171. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to ensure that a high speed fibre optic broadband connection is provided to a location (details supplied) in view of the fact that the lack of such a connection is putting jobs at risk; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8858/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, almost 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into office almost 400,000 add...

555. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if it is legal for companies to operate without providing email and phone contact details for their customer, with specific reference to the large telecommunication companies operating here providing phone, broadband and television services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25305/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Telecommunications Services Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Regulation 27 of the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Universal Service and Users’ Rights) Regulations (SI 337 /2011) obliges all providers of electronic communications networks and services to adopt and implement a code of practice for settling unresolved disputes with customers including complaints. The code must also set out the first point of contact for complainants. ...

712. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a fibre broadband solution be provided at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17597/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority. This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervention in those areas where commercial investment has not ...

255. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national broadband strategy will deliver broadband to an area (details supplied); if this will happen in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6328/17 asked on 08 Feb 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 255 and 256 together.
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervent...

256. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide a map of north County Dublin indicating which areas are still without broadband; when those areas will receive a broadband supply under the national broadband strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6329/17 asked on 08 Feb 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 255 and 256 together.
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervent...

1470. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide a 2017 workplan for the provision of broadband services in north County Dublin; if he will provide a map of the new areas which will be provided with broadband as part of the national broadband plan in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41179/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Deputy Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority. This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervention in those areas where commercial investment has not be...

252. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the national grants that are available for persons who wish to build either solar farms or wind farms on their property; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39056/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Renewable Energy Projects)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Grants or grant aid are not provided for the construction of wind or solar farms on (private) property. The convention to date is that the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFIT) schemes support the development of a range of renewable electricity technologies including hydro, biomass combustion, biomass combined heat and power, landfill gas and onshore wind. 
The Programme for Government contains a commitment t...

201. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of an application to the SEAI for a grant by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36451/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Better Energy Homes Scheme Applications)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Better Energy Homes Scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under the Better Energy Programme. Better Energy Homes provides a financial incentive to private homeowners who wish to improve the energy performance of their homes. Fixed grants  are provided towards the cost of a range of measures including attic insulation, wall insulation, heating systems upgrades, solar t...

1700. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since, including the date they became vacant, for State Boards or governing bodies under his control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a short-list provided to him by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under his control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26079/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): On the 26 February 2016, 15 vacancies existed on State Boards under the aegis of my Department as follows:  
 Body Number of vacancies Position TG4 1 Ex-officio member (Director General) Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) 8 Ministerial nominees ESB 1 Ministerial nominee National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) 1 Ministerial nominee Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) 1 (CEO ex-offici...

739. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the status of the roll out of broadband in rural north County Dublin, specifically in the vicinity of the villages of Oldtown, Ballyboughal, Garristown and Naul; when broadband will be delivered to these areas as part of the national roll out plan; if he will provide maps showing these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21128/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through private investment by commercial telecommunications companies and through a State intervention in areas where commercial investment is not forthco...

196. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide e-fibre broadband to the Ballyboughal/Oldtown area in County Dublin, as works have been carried out on all surrounding areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17059/15 asked on 30 Apr 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...

935. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide efibre broadband to an area (details supplied) in County Dublin, as works have been carried out on all surrounding estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11281/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...

943. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide efibre broadband to areas (details supplied) in County Dublin, in view of the fact that works have been carried out on all surrounding estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11396/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...

1639. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to a lack of fibre optic broadband provision in an area (details supplied) in County Dublin; if there are any plans to roll out fibre optic broadband to the rural regions of County Dublin in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33700/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Broadband Service Speeds)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The Government’s Statement of Priorities for the period 2014 to 2016 reaffirms our commitment to delivering a State-led broadband intervention in rural areas. The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses. This is being achieved through measures designed to accelerate commercia...

620. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans for the roll-out of broadband in an area (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46427/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): I propose to take Questions Nos. 618 and 620 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan, which I published in August 2012, aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses. This will be achieved by providing: 
- a policy and regulatory framework that assists in accelerating and incentivising commercial investment, ...

431. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when he expects to publish the offshore renewable energy develoment plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35968/13 asked on 18 Jul 2013 - Renewable Energy Projects)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): My Department is currently finalising an Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP). The process began with the carrying out of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Informed by the findings of the SEA, the OREDP will identify how best to coordinate action across the environmental, energy and economic development policy areas in order to best facilitate the realisation of Ireland’s abundant offshore ...

351. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide an update on the operation of the Eirgrid interconnector in Rush, County Dublin; if all testing of the line has been completed and all acknowledged localised issues been dealt with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13996/13 asked on 20 Mar 2013 - Electricity Generation)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): This is an operational matter for the company involved and I, as Minister, have no role or function in this regard. However, my Department has requested that EirGrid, which has statutory responsibility for the East West Interconnector, will furnish further information directly to the Deputy.
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151. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the plans in place to roll out broadband in the Oldtown, Ballyboughal, Naul and Garristown areas of north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12111/13 asked on 07 Mar 2013 - Broadband Services Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Ireland’s telecommunications market has been liberalised since 1999 and since then has developed into a well-regulated market, supporting a multiplicity of commercial operators, providing services over a diverse range of technology platforms. Details of broadband services available on a County-by-County basis, including County Dublin, can be found on the website of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComR...

429. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to include a village (details supplied) in County Dublin in the national broadband plan; if not, can it be included in the plan as surrounding towns and villages are included in the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51496/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Broadband Services Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): The Government accepts that the widespread availability of high speed broadband is a key requirement in delivering future economic and social development. With basic broadband services now widely available across Ireland, the challenge is to accelerate the roll out of high speed services.
The National Broadband Plan, which I published recently, aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring...

396. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will engage with existing energy suppliers with a view to coming up with a national scheme for State funded schools in order to cut energy costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44790/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Energy Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): As part of the Better Energy Programme energy suppliers have agreed voluntary agreements with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in the delivery of their energy saving targets for 2012. While overall education policy is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, I would encourage schools to approach and actively engage with their energy suppliers to identify suitable projects ...