Docstoc

Houses of the Oireachtas

Document Sample
Houses of the Oireachtas Powered By Docstoc
					           An Comhchoiste um Chomhshaol, Oidhreacht
                      agus Rialtas Áitiúil


                 TUARASCÁIL BHLIANTÚIL 2010
                               agus
                        CLÁR OIBRE 2011



                            Eanáir 2011


                           _______________




           Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage
                     and Local Government


                      ANNUAL REPORT 2010
                                and
                    WORK PROGRAMME 2011




                           January 2011


A11/0130
                                 1
An Comhchoiste um Chomhshaol, Oidhreacht agus Rialtas
                      Áitiúil



            TUARASCÁIL BHLIANTÚIL 2010
                         agus
                  CLÁR OIBRE 2011


                      Eanáir 2011


                     _______________




     Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage
               and Local Government



                ANNUAL REPORT 2010
                          and
              WORK PROGRAMME 2011



                      January 2011


                           2
              Annual Report 2010 and Work Programme 2011


                              Table of Contents


1.    Content and Format of Report…………………………………………                  4
2.    Functions and Powers……………………….…………………………                      4
3.    Chairman, Vice Chairman, Convenors and Membership …………….      5
4.    Meetings, Attendance and Recording…………………………………               5
5.    Number and Duration of Meetings ….………………………………..              6
6.    Work of the Committee
      Joint Committee    …………………………………………………..                      6
      Select Committee ………………………………………………………                        7
7.    Groups and Individuals attending before Committee …………………..   7
8.    Reports…………………………………….…………………………….                            9
9.    Travel …………………………………………………………………...                           9
10.   Functions and Powers …………………………………………………..                    10


APPENDIX 1 - Orders of Reference……………………………………………                   11
APPENDIX 2 - Members of the Joint Committee……………………………...           15
APPENDIX 3 - Meetings of the Joint Committee………………………………            16
APPENDIX 4 - Meetings of the Dáil Select Committee ………………………        18
APPENDIX 5 - Minutes of Proceedings of the Joint Committee………………    19
APPENDIX 6 - Work Programme 2011 ………………………………………                    80




                                      3
1.   Content and Format of Report
     This report has been prepared pursuant to Standing Order 86 (3), (4), (5) and (6) (Dáil
     Éireann) and Standing Order 74 (3), (4), (5) and (6) (Seanad Éireann) which provide for
     the Joint Committee to –

           undertake a review of its procedure and its role generally
           prepare an annual work programme
           lay minutes of its proceedings before both Houses
           make an annual report to both Houses .


     At its meeting of 25 January 2011, the Joint Committee agreed that all these items
     should be included in this annual report.


2.   Functions and Powers

     The Dáil Select Committee was established by Order of Dáil Éireann of 23 October
     2007 to consider –

           Bills;
           Estimates for Public Services;
           Annual Output Statements, Value for Money and Policy Reviews conducted and
            commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
            Government, and
           The terms of any international agreement involving a charge on public funds
            which come within the aegis of the Department of the Environment, Heritage
            and Local Government.

     The Dáil Select Committee under the same Order was enjoined with a Select
     Committee of Seanad Éireann, established by Order of Seanad Éireann of 24 October
     2007, to form the Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local
     Government. Among the principal functions of the Joint Committee are to consider –

           public affairs administered by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and
            Local Government;
           matters of policy for which the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
            Local Government is responsible;
           legislative and expenditure proposals from that Department;
           scrutiny of EU legislative proposals, and
                                             4
            certain matters relating to bodies under the aegis of that Department.

     The Orders of Reference of the Dáil Select Committee and the Joint Committee are set
     out at Appendix 1.


3.   Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Convenors and Membership

     Deputy Seán Fleming was elected as Chairman of the Joint Committee on 31st October,
     2007. Deputy Pádraic McCormack was elected as Vice-Chairman on the same date.
     The Chairman of the Joint Committee is also Chairman of the Dáil Select Committee.

     Deputy Christy O‟Sullivan and Senator Paudie Coffey are the Convenors of the
     Committee whose function it is to ensure the availability and attendance of Members or
     their substitutes for meetings of the Committee and in particular to ensure Members‟
     availability for divisions.

     The Members of the Joint Committee are set out at Appendix 2.



4.   Meetings, Attendance and Recording

     Meetings of the Joint Committee and Select Committee took place in the committee
     rooms in Leinster House 2000. Every meeting was in public session.
     Televised coverage of public meetings of the Committee were broadcast live within the
     Leinster House complex and was available for subsequent public broadcasting by RTE,
     TV3 and TG4.


     Transcripts of public meetings of the Joint Committee and Select Committee
     were published by the Editor of Debates and may be viewed on the Oireachtas website
     at www.oireachtas.ie or may be purchased from the Government Publications Sales
     Office, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
     Copies of other reports published by the Joint Committee may be obtained from the
     Clerk, Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Kildare
     House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. A list of these reports is set out at Section 8.




                                              5
5.   Number and Duration of Meetings

     The Joint Committee met on 24 occasions in the period under report. The number of
     hours discussion involved in these meetings was in excess of 46 hours. The date and
     subject matter of each meeting is set out at Appendix 3.


     The Dáil Select Committee met on 8 occasions in the year under report and the number
     of hour‟s discussion involved in these meetings was in excess of 13 hours. The date
     and subject matter of each meeting is set out at Appendix 4.


     Minutes of the Joint Committee meetings are attached at Appendix 5 while the
     Proceedings of the Select Committee meetings will be laid shortly.


6.   Work of the Committee
     6.1       Joint Committee
     The Committee met on 24 occasions and considered the following matters:

              Discussion on Flooding with the Emergency Response Co-ordination
               Committee;
              Waste Policy ;
              Waste Management;
              Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland;
              Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland;
              Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland;
              Flooding of the Shannon Callows;
              Presentation from County Managers on the Management of Severe Weather
               Events in Ireland;
              Presentation from County Managers on the Management of Severe Weather
               Events in Ireland;
              The Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009;
              Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland;
              The Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009;
              Environmental issues of concern for people who are blind or vision impaired;
              Building Control Act 2007;
              Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010;
              Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009;
              Increasing Litter in Ireland;
              New Guidelines for Planning Authorities on National Spatial Strategy;
              Investment in Infrastructure;
              Draft Report on the Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland;
              Nitrates Action Plan (S.I. No. 101 of 2009);
              Commercial rates payable to Local Authorities;
              Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency;
              An Bord Pleanála Annual Report 2009;
              Retail planning guidelines and sustainable local employment.
                                              6
     A copy of the Joint Committee‟s Work Programme for 2011 is at Appendix 6.


     6.2       Select Committee
     The Committee met on 8 occasions and dealt with the following matters:

              Motion – “That Dail Eireann approves the terms of an AAU Authorisation
               Agreement (Green Carbon Fund) between Ireland and the European Bank for
               Reconstruction and Development of Ireland‟s participation in the Multilateral
               Carbon Credit Fund (Green Carbon Fund), copies of which were laid before
               Dail Eireann on 28th January 2010”;
              Revised Estimate for Public Services – Vote 25 (Environment, Heritage and
               Local Government);
              Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009;
              Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009;
              Motion re Ratification by Ireland of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent
               Organic Pollutants;
              Supplementary Estimate for Public Services 2010 – Vote 25 (Department
               Environment, Heritage and Local Government);
              Local Government (Mayor and Regional Authority of Dublin) Bill 2010;
              Local Government (Mayor and Regional Authority of Dublin) Bill 2010;


7.   Groups and Individuals attending before Committee

     In the period under report, the Joint Committee met with the following organisations,
     groups and individuals:

              Emergency Response Co-ordination Committee;
              Irish Waste Management Association;
              Dublin City Manager;
              Covanta Energy;
              Met Eireann;
              Mr. Paudie Barry, Engineering Surveyor;
              Electricity Supply Board;
              Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government;
              Office of Public Works;
              Waterways Ireland;
              National Parks & Wildlife Service;
              Central Fisheries Board;
              Shannon Fisheries Board;
              Electricity Supply Board;
              Bord na Móna;

                                              7
   Irish Farmers Association;
   The Heritage Council;
   Galway County Manager;
   Limerick County Manager;
   Longford County Manager;
   Roscommon County Manager;
   Westmeath County Manager;
   Clare County Manager;
   Leitrim County Manager;
   Offaly County Manager;
   Canine Breeds of Ireland;
   Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation;
   Irish Greyhound Board (Bord na gCon & Irish Coursing Club);
   Dogs Trust;
   The Hunting Association of Ireland (including Master of Foxhounds
           Association, Foot Harriers Association and others);
   Rural Ireland Says Enough (RISE)
   National Council for the Blind of Ireland;
   The Architects Alliance;
   The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland;
   The Wild Deer Association of Ireland;
   Irish Farmers Association;
   Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL);
   County & City Managers‟ Association, Environment Committee;
   Officials from the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government;
   Officials from the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government;
   Construction Industry Council;
   Irish Farmers Association;
   Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA);
   Irish Hotels Federation;
   Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency;
   An Bord Pleanála;
   Scally‟s SuperValu, Clonakilty




                                     8
8.   Joint Committee Reports
     During the period under report, the Joint Committee published the following report:

           The Management of Severe Weather Events in Ireland & Related Matters;



     In addition, reports were published on visits made by delegations of the Joint
     Committee to the following events -

           The 2010 Spring Seminar of the Association of Municipal Authorities of
            Ireland, Sligo;
           The Globe Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the
            Environment, Vancouver, Canada;
           The visit by the Joint Committee to Cork City and County to view devastation
            caused by Severe Flooding;
           The European Environment Policy Conference entitled "Biodiversity - Our
            Lifeline" Brussels, Belgium;




9.   Travel

     The Committee undertook the following travel in accordance with its orders of
     reference in connection with its work programme:


      a) Purpose of travel:      To attend the 2010 Spring Seminar of the
                                 Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland

        Date / Destination:      13th – 14th February 2010 - Sligo

        Members travelling:      Senator Camillus Glynn


      b) Purpose of Travel:      To attend the Globe Biennial Conference & Trade
                                 Fair on Business and the Environment

        Date / Destination:      24th – 26th March 2010 - Vancouver, Canada

        Members travelling:      Deputy James Bannon and Senator Camillus Glynn


      c) Purpose of Travel:      To view the devastation caused by severe flooding in
                                 Cork City & County

        Date / Destination:      4th – 5th February 2010 - Fermoy Town Hall, City
                                 Hall, Cork City, University College Cork, Middle
                                 Parish, ESB at Inniscara Dam, Bandon, Clonakilty,
                                 Skibbereen.

        Members travelling:      Deputies Sean Fleming, (Chairman), Michael
                                           9
                                       Fitzpatrick, Joanna Tuffy, Christy O‟Sullivan,
                                       Ciaran Lynch and Senators Camillus Glynn and
                                       Paudie Coffey

             d) Purpose of Travel:     To attend the European Environment Policy
                                       Conference; “Biodiversity – our lifeline”

             Date / Destination:       1st – 4th June Brussels

             Members travelling:       Deputy Ciaran Lynch and Deputy James Bannon




         In addition, Members visited 16 Moore Street and other historic buildings in the area
         for a guided tour provided by the Save 16 Moore Street Committee.


10.      Functions and Powers

      The Committee is currently satisfied with its present procedures and role.




____________________
Seán Fleming, T.D.
Chairman
25 January 2011




                                                 10
                                   APPENDIX 1
                         Orders of Reference – Joint Committee


Dáil Éireann on 23 October 2007 ordered:

“(1)   (a)   That a Select Committee, which shall be called the Select Committee on the
             Environment, Heritage and Local Government consisting of 11 members of
             Dáil Éireann (of whom 4 shall constitute a quorum), be appointed to consider -

             (i)     such Bills the statute law in respect of which is dealt with by the
                     Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government;

             (ii)    such Estimates for Public Services within the aegis of the Department of
                     the Environment, Heritage and Local Government; and

             (iii)   such proposals contained in any motion, including any motion within the
                     meaning of Standing Order 159 concerning the approval by the Dáil of
                     international agreements involving a charge on public funds, and

             (iv)    such other matters;

             as shall be referred to it by Dáil Éireann from time to time.

             (v)     Annual Output Statements produced by the Department of the
                     Environment, Heritage and Local Government; and

             (vi)    such Value for Money and Policy Reviews conducted and commissioned
                     by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
                     as it may select.

       (b)   For the purpose of its consideration of matters under paragraphs (1)(a)(i),(iii),
             (iv), (v) and (vi) the Select Committee shall have the powers defined in
             Standing Order 83(1), (2) and (3).

       (c)   For the avoidance of doubt, by virtue of his or her ex officio membership of the
             Select Committee in accordance with Standing Order 92(1), the Minister for the
             Environment, Heritage and Local Government (or a Minister or Minister of
             State nominated in his or her stead) shall be entitled to vote.

(2)          The Select Committee shall be joined with a Select Committee to be appointed
             by Seanad Éireann to form the Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage
             and Local Government to consider -

             (i)     such public affairs administered by the Department of the Environment,
                     Heritage and Local Government as it may select, including, in respect of
                     Government policy, bodies under the aegis of that Department;

             (ii)    such matters of policy, including EU related matters, for which the
                     Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is
                     officially responsible as it may select;

             (iii)   such matters across Departments which come within the remit of the
                     Minister of State with special responsibility for the Environment and
                                           11
               Energy as it may select;

      Provided that members of the Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and
      Natural Resources shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in the
      consideration of matters within this remit;

      (iv)     such related policy issues as it may select concerning bodies which are
               partly or wholly funded by the State or which are established or
               appointed by Members of the Government or by the Oireachtas;

      (v)      such Statutory Instruments made by the Minister for the Environment,
               Heritage and Local Government and laid before both Houses of the
               Oireachtas as it may select;

      (vi)     such proposals for EU legislation and related policy issues as may be
               referred to it from time to time, in accordance with Standing Order
               83(4);

      (vii)    the strategy statement laid before each House of the Oireachtas by the
               Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government pursuant
               to section 5(2) of the Public Service Management Act, 1997, and the
               Joint Committee shall be so authorised for the purposes of section 10 of
               that Act;

      (viii)   such annual reports or annual reports and accounts, required by law and
               laid before either or both Houses of the Oireachtas, of bodies specified
               in paragraphs 2(i) and (iv) [Dáil Éireann] and paragraphs 1(i) and (iv)
               [Seanad Éireann], and the overall operational results, statements of
               strategy and corporate plans of these bodies, as it may select;

               Provided that the Joint Committee shall not, at any time, consider any
               matter relating to such a body which is, which has been, or which is, at
               that time, proposed to be considered by the Committee of Public
               Accounts pursuant to the Orders of Reference of that Committee and/or
               the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993;

               Provided further that the Joint Committee shall refrain from inquiring
               into in public session, or publishing confidential information regarding,
               any such matter if so requested either by the body or by the Minister for
               the Environment, Heritage and Local Government; and

      (ix)     such other matters as may be jointly referred to it from time to time by
               both Houses of the Oireachtas,

      and shall report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas”.

(3)   The Joint Committee shall have the power to require that the Minister for the
      Environment, Heritage and local Government (or a Minister or Minister of State
      nominated in his or her stead) shall attend before the Joint Committee and
      provide, in private session if so desired by the Minister or Minister of State, oral
      briefings in advance of EU Council meetings to enable the Joint Committee to
      make known its views.

(4)   The quorum of the Joint Committee shall be five, of whom at least one shall be
      a member of Dáil Éireann and one a member of Seanad Éireann
                                          12
(5)           The Joint Committee shall have the powers defined in Standing Order 83(1) to
              (9) inclusive.

(6)           The Chairman of the Joint Committee, who shall be a member of Dáil Éireann,
              shall also be Chairman of the Select Committee.”


