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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004

Vol. 580 No. 5

Written Answers.

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies received from the Departments [unrevised].
Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, answered orally.
Questions Nos. 7 to 100, inclusive, resubmitted.
Questions Nos. 101 to 109, inclusive, answered orally.

Television Licence Fee.

Joe Costello

Question:

110 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on the claims made by the chairman of the RTE authority that he is undermining staff morale in the station and that he has underestimated the work achieved by RTE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5817/04]

The Government decision of December 2002, which provided for a very substantial increase in the television licence fee, also introduced a new mechanism for determining the future level of the licence fee. The Government decision provided for an annual adjustment of the television licence fee using a consumer price index minus X formula to take account of rising costs but also to reflect RTE's performance on execution of change management and programme commitments.

My decision to grant RTE an increase of €2 in the licence fee was informed by the report of an independent evaluation of RTE's performance in 2003, that was undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers. When announcing the decision to increase the television licence fee, I recognised that RTE had achieved a significant amount in 2003, particularly with respect to delivery of programme output; near achievement of its budget target; and delivery of accountability and transparency measures. I also highlighted that RTE had less success in terms of the implementation of its change programme.

The chairman of RTE welcomed the increase in the licence fee, while saying that RTE would have preferred a higher figure. He also expressed some concern at the language used in my press release. I do not consider it particularly helpful to engage in a lengthy public debate on this matter. I have spoken to the chairman about his concerns and the chairman understands the position taken by me on the issue. I had a duty to explain to the public the circumstances in which they would be asked to pay an increased licence fee. As a result, my statement reflected the positive achievements of RTE in 2003 and also referred to where there could have been a better result.

Joan Burton

Question:

111 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the nature of the investigation he intends to hold into RTE’s pricing policy in the advertising market; the terms of reference of the investigation; the person who will carry it out; when it is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5816/04]

Last December when I announced an increase of €2 in the television licence fee, I also announced that I will be arranging for an external review of the impact on all broadcasters of the licence fee paid to RTE with particular emphasis on possible distortions in the advertising market. This review will be undertaken later this year and the terms of reference for the review will be published once they have been drawn up. I intend to engage independent experts to undertake this review. In drawing up the terms of reference for the review, I will take account of the fact that the Competition Authority recently concluded its consideration of a request from TV3 to take up a complaint against RTE for alleged predatory pricing on advertising.

Decentralisation Programme.

Paul Kehoe

Question:

112 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in regard to decentralisation for his Department; if a site has been finalised; the number of staff who are willing to move; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5855/04]

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

117 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if, in regard to proposals for decentralisation, a survey has been undertaken to establish the number of persons employed in his Department in boards or agencies operating under the aegis of his Department who are willing to move to the new locations announced by the Minister for Finance in his budget speech; the results of such a survey; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5813/04]

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

330 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the locations for which they have volunteered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6039/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 117 and 330 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government's budget day announcement on decentralisation provides for the relocation of my Department's headquarters and 425 staff from Dublin to Cavan. It also provides for Bord Iascaigh Mhara to relocate to Clonakilty while the Central Fisheries Board will move to Carrick-on-Shannon.

Following this announcement, my Department conducted an informal survey of staff in January last to determine preliminary levels of interest in decentralising to any of the designated locations. The results of the survey showed that approximately 7% of respondents were interested in moving to Cavan; 28% expressed interest in other locations; and a further 24% fell into the "don't know" category.

I stress that this exercise was very much a point in time straw poll and that staff did not have the benefit of specific details regarding work areas being relocated, timing of decentralisation or in respect of facilities and amenities in the Cavan area. Since the survey was carried out, an information pack compiled by Cavan County Council has been distributed to all staff in my Department. This provides details on availability and price of housing, educational facilities, health services, and sports and recreational facilities.

The Office of Public Works, which is co-ordinating the property aspects of the decentralisation programme, is currently carrying out an initial assessment of proposals received from the owners of sites and properties in the designated locations and will report to the implementation group as well as liaise with individual Departments. The provision of high quality office accommodation for staff will be a primary consideration in the assessment of the property options in all locations.

