1247. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of funding that has been provided by his Department or agencies under its remit to individual local authorities for the provision of electric vehicle charging points; his plans for this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35043/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Electric Vehicles)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Question Nos 1247, 1265 and 1282 together.
The recently published National Mitigation Plan recognises how central the development of a sustainable and extensive supporting infrastructure is for the future success of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Ireland. 
To date, the funding and rollout of electric vehicle charging points has been supported by a Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) decision to ...

1248. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he has taken to bring to the European Council the proposal that Ireland, as a result of anticipated failure to meet the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target for the non-traded sector, should have a higher target in subsequent years than it would if the target was met; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this will make the State a problem country for European climate policy. (Question 35068/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question 1035 of 13 July 2017. The Paris Agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, aims to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement is designed to meet this objective through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by all parties to the agr...

1249. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to establish an eel hardship package for eel fishermen; if so, his further plans to ensure the heritage of eel fishermen will be preserved in co-operation between fishermen and Inland Fisheries Ireland heritage fisheries tourism to ensure the knowledge, history and methods are preserved for future generations and for scientific and tourism heritage programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35141/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fishing Industry)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question No. 1022 on 13 July 2017. 
The primary consideration of Inland Fisheries Ireland in the issue of public licences for eel fishing was the availability of an exploitable surplus of stock.  The knowledge and methods used by fishermen are preserved to some extent by the trap and transport operation managed by ESB under Ireland’s Eel Management Plan....

1250. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the locations to which the brown waste that is collected by bin companies is brought; and the end use of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35187/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Waste Disposal)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In order to maximise the resource potential and minimise disposal of our waste, the European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-waste) Regulations 2015 build on the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009. These two sets of regulations place clear obligations on waste collectors, businesses and households to promote the segregation and recovery of food waste for purposes of producing energy, compost and...

1251. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a review of the salmon fishing drift net ban which was imposed on inshore fishermen in 2006 will occur (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35280/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fishing Industry)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1251 and 1252 together. 
Ireland manages salmon stocks on an individual river basis. This management is carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the State Agency with statutory responsibility for inland fisheries. The management policy is based on the fact that each of Ireland’s 147 salmon rivers, river sections, estuaries etc. has its own genetically...

1252. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider a pilot project in which a number of fishermen from each county would take part in a scheme overseen by the Marine Institute to ascertain sea stocks, the results of which would determine the need for a salmon fishing drift net ban on the inshore fishing community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35281/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fishing Industry)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1251 and 1252 together. 
Ireland manages salmon stocks on an individual river basis. This management is carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the State Agency with statutory responsibility for inland fisheries. The management policy is based on the fact that each of Ireland’s 147 salmon rivers, river sections, estuaries etc. has its own genetically...

1253. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the grant schemes that exist for persons wishing to establish renewable energy projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35812/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Renewable Energy Projects)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1253 and 1299 together. 
Current financial supports for renewable electricity projects are provided via the Renewable Electricity Feed In Tariff (REFIT) schemes, which support renewable electricity generated and exported into the national grid. Details of technologies supported under each scheme and the costs associated with each technology are listed in the following table in ...

1254. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the total allowable catch for Loughros More commercial salmon fishing is calculated by Inland Fisheries Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36084/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fishing Industry)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): The total allowable catch for Loughros Mor commercial salmon (Owenea/Owentocker) fishing is calculated on the basis set out below.
The status for the Rivers Owenea and Owentocker are analysed by the Standing Scientific Committee for Salmon (SSCS) annually based on the best available information for these rivers using angler logbook returns, catchment wide electrofishing, commercial fishing c...

1256. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has been asked to provide consent for oil drilling to begin by a company (details supplied) in the southern porcupine basin off the south-west coast; and if so, his plans to give that consent. (Question 36501/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exploration Licences Approvals)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1256 and 1320 together.
Providence Resources P.l.c submitted an application to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to undertake the drilling of an exploration well within Block 53/6-A on the Druid/Drombeg prospect in the Southern Porcupine Basin pursuant to Frontier Exploration Licence 2/14. Following consideration of the applica...

1257. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of digital trading vouchers provided by LEOs on an annual basis over the period 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 36712/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Online Business Voucher Scheme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1257 and 1258 together.
My Department’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme, administered by the national network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices, offers a financial incentive of up to €2,500 along with training, mentoring and networking support, to help small and micro enterprises to trade online.  
The number of vouchers provided by LEO’s from 2014 to date and the amount expended from...

1258. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount expended on the digital trading vouchers scheme provided by LEOs on an annual basis over the period 2014 to 2016; and the budget allocation in 2017. (Question 36713/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Online Business Voucher Scheme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1257 and 1258 together.
My Department’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme, administered by the national network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices, offers a financial incentive of up to €2,500 along with training, mentoring and networking support, to help small and micro enterprises to trade online.  
The number of vouchers provided by LEO’s from 2014 to date and the amount expended from...

1259. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if Ireland will support the findings and recommendations of the Aarhus Convention compliance committee (details supplied); if the State will resist attempts by the UK, the EU, other parties to the convention and the nuclear lobby to undermine and weaken these findings of non-compliance which may occur at the September 2017 meeting of the parties for the Aarhus Convention; if not, the basis for the State’s decision; the person who will represent the State at the upcoming Aarhus meeting of the parties in Budva, Montenegro, from 11 to 14 September 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34903/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - International Agreements)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1259, 1285 and 1286 together.
I note the findings and recommendations adopted by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on 19 June 2017, with regard to communications ACCC/C/2013/91 and ACCC/C/2013/92, concerning compliance by the United Kingdom and Germany with their obligations under the Aarhus Convention in relation to public participation in the transboundary environmenta...