Seanad Éireann on 23 October 2007 ordered:

“(1)   (a) That a Select Committee consisting of 4 members of Seanad Éireann shall be
              appointed to be joined with a Select Committee of Dáil Éireann to form the
              Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
              consider –
              (i)     such public affairs administered by the Department of the Environment,
                      Heritage and Local Government as it may select, including, in respect of
                      Government policy, bodies under the aegis of that Department;

              (ii)    such matters of policy for which the Minister for the
                      Environment, Heritage and Local Government is officially responsible
                      as it may select;

              (iii)   such related policy issues as it may select concerning bodies
                      which are partly or wholly funded by the State or which are established
                      or appointed by Members of the Government or by the Oireachtas;

              (iv)    such Statutory Instruments made by the Minister for the
                      Environment, Heritage and Local Government and laid before both
                      Houses of the Oireachtas as it may select;

              (v)     such proposals for EU legislation and related policy issues as
                      may be referred to it from time to time, in accordance with Standing
                      Order 65(4);

              (vi)    the strategy statement laid before each House of the Oireachtas by the
                      Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government pursuant
                      to section 5(2) of the Public Service Management Act, 1997, and the
                      Joint Committee shall be so authorised for the purposes of section 10 of
                      that Act;

              (vii)   such annual reports or annual reports and accounts, required by law and
                      laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas, of bodies specified in
                      paragraphs 1(a)(i) and (iii), and the overall operational results,
                      statements of strategy and corporate plans of these bodies, as it may
                      select;

              Provided that the Joint Committee shall not, at any time, consider any matter
              relating to such a body which is, which has been, or which is, at that time,
              proposed to be considered by the Committee of Public Accounts pursuant to the
              Orders of Reference of that Committee and/or the Comptroller and Auditor
              General (Amendment) Act, 1993;



                                              13
              Provided further that the Joint Committee shall refrain from inquiring into in
              public session, or publishing confidential information regarding, any such
              matter if so requested either by the body concerned or by the Minister for the
              Environment, Heritage and Local Government;

              and

              (viii)   such other matters as may be jointly referred to it from time to time by
                       both Houses of the Oireachtas,

              and shall report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas.


       (b)    The quorum of the Joint Committee shall be five, of whom at least one shall be
              a member of Dáil Éireann and one a member of Seanad Éireann.

       (c)    The Joint Committee shall have the powers defined in Standing Order 65(1) to
              (9) inclusive.

The Chairman of the Joint Committee shall be a member of Dáil Éireann.”.




                                               14
                                     APPENDIX 2
                     Members of the Joint Committee




Chairman:              Sean Fleming TD (FF)

Deputies:              Michael Fitzpatrick TD (FF)
                       Phil Hogan TD (FG)
                       John O‟Donoghue TD (FF)**
                       Joanna Tuffy TD (LAB)
                       Padraic McCormack TD (FG) (Vice-Chairman)
                       Eamon Scanlon TD (FF)
                       John Brady TD (FF)*
                       James Bannon TD (FG)
                       Christy O‟Sullivan TD (FF) (Convenor)
                       Ciaran Lynch TD (LAB)

Senators:              Camillus Glynn (FF)
                       Ciaran Cannon (PD)
                       Paudie Coffey (FG) (Convenor)
                       Dominic Hannigan (LAB)




Clerk:                Mr. Pat Haran




* Deputy Johnny Brady replaced Deputy John Cregan by an order passed in the Dáil on the
26th June 2008

** Deputy John O’Donoghue replaced Deputy Ciarán Cuffe by an order passed in the Dáil on the
28th January 2010




                                               15
                            APPENDIX 3
              Meetings of the Joint Committee

MEETING    DATE                                SUBJECT
  NO.
                       Discussion on Flooding with the Emergency Response Co-
          12/01/2010
1.                     ordination Committee

                       Discussion on Waste Policy with the Irish Waste
          19/01/2010
2.                     Management Association

                       Discussion on Waste Management with Dublin City
          03/02/2010
3.                     Manager and Covanta Energy

                       Discussion on Management of Severe Weather Events in
          16/02/2010   Ireland with Met Eireann and Mr. Paudie Barry,
4.
                       Engineering Surveyor

                       Discussion on Management of Severe Weather Events in
          23/02/2010
5.                     Ireland with the Electricity Supply Board

                       Discussion on Management of Severe Weather Events in
          02/03/2010   Ireland with the Minister for Environment, Heritage and
6.
                       Local Government

          09/03/2010   Report on the Management of Severe Weather Events in
7.
                       Ireland - Flooding of the Shannon Callows
          23/03/2010   Report on the Management of Severe Weather Events in
8.                     Ireland

          30/03/2010   Discussion on the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009
9.
          27/04/2010   Discussion on the Report on the Management of Severe
10.
                       Weather Events in Ireland
          11/05/2010
11.                    Discussion on the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009
                       Discussion on environmental issues of concern for people
          18/05/2010
12.                    who are blind or vision impaired and the Building Control
                       Act 2007
                       Discussion on the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 and the
          25/05/2010
13.                    Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009

          01/06/2010
14.                    Discussion on Increasing Litter in Ireland
          09/06/2010   Discussion on New Guidelines for Planning Authorities on
15.
                       National Spatial Strategy
          06/07/2010
16.                    Discussion on Investment in Infrastructure
                       Consideration of the „Draft Report on the Management of
          13/07/2010
17.                    Severe Weather Events in Ireland & Related Matters‟

18.       20/07/2010   Discussion on the Work Programme
                                      16
                   Discussion on the Nitrates Action Plan (S.I. No. 101 of
19.   28/07/2010
                   2009)
20.   21/09/2010   Discussion on rates payable to Local Authorities
                   Discussion on the Work Programme for the current Dail
21.   05/10/2010
                   Term
                   Discussion on the Housing and Sustainable Communities
22.   02/11/2010
                   Agency
                   Discussion with An Bord Pleanála on the Annual Report
23.   09/11/2010
                   2009
                   Discussion on retail planning guidelines and sustainable
24.   16/11/2010
                   local employment.




                                  17
                         APPENDIX 4
           Meetings of the Dáil Select Committee

 MEETING     DATE                            SUBJECT
     NO.
1. S11      09/02/2010   Motion; "That Dáil Éireann approves the terms of an
                         AAU Authorisation Agreement (Green Carbon Fund)
                         between Ireland and the European Bank for
                         Reconstruction and Development on Ireland's
                         participation in the Multilateral Carbon Credit Fund
                         (Green Carbon Fund), copies of which were laid
                         before Dáil Éireann on 28 January 2010."
2. S12      20/04/2010   2010 Revised Estimates for Public Services - Vote 25
                         (Environment Heritage and Local Government) and
                         Output Statement for the Department of the
                         Environment Heritage and Local Government
3. S13      15/06/2010   Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009
4. S14      22/06/2010   Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009
5. S15      06/07/2010   Motion re Ratification by Ireland of the Stockholm
                         Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
6. S16      08/12/2010   Supplementary Estimates for Public Services 2010 –
                         Vote 25 (Department of Environment, Heritage and
                         Local Government)
7. S17      15/12/2010   Local Government (Mayor and Regional Authority
                         of Dublin) Bill 2010
8. S18      16/12/2010   Local Government (Mayor and Regional Authority
                         of Dublin) Bill 2010




                                  18
                                    APPENDIX 5
                            Minutes of Proceedings

                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                           Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 12 January 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 2.05 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan,
   Ciaran Lynch, Ned O‟Keeffe (in substitution for Christy O‟Sullivan), Eamon Scanlon and
   Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Jerry Buttimer (in substitution for Paudie Coffey), Paul Coghlan (in substitution for
   Ciarán Cannon), Camillus Glynn and Denis O‟Donovan (in substitution for Camillus
   Glynn for part of the meeting).

   Also in attendance were Deputy Noel O‟Flynn in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil)
   92(3).

   Apologies were received from Deputies James Bannon, Christy O‟Sullivan and Senator
   Paudie Coffey.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 15 DECEMBER 2009

   The minutes of the meeting of 15 December 2009 were agreed.

   On matters arising, it was agreed that the Committee should visit Cork to see at first hand
   the devastation caused by recent flooding, and to compile a short Report on the
   management of such weather events.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins 137,138 & GlobeNet (2010 / 698);
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 15th December. It was agreed to enquire into implementation of
          Habitats Directive in other Member States (2010 / 699);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter No.45 of 2009 (2009 / 700);
         Radiological Protection Institute Annual Report & Accounts (2010 / 701);

                                              19
        Institute of Public Health Update on Fuel Poverty and Health (2010 / 702);
        An Bord Pleanála‟s Inspection Report regarding the refusal of a ten-year permission
         for a SMART Park for educational & research/technology uses employment,
         residential & associated use at Carton Demesne. It was agreed that Deputies
         Fitzpatrick and Scanlon would join the delegation from the Joint Committee on
         Enterprise, Trade and Employment on their pending visit to the site and would
         report back thereafter (2010 / 703);
        A Ministerial Press Release on Dog Breeding Regulation (2010 / 704);
        4th February 2010 was proposed for the electoral reform meeting at UCC. It was
         agreed to finalise matters at the next meeting (2010 / 686, 705);
        A Ministerial Press Release on hunting season for waterfowl (2010 / 706);
        A clarification from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
         Government (as sought at the previous meeting) regarding the criteria and
         quantifications used for establishing hubs / gateways / standards for use in Regional
         Planning Guidelines (2010 / 707);
        A Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) request to make a presentation on
         the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009. It was agreed to seek a
         written submission first, and to invite same from the ACCC and AMAI (2010 /
         708);
        Reply to queries raised at meeting with An Bord Pleanála (2009 / 709);
        Chambers Ireland In Business Winter 2009 magazine (2009 / 710).

  Circulars –

     1. BC 11 / 2009, Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009
        (S.I. No. 351 of 2009) Disability Access Certificates.;
     2. PD 9/09, Provision of Planning Enforcement Data. (It was agreed to seek
        clarification from the Department on that data);
     3. LG 26/09, Representation Payment for Councillors;
     4. WP 11.09, Landfill Levy Increase from Thursday 31 December 2009;
     5. List of Circulars that issued in November (originals already circulated);
     6. EL 17 / 09, Revision of Pay of Local Authority Staff – Application of Pay
        Adjustments in accordance with Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest
        (No.2) Act 2009;
     7. Notice on the Casual Trading and Services Directive;
     8. LG 27/09, Funding for the Community & Voluntary Fora in 2010;
     9. RLR 1 of 2010, Winter Maintenance of Roads (Dept of Transport Circ);

  Statutory Instruments –

     1. SI 556 of 2009, Building Regulations (Part F Amendment) Regulations „09


5. REPORTS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE

  Consideration of the Annual Report 2009 & Work Programme 2010 was deferred.


6. FLOODING


  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Emergency Response Co-ordination
  Committee regarding the response to the recent flooding.


                                            20
  A question and answer session ensued.


7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  It was agreed to seek clarification from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
  Local Government regarding his comments on the Waterways Estate, County Kildare as
  portrayed in a recent television broadcast.


8. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.05p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 19th January 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
  January 2010




                                            21
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 19 January 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.35 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Padraic McCormack, Ciaran Lynch, Christy O‟Sullivan and Eamon Scanlon.

   Senator Terry Leyden (in substitution for Camillus Glynn for part of the meeting), and
   Senator Camillus Glynn.

   Apologies were received from Senator Paudie Coffey.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Chris Andrews & Ned O‟Keeffe in accordance with
   Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Denis O‟Donovan in accordance with Standing
   Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 12 JANUARY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 12 January 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Globe (Environmental Policy) Bulletin Number 139 (2010 / 711);
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 12th January (2010 / 712);
         A letter (discussed at Item 6 below) from Senator Denis O‟Donovan asking that the
          proposed visit to Cork take in particular towns (2010/ 713);
         An email from an Engineering Surveyor requesting that forthcoming visit to Cork
          include his presentation on proposed solutions (2010 / 714);
         A list of bodies on the Emergency Response Co-ordination Committee. It was
          agreed to invite some of them to future meetings (2010 / 715);
         A European Urban Knowledge Network Policy Review (2010 / 716);
         Waterlink International January Newsletter (2010 / 717);
         The Cork City Manager‟s Flooding Report to Council (2010 / 718);
         Engineering Survey Data re Cork Flooding (2010 / 719).

   Circulars –



                                             22
     1. SHIP 2010 / 1, Commencement of Part 3 of the Housing Act 2009 – Incremental
        Purchase Scheme (IPS); (SI 540 & 542 below refer);
     2. SHIP 2010 / 2, Access to social housing for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals;
     3. WP 1 / 2010, Waste from the Extractive Industries (SI 566 below refers);
     4. WP 12 / 2009, Food Waste (SI 508 below refers);
     5. WP 2/ 2010, Waste Management Infrastructure and Landfill Remediation Scheme;
     6. LG01 / 2010, Nomination of Irish delegation - Committee of the Regions;
     7. PSSP 01 / 2010, EPA Code of practice – Wastewater for Single Houses.
        It was agreed to defer consideration of this Circular to the next meeting.

  Statutory Instruments –

     1. SI 540 of 2009, Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (Commencement)
        (No.2) Order 2009;
     2. SI 562 of 2009, Housing (Incremental Purchase) Regulations 2009;
     3. SI 566 of 2009, Waste Management (Management of Waste from the Extractive
        Industries) Regulations 2009;
     4. SI 508 of 2009, Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009;
     5. SI 496 & 550, Landfill Levy Increase - Statutory Instruments attached (Order &
        Regulations)


5. REPORTS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE

  (a) Work Programme 2010

  On the basis that the Work Programme is a dynamic statement of intent to be kept under
  constant review (and amended anytime the Members see fit) an amended draft was agreed
  & adopted as the 2010 Work Programme of the Joint Committee.

  (b) Annual Report 2009

  The draft Annual Report 2009 incorporating the Work Programme above was agreed and
  adopted as the Annual Report of the Joint Committee for 2009. It was further agreed that
  copies of the Report be laid before the Houses.


6. TRAVEL PROPOSALS

  Report of the Joint Committee into the Management of Severe Weather Events
  The Committee approved a draft itinerary for visiting the flooded areas of Cork, and it was
  agreed that Deputies Fleming, Fitzpatrick, Hogan, Lynch, O‟Sullivan and Tuffy and
  Senator Glynn would attend with the Clerk.

  Electoral Reform meeting in University College Cork
  It was further agreed that the itinerary for above visit would include the UCC meeting on
  electoral reform, and that Senator Coffey would join the delegation.


7. WASTE POLICY

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Irish Waste Management Association
  regarding Waste Policy, in particular their Thermal Treatment Needs Assessment for the
  Dublin Region.

                                            23
  A question and answer session ensued.

  It was agreed to invite the Dublin City Manager (and the contracted builders) to a future
  meeting to discuss the arrangements to build an incinerator at Poolbeg.

  It was further agreed to write to the Local Government Auditor and to the National
  Development Finance Agency for their views on the building contract.


8. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.15p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 2nd February 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman

 February 2010




                                           24
                        Joint Committee on the Environment,

                           Heritage and Local Government

               Minutes of meeting of Wednesday, 3 February 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.00 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.

2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan,
   Padraic McCormack, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan, Eamon
   Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Ciarán Cannon, Paudie Coffey and Senator Camillus Glynn.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Chris Andrews, Ciarán Cuffe and Lucinda Creighton in
   accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Dan Boyle in accordance with
   Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).

3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 19 JANUARY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 19 January 2010 were agreed.

   On matters arising, the itinerary for the visit to Cork was agreed.