The Central Fisheries Board, CFB, has not conducted a staff survey on decentralisation. BIM is currently carrying out a preliminary survey, but the results are not yet available.

Electricity Generation.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

113 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the steps being taken to ensure the security of the electricity supply, especially in view of the warnings from the ESB of the possibility of power cuts and warnings from a firm of consultants (details supplied) that Ireland may be entering a prolonged period of brownouts and blackouts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5861/04]

The Commission for Energy Regulation continues to monitor security of supply. It has initiated positive actions to redress postulated generation capacity shortfalls in the short, medium and longer terms, as forecast by ESB national grid in its generation adequacy report published on 27 November 2003.

Short-term measures put in place for this winter include the implementation by ESB national grid of a demand side management programme, increased imports of 167MW of electricity from Northern Ireland contracted on a priority basis and 104MW of additional peaking capacity operational since last December.

As to the capacity deficit in the medium to longer term, the CER's recently run competition addresses this situation by facilitating the entry of two new independent generating plants with a combined installed generating capacity of over 500MW. As regards ESB plant productivity a programme is in place to enhance its availability from some 76% in 2003 to a target of 82% during 2004.

ESB is currently undertaking a significant networks investment programme, of €4 billion up to 2007, to bring the transmission and distribution systems up to required international standards and to meet projected capacity demand requirements. The programme is being delivered within the planned timeframe and budget.

As regards interconnection, the Government has given its approval to proceed with the development of two 500MW interconnectors between Ireland and Great Britain, while the desirability and feasibility of further interconnection North-South is being investigated.

As demonstrated by recent international blackout events, no electricity power system can be fully protected from all eventualities. However, the transmission system operator has in place specific plans to deal with any incident quickly and effectively whereby supply is matched to demand.

At EU level, the Commission has brought forward a draft directive proposing measures to safeguard security of supply. The directive forms part of a new energy infrastructure and security of supply legislative package, designed in the main to promote investment in the European energy sector with a view to both strengthening competition and helping to prevent the reoccurrence of electricity blackouts.

Aquaculture Industry.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

114 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will introduce new measures to police and impose sanctions on persons within the fish farming or aquaculture industry should they show blatant disregard to good practise and laws in the industry, in response to concerns expressed by an Oireachtas committee. [5829/04]

Denis Naughten

Question:

128 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the frequency with which inspections are carried out on fish farms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5854/04]

Billy Timmins

Question:

130 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the results of his investigation into the aquaculture industry here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5846/04]

Brian O'Shea

Question:

149 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the progress made to date in regard to his Department’s comprehensive review of the existing procedures for the monitoring and control of aquaculture generally which he had indicated would be completed by the end of January 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5838/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 114, 128, 130 and 149 together.

An extensive programme of monitoring and inspection of fish farms is undertaken by my Department with the advice and assistance of the Marine Institute. Key elements of this programme include 14 sealice inspections at each marine fish farm each year and at least one fish health inspection at each fish farm annually. Inspections of fish farms are also carried out by the engineering division of my Department. In 2003, 51 of these inspections were carried out at marine fish farm sites and 44 were undertaken at freshwater sites.

In addition, a monitoring and sampling programme for residues is carried out by the Marine Institute each year in accordance with EU Directive 96/23. The programme involves monitoring for a wide range of residues including antibiotics and environmental contaminants. Fish farm operations are also scrutinised through returns and reports that are required to be made to my Department by the companies concerned. These include, for example, reports on the benthic conditions under and adjacent to sea cages.

I have indicated to the House previously that I am committed to having effective monitoring and control systems for aquaculture so that we can be assured of having a well regulated industry operating to appropriately high standards. My Department is, therefore, in the process of undertaking a detailed review of the existing regulatory systems. This exercise is now at an advanced stage and will be finalised shortly. The review will consider, in particular, how existing systems and processes may need to be refined or reinforced to ensure the optimal operation of monitoring and control programmes. It will address also what action, if any, is required in respect of enforcement measures and procedures. If it is apparent, following the review, that changes are required to legislation or procedures or practices, then these changes will be introduced without delay.

