349. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18975/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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...

198. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the Pollagh section of the River Moy in County Mayo; if Inland Fisheries Ireland is considering the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18369/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Inland Fisheries)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I understand that the Deputy is referring to speculation regarding the sale of fishing rights.
The section of the River Moy which flows through the townland of Pollagh near Foxford, Co. Mayo is part of the wider Cloongee Fishery and is directly managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in whom the fishing rights are vested. IFI have confirmed that state owned fishing rights on the Moy are im...

1161. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of pieces of legislation enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15343/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Law Reform Commission)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There were five Acts relevant to this Department that the Law Reform Commission reviewed and subsequently published revised versions on their website. Details of those Acts are outlined in the following table.
These revised acts by the Law Reform Commission are an administrative consolidation of the Acts.
The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is an independent body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975....

773. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the cost to his Department of negative interest rates on deposits held; the details of same for agencies under his aegis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11732/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The total amount of negative interest paid by my Department in respect of deposits since the introduction of these charges in May 2017 is €3,757. This amount includes deposits held by my Department in respect of the Environment Fund.   
Information in respect of bodies and agencies under the aegis of my Department is a day to day matter for those organisations and my Department does not have the information s...

580. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. (Question 9514/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department will oversee significant capital investment amounting to €1.479 billion over the five year period to 2022. The 2018 capital allocations by Programme area for my Department are set out in the table below, further detail of which is provided in the 2018 Revised Estimates Volume. Capital Allocation 2018
 Programme Area € million Communications 26.8 Broadcasting 2.0 Energy 130.7 Natur...

502. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to further develop the natural gas distribution and transmission networks in the north west region; the consultation that has been conducted on these plans to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5376/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Natural Gas Grid)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I have stated in reply to previous Questions the factual position in relation to the routing of gas pipelines or the connection of towns to the gas pipeline network. These are matters for Gas Networks Ireland, a commercial State-sponsored body under the aegis of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), the statutorily independent energy regul...

519. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage shall be prioritised during the roll out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4383/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 519 and 520 together. 
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 so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. This is set ...

520. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage shall be prioritised during the roll out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4384/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 519 and 520 together. 
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 so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. This is set ...

522. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintenance and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4430/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department is engaged in one public private partnership, the details of which are set out in the table: 
 Name of project Cost (inc VAT) Timeframe Names of private parties involved Nature of Project Eircodes €38m December 2013 10 year contract with an option to extend Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode Develop, implement, maintain and promote the National Postcode Sys...

153. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2143/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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 so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

155. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2151/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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 so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

390. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied) in relation to the designation of rivers as catch-and-release salmon fisheries for 2018; if a response has yet been issued; the reason for the reclassification of these fisheries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50729/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Fisheries Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne) (Deputy Seán Kyne): Management of salmon stocks is carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and is supported by scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) and Ireland’s independent Standing Scientific Committee (SSC).
I gave statutory notice on 15 November 2017 of the draft Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2017 to provide ...

513. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress that has been made to establish a commission on the future of the media; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50036/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Media Mergers)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Media Mergers process was created as a result of amendments made to the Competition Act 2002 by the Competition & Consumer Protection Act 2014. All media mergers must be notified to me as Minister and I must make a determination whether or not the proposed media merger may proceed based on an assessment of its impact on the plurality of media in the State.
The examinations of all previous proposed media mer...

983. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the names of the special advisers employed in his Department; the names of special advisers to junior ministers in his Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current role or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the minister to which they were appointed to; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the Government order; the date of the Government order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if any persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46463/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The information requested in relation to my two special advisors is set out in the table: 
 Post Name Gross Salary p.a. Special Advisor  Ms Suzie Coogan €91,716 Special Advisor  Mr Ross Elwood €85,091 

 The two advisors were employed in my Department prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle. On my reappointment as Minister  for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, both were re-appoint...

527. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42302/17 asked on 10 Oct 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...

1418. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the guidelines in place to ensure persons are made aware that lo-call 1890 numbers may be more expensive to call from a mobile than landlines; his plans to ensure persons calling State offices are aware of this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37429/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Telephone Call Charges)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The matter raised in the Question is a customer service issue for each individual public body including Government Departments.  The use and display of telephone numbers is an area in which I have no statutory function. The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) manages and administers the National Numbering Scheme which lists all numbers and codes that are available for use on public telecommunicati...

1433. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made. (Question 37221/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table: 
 Year Debit Card Charges € Credit Card Charges € Banking Fees & Charges € Fees for processing credit card and online sales receipts€ 2017 (to date) 0 69.67 5738.31 426.61  2016 0 75.12 2635.66 1008.60 2015 0 86.31 778.07 2129.73  2014 0 160.37 758.07 1385.77  2013 0 148.20 192.25 1257.36 

The above payments in...

509. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31235/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 502, 503 and 509 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan will provide 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 1.4 million or 61% of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland can get high spee...

189. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the rollout of at least 30mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage shall be prioritised during the rollout phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29278/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 192 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 interventi...

1790. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider extending the warmer homes scheme to include applicants over 66 years of age to avail of heating upgrade works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28627/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Warmer Homes Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme on behalf of my Department. The scheme provides energy efficiency upgrades free of charge to people who meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of their age. Typical measures available under the scheme include attic and cavity wall insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets and low energy light bulbs. The ...

208. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the expenses incurred by his Department relating to insurance of all types in each of the past five years; the cost of each insurance policy held by his Department over the same time period per annum; if he will provide the same data for all bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26282/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Question Heading for question(s) 208)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department is a Designated State Authority under the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act, 2000 and subsequent orders and as such is covered by State Indemnity. My Department is not required to hold its own insurances and does not therefore have expenses over the last five years in that regard.  
The information regarding the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter...

520. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to reports that the State is facing fines of up to €75 million each year if it does not meet its target of obtaining 16% of total energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, if his Department has factored these fines into expenditure projections over the next five years; the estimated impact of the fines on the net fiscal space for the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22817/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Renewable Energy Generation Targets)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC set Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16% of our energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. Ireland is committed to achieving this target through meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of heat and 10% of transport from renewable sources of energy, with the latter transport target also being legally binding. While good progress has been made to date, with...

522. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will commence a ministerial inquiry into the decision by Inland Fisheries Ireland to issue and in some instances to subsequently withdraw summonses and legal proceedings initiated against a number of persons in regard to a dispute over fishing rights on the Gweebarra river in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22770/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Inland Fisheries)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): Last February, the Office of the Attorney General provided advice to my Department in the course of a review of the Inland Fisheries Act 2010. The advice identified that amending legislation is required to provide explicit powers to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to summarily prosecute offences under the Fisheries Acts and, consequently, a number of prosecution cases nationwide, including s...

297. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has received correspondence from a person (details supplied) concerning revisions to the wind energy guidelines; if a response was issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21058/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Wind Energy Guidelines)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The statutory responsibility on planning policy and legislation, including leading the review of the Wind Energy Development Guidelines, rests with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. Responsibility regarding the authorisation of wind farm developments is a matter for the relevant planning authority or An Bord Pleanála.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Gov...

1109. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which his attention was drawn to Inland Fisheries Ireland not having the power to prosecute offences under the Fisheries Acts (details supplied); his plans to amend this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13180/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Fisheries Offences)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1109, 1117 and 1118 together.  
The Office of the Attorney General provided advice to my Department in the course of a review of the Inland Fisheries Act 2010 in February. My Department advised Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) of the relevant position. It should be noted that anyone who commits an offence is still liable to be prosecuted under the Act. Amending legislation is be...