1260. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of agency workers working at Bord Na Móna for the past five years by month, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34916/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Bord na Móna)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Bord na Móna is a commercial State company operating under the Turf Development Acts 1946 to 1998. The matter raised by the Deputy is operational in nature and not one in which I, as Minister, have any function.
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1261. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for publishing the national mitigation strategy under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34938/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Mitigation Plan was published on Wednesday 19 July 2017 and can be found on my Department’s website at http://dccae.gov.ie.
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1262. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if broadband service will be available to all houses in the Bellinteer, Navan, County Meath, area following new exchange services in the area. (Question 34955/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1262, 1274, 1275 and 1281 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 1.4m or 61% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get high speed broad...

1263. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level and type of lobbying that the waste industry has carried out in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34968/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Waste Disposal)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission, an independent body, is the Registrar of Lobbying. The Act is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what and provides for establishing and maintaining a register of persons who carry on lobbying activities and for a code of conduct relating to carrying on lobbying activities. Th...

1264. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consult the public over increases to the television licence fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35015/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Television Licence Fee)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1264 and 1277 together.
I am not considering any increase to the current TV Licence fee and I have advised RTE of my position in the course of overall discussions on funding for the broadcaster.
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...

1265. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of funding that has been provided by his Department or agencies under its remit to local authorities for the provision of electric vehicle charging points; his plans for this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35024/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Electric Vehicles)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Question Nos 1247, 1265 and 1282 together.
The recently published National Mitigation Plan recognises how central the development of a sustainable and extensive supporting infrastructure is for the future success of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Ireland. 
To date, the funding and rollout of electric vehicle charging points has been supported by a Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) decision to ...

1266. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount that has been paid to renewable energy operators to curtail or dump energy; the corresponding amount of energy that was curtailed over the same period in each of the past five years, in tabular form; his views on the level of moneys being paid; if his attention has been drawn to plans to use this energy in a more efficient way; his plans for legislative changes in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35025/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Energy Efficiency)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1266 and 1269 together.
Under the Electricity Regulation (Amendment) (Single Electricity Market) Act 2007, regulation of the Single Electricity Market (SEM),  including its detailed rules as set out in the Trading and Settlement Code, is the responsibility of the SEM Committee. The SEM Committee consists of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), the Utility Regulator Northe...

1267. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount that has been collected from homeowners and businesses since the introduction of the PSO energy levy; his views on the burden this is placing on families and businesses; his plans to reduce the levy in conjunction with the CER; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35026/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Service Obligation Levy Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten):  The total amount and details of the PSO levy for each levy year are calculated and published annually by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). This material is publicly available at www.cer.ie. The following table shows the annual amounts for the PSO levy for each year since 2003.
The Public Service Obligation (PSO) Levy has been in place since 2001. The PSO levy facilitates a set of support schemes de...

1268. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the discussions he has had with the energy providers and CER to utilise more renewable energy on the grid; the steps he is taking to help reduce energy costs for homeowners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35027/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Renewable Energy Generation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): EirGrid is the designated Transmission System Operator and its role includes the operation, maintenance and development of the electricity transmission network in Ireland. In response to national and European renewables targets, EirGrid began a multi-year programme, “Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System” (DS3). DS3 is designed to ensure that we can securely operate the power system with increasi...

1269. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the amount and value of the renewable energy that will be curtailed or spilled over the next number of years that is not brought onto the energy grid in view of the increase in the sources of renewable energy; if his Department has compiled research on this matter; if his attention has been further drawn to research in this area; the likely costs arising from the ongoing curtailing and spilling of energy; his views on whether the level of curtailment and spilling of energy is contributing to increased energy bills; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35029/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Energy Efficiency)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1266 and 1269 together.
Under the Electricity Regulation (Amendment) (Single Electricity Market) Act 2007, regulation of the Single Electricity Market (SEM),  including its detailed rules as set out in the Trading and Settlement Code, is the responsibility of the SEM Committee. The SEM Committee consists of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), the Utility Regulator Northe...

1270. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the next national cyber security strategy; the period that the next strategy will cover; his plans to publish a review of the current strategy and its effectiveness; the improvements or modifications that are planned arising from the existing national cyber security strategy 2015 to 2017; the detail of the cyber security awareness activities carried out as per the current strategy document; the number of businesses, organisations and public sector bodies that have partnered with the cyber security awareness activities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35030/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Cyber Security Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1270 to 1273, inclusive, together.
The National Cyber Strategy set out the priorities for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for the period 2015-2017, as the protection of Government ICT Infrastructure while building capacity in other areas, including, particularly, the protection of critical national infrastructure. While the 2016 EU Network and Info...

1271. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if additional resources, training or supports have been provided to public bodies, including local authorities, arising from the high profile cyber security breaches against such organisations in 2017; his views on the level of preparedness that exists with the public sector, including the health and justice areas, to deal with such attacks; if he is satisfied that the legislation is strong enough in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35031/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Cyber Security Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1270 to 1273, inclusive, together.
The National Cyber Strategy set out the priorities for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for the period 2015-2017, as the protection of Government ICT Infrastructure while building capacity in other areas, including, particularly, the protection of critical national infrastructure. While the 2016 EU Network and Info...

1272. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he has taken since taking up office to improve national cyber security awareness; the level of engagement he has with consumer, community and citizen advocacy groups on the matter; if he is satisfied with the level of preparedness that exists within crucial private sector organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35032/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Cyber Security Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1270 to 1273, inclusive, together.
The National Cyber Strategy set out the priorities for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for the period 2015-2017, as the protection of Government ICT Infrastructure while building capacity in other areas, including, particularly, the protection of critical national infrastructure. While the 2016 EU Network and Info...