742. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason the website for the Irish national postcode is hosted in the UK by a company (details supplied); and the reason the site which is national infrastructure is not hosted here by an Irish Internet service provider. (Question 11382/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 742 to 744, inclusive, together.
Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
Capita with the approval and on behalf of the Minster have developed the Eircode brand name, trademarks and website. The Eircode business name and domain n...

743. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason the Eircode business name is registered as being owned by a company (details supplied) rather than the State. (Question 11383/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 742 to 744, inclusive, together.
Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
Capita with the approval and on behalf of the Minster have developed the Eircode brand name, trademarks and website. The Eircode business name and domain n...

744. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason the trademark for Eircode is registered in London and owned by a company (details supplied) rather than the State. (Question 11384/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 742 to 744, inclusive, together.
Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
Capita with the approval and on behalf of the Minster have developed the Eircode brand name, trademarks and website. The Eircode business name and domain n...

322. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Eircode website was down for approximately 24 hours over the weekend of 25 and 26 February 2017; and his views on the matter. (Question 10874/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 323 together. 
Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
My Department referred the issue raised by the Deputy to Capita who have informed my officials that the Eircode Finder website, which remains very popular with the ...

323. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the fact that a piece of national infrastructure such as the Eircode website can have a 24-hour outage; and if consideration will be given to a more resilient offline global positioning service-based code for emergency services as a back-up. (Question 10875/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 323 together. 
Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
My Department referred the issue raised by the Deputy to Capita who have informed my officials that the Eircode Finder website, which remains very popular with the ...

891. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46774/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): During the past year my Department paid subscriptions to a total of 14 bodies and group, the details of which are set out in the following Table: 
 Body Details Amount - € Institute of International & European Affairs Corporate Membership 8,500 European Movement Ireland Annual Subscription 1,300 The Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland Annual Subscription 200 EuroGeo Surveys Annual Subscr...

892. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46775/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): During the course of 2015 my Department paid subscriptions to a total of 10 publishers at a total cost of €51,435, the details of which are set out in the following Table: 
 Number Name Details Cost - € 1 101 News Newspaper Subscriptions 8,556 2 Aspermont Media Ltd Mining Journal Subscription 909 3 ELSEVIER Geological Survey Government Edition Fee 25,095 4 Financial Times Ltd Financial Times New...

893. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and social media. (Question 46776/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The total sum spent from my Department’s advertising budget in relation to the categories of advertising expenditure raised by the Deputy amounted to €53,387 in 2015.
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946. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if positions will become available within Ordnance Survey Ireland; and if so, if they will be advertised to the public (Question 11504/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Public Sector Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the recruitment of staff by Ordnance Survey Ireland, is an operational matter for OSI directly and I have no function in this regard.
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15. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Cumarsáide, Fuinnimh agus Acmhainní Nádúrtha cé na hathruithe a thiocfaidh ar an Mol Digiteach agus é á bhogadh faoi réim Chomhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath. (Question 10419/15 asked on 12 Mar 2015 - An Mol Digiteach)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Joe McHugh): D’fhógair an tAire ar 16 Eanáir 2015, d’fhonn plean an Rialtais i gcomhair cuíchóiriú Gníomhaireachtaí Stáit a thabhairt chun cinn, go mbunófar an an Ghníomhaireacht Forbartha don Mhol Digiteach mar chomhlacht neamhspleách faoi Chomhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath.
Is é an fhís do chomhlacht nua an Mhoil Dhigitigh faoi Chomhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath go dtiocfaidh fás leanúnach ar io...

241. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if there has been an increase in the public service obligation levy in the case of electricity bills and in general; and the way in which he will use this money generated from this increase (Question 47769/13 asked on 12 Nov 2013 - Public Service Obligation Levy Increase)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): The PSO levy is charged to all electricity customers. It is designed to support the national policy objectives of security of energy supply, including through the use of indigenous fuels (i.e. peat), and the use of renewable energy sources in electricity generation. The proceeds of the levy are used to recoup the additional costs incurred by suppliers in sourcing a proportion of their electricity supplies from such ...

104. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of disconnections from electricity/natural gas there have been in the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20193/13 asked on 30 Apr 2013 - Gas and Electricity Disconnections)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Responsibility for the regulation of the electricity market, including disconnections, is a matter for the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), which is an independent statutory regulator. I have no statutory function in the matter of disconnections of electricity or gas customers regardless of the supply company involved.
The CER provides quarterly and annual updates on the electricity and gas retail markets, i...

20. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the position regarding the sale of Bord Gáis Energy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4688/13 asked on 31 Jan 2013 - Sale of State Assets)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Significant progress is being made on the sale of Bord Gáis Éireann’s Energy business as part of the State Assets disposal programme. NewERA is the agency with responsibility for oversight of the sale transaction on behalf of the Government and has appointed Barclays Bank plc as financial advisers to the Government with A & L Goodbody recently appointed by NewERA as legal advisers. My Department is also progressin...

395. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when the auction and bidding for 4G spectrum will take place; the timeframe for that process and the persons likely to be in the bidding; and his views on the proposed 4G roll out. (Question 46014/12 asked on 23 Oct 2012 - Mobile Telephony)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte)(Deputy Pat Rabbitte): The management of the radio spectrum is a statutory function of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) under the Communications Regulation Act, 2002 as amended. ComReg set out the process it has adopted for the award of rights of use for radio frequencies in the 800Mhz, 900Mhz and 1800Mhz bands in its information memorandum and associated documents (ComReg document 12/52). These...