Kelly, Alan

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Water Services Provision

Was asked: if consideration may be provided to a simplified water charge system which could be affordable, would reflect the consumer's ability to pay, be less costly administratively and at the same time cos...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider developing a more effective local authority water service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 and 229 together.

The Government has embarked on a programme of ambitious reform of the water sector, as the traditional water services system was in ...More Button

Architectural Qualifications

Was asked: his proposals to facilitate the registration of grandfather architects in the new buildings regulations and architects registrations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will facilitate the registration of persons with long experience as architects under a grandfather provision even if their qualifications do not fulfil the full requirements for newly qualifi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 232 together.More Button

Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 sets out the statutory arrangements for the registration of architects. A variety of routes to registration are provided for in the Act, including specific ...More Button

Local Authority Charges Application

Was asked: if he will review downwards the fees and contributions charged by local authorities for planning permissions and change of use application for businesses; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, prescribe the current planning application fees. Any proposed changes to the fees, which were last increased in 1998, would require the e...More Button

Irish Water Administration

Was asked: the amount of revenue that Irish Water will collect next year net of all allowances.More Button

Domestic water charges commenced with effect from 1 October 2014 and Irish Water will issue the first bills to domestic customers from January 2015. The approach to charging was outlined by Irish ...More Button

Was asked: if Irish Water has refused requests from local authorities to attend their meetings to brief county councillors on the processes and procedures being adopted by the company in their pursuit of the ...More Button

With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. At the request of my Department, Irish Water put in place specific arrangements to address the queries which ...More Button

Was asked: if Irish Water has been rated by credit rating institutions to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Irish Water is a non-consolidated subsidiary of Ervia and does not, at this point in time, have a separate credit rating. Ervia has an investment grade credit rating from each of Standard & Poor’s ...More Button

Was asked: the cost of extending the free water allowance for children to dependent 18 and 19 year olds living with their parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The CER issued a determination on the water charges plan submitted to it by Irish Water. Full details are available on the CER website at More Button

Housing Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 548 of 30 September 2014, the number of times the Dublin housing supply task force has met since its establishment; and if he will report on the work completed...More Button

Action 2 of the Government’s Construction 2020 Strategy commits to the establishment of a Housing Supply Coordination Taskforce for Dublin with an immediate focus on addressing supply-r...More Button

Water Quality

Was asked: if he or his Department has been provided with any reports or databases from Irish Water or formerly from the local authorities, including Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council on the exten...More Button

Since 1 January 2014 Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. I have no responsibility for...More Button

There are a significant number of lead public service pipes between the water mains and the customer stopcock or water meter. Irish Water is identifying the location of such lead service connecti...More Button

Motor Tax Rates

Was asked: the amount he expects to raise from road tax on vintage vehicles in 2014; his views on reducing or abolishing the tax on vintage vehicles to be used only in community or charity fund raising events.More Button

I expect that receipts from motor tax on vintage vehicles for 2014 will be of the order of €2.1m, though final figures will not be available until after the year end. I have no plans to reduce or ...More Button

  Question No. 229 answered with Question No. 221.More Button

National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan

Was asked: if he will request all local authorities to comply with the Disability Act 2005 regarding making buildings an environment that is friendly for persons with a mobility impairment; and if he will mak...More Button

Local authorities work on an ongoing basis toward making public spaces, public buildings and services owned and operated by them accessible. In accordance with my Department’s commitments under th...More Button

Road Signage

Was asked: the options available to residents of locations (details supplied) in County Kerry, whose placenames no longer appear on signage bilingually as a result of the Official Placenames Act; if considera...More Button

Section 48 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 provides for the substitution of a new Part 18 of the Local Government Act 2001, revising and updating the procedures for the chang...More Button

Under the new arrangements, a proposal to change a placename will, in the first instance, be a function of the relevant local authority. Any proposal adopted must specify the proposed new name i...More Button

Where it is proposed to change the name of a place in a Gaeltacht area and that proposal is carried by a majority of the votes cast, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht must make an...More Button

Certain elements of section 48 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 relating specifically to Daingean Uí Chúis in County Kerry have been commenced. The remaining provisions, dea...More Button

I have no function in relation to road signage which comes within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.More Button

  Question No. 232 answered with Question No. 222.More Button

Local and Community Development Programme Project Funding

Was asked: if he will provide funding through the SICAP or through any other programme under his Department to facilitate the continued operation of the development companies on the non-Gaeltacht islands of B...More Button

My Department’s Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) is the largest social inclusion intervention of its kind in the State. The current Programme officially ended at the end of 2013 hav...More Button

Local Government Reform

Was asked: due to local government changes throughout the country, his proposals for towns that have to make up substantial differences between their historical commercial rate and the county rate.More Button

One of the key elements of Putting People First, the Action Programme for Effective Local Government, was a refocusing and re-invigoration of local authorities in support of ente...More Button

Local Authority Staff

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the amount of requests from Kildare County Council for more staff; and the areas they were for.More Button

The moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public service was introduced in March 2009 in response to the financial crisis. My Department operates a delegated sanction from the Department o...More Button

My Department examines all staffing sanction requests on a case by case basis having due regard to the continued delivery of key services in the context of staffing and budgetary constraints. In ...More Button

The number of posts requested by Kildare County Council in 2014 to date is 60. These requested posts include posts to be filled internally by promotion or acting arrangements, and are spread acro...More Button

Water Pollution

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that chromium 6 is possibly being discharged into the River Barrow in the Athy area.More Button

No issues regarding Chromium VI discharges to the River Barrow have been brought to my attention.More Button

Chromium VI and Chromium III are listed as specific substances in the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Surface Waters) Regulations 2009. These Regulations contain Environmental Qual...More Button

I am informed by the EPA that the mean total chromium concentration for the Barrow (2010-2014) is ca. 2.5 µg/l which is around half of the EQS for chromium as set out in the European Communities ...More Button

Household Charge Exemptions

Was asked: if the Catholic Church is exempt from paying household tax as it is a registered charity, which results in an estimated loss to the State of in the region of €1.5 million per year; if the Catholic ...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provided the legislative basis for the Household Charge.  Under the Act, an owner of a residential property on the liability date is liable to pay t...More Button

  As there is no requirement to register a property that is exempt from the Household Charge on the basis of being non-residential or having charitable status ownership or otherwise, it is not pos...More Button

The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 requires Irish Water to charge its customers in respect of the services provided. The Act defines the customer as the occupier of the premises in respect of wh...More Button

Irish Water Establishment

Was asked: if he will confirm the existence of any or all recommendations internally or externally held in the Department prior to the establishment of Irish Water that stated the transfer of staff and the te...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm when he or his Department officials became aware of the pay progression mechanism agreed between Ervia and trade unions last year for Irish Water; the date upon which this agreem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 239 and 240 together.

  Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and o...More Button

Irish Water Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of funding expended by Irish Water to date and a breakdown of this; the amount of funding committed into the future by contract and a breakdown; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

As part of the conditions attaching to the funding being provided to Irish Water from the Local Government Fund in 2014 my Department receives overall cost reports on operational and capital expend...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide an annual breakdown of the fees paid to recruitment and employment agencies by his Department and those under his aegis.More Button

My Department has not engaged recruitment or employment agencies in the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The information requested is not collected in respect of Agencies under the aegis of my Dep...More Button