4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Europe‟s World Newsletters No.1 & 2 of Year 2 (2009 / 720);
         Institute of Public Health Update invitation to seminar (2010 / 721);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) Bulletins Number 140 & 141 (2010 / 722);
         An Interim Review of the Rental Accommodation Scheme. It was agreed to add this
          to the Work Programme of the Joint Committee (2010 / 723);
         A request from Deputy Maureen O‟Sullivan and Senator David Norris to accept a
          presentation on designating sites in Dublin‟s Moore Street as a National Monument
          to the 1916 Rising. It was noted that a presentation was already made the previous
          week in Leinster House, and that the matter was before An Bord Pleanála. (2010 /
          724);
         A request from Deputy Tom Sheahan & Cllr Michael Healy-Rae to accept a
          presentation from the Jarveys at Killarney National Park. It was agreed to invite the
          delegation to a future meeting (2010 / 725);
         An EPA Report into Water Quality in Ireland 2007 - 2008 (2010 / 726);
         The National Building Agency Limited Directors‟ Report & Financial Statements
          for Year Ended 31st December 2008 (2010 / 727);
         A request from the Minister for Trade and Commerce at the Department of
          Enterprise, Trade & Employment seeking to include a meeting with the residents of
          Inniscarra on the forthcoming visit to Cork (2010 / 728);
         Notice of replacement of Deputy Ciarán Cuffe on Committee by Deputy John
          O‟Donoghue (2010 / 729);
                                               25
        A European Urban Knowledge Network Policy Review (2010 / 730);
        A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
         from its meeting of 28th January 2010 (2010 / 731).

  Circulars –
      1. PSSP 01 / 2010, EPA Code of practice – Wastewater for Single Houses
          (deferred from last meeting);
      2. S 01 / 2010 (LA), Pensions Ombudsman – Returns of Internal Resolution of Disputes;
      3. Fin 01 / 2010, Local Authority Public Service Pay Deductions;
      4. WP 03 /10 , Local Authority Enforcement Statistics for the period July to December
          2009 and Returns for Expenditure & Revenue for the full year;
      5. HPS 1 / 2010, Extension of Home Choice Loan to Second Hand Houses;
      6. HPS 9 / 2009, Local Authority Mortgage Protection Insurance [MPI] Schemes –
          Shared Ownership ;
          Circulars 5 & 6 refer to SI 544 of 2009 below
      7. LG(P) 19 / 09 Quarterly Staffing Returns & Staffing Movements Form;
      8. SHIP 2010 / 03, Report on Spot Checks of Capital Projects carried out by Ernst and
          Young on behalf of the Department;
      9. LG 25 / 2009, Ethics Framework for Local Government;
      10. WP 04 / 2010, Landfill Levy Increase from 1st February 2010.

  Statutory Instruments –
      6. SI 2 of 2010, Wildlife Act 1976 (Temporary Suspension of Open Season) Order
         2010;
      7. SI 544 of 2009, Housing (Home Choice Loan) Regulations 2009;
      8. SI 9 or 2010, Environmental Objectives (Groundwater) Regulations, 2010.

5. WASTE POLICY

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from Dublin City Council and Covanta Energy
  regarding the contract to build an incinerator for Dublin.

  A question and answer session ensued.

6. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.15p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 16th February 2010.

  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
     February 2010




                                           26
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                            Heritage and Local Government

               Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 16 February 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.30 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, Christy O‟Sullivan, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Paudie Coffey.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Deirdre Clune, Denis Naughten in accordance with
   Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senators Dan Boyle, Jerry Buttimer and Ned O‟Sullivan in
   accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 3 FEBRUARY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 3 February 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins 142 /143 & GlobeNet (2010/ 732);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter Issues 3 & 4 of Year 2 (2009 / 733);
         A Report on the procedure for nominating candidates to the Broadcasting Authority
          of Ireland & to the Board of RTÉ (2010 / 734);
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 9th February 2010 (2010 / 735);
         A further reply from the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government
          regarding the Joint Committee‟s requests that his Department monitor all Circulars
          issuing to local authorities from other Government Departments and include them
          with those already being copied to the Committee as normal administrative practice
          (2010 / 736);
         A Heritage Council offer to discuss its experience of co-ordinating various agencies
          & how this might be used by the Joint Committee in its proposed Report on the
          management of severe weather events (2010 / 737);
         Letters from the Canine Breeders of Ireland (with representations from Mr John
          Moloney, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, and Deputy
          Christy O’Sullivan) seeking to discuss proposed legislation on dog breeding. It was
          agreed to debate the issues at the Dáil Committee Stage which was noted to be
          imminent (2010 / 738);


                                             27
         A letter from Longford County Council seeking funding for road repairs. It was
          agreed to refer it to the Joint Committee on Transport (2010 / 739);
         Further replies from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government regarding polling station personnel. It was agreed to defer
          consideration of the matter until next meeting (2009/ 689 & 2010 / 740);
         A further request from Deputy Maureen O‟Sullivan to accept a presentation on
          designating sites in Dublin‟s Moore Street as a National Monument to the 1916
          Rising. It was agreed to defer consideration of the matter until further information is
          supplied (2010 / 741);
         Replies from the Local Government Auditor and the National Development Finance
          Agency to queries issued by the Joint Committee in relation to the contract to build
          an incinerator for Dublin (2010 / 742);
         A reply from the Environmental Protection Agency to queries issued by the Joint
          Committee in relation to complaints regarding odours emanating from Kerdiffstown
          Dump, Kildare (2010 / 743).

  Circulars –

     1.  CS 01 / 2010, Civic Structures Conservation Grants scheme, 2010;
     2.  WP 05 / 2010, Landfill Levy 2009 Annual Report and Form EF14;
     3.  LG Personnel, City and County Managers (Remuneration)(No.2) Order;
     4.  WP 05 / 2010, Landfill Levy 2009 Annual Report and Form EF14;
     5.  HPS 2, 3 and 4 of 2010, Housing Expenditure, Statistics and Activities;
     6.  WP 06 / 2010, Waste Management (Registration of Sewage Sludge Facility)
         Regulations 2010 (SI 23 / 2010 below refers);
     7. LG Finance 2 / 2010, VAT on local authority services;
     8. S4 / 2009, Public Service Pension Reform;
     9. MR 1/ 2010, Taxation of HSE Vehicles; (It was agreed to seek further information,
         listing the State Agencies involved and the number of vehicles covered);
     10. List of all Circulars issued in December 2009;
     11. BC 1/2010 on European Communities (Construction Products) Regulations, 1992;

  Statutory Instruments –

          1. 587 / 2009, Valuation Act 2001 (Fingal Co. Council) (Rate Limitation) Order
             2009;
          2. 23 / 2010, Waste Management (Registration of Sewage Sludge Facility) Regs
             2010
          3. SI 550 of 2009 & 31 of 2010, Waste Management (Landfill Levy)(Amendment)
             Regulation 2009 & 2010.


5. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from –

         Met Éireann, and
         Mr Paudie Barry, Engineering Surveyor

  regarding weather patterns in general and the recent flooding in Cork.

  A question and answer session ensued.


6. SUSPENSION OF MEETING
                                              28
  It was agreed that the meeting be suspended at 5.00pm to allow Members participate in a
  Dáil Division. The meeting resumed at 5.25pm.


7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  It was agreed to convene a meeting with a number of State Agencies to discuss the flooding
  of the Shannon Callows. It was noted that this had been agreed at previous meetings, and it
  may now be timely in light of the proposed Report on the Management of Severe Weather
  Events in Ireland.


8. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 6.10p.m. until 3.45p.m. Tuesday 23rd February 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
     February 2010




                                            29
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

               Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 23 February 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 4.10 p.m. in Committee Room 1 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue and Christy O‟Sullivan.

   Senator Jerry Buttimer (in substitution for Paudie Coffey) and Camillus Glynn.

   Also in attendance was Deputy Noel O‟Flynn in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil)
   92(3).

   Apologies were received from Deputy Joanna Tuffy and Senator Coffey.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 16 FEBRUARY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 16 February 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Further replies from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government regarding polling station personnel. It was agreed to defer
          consideration of the matter until next meeting (2009/ 689 & 2010 / 740);
         Supplemental information from Deputy Maureen O‟Sullivan regarding a request to
          accept a presentation on designating a site in Dublin‟s Moore Street as a National
          Monument to the 1916 Rising. It was agreed meet with the presenting group and to
          visit the site (2010 / 741);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 744);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter Issue 5 of Year 2 (2009 / 745);
         A European Urban Knowledge Network Policy Review (2010 / 746);
         Planning Policy submissions from UCC Students Ms Elizabeth Harris and Ms Síle
          Hayes. It was agreed to forward these to the Department for comment (2010 / 747);
         An application for consultancy work with the Committee (2010 / 748);
         A Report on the Smart Park Development at Cartron House. It was agreed to defer
          consideration of the matter until next meeting (2010 / 749);
         An article on the Green Economy by Professor Frank Convery, Chair of Comhar
          Sustainable Development Council (2010 / 750);



                                             30
         A letter from the Domestic Effluent Treatment Association commenting on
          licensing proposals for septic tanks and treatment systems. It was agreed to forward
          these to the Department for comment (2010 / 751);
         A letter from the Irish Greyhound Board seeking to exempt the Greyhound Industry
          from the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009. It was agreed to forward this to
          the Minister to seek his views (2010 / 752);
         A submission on flooding in Cork from Mardyke Residents (2010 / 753);
         A reply from the Private Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage &
          Local Government to queries raised by the Joint Committee regarding cessations of
          turf cutting (2010 / 754);
         A referral by the Dáil of the Estimates for Public Services for the service of year
          ending on the 31st day of December 2010 (Vote 25, Environment, Heritage and
          Local Government)(Revised Estimate). It was agreed to convene a Select
          Committee meeting with the Minister on 20th April 2010 (2010 / 755);
         An invitation the opening of the Wood of Life Exhibition on 25th February 2010,
          Charleville Mall Public Library, North Strand, Dublin (2010 / 756).

  Circulars –

          1. LG 2 / 2010, Local Government Act 2001 (Section 142) Regulations 2010
               (limiting expenditure on attendance at local authority conferences);
          2. WQ 01 / 2010, relating to the European Communities Environmental Objectives
               (Groundwater) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No. 9 of 2010 refers - already circulated
               for our meeting of 3rd February & enclosed again with this Circular);
          3. FIN 03 / 2010, Control and Monitoring of Local Authorities Contribution to the
               General Government Balance (GGB);
          4. SHIP 04, 05, 06 / 2010 –
          (i) Social Housing Investment Programme meetings,
          (ii) Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) Revised Recoupment procedures and
               other arrangements;
          (iii)Capital Loan Subsidy Scheme.

  Statutory Instruments –

     1. 37 / 2010, Local Government Act 2001 (Section 142) Regulations 2010 (refers to
        Circular 1 above);


5. DRAFT TRAVEL REPORT

  Deputies Fitzpatrick, Fleming, Lynch and Tuffy and Senators Coffey and Glynn brought
  forward a draft Report of their travel to Cork on 4th – 5th February 2010 to

         Meet with UCC to discuss electoral reform, and
         View the devastation caused by severe flooding locally.

  The draft Report was agreed. It was further agreed to divide the draft in two, and –

         Lay one Report (UCC Electoral Reform meeting) before both Houses Of The
          Oireachtas, and
          Hold the Report on the flooding until the final Report of the Joint Committee on
          the Management of Severe Weather Events is launched.


6. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND
                                             31
  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Electricity Supply Board regarding the
  management of water levels at hydro stations around Ireland.

  A question and answer session ensued.


7. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 7.12p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 2nd March 2010.


  ________________
  Padraic McCormack, T.D.
  Vice-Chairman
    March 2010




                                           32
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 2 March 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 4.05 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Padraic McCormack, (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael
   Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan, Eamon Scanlon and
   Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Paudie Coffey, and Camillus Glynn.

   Also in attendance were Deputy David Stanton in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil)
   92(3) and Senator Jerry Buttimer in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).

   Apologies were received from Deputy Seán Fleming.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 23 FEBRUARY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 23 February 2010 were agreed.

4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Further replies from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government regarding polling station personnel (2009/ 689 & 2010 / 740);
         A Report on the Smart Park Development at Cartron House (2010 / 749);
         A request from Senator Coffey for a meeting with Department Officials to examine
          productive options for disposing of e-voting machines. It was agreed to hold such a
          meeting at a later date (2010 /757);
         A reply from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
          Committee concerns as to the application of the annual Non Principal Private
          Residences Charge (2010 / 758);
         An offer of services to the Committee by Mr Kevin Loftus (2010 / 759);
         A call from the Puppy Farm Awareness Campaign for support for the Dog Breeding
          Establishments Bill 2009 (2010 /760);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter Issue 6 of Year 2 (2009 / 761);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 762);
         Further flooding information from an Engineering Surveyor (2010 / 763);
         A press release by the Cork City Manager in reply to comments made by ESB at
          their meeting with the Joint Committee. It was agreed to offer the Manager a
          transcript of the debate and to invite his views (2010 / 764);


                                            33
        A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
         from its meeting of 23rd February 2010 (2010 / 765);
        A European Urban Knowledge Network Policy Review (2010 / 766).

  Circulars
   1. WP 7/ 2010, Negotiated Agreement with Banking Sector (re ATM litter).

  Statutory Instruments
    1. 48 of 2010, Urban Waste Water Treatment (Amendment) Regulations 2010.

  Publications by the Department
   1. Building Regulations 2009 Technical Guidance Document F (on Ventilation).

    It was noted that replies were still awaited from the Radiological Protection Institute of
    Ireland regarding the framing of a national radon protection policy.


5. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence regarding the management of severe weather
  events in Ireland from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

  A question and answer session ensued.


6. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 6.00p.m. until 2.00p.m. Tuesday 9th March 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    March 2010




                                              34
                         Joint Committee on the Environment,

                            Heritage and Local Government

                     Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 9 March 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.00 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), James Bannon, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan,
   Padraic McCormack, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan and Eamon Scanlon.

   Senator Paudie Coffey and Ciarán Cannon.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Ulick Burke, Paul Connaughton, Tim Dooley, Frank
   Feighan, Noel Grealish, Michael Kitt, Denis Naughten, Dan Neville, Kieran O‟Donnell and
   Noel Treacy in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Fidelma Healy-
   Eames and Nicky McFadden in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 2 MARCH 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 2 March 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   Consideration of correspondence was deferred.


5. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

      (i)        Flooding of the Shannon Callows

   The Joint Committee took oral evidence regarding flooding at the Shannon from –

                National Parks and Wildlife Service;
                Office of Public Works;
                Heritage Council;
                Irish Farmers Association;
                Inland (and Shannon Regional) Fisheries Board;
                Electricity Supply Board;
                Waterways Ireland;
                Bord na Móna.

   A question and answer session ensued.

      (ii)       Management of Severe Weather events in the Midlands


                                               35
  The Joint Committee took oral evidence regarding the management of severe weather
  events in the midlands from the County Managers at –

            Galway County Council;
            Roscommon County Council;
            Longford County Council;
            Westmeath County Council, and
            Limerick County Council.

     A question and answer session ensued.


6. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 7.30p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 23rd March 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    March 2010




                                             36
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 23 March 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.50 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming, (in the Chair), Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan,
   Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan, Joanna Tuffy and Eamon Scanlon.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Denis Naughten, Frank Feighan, and Timmy Dooley, in
   accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Phil Prendergast in accordance
   with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 9 MARCH 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 9 March 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         “Friends of Europe” Environment / Energy Discussion Paper (2010 / 767);
         Observations from a resident of Macroom on a planning application by the NRA &
          its implications for flooding (2010 / 768);
         An address by the Minister of State for Housing to the first awards ceremony to be
          held north of the border by the Chartered Institute of Housing (2010 / 769);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter, 26th February 2010 Issue (2009 / 770);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 771);
         Notice, Press Release and General Scheme of the Local Government (Dublin
          Mayor and Regional Authority) Bill 2010 (2010 / 772);
         A housing policy submission UCC Student Mr Denis Barrett (2010 / 773);
         Follow-up survey information on the Cork flooding. It was agreed to forward the
          questions raised to the ESB (2010 / 774);
         Comments from the Cork City Manager on the Committee meeting with ESB on
          23rd February stating he will contact ESB directly (2010 / 775);
         A request from Amnesty International for a cross-departmental approach to mental
          health. It was agreed to refer the matter to the Joint Committee on Health and
          Children (2010 / 776);
         Ministerial Press Releases on –
               o Home improvement grants for older /disabled people (2009 / 777);
               o Funding for conservation / protection of built heritage (2010 / 779);
           Europe‟s World Newsletters of 5th & 13th March 2010 (2009 / 778);


                                            37
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 9th March 2010 (2010 / 780);
         Agenda of the latest Council of the EU Environment meeting (2010 / 781);
         Flooding information (as requested) from Met Éireann (2010 / 782);
         Replies from Iarnród Éireann and from Roscommon County Council regarding
          queries raised on bridge-repairs at Castlerea (2010 / 783);
         A reply from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland to the survey of local
          authorities on framing a national policy on radon gas (2010 / 784);
         A reminder from Deputy Maureen O‟Sullivan regarding an invitation to visit the
          Easter Rising site on Dublin‟s Moore Street. It was agreed to arrange the visit for a
          Tuesday at 12 noon (2010 / 785);
         A request from Laois County Council for assistance in raising the level of litter-
          fines. It was agreed to hold a meeting on this issue (2010 / 786);
         Chambers Ireland Yearbook 2010 (2010 / 787);
         An Irish Property Owners‟ Association newsletter (2010 / 788);
         Guidelines from the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources regarding
          National Renewable Energy Action Plans (2010 / 789);
         “EuroPA bulletin” - the Special EU Programmes Body newsletter on EU
          Programmes (2010 / 790);

  Circulars;

     1.   LG 03 / 2010, Local Authority Service Indicators Report 2009;
     2.   WP 08 / 2010, Local Authority Enforcement Measures Grant Scheme;
     3.   MT3 / 2010, Classification of electric vehicles for motor tax;
     4.   WP 09 / 2010, Subvention of Operating Costs of Recycling Facilities;
     5.   MT 2 / 2010, Security of Motor Tax Documents;
     6.   SHIP 2010/07 Leasing Clarification Circular;
     7.   HU 1/ 2010 Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum Management Group;
     8.   Listing of all Circulars issued in January 2010;
     9.   TAU 1 & 2 / 2010, Traveller Accommodation;


5. DRAFT TRAVEL REPORT

  Senator Glynn brought forward a draft Report of his attendance at the AMAI (Association
  of Municipal Authorities of Ireland) Spring Seminar, Sligo, 12th – 13th February 2010.

  The draft was agreed and it was agreed that the Report would be laid before both Houses of
  the Oireachtas.


6. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence regarding the management of severe weather
  events in the midlands from the County Managers at –

              Clare County Council;
              Leitrim County Council;
              Offaly County Council.

  A question and answer session ensued.


7. FORMAT OF DRAFT REPORT
                                              38
   It was agreed that the draft structure of the proposed Report would be circulated
   with the agenda for discussion at the Committee‟s next meeting.


8. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  It was agreed to enquire further from the National Parks and Wildlife Service regarding the
  provision of detailed maps (on a county by county basis) used in order to inform those
  affected where precisely the cessations of turf-cutting are ordered.

  It was further agreed to follow-up enquiries made with some local authorities regarding
  published statistics on derelict sites in their areas.


9. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.43 p.m. until 1.00p.m. Tuesday 30th March 2010.


  ________________
  Seán Fleming T.D.
  Chairman
    April 2010




                                             39
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                            Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 30 March 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 1.15 p.m. in Committee Room 4 LH 2000, a quorum being
      present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Padraic McCormack (in the Chair), James Bannon, Phil Hogan, Ciarán Lynch,
   Christy O‟Sullivan, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Paudie Coffey.

   Also in attendance was Senator Joe O‟Reilly in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad)
   79(2).

   Apologies were received from Deputies Seán Fleming and John O‟Donoghue and Senator
   Camillus Glynn.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 23 MARCH 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 23 March 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Europe‟s World Newsletters, 13th & 19th March 2010 Issue (2009 / 791);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 792);
         An objection from the Irish Boat Rental Association to any proposed lowering of
          water levels at the River Shannon (2010 / 793);
         An invitation to a Conference on Urban Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate
          Change, Bonn, Germany, 28th – 30th May 2010. It was agreed to refer the invitation
          to the Convenors for a delegation to attend (2010/ 794);
         A reply from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
          to planning policy submissions from UCC Students Ms Elizabeth Harris and Ms
          Síle Hayes (2010 / 795);
         A Ministerial Direction on the Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Draft Development Plan
          2010 – 2016 (2010 / 796);
         A letter from the UCC Director of Buildings to follow-up the Joint Committee visit
          to view flooding on campus (2010 / 797);
         A letter from ESB in follow-up the meeting of 23rd February (2010 / 798);
         A reply from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
          queries raised over his comments on the Waterways Estate, County Kildare as
          portrayed in a recent television broadcast (2010 / 799);

                                            40
         A submission by the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) on
          the Planning and Development Bill 2009 (2010 / 800).

   Circulars:

         Fire Service Standard Operational Guidelines;


5. DOG BREEDING ESTABLISHMENTS BILL, 2009

   The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Canine Breeders of Ireland regarding the
   Dog Breeding Establishments Bill, 2009.

   A question and answer session ensued. It was agreed to write to the Minister for the
   Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ask that he meet with the Canine
   Breeders of Ireland, and all other stakeholders who made submissions on the Bill.


6. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

   Consideration of the Proposed Report was deferred.


7. ADJOURNMENT

   The Joint Committee adjourned at 2.25p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 27th March 2010.


   ________________
   Sean Fleming, T.D.
   Chairman
    April 2010




                                            41
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                  Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 27 April 2010


1. The Joint Committee met at 3.40 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciarán Lynch, Padraic McCormack, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan,
   and Eamon Scanlon.

   Senators Paudie Coffey, Camillus Glynn and Dominic Hannigan.

   Also in attendance was Senator John Paul Phelan in accordance with Standing Order
   (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 23 & 30 MARCH 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 23 & 30 March 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         The reply (from the previous meeting) from the Radiological Protection Institute of
          Ireland to the Committee‟s survey of local authorities regarding a possible
          (national) policy on radon gas. It was agreed to forward it to the Minister for the
          Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2010 / 784);
         A request from Deputy Scanlon requesting a meeting with Leitrim County Council
          on the new EPA Wastewater Code of Practice. It was agreed to seek clarification
          from the EPA to ask how the Directive (giving rise to this Code) is being
          implemented in practical terms (2010 / 801);
         A letter from the National Consumer Agency (NCA) advising of a transfer of
          functions from the Financial Regulator. Concern was expressed at the effectiveness
          of the NCA, and it was agreed to ask the Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade
          Employment to scrutinise their activities (2010 / 802);
         A letter from Calor Gas on the role of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in meeting
          environmental commitments. Further information was sought (2010 / 803);
         Local authority replies to queries on derelict sites (deferred) (2010 / 804);
         A further letter from Laois County Council on litter-fines. It was agreed to seek a
          copy of the anti-litter strategy used in Longford (2010 / 805);
         A letter from Cllr Jarlath Munnelly on the refusal by An Bord Pleanála for the CPO
          in Mayo of lands for the N26 road. It was agreed to write to the Minister for the

                                             42
         Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and to the NRA to discuss planning
         difficulties that arise in such cases (2010 / 806);
        The Shannon Flood Risk Management Opportunities Report. It was agreed to
         pursue an ESB reply on queries due re Lough Allen gate (2010 / 807);
        Referral - Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009 (2010 / 808)
        The EU Recent Developments Bulletin (2010 / 809);
        An update on European Parliament activities, March / April (2010 / 810);
        A FEANTSA (organisation for the homeless) newsletter (2010 / 811);
        Ministerial Press Releases on –
              An Enhanced Programme to house the homeless (2010 / 812);
              Volunteerism at the Tidy Towns Competition (2010 / 813);
              A capital funding package for fire and rescue services (2010 / 814);
              Housing allocations for 2010 (2010 / 815);
        Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 816);
        Europe‟s World Newsletters, March / April Issues (2009 / 817);
        A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
         from its meeting of 23rd March 2010 (2010 / 818);
        It was agreed to hold meetings as requested on the –
              Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009 (2010 / 819);
              Registration practices for Architects (2010 / 820);
              Pyrite contamination (2010 / 821);
              Registered Employment Agreements (2010 / 828);
        The Friends of Europe Spring Newsletter (2010 / 822);
        An Audit on capital projects sponsored by the Department of the Environment,
         Heritage and Local Government (2010 / 823);
        Ministerial Press Releases on –
             o Ireland‟s new World Heritage Tentative List (2010 / 824);
             o The Ministerial address to the Irish Planning Institute (2010 / 825);
             o Comhar Sustainable Development Council media fund (2010 / 826)
        An advisory note on transposing the Aviation Directive (2010 / 827);
        ESB reply to flood queries (forwarded to Surveyor P Barry) (2010 / 829);
        Accounts 2008 and C&AG General Report on the Local Government Fund and the
         Environment Fund (2000 / 830);
        A renewed request from Killarney‟s Jarveys for a meeting. It was agreed to hold the
         meeting after (pending) court proceedings (2010 / 831).

  Circulars & Statutory Instruments;

  Consideration of Circulars & Statutory Instruments was deferred.


5. TRAVEL PROPOSAL

  Green Week at the European Union, 1st – 4th June 2010

  The Committee agreed to seek an estimate of costs for Deputies Bannon and Lynch and the
  Clerk to attend the Green Week conference at the European Union.


6. REPORT OF TRAVEL DELEGATION

  A draft Report was agreed in respect of a visit by a delegation to the GLOBE Biennial
  Conference and Trade Fair in Vancouver, March 2010. It was also agreed that the Report
  would be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.

                                           43
7. THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN IRELAND

  The Schedule of the proposed Report was agreed, contingent on the addition of agreed
  conclusions and recommendations. It was further agreed to enquire into the procurement of
  a consultant to author the first draft of the Report.


8. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 4.35p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 11th May 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    May 2010




                                           44
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                  Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 11 May 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.35 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciarán Lynch, Padraic McCormack, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan,
   Eamon Scanlon, Joanna Tuffy.

   Senators Paudie Coffey, Camillus Glynn and Dominic Hannigan.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Bobby Aylward, Noel Coonan, Joe Carey, Niall Collins,
   John Cregan, Andrew Doyle, Martin Ferris, John Hanafin, Tom Hayes, Máire Hoctor,
   Brendan Kenneally, Shane McEntee, Mattie McGrath, John McGuinness, Sean Power,
   Trevor Sargent and Noel Treacy in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and
   Senators Dan Boyle, Mark Deery, Paul Bradford, Paddy Burke, Jerry Buttimer, John
   Carty, Paschal Mooney, Niall OBrolcháin and Ann Ormond in accordance with Standing
   Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 27 APRIL 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 27 April 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Local authority replies to queries on derelict sites (deferred) (2010 / 804);
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 20th April 2010 (2010 / 832);
         Europe‟s World Newsletters – both April 2010 Issues (2009 / 833);
         Ministerial Press Releases on the launch of the –
              o Anti-litter campaign (2010 / 834);
              o Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund (2010 / 835);
              o Curtailment of the Farm Plan Scheme (2010 / 836);
         The EU Recent Developments Bulletin & and an update on European Parliament
          activities for the week of 26th April (2010 / 837);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletins & newsletters (2010 / 838);
         A request by the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI) to meet the Joint
          Committee. It was agreed to invite their presentation at the meeting of 18th May
          2010 (2010 / 839);
         A press release on the ability of pensioners to pay carbon tax (2010 / 840);

                                             45
      A declination of the invitation to RISE to attend this meeting (2010 / 841);
      A reply from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
       queries raised by the Joint Committee at their meeting with the Canine Breeders of
       Ireland (2010 / 842);
      A request from Art Generations Ltd for assistance in tabling amendments to the
       Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009 (2010 / 843);
      A further letter from Laois County Council on litter-fines (2010 / 844);
      A Longford County Council reply on their litter strategy (2010 / 845);
      A request from the Association of County and City Councils for assistance in
       tabling amendments to the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009
       (2010 / 846);
      A request from Deputy Timmy Dooley for a meeting with a group from County
       Clare whose homes were flooded (2010 / 847);
      A request by the Wild Deer Association of Ireland to meet and discuss the Wildlife
       (Amendment) Bill 2010 (2010 / 848);
      An Bord na Móna invitation to visit their operations (deferred)(2010 / 849)
      An anonymous complaint about the Killarney dung catchers (2010 / 850);
      NESF Report entitled “The Challenge of Community Participation on the Delivery
       of Public Services (2010 / 851).

Circulars;
    1. LG (P) 02 / 10, Quarterly Staffing Returns;
    2. LG (P) 03 / 10, Staffing Movements Form
    3. LG 04 / 10, Audit of Community Facilities;
    4. LG 05 / 10, County / City Development Board, Economic Development Sub-
        Committee Questionnaire;
    5. LG 06 / 10, Local Authority Service Indicators Report 2009;
    6. FIN 04 / 10, Loan Application Process;
    7. SHIP 08 / 10 Social Housing Investment Programme Allocations 2010
    8. List of Circulars that issued in March 2010;
    9. S.2/2010, Superannuation Expenditure and Income ;
    10. HGS 2/2010, 2010 Capital Allocations for Disabled Persons and Essential Repairs
        Grant Schemes and Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and
        People with a Disability;
    11. Circular LG (P) 04/10 Public Sector Employment Survey;
    12. TAU 3/2010, Funding for Social Worker & Caretaker Salaries;
    13. WP 11 / 2010, Waste Management (Certification of Historic Unlicensed Waste
        Disposal and Recovery Activity) Regulations 2008;
    14. WP 12 / 2010, Local Authority Enforcement Measures – Grant Scheme- Numbers
        and Deployment;
    15. Various Civil Defence Circulars (8 in all);
    16. L2, Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2012. (It was agreed to write to
        each local authority to enquire as to their financial capability to implement this
        Programme)
    17. L3 / 2010, Water Services Training Grant Allocation;
    18. LG7 / 2010, Social Inclusion /Active Citizenship Week, Oct 2010;
    19. LG (P) 05/10 Health & Safety Officer Qualifications;
    20. SHIP 2010/09, Funding of land for social housing & land aggregation;
    21. SHIP 2010/10 Improvement Works Programme & End of Year Returns;
    22. SHIP 2010.11 Housing authority consent to the HSE charging tenant purchase
        dwellings under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (deferred);
    23. WP 13.10 - Anti Litter & Anti Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme;
    24. WP 14.10 - Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant Scheme;

Statutory Instruments
                                          46
   1. SI 142 of 2010, Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles)(Amendment)
          Regulations 2010;
   2. SI 143 of 2010, Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
      (Amendment) Regulations 2010.


5. TRAVEL PROPOSAL

   Green Week at the European Union, 1st – 4th June 2010

   The Committee approved the estimate of costs prepared with the Travel Proposal and it
   was agreed that Deputies Lynch and Bannon would attend Green Week at the European
   Union with the Clerk.


6. DOG BREEDING ESTABLISHMENTS BILL, 2009

   The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the –

             Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation (including the Irish Greyhound
              Board and the Irish Coursing Club);

             Dogs Trust in Ireland (including DSPCA and the Veterinary Ireland Companion
              Animal Society), and

             The Hunting Association of Ireland (including the Federation of Field Sports of
              Ireland, the National Association of Regional Game Councils and the Irish
              Masters of Foxhounds Association).

   A question and answer session ensued.


7. ADJOURNMENT

   The Joint Committee adjourned at 6.45p.m. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 18th May 2010.


