities provided details of all unfinished housing developments ...More Button

Written Answers - Comhar na nOileán

Was asked: cén uair a cheadófar togra Mheitheal Forbartha Chill Éinne a chuir Comhar na nOileán chuig an Roinn lena fhaomhadh; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Seoladh faomhadh foirmiúil maidir le deontas €200,000 a cheadú don togra a ndearnadh tagairt dó i gceist an Teachta ó mo Roinn chuig Comhar na nOileán ar 3 Aibreán, 2012.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the amount paid by his Department to mobile telephone companies for the past five years; the name of the companies used; the criteria used in deciding which mobile ...More Button

The Mobile contract in place in my Department was procured under the Department of Finance Mobile Voice and Data Procurement Framework. The following table outlines the breakdown of amounts paid to ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the position regarding a planning matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Malahide Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 as a scheme to advance through planning. The Design Brief for the appointment of consultants t...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations

Was asked: the help he can offer to a person (details supplied) in County Longford regarding the resolution of problems associated with the structural deficiencies in their relatively new home, in view of the ...More Button

The Building Regulations 1997 to 2011 provide for the safety and wellbeing of persons in and around buildings (including dwellings). The legal requirements are set out in twelve parts (classified as ...More Button

Written Answers - Regeneration Schemes

Was asked: the progress that has been made with the Tromra Road, Granard, County Longford regeneration application of €1.7 million, to advance this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made with the Springlawn, Longford, regeneration application of €0.8 million, to advance this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made with the McKeon Park, Longford, regeneration application, to advance this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made with the Colmkille and Redmond Terrace, Granard, Longford, regeneration application, to advance this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Services

Was asked: his plans to increase the training requirements in fire and emergency services to improve quality of service and contingencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Fire services are provided by the 37 statutorily designated fire authorities. The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, th...More Button

Written Answers - Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the challenges of calling in of financial bonds, procurement and legal inspections for local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the progress being made to approve funding for the extension of the Longford sewerage scheme to include the Ardagh Road, Ferefad, County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Longford. The Longford Sewerage Scheme is include...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding

Was asked: his plans to increase funding to local authorities, particularly Longford and Westmeath, as a consequence of the reduction in development levies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Development contributions have been an important addition to the capital funding resources of local authorities but they are only one element and local authorities generate capital income from a varie...More Button

Was asked: his plans to fund local authorities to carry the costs of compliance, Environmental Protection Agency, health and safety and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is a matter for each local authority to manage its own budget and prioritise its spending, within the resources available to it, across the range of services it provides.More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the funding that has been allocated on a county basis from the European Life Plus Programme for Environmental Conservation; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The EU LIFE+ Programme 2007-2013 is a dedicated EU funding instrument for the environment which complements existing EU funding arrangements. The Programme is administered directly by the European Co...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: his views on whether it is equitable that a large motor caravan only pays €95 road tax while it costs €307 for an 1108cc Fiat Panda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A concessionary rate of motor tax for motor caravans was introduced in 1998. I understand that the rationale behind the introduction of the concessionary rate was that, while motor caravans are gener...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy

Was asked: the body, State agency or section of his Department which is responsible for monitoring environmental impact statements and the compliance of same with EU Directives; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers - Unfinished Housing Developments

Was asked: the reason an unfinished estate, (details supplied) in County Cork which was considered as a category 3 by the County Council was not included on his Department’s waiver list as an unfinished housin...More Button

Written Answers - Private Residential Tenancies Board

Was asked: the number of cases the Private Residential Tenancies Board has brought in 2009, 2010 and 2011; the amount the PRTB cost the state in each of the past three years, including legal costs; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: when the Private Residential Tenancies Board will press charges in a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that no funding has been given by him to Dublin City Council for maintenance and adaption grants for homes, that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 w...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly

Was asked: if he will confirm that he has cut the senior alert scheme grants for security lights, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors; if he will confirm that the cutbacks also stated that groups will ha...More Button

My Department manages the Seniors Alert Scheme which encourages and assists the community’s support for older people by means of a community-based grant scheme to improve the security of people over 6...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, the number of persons who have registered and paid the non-principal private residence charge in each of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; and the total number of pro...More Button

The information requested, which has been complied by the Local Government Management Agency, is set out in the table:More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, the number of persons who registered late and paid the non-principal private residence charge in 2010 and 2011 and the total number of properties involved. More Button

The information requested, which has been complied by the Local Government Management Agency, is set out in the table:More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, the total amount received in respect of the non-principal residence charge for 2009, 2010 and 2011, analysed by the year to which it referred and the amount of int...More Button

The information requested, which has been complied by the Local Government Management Agency, is set out in the table:More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a statistical analysis for 2009, 2010 and 2011 of the number of persons who have paid the non-principal residence charge by the number of housing units owned. More Button

The information requested, which has been complied by the Local Government Management Agency, is set out in the tables:More Button

Written Answers - Household Charge

Was asked: if he will confirm the cost of the household charge or property tax over the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The household charge is being administered by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) on a shared service/agency basis on behalf of all county and city councils. The costs arising are a matter ...More Button

