Naughten, Denis

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Waste Disposal

Was asked: the measures he intends to put in place for the elderly and also for persons who are unable, due to infirmity or storage issues, to have wheelie bins for waste management in their homes; and if he ...More Button

It is widely recognised that there are difficulties associated with the collection of household waste in bags, including:

  - littering caused by ripped bags;

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Was asked: the tonnage of waste exported for disposal for each of the past five years; the destinations of this waste and the port from which it left Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Statistics and information on shipments of waste to and from Ireland, including ports used, are not kept by my Department. Such information is available from the National Transfrontier Shipments O...More Button

Landfill Sites

Was asked: the tonnage of waste being dumped in a location (details supplied) in County Kildare for each of the past five years; the tonnage of waste being dumped at that location from Connacht, Ulster, Leins...More Button

Statistics and information on the tonnage of waste at landfill sites around Ireland are not compiled by my Department.  Information regarding individual facilities is available from the Environment...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: the proposed timeline for ratification of the Paris climate agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the timeline for Ireland in the ratification of the Paris agreement.More Button

Was asked: if, in the event that the Government has not ratified COP21 in advance of the COP22 conference on 7 to 18 November 2016, Ireland will be able to participate fully in all the institutions involving ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 538, 542 and 543 together.More Button

The Paris Agreement puts in place the necessary framework for all countries to take ambitious action as well as providing for a transparency system to ensure that all countries can have confidenc...More Button

As of Monday 10 October 2016, 76 Parties to the Convention (including the EU and some of its Member States - France, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal and Malta) accounting in total f...More Button

Ireland is a strong supporter of the Paris Agreement and indicated its continuing commitment by signing the Agreement, along with other EU member states, at the signing ceremony in New York on 22...More Button

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement, known as the CMA, has recognised the need for inclusivity and the importance of full Party participatio...More Button

Fisheries Protection

Was asked: if he will consider lifting the draft net fishing ban for two weeks in the year in order that children and teenagers can be taught about fishing to ensure that the culture and tradition will not be...More Button

Waste Disposal Charges

Was asked: the exemptions in place for households with medical grounds following the introduction of pay-by-weight refuse collection on 1 September 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The charges applied by waste management companies are a matter between those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, i...More Button

The waste management industry had committed to providing a full weight allowance for the disposal of non-infancy incontinence wear to the estimated 60,000 patients supplied with such products by ...More Button

However, as the waste industry began releasing its proposed prices under pay-by-weight in June, 2016, the Government relayed its concern to the industry regarding the reported escalation of waste...More Button

On foot of this, my Department engaged with representatives of the waste industry to agree a way forward that results in customers paying no more for the same level of service than they are curre...More Button

Electricity Transmission Network

Was asked: if he has received a report on the break in the east-west electricity interconnector between Dublin and Wales; the reason for the loss of service; and when the interconnector will be back in operat...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that the east-west interconnector power line will be out of commission for the next five months due to repairs; the steps being taken to remedy this; the effect this will have on...More Button

Was asked: regarding the east-west interconnector power line being out of commission for the next five months due to repairs, if this will result in higher electricity bills for consumers, as has been reporte...More Button

Was asked: regarding the east-west interconnector power line being out of commission for the next five months due to repairs, if CER had discussions with his Department on the possible consequences this will ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 544 to 546, inclusive, together.More Button

I have been advised by EirGrid that when the East West Interconnector was being returned to service on 8 September, following an annual maintenance shutdown, a fault occurred causing damage to th...More Button

While the interconnector plays an important role in transferring power to and from the UK, EirGrid has publicly reassured energy consumers in their press statement of 30 September that there are ...More Button

EirGrid, along with the contractor ABB, are currently investigating how to bring the interconnector back into service as soon as possible. The programme of work submitted by the contractor has a...More Button

My Department  is in ongoing contact with EirGrid and the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), both of which are alert to the importance of ensuring any impacts on commercial and domestic elec...More Button

It is important to note that the East West Interconnector is one of two electricity interconnectors that connect the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland with the wholesale market i...More Button

  Question Nos. 542 and 543 answered with Question No. 538.More Button

  Question Nos. 544 to 546, inclusive, answered with Question No. 541.More Button

Bioenergy Strategy

Was asked: when the public consultation on the strategic environmental assessment of the draft bioenergy strategy will take place.More Button

The potential of the bioenergy sector to make a significant contribution to a wide range of Government policy objectives, including energy and waste policy, is well recognised. My Department is in...More Button

White Paper on Energy

Was asked: the position regarding the White Paper on renewable energy.More Button

The Energy White Paper contains a vision to accelerate the development and diversification of renewable energy in Ireland. Significant progress towards that end has been made by my Department in p...More Button

- the development of two new renewables support schemes: the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aimed at increasing renewables in in the heat sector; and a Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS...More Button

- the development of a Renewable Electricity Policy and Development Framework (REPDF). A public consultation on the draft Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was hel...More Button

- the development of new planning guidelines for wind farms. My Department is working with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to meet the commitment in the Prog...More Button

- the development of a National Bioenergy Plan. A draft Bioenergy Plan was published in December 2014.  A strategic Environmental assessment (SEA) is currently being prepared.More Button

- the continuing support for the deployment of electric vehicles through the grant scheme administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.More Button

- an increase in the Biofuel Obligation from 6% to 8% by volume from 1st January 2017.  Further increases up to 2020 are being examined by my Department.More Button