   ________________
   Sean Fleming, T.D.
   Chairman
    May 2010




                                              47
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                  Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 18 May 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 2.40 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Padraic McCormack (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael
   Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan, Ciarán Lynch, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan, Eamon
   Scanlon, Joanna Tuffy.

   Senators Ciaran Cannon, Camillus Glynn and Dominic Hannigan.

   Apologies were received from Deputy Sean Fleming and Senator Paudie Coffey.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Sean Barrett, Joe Carey, Margaret Conlon and Seymour
   Crawford in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Brendan Ryan in
   accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 11 MAY 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 11 May 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Local authority replies to queries on derelict sites (2010 / 804);
         An invitation to visit Bord na Móna, similar to the invitation issued to the Joint
          Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security. It was agreed to circulate the
          arrangements made by that Committee to visit on 10th June 2010, and to possibly
          travelling with them on a joint visit (2010 / 849);
         Europe‟s World Newsletter, 7th May 2010 (2009 / 852);
         “This Week in the European Parliament”, 10th May (2010 / 853);
         Globe European Environmental Policy Newsletter No.156 (2010 / 854);
         A further letter from Calor Gas on the role of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in meeting
          environmental commitments. It was agreed to pass to the Joint Committee on
          Climate Change and Energy Security (2010 / 855);
         A motion from Meath County Council seeking consultation in relation to Stag
          Hunting legislation (2010 / 856);
         Notice of an International Conference in Rome on Global Environmental
          Governance, 20th – 21st May 2010 (2010 / 857);
         An EPA reply on the background to the new Code of Practice for Wastewater
          Treatment & Disposal Systems (2010 / 859);

                                             48
         A request from Declan Noonan Architects to amend the Building Control Act 2007
          by inserting a grandfather clause (2010 / 860)
         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 11th May 2010 (2010 / 861);
         An enquiry about Committee Stage of the Planning and Development (Amendment)
          Bill 2009. It was agreed to convene the meetings of the Select Committee on 15th,
          16th & 17th June 2010 for the Stage (2010 / 862)

   Circulars;
       25. SHIP 2010/10 Improvement Works Programme & End of Year Returns;
       26. HPS 6 / 2010, Call for housing statistics;
       27. A list of all Circulars issued by the Department in April 2010;
       28. HU 2/ 2010, Regional Homelessness Action Plans;
       29. LA 21 EPF, Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund


5. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES OF CONCERN FOR BLIND & VISION IMPAIRED PEOPLE

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the National Council for the Blind in Ireland.

   A question and answer session ensued.

   It was agreed to send the submission to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
   Local Government, requesting a favourable response to the concerns raised.


6. BUILDING CONTROL ACT 2009

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the –

         Architects‟ Alliance, and
         Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland.

   A question and answer session ensued.

   It was agreed to invite the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
   to attend before the Committee to discuss the issues raised.


7. ADJOURNMENT

   The Joint Committee adjourned at 4.45pm. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 25th May 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
   May 2010




                                              49
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                            Heritage and Local Government

                  Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 25 May 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.30 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciarán Lynch, John O‟Donoghue, Christy O‟Sullivan, and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Paudie Coffey.

   Also in attendance were Deputies Shane McEntee, Seymour Crawford and Máire Hoctor in
   accordance with Standing Order (Dáil) 92(3) and Senator Ned O‟Sullivan in accordance
   with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 18 MAY 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 18 May 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –
       Ministerial press releases on –
             o       Biodiversity and Sites in Ireland (2010 / 863);
             o       The use of lime in buildings (2010 / 864);
       Europe‟s World Newsletter, 17th May 2010 (2009 / 865);
       “This Week in the European Parliament”, 10th May (2010 / 866);
       Globe European Environmental Policy Newsletter No.157 (2010 / 867);
       Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 –
             o       An email from RISE (Rural Ireland Says Enough) calling for
                     consultation on the Bill (2010 / 868);
             o       A request from the Irish Deer Society for support in opposing Section 3
                     of the Bill (2010 / 876);
       Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009 –
             o       An email from the Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports seeking
                     support for the Bill (2010 / 869);
       An invitation to the EPA Climate Change conference (Dublin)(2010 / 870);
       Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009 –
             o       A proposed amendment from Art Generations Ltd (2010 / 871);
             o       Confirmation of dates for Committee Stage. It was agreed to write to the
                     Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government seeking
                     copies of Government amendments be notified to Members 1 week in
                     advance of the Committee Stage debate (2010 / 872);

                                             50
         A reply to the Committee query on the compilation of Ireland‟s new Tentative List
          of nominees to the World Heritage List (2010 / 873)
       The magazine publication by the Department entitled “World Heritage Ireland – A
          County Rich in Heritage and Culture” (2010 / 874);
       A reply to the Committee query on the NRA role in planning (2010 / 875);
       Building Control Act 2007 –
              o       Complaint to the denigration of rights. It was agreed to send it to the
                      Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
                      (2010 / 877).
  Circulars
      30. National Hazardous Waste Management Plan – collection of farm plastics
      31. Water Services Investment Programme (WSIP) 2010-12 (Administrative
          Arrangements)

  Statutory Instruments
      1. 161/10 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading (Amendment) Regulations „10
      2. Conservation of Wild Birds Special Protection Areas (list of 32 SI’s)


5. WILDLIFE (AMENDMENT) BILL 2009

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.

  A question and answer session ensued.


6. SUSPENSION OF MEETING

  It was agreed that the meeting be suspended at 4.50pm to allow Members participate in a
  Dáil Division. The meeting resumed at 5.10pm.


7. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 2009

  The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Irish Farmers Association.

  A question and answer session ensued.

  It was agreed to send a copy of the presentation to the Minister for the Environment,
  Heritage and Local Government for comment.


8. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.35pm. until 3.30p.m. Tuesday 1st June 2010.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    June 2010




                                             51
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                   Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 1 June 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.44p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Sean Fleming (in the Chair), Michael Fitzpatrick, John O‟Donoghue, Christy
   O‟Sullivan, Padraic McCormack, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator Paudie Coffey, Dominic Hannigan.

   Apologies were received from Deputies James Bannon and Ciarán Lynch.

   Also in attendance were Deputy Dan Neville in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil)
   92(3) and Senator Mary White in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 25 MAY 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 25 May 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Europe‟s World Newsletter, 21st May 2010 (2009 / 878);
         A Ministerial press release on the Red Kite project (2010 / 879);
         A call from Deputy O‟Sullivan for a discussion on the prosecutions by the Inland
          Fisheries Board clearance of drains and waterways. It was agreed to add this issue
          to the work programme for consideration at a future meeting. (2010 / 880);
         Globe European Environmental Policy Newsletter No.158 (2010 / 881);
         “This Week in the European Parliament”, 10th May (2010 / 882);
         Replies from 2 local authorities to the Committee enquiry as to the financial
          capability of local government to implement the Water Services Investment
          Programme 2010 – 2012. It was agreed to wait for replies from the remaining local
          authorities before further consideration of this issue. (2010 / 883).

   Circulars

   1. WP 17.10 / 2010, Pilot project to support the Waste Management
      (Certification of historic unlicensed waste disposal and recovery activity) Regulations
      2008;

   2. PHS 01/2010, Payment of Second Tranche of 2009 Funding for Private

                                              52
         Rented Inspections

     Statutory Instruments

1.       211 & 212 of 2010, further SI‟s on the Conservation of Wild Birds Special Protection
         Areas


5. INCREASING LITTER IN IRELAND

     The Joint Committee took oral evidence from –

        Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL)
        The County and City Managers‟ Association Environment Committee, and
        The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

     on the problem of increasing litter in Ireland.

     A question and answer session ensued.


6. ADJOURNMENT

     The Joint Committee adjourned at 5.10pm until 2.00pm on Wednesday 9th June 2010.


     ________________
     Sean Fleming, T.D.
     Chairman
      June 2010




                                                 53
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                 Minutes of meeting of Wednesday, 9 June 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.05p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies Padraic McCormack (in the Chair), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael
   Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan, and Ciaran Lynch.

   Senators Paudie Coffey and Camillus Glynn.

   Apologies were received from Deputies Sean Fleming and Eamon Scanlon.

   Also in attendance was Deputy Ned O‟Keeffe in accordance with Standing Order (Dáil)
   92(3).


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 1 JUNE 2010

   The minutes of the meetings of 1 June May 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         A Joint Committee on European Scrutiny list of European legislative proposals
          from its meeting of 25th May (2010 / 884);
         Europe‟s World Newsletters, 28th May & 4th June 2010 (2009 / 885);
         Agenda of the latest Council of the EU Environment meeting (2010 / 886);
         A Ministerial Press Release on the end of the derogation which allowed turf-cutting
          on a limited number of bogs. It was agreed to write to the Minister recommending a
          phased approach to enforcement (2010 / 887);
         “This Week in the European Parliament”, 31st May & 4th June (2010 / 888)
         The 2009 Annual Report and Output Statement of the Department of the
          Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2010 / 889);
         A letter from the Solid Fuel Trade Group expressing concern as to the application
          of carbon tax on solid fuel. It was agreed to forward it to the Joint Committee on
          Climate Change and Energy Security (2010 / 890);
         A reply from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
          a Committee query on the licensing proposals for septic tanks and treatment
          systems. It was agreed to copy the reply to the Domestic Effluent Treatment
          Association (2010 / 891);
         Replies from 6 County Councils on the Committee enquiry on implementing the
          Water Services Investment Programme (2010 / 892);
         Globe (Environmental Policy) bulletin number 159 (2010 / 893);

                                            54
         2009 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report (2010 / 894);
         A Golden Eagle Trust request for a meeting to discuss poison. It was agreed to hold
          a future meeting on the matter (2010 / 895);
         A reply from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
          accepting a meeting (as recommended by the Committee) with the relatives of the
          Leaders of the 1916 Rising (2010 / 896);
         2009 Annual Report of the European Commission on relations between the
          Commission and national parliaments (2010 / 897).
Circulars
1. SHIP 2010.12 – Management of project budgets and cost control procedures at the
    implementation stage of housing projects;
2. BC 3/2010, "Building Regulations (Part F Amendment) Regulations;
3. TAU 3, Revised Funding for Social Workers & Caretakers;
4. SHIP 2010/13 Capital Assistance Scheme: Proposals for accommodation by Approved
    Housing Bodies for people with specific categories of housing need.

Statutory Instruments
2. 231 of 2010, Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) (Amendment) Regulations;
3. Conservation of Wild Birds Special Protection Areas (236 – 245 inclusive).


5. REPORT OF TRAVEL DELEGATION

   Deputies Bannon and Lynch brought forward a draft Report of their attendance at the
   European Commission Green Week Conference, Brussels, 1st – 4th June 2010.

   The draft was agreed and it was agreed that the Report would be laid before both Houses of
   the Oireachtas.


6. ELECTION OF TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN

   The Chairman moved “That Deputy Johnny Brady take the Chair at 2.30p.m.”

   The question was put and agreed to.


7. NEW GUIDELINES ON THE NATIONAL SPATIAL STRATEGY

   The Joint Committee took oral evidence from the Department of the Environment, Heritage
   and Local Government on the National Spatial Strategy.

   A question and answer session ensued.


8. ADJOURNMENT

   The Joint Committee adjourned at 3.30p.m. sine die.

   ________________
   Sean Fleming, T.D.
   Chairman
     June 2010


                                             55
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                   Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 6 July 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.55p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), Padraic McCormack, James Bannon, Johnny Brady,
   John O‟Donoghue, Michael Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Lynch, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senators: Ciaran Cannon


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 9 JUNE 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 9 June 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –

         Europe‟s World Newsletters of 11th & 18th June 2010 (2010 / 898)
         Invitation to attend celebratory day of the bird sanctuary and conservation centre at
          Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Co. Down (2010 / 899)
         GLOBE Environmental newsletters on European Policy Updates 160 & 161 (2010 /
          900);
          “This Week in the European Parliament”, 14th to 18th June 2010 and 21st to 25th
          June (2010 / 902)
         A letter from Wild Deer Association of Ireland following meeting with Committee
          on Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 (2010 / 903);
         Letters from Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) and Food and Drink Industry
          Ireland acknowledging and commenting on a recent meeting with the Committee
          (2010 / 904);
         June Newsletter from Irish Property Owner‟s Association (2010 / 905);
         Replies from a further 12 County/City Councils (total to date of 18) on the
          Committee‟s enquiry into implementation of the Water Services Investment
          Programme (2010 / 906);
         Information note from St. Joseph‟s Centre for the Visually Impaired following on
          from recent meeting with the Committee (2010 / 907);
         List of Decisions taken by the JC on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 15 June
          (2010 / 910);
         Press Release from Dept. E.H.&L.G. on new regulations to protect nature sites from
          recreational damage (2010 / 911);
         Press Release from Dept. E.H.&L.G. on opening of new Department offices in
          Wexford (2010 / 912);


                                             56
        Letter of complaint regarding registration of architects, received from Mr.
         Christopher Krief (awaiting reply from Dept) (2010 / 913)
        Press Release from Minister of State, Mr. Finneran outlining details of
         Implementation of Limerick Regeneration plan to housing counterparts at a
         conference in Toledo (2010 / 914)
        Press Release of Minister of State, Mr. Cuffe‟s address at the RIAI Architecture
         Awards 2010 (2010 / 915)
        Press Release on Review of implementation of Planning Laws and Policy in a
         number of Local Authorities (2010 / 916)
        European Communities (Conservation of Wild Birds) Regulations 2010 (2010 /
         918)
        Brief Overview of EU Commission‟s annual legislative work programme (2010 /
         919)
        Update from Frank Cavanagh of Biocycle Ltd on the issue of environmental
         pollution and drinking water (2010 / 920)
        Update from Dogs Trust, Dublin SPCA, ISPCA and Irish Blue Cross on the
         proposed Dog Breeding Establishment Bill (2010 / 921)
        Request from Construction Industry Council to address the Committee on
         Investment in Infrastructure (took place at meeting) (2010 / 922)
        Letter from Mr. Patrick McSweeney relating to flooding in Bandon and the
         objection by the Central Fisheries Board to drainage of the river
        (2010 / 923)
        Institute of Public Health in Ireland Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue June 2010 (2010 / 924)

  Other Correspondence

        Communication from the European Commission seeking the Committee‟s views on
         the Management of Bio-Waste. Clerk to request briefing material from Dept. E.H.
         & L.G. (2010 / 901)
       Request for meeting with the Committee received from Irish Tyre Industry
         Association to discuss responsibility for disposal of tyres, to be considered at a later
         date (2010 / 908)
       Request for a constituent of Deputy Sheahan‟s to come before Committee to discuss
         a product (Hydro Cells). Clerk to seek detailed submission. (2010 / 909)
       Department briefing on the Pyrites Issue which is the subject of legal action. Matter
         to be considered at a later date.
  Circulars Noted
   5.         SHIP 2010.14 – Introduction of the Incremental Purchase Scheme
   6.        WP 18.10 Food Waste Regulations Awareness
   7.        LG(P) 06/10 & LG(P) 07/10 Quarterly Staffing Returns & Staffing
             Movements Form
   8.        SHIP 2010.15 Exercise by housing authorities of statutory power to refuse to
             allocate or sell houses to particular persons.

  Statutory Instruments etc Noted
        1. 268 to 275 inclusive – further S.I.‟s on the Conservation of Wild Bird Protection
            Areas
        2. Consultation Paper on the Draft European Communities (Good Agricultural
            Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2010. This item is likely to be
            discussed at Agriculture Committee meeting with IFA)


5. PRESENTATION BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL



                                              57
  The Chairman welcomed the Construction Industry Council representatives, Messrs.
  Eamon Timoney (Chairman), Tom Parlon (DG, CIF), P.J. Rudden (V.P. Engineers
  Ireland), John Curtin (V.P. Soc. of Chartered Surveyors) and Paul Keogh (Pres. RIAI) to
  the meeting. The presentation was made by Mr. Timoney and largely concentrated on the
  need for investment in infrastructure which was backed up by statistical data.

