261. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his position on EU Directive 2016/1148; his views on whether the implementation of this directive represents an adequate minimum standard for the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure in the State; and his plans to introduce further measures to increase Irish cybersecurity and readiness. (Question 20745/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Directives)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The European Union Network and Information Security Directive marks an extremely significant step change in how the EU and its Member States approach the Cyber Security of critical infrastructure and key online services. Once fully implemented, Member States will have a formal and binding set of arrangements in place around Critical Infrastructure, adapted to the needs of each State. These arrangements involve t...

262. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding broadband services for a crèche (details supplied) which is located within the blue area on the national broadband plan map but cannot access sufficient broadband services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20524/18 asked on 10 May 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. This will increase to nearly 8 out of 10 premises by the en...

263. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if consideration has been given to expanding the remit of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, BAI, to cover the regulation of broadcasting of other services, for example, online, in view of the changing landscape of broadcasting and media; the barriers to same; if the BAI’s remit can be expanded to develop codes and rules for other services additional to radio and television services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20558/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Audiovisual Media Services Directive establishes the framework for the regulation of audiovisual media services in the European Union. The current Directive applies to linear broadcasting services, i.e. traditional television, and, in a limited way, to non-linear services, i.e. on-demand services such as the RTÉ Player. The Broadcasting Act 2009 established the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as the indepe...

264. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the list of charges approved by the regulator for broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20648/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Broadband Service Charges)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The provision of electronic telecommunications services by private operators, including charges for broadband, occurs within a fully liberalised market. Decisions by those operators with regard to all matters pertaining to the delivery of the service, including charges for broadband, are a matter for the service provider concerned.
The regulation of the telecommunications market and the companies operating withi...

265. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults; the action his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of this report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20665/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I welcome the publication of the report to which the Deputy refers and I commend the work which the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs carried out in preparing it and considering the subject of online safety. As the Deputy is aware, I hosted an Open Policy Debate on Online Safety on 8 March 2018, which was officially opened by An Taoiseach. This event was coordinated with and supported by five other Ministe...

227. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the price-monitoring group is monitoring recent price increases by waste management companies in the Dublin area, having regard to the movement towards a pay-by-weight system; if adequate notice of these new charges was given to householders by a company (details supplied) in particular; if standing charges will be phased out completely; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20272/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Waste Management)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I established a Household Waste Collection Price Monitoring Group (PMG) last year to monitor the rates charged by household waste collectors during the phasing out of flat rate fees. The PMG has met each month since September 2017 and has considered seven months of pricing data trends.  The PMG has indicated that, in the vast majority of cases to date, prices have remained stable. The Competition and Consumer ...

228. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the implementation of recommendations from the mobile telephone and broadband task force report is assisting persons in County Kildare who experience poor mobile telephone and broadband coverage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20297/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Telecommunications Services Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I recognise the frustration felt by Irish consumers where telecommunications networks are not always delivering the services people expect. Accordingly, I specifically included in the Programme for Government a commitment to a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce.  The Taskforce worked with key stakeholders to produce a report in December 2016, available on my Department’s website, which contained 40 actions to...

229. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year, in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20312/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The company referred to in the Question was awarded a 10-year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the use of the National Postcode System “Eircode”. The payment to the company for  establishing, operating and maintaining the National Postcode System (NPS) is expected to be €38m (VAT inclusive) over the life of the 10-year licence.
Information in respect of bodies and agencies u...

230. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he plans to address the expensive compliance costs on account of missing climate change and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20320/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together.
I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 32 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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231. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he plans to improve Ireland’s track record and become a world leader on climate change in emissions reduction and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20321/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 24 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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232. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated amount the State will have to pay due to missing climate change and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20322/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together.
I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 32 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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233. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if Ireland is close to meeting its 16% of final energy consumption in electricity, transport and heat from renewable sources by 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20323/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Renewable Energy Generation Targets)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive sets Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16% of our energy requirements 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 target also being legally binding.
The most recent annual data from the SEAI indicates that...

234. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied there are adequate measures in place to control noise levels in concert halls and cinemas; if these measures are being enforced by local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20350/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Whenever a person considers a noise to be so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch or occurring at such times that it gives reasonable cause for annoyance, he or she can initiate action to deal with it, for example, by engaging with the individual or entity causing the noise to come to some mutually acceptable understanding, or by contacting their local authority.  Local authorities may ini...

235. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to introduce a universal service obligation in respect of the provision of broadband throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20440/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The current EU and national regulatory framework for telecommunications allows for the application of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) and relates solely to voice telephony and Functional Internet Access (28.8 kilobits per second) and is provided for under EU regulatory framework governing telecoms.  This Framework has ensured that householders can get an affordable fixed voice service and functional interne...

236. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the capital allocation across his Department in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 20445/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, together.  
 My Department will oversee significant capital investment amounting to almost €1.5 billion over the period 2018 to 2022. Annual capital ceilings in respect of this five year period were published in the National Development Plan, as follows: 2018 - €209 million; 2019 - €256 million; 2020 - €297 million; 2021 - €317 million and 2022 - €400 mil...

237. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his Department’s capital allocation for projects underway and projects already tendered or committed to spending contractually. (Question 20462/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, together.  
 My Department will oversee significant capital investment amounting to almost €1.5 billion over the period 2018 to 2022. Annual capital ceilings in respect of this five year period were published in the National Development Plan, as follows: 2018 - €209 million; 2019 - €256 million; 2020 - €297 million; 2021 - €317 million and 2022 - €400 mil...

238. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022 disaggregated according to capital allocated to projects underway, projects contractually committed to and projects yet to be initiated. (Question 20479/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, together.  
 My Department will oversee significant capital investment amounting to almost €1.5 billion over the period 2018 to 2022. Annual capital ceilings in respect of this five year period were published in the National Development Plan, as follows: 2018 - €209 million; 2019 - €256 million; 2020 - €297 million; 2021 - €317 million and 2022 - €400 mil...

404. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason for a by-law (details supplied) in regard to the reduction of fishing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20021/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Fisheries Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Seán Kyne): I understand the Deputy is referring to the annual suite of regulations to facilitate management of commercial salmon fisheries by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). I recently finalised these regulations ahead of the opening date for the commercial season on 12 May 2018. These regulations are concerned with conservation of each genetically unique river stock and apply to those rivers with a ha...

405. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment to ensure greater investment in independent television production; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20040/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Broadcasting Sector)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I requested the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment to examine the longer term issue of the future funding of public service media. The Committee published their report at the end of November 2017. The findings of the report were debated in the Dáil on 29 March, 2018.
Both Public Service Broadcasters spend millions of euro each year on independently produced programming. ...

406. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that average broadband speeds in parts of Cobh are inadequate and that residents and businesses in so-called blue areas cannot access high-speed broadband. (Question 19923/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Broadband Service Speeds)

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...

407. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the BAI five-year review of public service broadcasting funding report for 2018 to 2022 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20038/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As per Section 124 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) are required to carry out a Review of Public Service Broadcasting every five years. The latest review is for the period 2018-2022 and it is my understanding that this review will be finalised and submitted to my Department shortly. 
Once the review has been received, I will bring the report and recommendations made by t...

408. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of times he meets the CEOs of the major State companies and agencies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20076/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department’s remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as energy, environment, climate change and public broadcasting, as well as regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. In this context there are 6 commercial State bodies, 8 non-commercial State bodies and 3 regulators, under the aegis of my Department....

409. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the annual cost of setting up the broadband and mobile phone task force; the annual costs incurred and total Exchequer allocations made in each year since it was established; the number of part- and full-time civil servants attached to the task force; and the associated annual staff costs in this regard. (Question 20104/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Telecommunications Services Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I specifically included in the Programme for Government a commitment to a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce. In July 2016, I established the Taskforce to identify immediate solutions to broadband and mobile phone coverage deficits and investigate how better services could be provided to consumers, prior to the full build and roll-out of the network planned under the National Broadband Plan State intervention....

410. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the term “non-zero emission vehicle” in regard to the commitment in the National Development Plan 2018-2027 encompasses vehicles equipped with a combustion engine regardless of fuel and other propulsion systems which may also be installed, such that no new hybrid propulsion vehicles that include a combustion engine will be sold here after 2030. (Question 20110/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 and 411 together.
Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan, which I published in July last year, provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the Plan is to specify the policy measures required in order to manage Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions at a level appropriate for m...

411. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the rationale for delaying the ban on sales of non-zero emission vehicles until 2030 in view of the large and accumulating overshoot of carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector relative to EU targets and the temperature goals for the Paris Agreement; and his costed plans for drawing down the corresponding excess carbon dioxide that will be emitted to the atmosphere and that is directly attributable to this delay. (Question 20111/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 and 411 together.
Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan, which I published in July last year, provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the Plan is to specify the policy measures required in order to manage Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions at a level appropriate for m...