53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the terms of the investment announced by the European Investment Bank in the national broadband plan; and the implications for ownership of the State’s broadband infrastructure in this regard. (Question 17844/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - National Broadband Plan Funding)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42, 50 and 53 together.
On 12th April 2018, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it had allocated finance of €500 million to the rollout of a high speed broadband network for the National Broadband Plan.  EIB financing is only offered to projects which contribute to EU Economic policy objectives, such as the improvement of EU transport and telecommunications infrastructur...

62. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the high level of subsidy provided for peat fired electricity as revealed by the CSO; his plans to address the balance in favour of environmental subsidies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17843/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Electricity Generation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Public policy supports for peat-fired electricity generation promote energy security of supply, one of the three primary pillars of Irish energy policy.
The overarching objective of the 2015 Energy White Paper and of the 2017 National Mitigation Plan is to transition to a low carbon energy system which provides secure supplies of affordable energy to consumers. This involves transitioning to lower or zero carbon...

477. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the interests of consumers of broadband in the State have been protected in the procurement process for the roll-out of the national broadband plan under the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014. (Question 11307/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - National Broadband Plan)

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 addit...

238. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the action he plans to take to deal with the price increases imposed by a company (details supplied) for recycling material with particular reference to areas in which no alternative provider exists. (Question 14284/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Waste Management)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The charges applied by waste management companies are matters for those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation.
In terms of environmental requirements, the charges applied should encourage householders to divert waste from the residual or general waste bin. For example, it would be expecte...

239. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if an impact statement has been commissioned in relation to the likely increase in illegal dumping as a result of the increase in bin charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14373/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Charges applied by waste management companies are matters for those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation. In terms of environmental legislation, the charges applied should encourage householders to divert waste from the residual or general waste bin. For example, it would be expected th...

452. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of his plans to provide access to high speed broadband to all persons living on the R130 Ashbourne to Garristown; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11101/18 asked on 08 Mar 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 addit...

571. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if 999 calls handled by a company (details supplied) are archived; and if so, the timeframe for which the archived recordings are retained. (Question 9269/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Emergency Services)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 572 together. 
The Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) is responsible for all 112 and 999 calls to the emergency services. It records all emergency calls to the service and retains the recordings and related metadata for seven years. 
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572. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the metadata of 999 calls handled by a company (details supplied) are archived; and if so, the timeframe for which the archived recordings are retained. (Question 9270/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Emergency Services)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 572 together. 
The Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) is responsible for all 112 and 999 calls to the emergency services. It records all emergency calls to the service and retains the recordings and related metadata for seven years. 
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29. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department will request that the EPA carry out an impact study on the effects of increased energy use and its implications for Ireland’s obligations under the Paris Agreement (details supplied). (Question 7246/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is already tasked with producing annual projections of greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland, in collaboration with relevant State and other bodies.
A key input to these projections are annual forecasts of energy use, prepared each year by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The 2009 Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) established binding annual greenhouse gas e...

56. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps his Department will take to practically support the inclusion of community based micro energy generation initiatives in the renewable energy support scheme. (Question 7245/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Renewable Energy Generation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department is developing a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) which is being designed to assist Ireland in meeting its renewable energy contribution to EU-wide targets out to 2030. The design of the new scheme has included an extensive independent economic appraisal. This appraisal compared the cost of supporting a range of commercial renewable technologies, at various scales including micro-gene...

512. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) that are working in his Department. (Question 5830/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There is one secondee from EY currently working in my Department.
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177. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps his Department will take in conjunction with the broadband task force to address gaps in the service affecting some homes in rural areas in which telephone lines are not running through a fibre cabinet and are therefore experiencing slow connection speeds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1678/18 asked on 17 Jan 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. My Department is in a formal procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network in areas where commercial operators will not provide this service. That procurement process is now at an...

50. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications for the State’s emissions targets and broader obligations in regard to addressing climate change of potential expansion of energy intensive industry here, particularly if same is incentivised by the Government, as in, for example, plans to expand the number of data centres located here. (Question 49014/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2014 National Policy Position on Climate Change and 2015 Energy White Paper include ambitious long-term commitments, respectively, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by between 80% and 95%  by 2050. As energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are inextricably linked, meeting this objective will require a radical transformat...

89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the publication of a warning letter by a group (details supplied) highlighting the lack of adequate steps being taken by governments to safeguard the biosphere and prevent catastrophic climate change; his plans to review the national mitigation plan in order to address these concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49013/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 57, 88 and 89 together. 
I understand that the research studies referred to are ‘Natural Gas and Climate Change,’ published by Manchester, Uppsala and Teesside Universities and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; and a report by the Global Carbon Project with input from the Norwegian Centre for International Climate Research (CICERO), which was published at an event o...

971. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated cost to the State of the upgrades to the electricity grid and transmission infrastructure necessary to facilitate large-scale expansion of data centres owned by foreign multinationals over the next decade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45954/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Electricity Grid)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in conjunction with other relevant Ministers is leading a  cross-government effort to develop a national policy statement on the strategic importance of data centres as part of Ireland’s Enterprise Strategy, with a first draft expected later this year. This strategic policy approach will include proposed amendments to the Strategic Infrastructure...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has satisfied himself that the broadband task force recently established by his Department will sufficiently identify gaps in the provision of rural broadband, particularly in areas in which only a small number of homes have not been connected by private providers; and the envisaged timeframe for identifying those anomalies and successfully providing high speed broadband to all of those homes. (Question 41855/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Rural Broadband Scheme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos 30, 33, 48 and 65 together.
Recognising the frustration experienced across Ireland where telecommunications networks are not always delivering the services people expect, I specifically included in the Programme for Government a commitment to a Mobile Phone and Broadband Task force.
I established the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce (the ‘Taskforce’) in July 2016, arising from...

48. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the terms of reference for the broadband task force recently established by his department; if there will be a published report; and the timeframe for such a report. (Question 41854/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Rural Broadband Scheme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos 30, 33, 48 and 65 together.
Recognising the frustration experienced across Ireland where telecommunications networks are not always delivering the services people expect, I specifically included in the Programme for Government a commitment to a Mobile Phone and Broadband Task force.
I established the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce (the ‘Taskforce’) in July 2016, arising from...

444. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if nine houses at Woodpark, Ballyboughal have been left out of the broadband roll-out scheme; and his plans to include them in the scheme to provide access to high speed broadband. (Question 40159/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will 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 so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get high speed broadband and this footprint is expanding.
In April I published an updat...

1438. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views regarding the recent decision of the Port of Cork to enter into a joint venture with a company (details supplied) to import liquefied natural gas extracted through fracking in the United States, in view of the recent ban on fracking here due to of the serious environmental damage caused by same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37609/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Natural Gas Imports)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The production, sourcing, buying and selling of natural gas produced outside this jurisdiction is an operational matter for the undertakings involved.  I have no policy remit in relation the means of energy production in other countries. In this jurisdiction, since 2002, the regulation of the gas market has been the responsibility of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), which is independent in the perfor...

1306. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to outsource the collection of the television licence fee to an agent other than An Post; the likely cost to the State of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36135/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Television Licence Fee Collection)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As the Deputy will be aware, I have obtained Government approval to draft a number of legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Act, 2009, including  amendments to allow for the tendering of TV Licence fee collection, and the proposed amendments are currently being considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action & Environment under pre-legislative scrutiny.
In tandem with this, I ...

366. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on plans by a waste company (details supplied) to levy hefty fines on customers for contaminated waste in view of the fact that the same company’s terms and conditions forbids tampering with bins, meaning locks to same cannot be affixed, and therefore persons cannot fully control the type of waste that may be placed in their bins by third parties on the street. (Question 33244/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Waste Management Regulations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 364, 366 and 377 together.
The terms and conditions of consumer contracts do not fall within my remit as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It is my understanding that the issues raised are the subject of terms and conditions of private contracts between householders and household waste collection companies. 
It is also my understanding that the Competit...

226. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide a copy of the official diary (details supplied) for the period August to December 2015. (Question 30406/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): A copy of the Secretary General’s diary for the period 1 August to 31 December is set out in the following table. 
 Subject Date Katherine Licken Leave 03/08/2015 Ken Spratt leave 03/08/2015 Sec Gen Annual Leave 04/08/2015 Stephanie Annual Leave 19/08/2015 Aught Windfarm 24/08/2015 Patricia Cronin leave 24/08/2015 Meeting w/ Sec Gen 25/08/2015 Meeting re Galway Mayo 25/08/2015 Discussion...

59. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the actions agreed by the mobile phone and broadband task force implementation group are on course to deliver broadband coverage for the Oldtown area of north County Dublin and other rural areas without adequate broadband access; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29483/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Clare Daly: I listened to the Minister’s earlier reply on broadband provision. Conscious of the consistent promises of 100% coverage, I raise the specific example of Oldtown, a village in north County Dublin less than 30 km from Dublin city centre. When I asked the Minister previously about this issue in November 2016, Oldtown was in the amber category on the broadband implementation map, which indicated an area marked for State intervention to be included in the State’s programme. The...

115. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the progress of the roll-out of Eircodes. (Question 29482/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Postal Codes)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the use of the National Postcode System “Eircode”.
Since the launch in July 2015, Eircode usage, as part of an address, continues to grow and is used widely among the public, businesses and public sector.  This, in part, can be seen by use of the free Eircode F...

239. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide a copy of the official diary of his predecessor (details supplied) for the period August to December 2015. (Question 29150/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Ministerial Functions)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I have set out below an extract from the diary of  then Minister, Alex White for the period August 2015  to December 2015. This calendar was previously released following a request under the FOI Act.  
 Subject StartDate EndDate Paul - A/L 4/8/2015 9/8/2015 Annual Leave 4/8/2015 13/8/2015 ACTONS HOTEL 6/8/2015 7/8/2015 Midleton’ exploration well 49/11-3 7/8/2015 7/8/2015 CELTIC ROSS HOTEL 7/8/...