  A question and answer session followed.


6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

     a) The Chairman said that the draft report on the Management of Severe Weather
        vents in Ireland & Related Matters had been submitted by the consultant. The
        report was to be circulated to Members with a view to finalising discussions in the
        draft at the next meeting which is due to take place on 13 July. The Chairman
        envisaged launching the report during week commencing 19 July 2010.
     b) In relation to an e-mail from Senator Mark Daly regarding the Committee meeting
        with the Killarney jarveys, the Committee agreed to hold the matter over for the
        present.
     c) It was agreed that the Clerk would discuss possible dates for a visit to Bord na
        Mona with the Secretary of that company and would circulate possible dates to
        members. The Committee also agreed to combine any such visit with an inspection
        of the large landfill site near Edenderry, proposed by Deputy Fitzpatrick.


7. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 4.27p.m. sine die.



  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
   July 2010




                                            58
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                   Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 13 July 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.05 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.

2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael Fitzpatrick,
   Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senator: Camillus Glynn

   Also in attendance was Senator Jerry Buttimer in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad)
   79(2).

   Apologies for inability to attend were received from Senator Paudie Coffey.

3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 6 JULY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 6 July 2010 were agreed.

4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –
       EnviroZine – Environment Canada‟s Online Newsmagazine providing links to
          various environment sites in Canada
       *Water Conservation Seminar by Esperanza Enterprises
       List of Proposed EU Legislation dealt with by the JC on European Scrutiny (2010 /
          927)
       European Policy Update 163 from Globe.net on environmental developments (2010
          / 928)
       E-mail to Deputy Bannon from EIPA regarding upcoming events on environmental
          policy and climate change and invitation to seminar on EU Environment
          Legislation, 7-8 October in Luxembourg (2010 / 929)
       Reply from Ceann Comhairle to Chairman to the effect that where Bills are to be
          substantially amended at Committee or Report stage, the sponsoring Department
          must provide a revised explanatory memorandum (2010 / 930)
       Europe‟s World Newsletter of 2 July 2010 (2010 / 931)
       EU Scrutiny Report No. 31 on EPA Code of Practice on Single Houses and Waste
          Water (2010 / 932)
       Europe‟s World Newsletter of 9 July 2010 (2010 / 933)
       Friends of Europe – Annual International Policy Summit (2010 / 934)
       ESB Preliminary Report into Lee Flood of November 2009 was to be considered
          with the Committee‟s report on Severe Weather Events (2010 / 935)
       E-mail from Brian Montaut of Architects‟ Alliance on Building Control Act 2007
          (2010 / 936)
       Request from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) – request to
          be held over until early Autumn (2010 / 937)

                                             59
        Flood Risk Report by Enviro Management Services on behalf of Partnership for
         Change and Bandon Working Together Assoc (2010 / 938)
  Other Correspondence

        Request for meeting with the Committee received from Irish Tyre Industry
         Association to discuss responsibility for disposal of tyres, to be considered at a later
         date (2010 / 908)
        Department briefing on the Pyrites Issue which is the subject of legal action. Matter
         to be considered at a later date. (2010 / 917)
        *Waste Management Seminar by Esperanza Enterprises – Senator Glynn expressed
         an interest in attending the seminar which takes place from 20 to 22 August 2010 in
         Galway. The Chairman suggested that any Member wishing to attend the Seminar
         should contact the Clerk. (2010 / 926)

  Circulars Noted
  1. S.3/2010 (LA) Pensions Ombudsman-Return of Internal Resolution of Disputes
  2. S.3A/2010 (Health Bodies) Pensions Ombudsman -Returns of Internal Resolution
     Disputes
  3. PSSP 3/10 Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities in relation to Spatial Plan and
     National Roads
  4. LG 10/10 Financial Emergency Measures relating to annual allowances for Chairs of
     Regional Authority or Regional Assembly
  5. Circular Fin 07/2010 relating to assessment of General Government Balance in respect
     of each Local Authority
  6. LG (P) 08/10 Allocations under the National Disability Strategy 2010

5. JOINT COMMITTEE’S DRAFT REPORT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE WEATHER
      EVENTS IN IRELAND AND RELATED MATTERS

  The Chairman introduced the draft report and, with the agreement of the Committee,
  sought agreement on the text, page by page. A number of observations and suggested
  amendments were made by Members and the Chairman before the report was agreed. It
  was also agreed that the report would be launched on Tuesday, 20th July 2010.

6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  The Chairman explained that in light of holidays and other commitments of staff of Bord
  na Mona it would probably be best to defer a visit to that company‟s various facilities until
  next September. The Committee agreed to this deferral.

7. ADJOURNMENT

  The Joint Committee adjourned at 3.33 p.m. sine die.


  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    20 July 2010

                                             60
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                   Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 20 July 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 2.18 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), Padraic McCormack, James Bannon, John
   O‟Donoghue, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch,
   Christy O„Sullivan and Eamon Scanlon.

   Senators: Camillus Glynn and Paudie Coffey.

   Senator John Paul Phelan attended in accordance with Standing Order (Seanad) 79(2).

   Apologies for inability to attend were received from Deputy Joanna Tuffy.


3. MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF 13 JULY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 13 July 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –
       Submission by Springfield Residents‟ Association, Cloonlara, Co. Clare forwarded
          by Clare County Councillors (2010 / 940)
       List of Proposed EU Legislation dealt with by the JC on European Scrutiny
          including a Proposed Council Decision on the Protection of the Marine
          Environment in the North East Atlantic referred for information (2010 / 942)
       Europe‟s World Newsletter of 16 July 2010 (2010 / 944)
       E-mail from Brian Montaut of Architects‟ Alliance containing submission on
          Building Control Act 2007 (2010 / 947). In relation to this item, Mr. Montaut
          subsequently withdrew this submission by e-mail dated 20 July.


   Other Correspondence
       Letter from Deputy Chris Andrews requesting that the Committee invite the Dublin
          City Housing Manager to address the Committee in relation to vacant social
          housing units. Clerk to request detailed response from Department of Environment,
          Heritage and Local Government. (2010 / 939)
       Request from the IFA to make a presentation to the Committee on the Nitrates
          Action Plan. Clerk instructed to invite IFA, ICMSA and officials from the
          Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government to attend. (2010 /
          943)

                                            61
        Request that Committee hear a formal presentation objecting to the Designation of
         Special Protection Area for Wild Birds in Co. Mayo, from Mayo County Council.
         Clerk to seek detailed response from Department of the Environment, Heritage and
         Local Government. (2010 / 945(1) and 2010 / 945 (2))


5. TRAVEL

         o The estimate, circulated at the meeting, for the attendance at a Training Seminar
           on Waste Management Regulations on Tyres and Waste Tyres for up to 3
           Members, to be held in Galway from 20 – 22 August 2010, was approved by the
           Committee
         o Invitation from the Committee on Constitutional Affairs at the EP to an Inter-
           Parliamentary Meeting in Brussels on Electoral Procedures governing elections
           to the European Parliament and the Citizens‟ Initiative to be held on 30
           September 2010. Deputy Bannon expressed an interest in attending and the
           Clerk was instructed to prepare an estimate for the attendance of up to 2
           Members and a clerk (2010 / 941 on correspondence list).
         o Invitation from the Belgian Parliament to attend a meeting of the Chairpersons
           of Environment Committees on the subject of “Sustainable Materials
           Management”, to be held from 3 to 4 October in Brussels. The Chairman
           suggested that either he or one of the Members should attend together with a
           clerk (2010 / 946 on correspondence list).


6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 2.29 p.m., sine die.



  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
  28 July 2010




                                            62
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government

                Minutes of meeting of Wednesday, 28 July 2010
1. The Joint Committee met at 2.00 p.m. in Committee Room 2, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.

2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), Seymour Crawford (in substitution for
             Padraic McCormack), James Bannon, Michael Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan,
             Ciaran Lynch, Christy O„Sullivan, Máire Hoctor and Seán Sherlock.
   Senators: Ciaran Cannon, Paudie Coffey and Camillus Glynn.

   Apologies for inability to attend were received from Deputies Padraic McCormack, Johnny
   Brady and Eamon Scanlon.

3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 20 JULY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 20 July 2010 were agreed.

4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –
       Policy Consultation Paper on Irish waste policy received from the Department of
          the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
          (2010 /948 (1))
       Draft Household Waste (food waste) Regulations received from the Department of
          the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2010 / 948(2))
       Notice of Public Consultation on a new Draft Statement of Waste Policy
          Regulations received from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government (2010 / 948(3))
       Europe‟s World Newsletter of 16 July 2010 (2010 / 950)

   Correspondence to be held-over
       Request from Irish Tyre Industry Association for a meeting to discuss a Producer
          Responsibility Initiative for the disposal of tyres. (2010 / 908)
       Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Briefing on the
          Pyrite Issue (2010 / 917)

   Other Correspondence

         The Committee agreed to debate the Report of Local Government Review Group
          (recommendations on expenditure, numbers employed etc), received from the
          Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, at a future
          meeting (2010 / 949).


      Circulars from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government


                                            63
     Circulars WP 21.10 on enforcement of waste management legislation and WPPR 5/09
     relating to Procurement of Goods from Producers and Distributors with Producer
     Responsibility Obligations under the Waste Management Acts, both circulated by the
     Waste Policy Section, were noted.

5. TRAVEL

         o The estimate, circulated at the meeting, for the attendance of up to 2 Members
           of the Committee at an Inter-Parliamentary Meeting in Brussels on Electoral
           Procedures governing elections to the European Parliament and the Citizens‟
           Initiative to be held on 30 September 2010 was agreed.
         o The estimate, circulated at the meeting, for the attendance of the Chairman or a
           substitute to attend a meeting of the Chairpersons of Environment Committees
           on the subject of “Sustainable Materials Management”, to be held from 3 to 4
           October in Brussels was agreed.

6. PRESENTATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE AND
   LOCAL GOVERNMENT, TEAGASC, THE IRISH FARMERS ASSOCIATION (IFA), AND                  THE
   IRISH CREAMERY MILK SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION (ICMSA) IN RELATION TO                     THE
   REVIEW OF THE NITRATES ACTION PLAN

  The Chairman welcomed the 4 delegations who were invited to make their presentations
  consecutively. In that regard, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
  Government, represented by Mr. Pat Duggan and Mr. Kevin Forde, made the first
  presentation. The second presentation by Teagasc, represented by Dr. Noel Culleton, Mr.
  Mark Gibson, Mr, Stan Lalor and Mr. Ger Shortle followed. The IFA, represented by Mr.
  John Bryan, Mr. Pat Farrell and Mr. Tim Cullinan, made the third presentation while Mr.
  Jackie Cahill, Mr. John Comer and Mr. Ciaran Dolan made the final presentation on behalf
  of the ICMSA.

  The presentations were followed by a question and answers session. In conclusion, the
  Chairman thanked the delegations for their presentations and requested that the Department
  officials and Teagasc representatives take on board the issues raised by the IFA, the
  ICMSA and the Members and to bring those views to the attention of the Expert Advisory
  Group set up by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
  Government to attend its next meeting to discuss the Committee‟s Fourth Report on
  „Severe Weather Events‟ and to consider the issue of „Waste Management‟.

  As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 4.30 p.m. until the next
  meeting, provisionally scheduled for 21 September 2010.




  ________________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
  21 September 2010




                                            64
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government


              Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 21 September 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.35 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Padraic McCormack (Vice-Chairman), James Bannon, Johnny Brady,
             Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.
   Senators: Ciaran Cannon, Paudie Coffey and Camillus Glynn.

   Apologies for inability to attend were received from the Chairman, Deputy Sean Fleming,
   Deputies Michael Fitzpatrick and Christy O„Sullivan, and Senator Dominic Hannigan.

   Also present:
   Senator Paul Coghlan attended in accordance with Seanad Standing Order 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 28 JULY 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 28 July 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were noted –
       Globe-Net – various notifications regarding Policy Consultation Paper on Irish
          waste policy received from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government
          (2010 /951
       Letter from Mr. John Hogg, President of the Australian Senate on behalf of a
          Parliamentary delegation with whom members of the Committee hjad met (2010 /
          952)
       Letter of support for the Committee‟s Severe Weather Report which was received
          from the Irish Insurance Federation (2010 / 953)
       Invitation to ICLEI‟s 20th Anniversary Congress on the Future of Cities to be held
          in Korea from 5 – 7 October 2010 (2010 / 954)
       Letter from John O‟Connor & Co., Solicitors, in relation to an apology made by Mr.
          Fintan Mc Namara (I.P.A.V.) to Mr. Stephen Faughnan (I.P.O.A.) (2010 / 955).
       Letter from Lahiffe and Associates in relation to an apology made by Mr. Fintan
          Mc Namara (I.P.A.V.) to Mr. Stephen Faughnan (I.P.O.A.)
          (2010 / 956)
       Reply from Cork Co. Council in relation to Water Services Investment Programme
          2010 – 2012 (“010 / 957)
                                            65
      Sixty Second Annual report (2009) of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library
       Council) (2010 / 959)
      First Annual Report for 2009 on the Public Lending Remuneration Scheme,
       prepared by Public Lending Remuneration, An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The
       Library Council) (2010 / 960
      Letter received from Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, regarding Local Authority Rates
       payable by hotels and guesthouses (2010 / 961)
      „In Business‟ Magazine received from Chambers Ireland (2010 / 962)
      Letter from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government in response to a request from the Committee to consider the concerns
       of turf cutters in relation to cessation of turf cutting on raised bogs (2010 / 963)
      Request received from An Bord Pleanála in relation to formulation of a Strategy
       Statement (Members to respond directly to the Bord) (2010 / 964)
      Reply from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government to Committee‟s letter regarding Section 5 of the Planning and
       Development (Amendment) Act 2101 re access from a private road onto a public
       road (2010 / 966)
      Notification of training seminar for Elected Member‟s on Planning Applications
       received from Ashford Building Services. (2010 / 967)
      Notification of training seminar for Elected Members on the Planning and
       Development (Amendment )Act 2010 received from Esperanza Enterprises (2010 /
       968)
       Notification of training seminar for Elected Members on Alternative Energy,
       received from Esperanza Enterprises (2010 / 969)
      Notification of training seminar for Elected Members on Criminal Law (Defence
       and the Dwelling) Bill 2010 received from Esperanza Enterprises (2010 / 970)
      E-mail from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government outlining the current position in relation to the review of severe
       weather events of November to January last (2010 / 971)
      Response from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government to the Committee‟s representations on the Dog Breeding Establishment
       Bill on behalf of the Canine Breeders of Ireland (2010 / 972)
      Report of the Limerick Local Government Committee on Renewing Local
       Government in Limerick (2010 / 973)
      Invitation to attend the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting in Brussels
       (2010 / 977)
       Invitation to ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability Conference in Freiburg,
       Germany.