Written Answers - Electoral Reform

Was asked: if he intends, as a matter of electoral reform, to revise the method of selection of polling station staff to ensure that the positions available are publically advertised and that, when appropriate,...More Button

The primary role of my Department in electoral matters is to provide an appropriate policy and legislative framework for a modern and efficient electoral system. Within that framework, local returnin...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: if he will consider working with housing associations and amend legislation in order for tenants to purchase their homes for example, Cluid Housing Association; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the reason behind the inclusion of exemption No. 6(a)(ii) under the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009; and if he will examine this clause and determine if there is scope to further the range of thi...More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, which sets out the detail of the charge, is premised on a universal liability for residential property in respect of the charge. It exempts certai...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Correspondence

Was asked: if he will investigate a matter (details supplied) and intervene if he deems it necessary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue raised in the Question is a matter entirely for the company and the Town Council involved.More Button

Written Answers - Motor Taxation

Was asked: the reason a 1996 car with a 1.8 litre engine cost €626 road tax and a current model of the same car costs €225. More Button

New emissions based Vehicle Registration Tax and motor tax systems were introduced in 2008 in order to influence the future purchasing decisions of car buyers. The owners of vehicles registered prior...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Agencies

Was asked: if it has been brought to his attention that as part of the rationalisation of State agencies a decision was made in 2009 to merge the Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Governm...More Button

The Local Government Management Services Board (LGMSB) and the Local Government Computer Services Board (LGCSB) were established under the Local Government Corporate Bodies Act 1971. The LGMSB and the...More Button

Was asked: if the Association of County and City Councils and the City and County Managers Association submit their respective annual audited accounts to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Audited accounts of the Association of County and City Councils, the latest of which cover the year ending 31 December 2010, have been received in my Department. The Local Government Management Servi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Contracts

Was asked: the number of contracts that were issued to consultancy firms by his Department in 2011; the number that were issued in the first quarter in 2012; the cost of each contract and to whom they were issu...More Button

The information requested is set out in the following table: More Button

Written Answers - Dog Licences

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form the revenue generated from the issuance of dog licences for each year in the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A broad range of data concerning the dog control functions of local authorities is available on my Department’s website at http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/DogControl/. This includes, inter a...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy

Was asked: his plans to bring forward a scheme for persons who want to erect wind mills for domestic use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Household Charge

Was asked: if he has been empowered to access the bank accounts of those households who have registered their households with direct debit details for the payment of the household charge for any additional paym...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. There is no provision in the leg...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development

Was asked: if he will consider revising the current Leader Axis 3 and 4 funding rates of aid structure under the support for business creation and development and diversification into non agricultural activitie...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider revising the current Leader Axis 3 and 4 funding rates of aid structure under the Village and Countryside Renewal and Development and the Encouragement of Tourism Activities provi...More Button

Was asked: if there are proposals to increase the grant aid from the Leader Programme from 50% to 75% for individuals and the community rates from 75% to 90%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 918, 919 and 930 together. Axes 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP), for which my Department has responsibility, continues to facilitate access ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: when a definite outcome regarding the provision of a successor to Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta is envisaged to be in operation; and if, in the interests of fairness, priority will be given, in th...More Button

My Department is actively working to ensure that services in Gaeltacht areas previously provided by MFG can be maintained. With regard to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP), which i...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 379 of 21 March 2012, if he notes that the stipulations outlined for planning applications, as mentioned in the reply, pertain to all planning applications and n...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the measures in place to ensure that all septic tanks installed comply with the EN 12566-1 and comply with Annex A of the Building Regulations; the measures in place to prevent companies selling a p...More Button

Was asked: the number of septic tank manufacturers that are registered to produce a tank that complies with the EN 12566-1 and complies with Annex A of the Building Regulations in Ireland; and if he will make ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 923 and 924 together. The Building Regulations set out the legal requirements for the design and construction of buildings, including dwellings. Compliance with the ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding Bruff sewerage scheme in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Limerick. The Programme includes contracts under...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Services Regulation

Was asked: when he expects the reviewed guidance for local authorities on mortgage arrears, including local authority mortgages for shared ownership, will be finalised; and when the guide will be made public. ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Funding

Was asked: the amount of funding that was paid to local authorities through the Local Government Fund in each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and the amount that was allocated to each local...More Button

I assume that the Question refers to general purpose grants from the Local Government Fund. General purpose grants are my Department’s contribution towards meeting the cost to local authorities of pr...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: if local authorities have discretion on penalties for the non-private principal residence charge in certain cases (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, broadened the revenue base of local authorities by introducing a charge on non-principal private residences. The charge is set at €200 and liabili...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development

Was asked: if there are any proposals to allow local authorities to act as project promoters to apply for the community rate of aid from the Leader Programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The implementation of Axis 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) is being closely monitored and it has become apparent that declining economic activity and access to credit facilit...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the number of State companies who have used overseas companies for printing work in the following years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; if he is satisfied that this is an appropriate use of State resourc...More Button

The information sought in the question is not held in my Department. State Agencies are subject, inter alia, to EU and national public procurement requirements relating to public procurement. Procurem...More Button


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