- the submission of the third progress report on the National Renewable Energy Action Plan to the European Commission in April 2016.More Button

Electricity Generation

Was asked: if the Government will encourage all the electricity providers to pay domestic producers of electricity either by solar or wind, as opposed to only one company (details supplied).More Button

Responsibility for the regulation of the electricity market is a matter for the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and I have no function in the matter.  I am aware that since February 2009 Ele...More Button

Previously, a joint Electric Ireland/ ESB Networks micro-generation support scheme for domestic micro-generators operated from February 2009 to February 2012. This scheme closed to new entrants ...More Button

The Energy White Paper published last December sets out a high-level framework for Ireland's energy transition to a low carbon economy and society and identifies a range of measures and actions t...More Button

In-depth economic analysis is underway to inform the cost of a new support scheme and the design of the support tariff - whether in the form of a grant payment or feed-in tariff. While no decisi...More Button

Once the detailed economic analysis is complete, there will be an additional public consultation phase on the design of the new scheme. The details of this will be advertised on the Department’s...More Button

Strategy for Renewable Energy

Was asked: if the current system and prices of microgeneration can be improved to encourage more persons to invest in renewables and the existing producers to recoup some of their investment.More Button

The Renewable Electricity Feed-in-Tariff (REFIT) schemes are the principal means of supporting renewable electricity generators for renewable energy exported to the grid. The...More Button

Was asked: if the Government and the various Departments can come together to draw up new plans to update the renewables industry (details supplied).More Button

The Energy White Paper published last December sets out a coherent high-level framework for Ireland’s energy transition to a low carbon system and society and identifies a range of measures to acce...More Button

Broadband Service Provision

Was asked: his plans to roll out dark fibre broadband in the south east; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the N...More Button

The procurement process aims to identify an entity or entities to build, rollout, operate and deliver high speed broadband of at least 30 Mbps upload and 6 Mbps download speeds to all premises wi...More Button

The High Speed Broadband Map, which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie, shows the extent of the State Intervention area:More Button

- The areas marked BLUE represent those areas where commercial providers are either currently delivering or have previously indicated plans to deliver high speed broadband services.More Button

- The areas marked AMBER on the High Speed Broadband Map represent the target areas for the State Intervention which are the subject of the current procurement process.More Button

The map provides information on a county by county basis with a breakdown of coverage across the townlands in every county including the Southeast comprising the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Sou...More Button

The Department is now in a formal procurement process to select a company or companies to roll-out a new high speed broadband network(s) in the Intervention area which extends to over 750,000 pre...More Button

As part of the competitive process, the Department will engage with winning bidder(s) on the best rollout strategy, in order to target areas of particularly poor service, business needs and / or ...More Button

The Programme for Government also commits to measures to assist in the rollout of the network once a contract is awarded. In this regard, Minister Humphreys is leading on the establishment of tw...More Button

 In the meantime, my Department continues to liaise closely with industry and relevant other Departments and agencies to assist in the commercial deployment of telecommunications networks. The co...More Button

In line with commitments in the Programme for Government I established a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce with my colleague Minister Humphreys in July 2016. The Taskforce will recommend prac...More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Dundrum and Knockavilla, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Coolbaun, Puckane and Dromineer, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Emly, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Glengoole, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Toomyvara, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

Was asked: when fibre broadband will be rolled out in Bansha, County Tipperary, and residents will have access to a high-speed broadband connection.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 559 to 564, inclusive, together.

  The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individ...More Button

Was asked: the steps his Department will take to ensure broadband services will be provided in an area in correspondence (details supplied).More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the N...More Button

Was asked: if an area (details supplied) in County Kerry will be included in the upcoming fibre broadband roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the N...More Button

Renewable Energy Incentives

Was asked: his views on concerns raised in a document (details supplied); his plans in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the introduction of a renewable heat incentive; if he will ensure that any such incentive that is introduced will facilitate smaller-end users using wood chip boilers with a capacity ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 553 and 554 together.

  The introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a commitment in the Programme for Governmen...More Button

Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Scheme

Was asked: his plans to extend the closing date of the REFIT 3 scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The REFIT 3 scheme closed to new applicants on the 31 December 2015.  As the REFIT closing date approached late last year, it was decided to offer a degree of flexibility for ...More Button

Health and Safety Regulations

Was asked: the health and safety framework of each commercial and non-commercial State agency; when the health and safety policy of each was last reviewed; when the safety statement of each was last reviewed;...More Button

The information regarding the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the inform...More Button

Departmental Agencies Staff Data

Was asked: the gifts or hospitality given to employees to attend overseas sporting or musical events during 2015 in respect of all commercial and non-commercial agencies; the locations of such visits; and if ...More Button

The information regarding the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the inform...More Button

Electric Vehicles

Was asked: the status of the national electric car network; the number of fast charge points there are here; the number currently not functioning; the approximate average time for repair for a given charge po...More Button

The ESB, through its ecars programme, has been rolling out both publicly accessible charging infrastructure and domestic charge points for electric vehicles. I am advised that almost 900 public ch...More Button

In relation to the number of charge points which are not functioning and the issue of repair times for charge points, these are operational matters for the ESB. While I have no function in this ...More Button

Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Scheme Applications

Was asked: further to a query (details supplied) if the person concerned has already received REFIT approval from his Department; if he will address the original question put forward to his Department in June...More Button

While I cannot comment on an individual Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) application, I can confirm that it is normal practice that a REFIT applicant would liaise direc...More Button