Correspondence to be held-over
    Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Briefing on the
       Pyrite Issue (2010 / 917)

Other Correspondence

      The Committee agreed to discuss The Annual Report and Accounts of the Dublin
       Docklands Development Authority – 2009, at a future meeting (2010 / 958).
      Committee agreed to furnish copies of presentations made to it when it was
       examining the Severe Weather events of last winter following receipt of a request
       from Matheson, Ormsby Prentice, Solicitors. Authors of presentations/submissions
       to be informed, as a courtesy (2010 / 965)
      The Committee agreed to consider inviting Dublin City Council to a future meeting
       to discuss the proposed incinerator at Poolbeg (Covanta contract), as requested by
       Deputy Chris Andrews (2010 / 974)

                                          66
          The Committee considered that the matter of Eirgrid‟s East-West Interconnector
           raised by Deputy Darragh O‟Brien was more appropriate to the Committee on
           Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
           (2010 / 975)
          The Committee agreed to instruct the Clerk to request material from the Department
           of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in relation to a report received
           from Ms. Sherri Brennan of Skip Trans Waste Solutions & Recycling alleging that
           certain skip hire companies were operating outside the terms of the relevant
           legislation. (2010 / 976)
          The Committee agreed to consider, at its next meeting, the content of a letter
           received from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
           Government in regard to Special Protection Areas for Birds – Mayo County
           Council is opposed to the designation of certain lakes (Carra, Mask, Conn and
           Cullin). (2010 / 978)
          The Committee decided that it would consider the detailed briefing material
           received from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
           in tandem with consideration of item 2010 / 978 at its next meeting (2010 / 978 (1))
          The Committee agreed that the Clerk should forward the briefing material on bio-
           waste management, received from the Department of the Environment, Heritage
           and Local Government, to the Joint Committee on European Affairs (2010 / 979).
          The Committee , having received the detailed briefing material on the management
           of waste tyres (recycling, rethreading, reusing and recovery as a fuel) from the
           Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, agreed to invite
           the Irish Tyre Industry Association to its next meeting (2010 / 980)
          The Committee agreed to invite the West Regional Authority to a future meeting to
           discuss the Authority‟s views on the cessation of turf cutting in designated raised
           bogs (2010 / 982)

Statutory Instruments Noted

       S.I. No. 293 of 2010 – European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats)
                              (Control of Recreational Activities) Regulations 2010.

       S.I. No. 383 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Ballyteigue Burrow Special Protection Area)
                              Regulations 2010

       S.I. No. 384 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Dovegrove Callows Special Protection Area)
                              Regulations 2010

       S.I. No. 385 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Kerry Head Special Protection Area)
                              Regulations 2010

       S.I. No. 386 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Kilcolman Bog Special Protection Area)
                              Regulations 2010

       S.I. No. 387 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Sheep‟s Head to Toe Head Special Protection
                              Area) Regulations 2010

       S.I. No. 388 of 2010 – European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                              Birds (Sheskinmore Lough Special Protection Area)
                                              67
                          Regulations 2010

   S.I. No. 389 of 2010 - European Communities (Conservation of Wild
                          Birds (West Donegal Coast Special Protection Area)
                          Regulations 2010

   S.I. No. 405 of 2010 – Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010
                         (Commencement) Order 2010

   S.I. No. 406 of 2010 – Planning and Development Regulations 2010

   S.I. No. 382 of 2010 - European Communities (Establishing an Infrastructure for
                          Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE))
                          Regulations 2010

   S.I. No. 368 of 2010 – Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Delegation of
                         Ministerial Functions) Order 2010

   It was agreed that the National Parks and Wildlife Service together with officials from
   the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government should be invited
   to a future meeting to discuss designation of Special Protection Areas.

   With regard to S.I.s 405 and 406 the Clerk was instructed to request a detailed
   explanatory memorandum on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010.

Circulars from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Noted

(1) PHS 03/2010 of 29 July 2010 on Private Rented Accommodation Functions and
    Payment of funding for 2010
(2) Circular of 28 July on Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 79 of
   2008) from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
(3) PHS 02/2010 of 22 July on Housing (Rent Books) (Amendment) Regulations
    2010issued by the Private Rented Sector and Building Standards Section.
(4) WP 19/10 of 23 July 2010 on Waste Management (Management of Waste from the
    Extractive Industries).
(5) PSSP 4 – 2010 on Development Plans - determination of national plans, policies and
    strategies to be of relevance to proper planning and sustainable development.
(6) AQ1/10 Bituminous Fuel Ban and the Solid Fuel Carbon Tax
(7) Clarification of circular MT 4/2010 received from the Department
(8) WP 23.10 'EWC Codes on Waste Collection Permits'
(9) LG (P) 09/10 – FAS Work Placement Programme
(10) SHIP 2010/18Arrangements for the Implementation of the Land Aggregation Scheme
     (LAGS)

Other Circulars

(11) SHIP 2010/16 of 3 August on Demand for Social Housing Support and Vacant Units
     issued by Social Housing Division of the Department of the Environment, Heritage
     and Local Government. At the suggestion of Deputy Lynch it was agreed to hold
     over consideration of this circular until the next meeting.
                                          68
   (12) MT 4/2010 of 10 August 2010 – Taxation of Goods Vehicles and Adapted Goods
        Vehicles. Deputy Bannon requested that this circular be considered at the next
        meeting.
   (13) SHIP 2010/17 – Housing Action Plan – meetings with Housing Authorities. At the
        request of Senator Coffey it was agreed to hold over discussion of this circular until
        the next meeting of the Committee.
   Certain Members queried the need for dealing with correspondence on an item by item
   basis and considered that the current system should be reviewed.


5. PRESENTATION BY THE IRISH HOTELS FEDERATION IN RELATION TO COMMERCIAL RATES
   PAYABLE TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES

   The Chairman welcomed Mr. Paul Gallagher (President), Mr. Tim Fenn (Chief Executive),
   Ms. Breda Keane and Mr. Pat Chawke of the Irish Hotels Federation and invited them to
   make their presentation.

   The presentation in which the delegation made the case for a reduction of 30% in the level
   of rates payable to local authorities was followed by a question and answers session. When
   the session concluded the Chairman thanked the delegation for the comprehensive
   presentation. The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Finance in order to seek to
   ensure that valuations are carried out promptly and to write to the Minister for the
   Environment, Heritage and Local Government bringing the presentation to his attention.


6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

   The Committee agreed to invite the Irish Tyre Industry Association to attend its next
   meeting to discuss recycling and disposal of tyres.

   As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 5.13 p.m. until its next
   meeting on 5 October 2010.




   ________________
   Sean Fleming, T.D.
   Chairman
   5 October 2010




                                              69
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government


                 Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 5 October 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.35 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael
             Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue,
              Christy O„Sullivan and Eamon Scanlon.
   Senators: Paudie Coffey, Camillus Glynn and Dominic Hannigan.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 21 September 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were dealt with and noted–

      Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Briefing on the Pyrite
       Issue (2010 / 917). The Committee agreed the HomeBond Insurance Services Ltd.
       should be invited to a meeting to discuss the effect this issue is having on the people
       affected. The issue of „ghost‟ and derelict estates should also be addressed by
       HomeBond.

      Letter from the office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government on payments to turf-cutters affected by cessation of activity on designated
       raised bogs (2010/963). The Committee agreed that this matter should be raised with
       Department officials when they appear before it.

      Letter from the office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government informing the Committee that the Department cannot allow persons to
       create access onto public roads without planning consent was noted (2010/966)

       Letter from the office of the Secretary General of the Department of the Environment,
       Heritage and Local Government setting out the basis and requirements for designations
       as Special Protection Areas for Birds was noted (2010/978)

      Detailed briefing material on the designation of Lough Carra, Lough Mask, Lough
       Conn and Lough Cullin as Special Protection Areas, received from the Department of
       the Environment, Heritage and Local Government was noted (2010/978(1))


                                             70
      Request from West Regional Authority to appear before Committee to discuss the
       cessation of turf cutting in designated raised bogs was to be considered as part of the
       work programme (2010/982)

      Response in relation to eligibility criteria for registration in the statutory register of
       architects received from office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government to a letter from the Committee on behalf of „Architects‟ Alliance‟ was
       noted (2010/983)

      The list of decisions taken by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny which was
       referred to the Committee for information was noted (2010/984)

      Request for support for a Private Member‟s Bill being sponsored by Deputy
       O‟Donoghue on the Building Control Amendment Bill 2010 received from Barry
       Britton Design was noted (2010/985)

Statutory Instruments Noted

   (1) S.I. No. 405 of 2010 - Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010
       (Commencement) Order 2010 .
   (2) S.I. No. 406 of 2010 - Planning and Development Regulations 2010
   (3) S.I. No. 451 of 2010 - Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010
       (Commencement) (No. 2) Order
   (4) S.I. No. 561 of 2010 - Derelict Sites (urban Areas) Regulations, 2009

Senator Coffey drew Members‟ attention to Statutory Instrument No. 368 of 2010 under which
the powers (other than the power to prosecute an offence) and duties of the Minister for the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government conferred on him by or under the Planning and
Development Acts 2000 to 2009 were delegated to Ciarán Cuffe, Minister of State at the
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (S.I. was noted at meeting of
21 September 2010). Senator Coffey suggested that it would be useful to invite Minister of
State Cuffe to a future meeting to discuss the explanatory note relating to the Planning and
Development (Amendment) Act 2010.


Circulars Noted (Held over from 21 September meeting):

(1) PHS 02/2010 of 22 July 2010 on Housing (Rent Books) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
    issued by the Private Rented Sector and Building Standards Section.
(2) SHIP 2010/16 of 3 August on Demand for Social Housing Support and Vacant Units issued
    by Social Housing Division of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
    Government.
(3) PSSP 4 – 2010 on Development Plans - determination of national plans, policies and
    strategies to be of relevance to proper planning and sustainable development. The
    Committee agreed to write to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
    Government seeking clarification of the planning guidelines issued to Local Authorities in
    relation to population targets.
(4) MT 4/2010 of 10 August 2010 – Taxation of Goods Vehicles and Adapted Goods
    Vehicles. The Committee agreed to seek clarification from the Department of the
    Environment, Heritage and Local Government on the issue of the use of high-powered
    tractors for non-agricultural activities which disadvantage licensed hauliers.
(5) Clarification of circular MT 4/2010 received from the Department.
(6) SHIP 2010/17 – Housing Action Plan – meetings with Housing Authorities. The
    Committee agreed that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government,
    together with his officials, should be invited to a future meeting to explain the shift in
                                               71
        policy whereby new construction proposals for social housing supply will only be
        considered in exceptional circumstances.
 (7)    SHIP 2010/18 - Arrangements for the Implementation of the Land Aggregation Scheme
        (LAGS).
  (8)   SHIP 2010/19 – Social Housing for non-Irish nationals.
  (9)   LG(P) 08-10 – Allowances paid to Cathaoirligh of Local Authorities.
(10)    LG(P) 09-10 – Work of Business Support Units & CDB Economic Development Sub-
            Committee.
(11)    LG(P) 10/10 – September 2010 quarterly staffing returns for Local Authorities.
(12)    LG(P) 11/10 – September 2010 quarterly staffing movement returns for Local Authorities.
(13)    SHIP 2010/20 – Retrofitting of Local Authority housing - Energy Efficiency Programme.

 5. TRAVEL

        The Committee agreed the estimate for the attendance of 2 Members and a clerk at an
        elected members‟ seminar in Roscommon from 15 to 17 October 2010.

 6. WORK PROGRAMME

        The Members of the Committee raised the various topics they would like to deal with over
        the period to the end of the year and it was agreed that these would be considered at the
        next meeting.

 7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

        The Committee agreed to seek a progress report on the storage of the e- voting machines.

        The Committee agreed that if An Bord Pleanala‟s Annual Report for 2009 was published
        before the next meeting representatives of that organization would be invited to attend.
        However, if the report will not be published prior to the meeting
        the Irish Tyre Industry Association is to be invited to discuss the recycling and disposal of
        tyres.

        As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 4.14 p.m. until its next
        meeting on 19 October 2010.


        _______________
        Sean Fleming, T.D.
        Chairman
        2 November 2010




                                                   72
                        Joint Committee on the Environment,

                          Heritage and Local Government


                   Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 2 November 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.41 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, Padraic McCormack
              (in the Chair) and John O‟Donoghue
   Senators:  Dominic Hannigan.

   Apologies were received from Deputies Sean Fleming (Chairman) and Eamon Scanlon.

   Also present:
   Deputy Terence Flanagan attended in accordance with Standing Order 92(3).
   Senator Eugene Regan attended in accordance with Standing Order 79(2).

   Deputy Johnny Brady acted as temporary Chairman from 4.42 p.m. until 5.06 p.m.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 5 OCTOBER 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 5 October 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were dealt with and noted –

         Letter comprising briefing material from Dublin City Council regarding empty
          housing units in Dublin City Council Area. It was agreed that the letter be copied to
          Deputy Andrews (2010/986).
         Briefing material on vacancies in local authority housing stock received from Social
          Housing Section of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government. It was agreed that the briefing be copied to Deputy Andrews
          (2010/986(1)).
         Covering letter from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government regarding vacant social housing units. It was agreed that the letter be
          copied to Deputy Andrews (2010/986(2)).
         Request from Focus Ireland to make a presentation to the Committee on how
          housing policy can assist integration of migrant communities. It was agreed to
          consider this request with the Work Programme for the rest of this year. (2010/987).
         Annual Report of the Housing Finance Agency. It was agreed to consider this
          report for inclusion in the work programme (2010/988).

                                             73
      Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on the Citizen‟s
       Initiative (2010/989).
      Information note setting out the basis for the proposed Regulation on the Citizens‟
       Initiative (2010/989(1)).
      Decisions taken at the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 12
       October 2010 (2010/990).
      Letter from the Department of Finance setting out the role of the Valuation Office
       in the treatment of hotels under the Valuation Act 2001 (2010/991).
      Decisions taken at the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 19
       October 2010 (2010/992).
      Letter from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
       Government acknowledging Committee letter on the issue of commercial rates for
       hotels. It was agreed that the letter would be copied to the Irish Hotels Federation.
       (2010/993).
      Invitation to attend URBACT Annual Conference in Liege (2010/994).
      Invitation from Friends of Europe to the European Policy Summit on Healthcare –
       An Innovative Healthcare Agenda for Europe (2010/995).
      Letter from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on
       the taxation of tractors used for non-agricultural purposes (2010/996).
      Invitation to a workshop on Environmental Tax Reform received from Comhar
       Sustainable Development Council (2010/997).
      Letter from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in
       relation to population targets for the 8 regional authority areas (2010/998).
      Letter from Deputy Christy O‟Sullivan requesting that Scally‟s Super Valu,
       Clonakilty, be given the opportunity to make a presentation to the Committee on
       sustainable local employment and on the Retail Planning Guidelines. It was agreed
       to consider this item with the Work Programme (2010/1000)
      Letter from Mr. Thomas Hayes of Shannon, Co. Clare seeking the Committee‟s
       support for his application for social housing. The Committee noted that this was a
       matter for Clare County Council (2010/1001)

In relation to item 2010/999 - letter from the Office of the Minister for the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government in relation to discussion of the Committee‟s Severe
Weather Report, Deputy Bannon considered the Minister‟s response to be unacceptable
and, as a representative of constituents in the Shannon catchment area, believed that the
Minister was obliged to meet the Committee as he feared a repetition of last year‟s weather
events. Deputy Lynch noted that the letter purports that the Minister regrets not attending
the Committee meeting of 21 September while the Committee was initially informed, by e-
mail of 9 February that he had declined the invitation to discuss the Report at that meeting.
The Committee agreed his request that the Clerk contact Minister Gormley‟s office to
establish if his Department‟s review of the severe weather events had been completed by 1
November 2010 and, if not, when the report would be finalised and when the Minister will
be in a position to respond to the Committee‟s request that he appear before the Committee
to discuss the Committee‟s report.


Statutory Instruments Noted

a) S.I. No. 477 of 2010 Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010
   (Commencement) (No. 3) Order 2010
b) S.I. No. 481 of 2010 European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats)
   (Restrictions on Use of Poison Bait) Regulations 2010
c) S.I. No. 442 of 2010, Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use)
   (Amendment) Regulations 2010
                                           74
  Circulars Noted

  a) WP 22.10 of 4 October 2010 – Declaration of Deductible VAT on grant claims for
     Waste Infrastructure.
  b) WP 24/10 of 4 October 2010 – Guidance on the Waste Management (Management of
     Waste in the Extractive Industries) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 566 of 2009)
  c) LG 11/10 County/City Development Board (CDB) Economic Development Sub-
     Committee – expansion to include business interests together with updated guidelines.
  d) Circu1ar 14 of 2010 on Training for Civil Defence Officers issued by Policy and
     Planning Unit of the Civil Defence Board, Department of Defence.
  e) LG 12/10 (plus appendices) on Recoupment of RAPID (Revitalising Areas by
     Planning, Investment and Development) Coordinators Salaries for 2010 issued by the
     Local Government Policy Section.
  f) WP 25.10 (plus appendix) on Subvention of Operating Costs of Recycling Facilities
     which issued to Local Authorities from the Waste Policy Division of the Department.
  g) LG 14/10 of 21 October 2010 – a Questionnaire relating to the work of County/City
     Development Boards (CDB) Social Inclusion Measures (SIM) Groups, issued by Local
     Government Policy Division.
  h) S.6/2010 of 22 October 2010 – Local Government Superannuation Scheme – Annual
     Report for 2009, issued by the Superannuation Section.
  i) LG 13/10 – Social Inclusion Units – which sets out the procedure for submitting salary
     claims for 2010 to the Department.


5. HOUSING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AGENCY

  The Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency made a presentation in relation to its
  functions and provenance which was followed by a questions and answers session. The
  Agency agreed to forward certain data, relating to the amount and value of individual land
  parcels held by county councils, to the Committee. In the course of the questions and
  answers session, the vice-Chairman, Deputy McCormack, was obliged by another
  commitment to be absent from the meeting and nominated, without objection, Deputy
  Johnny Brady to take the Chair at 4.42 p.m.


6. WORK PROGRAMME

  It was agreed that discussion of the work programme would be deferred until the next
  meeting


7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 5.06 p.m. until its next
  meeting on 9 November 2010.



  _____________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
  9 November 2010

                                            75
                      Joint Committee on the Environment,

                         Heritage and Local Government


               Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 9 November 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 4.18 p.m. in Committee Room 4, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), James Bannon, Johnny Brady, Michael
             Fitzpatrick, Phil Hogan, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue,
             Christy O„Sullivan, Eamon Scanlon and Joanna Tuffy.

   Senators: Paudie Coffey, Camillus Glynn and Dominic Hannigan.


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 2 NOVEMBER 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 2 November 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were dealt with and noted –

         In Business, Autumn 2010 Magazine from Chambers Ireland (2010/1002).
         In Business Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards 2010 Magazine from
          Chambers Ireland (2010/1003).
         Decisions taken by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 4
          November 2010 (2010/1004).
         Role of the National Roads Authority (NRA) in relation to the maintenance of
          regional and local roads (2010/1005).
         Letter from the office of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
          Government in relation to amendments to the Planning and Development
          (Amendment) Bill 2009 as suggested by Mr. Richard Walshe of ART Generation
          Ltd (2010/1006)
         Invitation received from EUFORES to Dinner Debate on Energy Efficiency in
          Europe- Time to Act and Implement‟, to take place in the European Parliament,
          Brussels on 7 December 2010 (2010/1007).


   Statutory Instrument Noted

      S.I. No. 513 of 2010 – Building Regulations (Part M Amendment)
                            Regulations (sic) 2010



                                            76
  Circular - to be held-over for further consideration at next meeting

     MEM 02-10 of 28 October 2010 - Response to Severe Weather Emergencies which
     was issued by the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management of the
     Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.


5. AN BORD PLEANÁLA

  An Bord Pleanála made a presentation in relation to its 2009 Annual Report which was
  followed by a questions and answers session.


6. WORK PROGRAMME

  The Committee agreed that the following matters would be dealt with in the period up to
  the end of 2010.

        Invite HomeBond Insurance Services to discuss the Pyrite issue and derelict estates
        Invite the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to discuss their 2009 Annual
         Report
        Invite Dublin City Council to discuss proposals for the Poolbeg Incinerator
         (Covanta contract)
        Invite the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss its 2009 Annual Report
        Invite the Irish Tyre Industry Association in relation to disposal/recycling of tyres
        Invite Scally‟s SuperValu, Clonakilty to make a presentation on retail planning
         guidelines and sustainable local employment
        Invite Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government officials to
         discuss the disposal of e-voting machines.


7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS


  As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 5.56 p.m. until its next
  meeting on 16 November 2010.



  _______________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
  16 November 2010




                                             77
                       Joint Committee on the Environment,

                           Heritage and Local Government


               Minutes of meeting of Tuesday, 16 November 2010

1. The Joint Committee met at 3.40 p.m. in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, a quorum being
   present.


2. MEMBERS PRESENT

   The following Members were present:-

   Deputies: Sean Fleming (Chairman), Padraic McCormack, Michael
             Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Lynch, John O‟Donoghue and Christy O„Sullivan.
   Senators: Paudie Coffey and Dominic Hannigan.

   Also present:
   Deputies Jim O‟Keeffe and P.J. Sheehan attended in accordance with Dáil Standing Order
   92(3).
   Senator Ned O‟Sullivan attended in accordance with Seanad Standing Order 79(2).


3. MINUTES OF MEETING OF 9 NOVEMBER 2010

   The minutes of the meeting of 9 November 2010 were agreed.


4. CORRESPONDENCE

   The following items of correspondence were dealt with and noted –

          Letter from the Joint Committee on European Affairs regarding a Report from the
           EU Commission on the Environmental Liability Directive (2010/1008(1))
          Report from EU Commission on the Environmental Liability Directive
           (2010/1008(2)).
          Letter and paper prepared by Comhar Sustainable Development Council examining
           the potential for environmental taxes and charges (2010/1009)
          Invitation received from „Friends of Europe‟ to attend the Understanding China
           Policy Summit in Brussels on 2 December 2010 (2010/1011)

   It was agreed that the following item of correspondence would be held over for
   consideration at a meeting dedicated to the subject of e-voting machines –

          E-mail together with attachments detailing the current position in relation to e-
           voting machines received from the Department of Environment, Heritage and
           Local Government (2010/1010).




                                              78
  Circulars Noted

            MEM 02-10 of 28 October 2010 - Response to Severe Weather Emergencies
             which was issued by the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management
             of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. (held-
             over for further consideration from previous meeting - 9/11). Furthermore, the
             Committee agreed to again write to the Minister to establish when the
             Department‟s review of the severe weather events will be published and to
             renew the invitation to the Minister to discuss the Committee‟s Report.
            L 6/10 – Closing Date for Recoupment Claims under the Water Services
             Investment Programme.


5. SCALLY’S SUPERVALU

  Scally‟s SuperValu made a presentation in relation to retail planning guidelines and the
  creation of sustainable local employment which was followed by a questions and answers
  session.

6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  As there was no further business, the Joint Committee adjourned at 4.28 p.m., sine die.



  _______________
  Sean Fleming, T.D.
  Chairman
    January 2011




                                            79
                                   APPENDIX 6


       JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE
                  AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

                            WORK PROGRAMME 2011

1. BACKGROUND

The Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government was established
following Orders of Dáil Éireann on 23 October 2007 and of Seanad Éireann on 24 October
2007. Standing Orders 86(4) (Dáil Éireann) and 74(4) (Seanad Éireann) require that –

       “As soon as may be following its appointment and thereafter at annual intervals,
       each Select Committee shall prepare a work programme and shall lay such
       programme before [Dáil[Seanad] Éireann”.


2. ORDERS OF REFERENCE

Paragraph 2 (i) of the Order of Dáil Éireann on 23 October 2007 and paragraph 1 (a) of the
Order of Seanad Éireann on 24 October 2007 empowers the Joint Committee to consider –

       I. such public affairs administered by the Department of the Environment, Heritage
          and Local Government as it may select, including, in respect of Government policy,
          bodies under the aegis of that Department;

      II. Such matters of policy for which the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
          Local Government is officially responsible as it may select;

     III. such matters across Departments which come within the remit of the Minister of
          State with special responsibility for the Environment and Energy as it may select;

          Provided that members of the Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and
          Natural Resources shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in the
          consideration of matters within this remit;

      IV. such related policy issues as it may select concerning bodies which are partly or
           wholly funded by the State or which are established or appointed by Members of the
           Government or by the Oireachtas;

      V. such Statutory Instruments made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
         Local Government and laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas as it may select;

      VI. such proposals for EU legislation and related policy issues as may be referred to it
          from time to time, in accordance with Standing Order 83(4)[Dáil Éireann] and
          70(4)[Seanad Éireann];

     VII. the strategy statement laid before each House of the Oireachtas by the Minister for
          the Environment, Heritage and Local Government pursuant to section 5(2) of the
          Public Service Management Act, 1997, and the Joint Committee shall be so
                                              80
           authorised for the purposes of section 10 of that Act;

    VIII. such annual reports or annual reports and accounts, required by law and laid
          before both Houses of the Oireachtas, of bodies specified in paragraphs 2(i) and
          (iv) [Dáil Éireann] and paragraphs 1(i) and (iv)[Seanad Éireann], and the overall
          operational results, statements of strategy and corporate plans of these bodies, as it
          may select;

      IX. Provided that the Joint Committee shall not, at any time, consider any matter
          relating to such a body which is, which has been, or which is, at that time, proposed
          to be considered by the Committee of Public Accounts pursuant to the Orders of
          Reference of that Committee and/or the Comptroller and Auditor General
          (Amendment) Act, 1993;

       X. Provided further that the Joint Committee shall refrain from inquiring into in public
          session, or publishing confidential information regarding, any such matter if so
          requested either by the body concerned or by the Minister for the Environment,
          Heritage and Local Government; and

      XI. such other matters as may be jointly referred to it from time to time by both Houses
          of the Oireachtas, and shall report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas.”

Accordingly, the items listed in this Work Programme will be considered by the Joint
Committee within the parameters defined by these Orders of Reference, as amended from time
to time.

3. OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is committed to
making a constructive contribution to the committee system in the Houses of the Oireachtas
and to continuing to assert the proper oversight and accountability role of the Legislature in
respect of the Executive. It will endeavour to do this by properly exercising the functions and
powers which have been conferred on it by both Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann.


4. FLUIDITY OF WORK PROGRAMME

The items listed for consideration in this Work Programme are not in any order of priority.
The Joint Committee will decide on individual items for review in light of its assessment of a
particular need during the year. The Joint Committee is of the opinion that to accord a strict
priority and agree a timetable for consideration of the various items would impose too rigid a
structure and would not enable the Joint Committee to respond to evolving events during the
year. In response to a particular evolving event or an urgent unforeseen matter, it shall, if it
deems it necessary to do so, amend this Work Programme to include further items or delete,
or revise, existing items for consideration.

The Joint Committee has also agreed that, should it not have sufficient time during the period
covered by this Work Programme to consider an item detailed therein, it may include it in a
future Work Programme should the issue continue to retain its importance and relevance.




                                               81
5. JOINT COMMITTEE – GENERAL AREAS FOR CONSIDERATION


(a) EU Scrutiny

In light of the increasing importance and influence of the European Union (EU) on national
affairs and legislative matters, the Joint Committee will give ongoing priority to EU issues as
referred by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny.

In particular, the Joint Committee will endeavour to have ongoing meetings with the Minister
for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in advance of EU Environment Council
meetings to enable the Joint Committee to enhance effective oversight of Government policy
thinking and to have an input into, and an exchange of views on, topics arising on the agendas
of those Council meetings. In addition, the Joint Committee will, within requested timeframes,
examine and forward observations it may have on any EU legislative proposal that may be
sought from it by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny.

(b) Statutory Instruments

The Joint Committee will endeavour to monitor Statutory Instruments (S.I.s) made by the
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government which are laid before both
Houses of the Oireachtas and, where it considers it necessary, will discuss particular S.I.s and
matters arising with the Minister at an appropriate time.

(c) Strategy Statement and Departmental Policy Documentation

The Joint Committee will endeavour to consider the ongoing progress made by the Department
of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on its commitments in the strategy
statement and other general related policy documentation (vis. Annual Reports, Corporate
Plans, etc.) relating to the Department‟s remit in discussion with the Minister or appropriate
Departmental officials.

(d) Oversight of bodies

The Joint Committee will endeavour during 2011 to consider, inter alia, policy matters, annual
reports or annual reports and accounts, overall operational results, statements of strategy and
corporate plans of certain bodies as it may select which are listed in the Addendum attached to
this Work Programme.

(e) Referral of matters by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann

In addition to those issues detailed in this Work Programme, the Joint Committee may be
required, from time to time, to consider matters referred to it jointly by Dáil Éireann and
Seanad Éireann (e.g. Motions re. International Agreements, Conventions, draft SIs, etc.).



6. TRAVEL

Subject to Standing Order 83(9) [Dáil Éireann] and Standing Order 70(9) [Seanad Éireann], the
Joint Committee may decide, subject to financial, administrative and procedural constraints, to
undertake travel as it considers necessary to further progress the Work Programme. Such
travel may include fact finding visits, attendance at conferences or meetings, etc. within the
remit under the Orders of Reference. Reports will be completed for all travel undertaken.

                                               82
8. INCOMING PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONS

The Joint Committee will meet with incoming Parliamentary Delegations, as required.


9. DAIL SELECT COMMITTEE – ORDERS OF REFERENCE

Those members of Dáil Éireann who are members of the Joint Committee on the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government also constitute the membership of the Select Committee on the
Environment and Local Government. In accordance with paragraph 1(a) of the Order of Dáil
Éireann, the Select Committee is appointed to consider –

     “(i)      such Bills the statute law in respect of which is dealt with by the Department of
               the Environment, Heritage and Local Government;

      (ii)     such Estimates for Public Services within the aegis of the Department of the
               Environment, Heritage and Local Government;

     (iii)     such proposals contained in any motion, including any motion within the
               meaning of Standing Order 159 concerning the approval by the Dáil of
               international agreements involving a charge on public funds; and

     (iv)      such other matters;

               as shall be referred to it by Dáil Éireann from time to time;

     (v)       Annual Output Statements produced by the Department of the Environment,
               Heritage and Local Government; and

     (vi)      such Value for Money and Policy Reviews conducted and commissioned by the
               Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government as it may
               select.”

The matters referred to the Select Committee will be considered in tandem with the ongoing
work of the Joint Committee but may have a practical effect on the capacity of the Joint
Committee to complete its consideration of the items identified in the Work Programme.




10. NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS

Taking account of the resources and facilities available and the commitments of members, it is
anticipated that the Joint Committee will meet fortnightly in the course of 2011.

In view of the specific functions of the Select Committee, it is not possible to anticipate the
number of meetings required during 2011. However, the Select Committee will convene as
necessary to consider such matters as are referred to it (see above) within the prescribed
timeframe, such matters as are referred to it (see above) and other matters within the remit as it
may select.




                                                83
11. AGREEMENT OF WORK PROGRAMME

This Work Programme for 2011 of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and
Local Government and of the Select Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government was agreed by the Committee at its meeting of 25 January 2011. In accordance
with Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, it was agreed that the Work
Programme be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.




____________________
Seán Fleming, T.D.
Chairman
25 January 2011




                                            84
                                  ADDENDUM


       Bodies under the aegis of the Department of the
                       Environment,
              Heritage and Local Government

   Affordable Homes Partnership
   An Bord Pleanála
   An Comhairle Leabharlanna
   Building Regulations Advisory Body
   Comhar
   Dublin Docklands Development Authority
   Designated Area Appeals Advisory Board
   Environmental Protection Agency
   Fire Services Council
   Heritage Council
   Housing Finance Agency
   Irish Water Safety Association
   Local Government Computer Service Board
   Local Government Management Services Board
   National Building Agency
   Private Residential Tenancies Board
   Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland
   Rent Tribunal
   The Local Government Auditor
   The (2) Regional Assemblies
   The (8) Regional Authorities




                                       85

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:3
posted:9/9/2011
language:Irish
pages:85