Fishery Harbour Centre.

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

115 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will honour a commitment made by his predecessor on 15 May 2001, that if he received a request from Dingle Harbour Commissioners to designate the harbour as a fishery harbour centre, he would immediately do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5750/04]

At present Dingle harbour operates under the Harbours Act 1946 with Dingle Harbour Commissioners being the responsible authority for the management, control and operation of the harbour. Currently, the five fishery harbour centres, Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Rossaveel and Killybegs, are owned by my Department and are directly managed by the Department under the Fishery Harbour Centres Acts 1968 to 1998. Section 4(1) of the 1968 Act requires that I manage, control, operate and develop each of the fishery harbour centres. Section 6 of that Act places specific responsibility on me in regard to maintenance, repair, improvement, extension and modification of the harbour including buildings and road access.

In 2001, my predecessor, the Minister of State, Deputy Fahey, established a review group to consider suitable future structures for the harbours. This review group was chaired by Professor Jim Ward of UCG and comprised representatives of each of the five fishery harbour centres and Dingle together with representatives of the Department, BIM and Údarás na Gaeltachta. The group considered a range of options, however, it was not possible to achieve consensus on the way forward. Management arrangements for the fishery harbour centres are subject to ongoing review in the context of further streamlining of the executive functions of the Department. The position of Dingle harbour will be considered in the context of that review.

In many respects, Dingle has the benefits of fishery harbour centre status in that for capital investment purposes Dingle is treated as a fishery harbour centre and the commissioners are not expected to contribute the normal 25% towards development works, which is required in respect of other harbours. Apart altogether from the ongoing review of executive functions at my Department, there are various arrangements to be put in place before Dingle can be designated as a fishery harbour centre.

Post Office Network.

Brendan Howlin

Question:

116 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in regard to his Department’s consideration of the recovery plan from An Post which he ordered the company on 4 September 2003 to produce; when he expects agreement on the plan; if he has received an indication of the extent of the job cuts being sought by the company; when the ESOP which was promised following the transformation agreement of 2000 will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5823/04]

My Department received an outline recovery strategy from An Post on 30 September last year. I met the board of An Post in October and expressed the importance of the early agreement and implementation of the recovery strategy with specified savings and timescales for delivery. A core element of the strategy is a change management programme, which is subject to discussion and agreement with the relevant trade unions in An Post. I understand talks on the change management element of the recovery strategy are ongoing with the trade unions in An Post with the exception of one union, the Communications Workers Union, CWU. The final agreement on the plan is obviously contingent of the outcome of these negotiations. Provisional numbers in terms of staffing reductions amounting to approximately 1,500 are envisaged by the company at this stage.

In regard to the implementation of the ESOP, the transfer of shares to employees is dependent on the achievement of specified cost savings. My Department is in correspondence with the board of An Post on the verification of the cost savings which would trigger any initial transfer of shareholding to employees. However, overall policy on the ESOP has not changed. The Government is still committed to the ESOP process if it can be demonstrated that real transformation has occurred and that the cost savings agreed as part of the ESOP have been achieved.

Question No. 117 answered with QuestionNo. 112.

Communications Regulation.

Seán Ryan

Question:

118 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has further plans to give enhanced regulatory powers to ComReg in regard to television retail distribution networks and cable companies following ongoing complaints regarding service and price increases in that retail market; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5865/04]

I am preparing draft heads of legislation which will give powers to ComReg on the regulation of television retail broadcasting services. Among other provisions, the proposals will include measures regarding quality of service, price, likely disputes, transparency, dominance, etc., with a view to ensuring that retail broadcasting is regulated appropriately in the public interest. I hope to bring the matter to Government in the next couple of months.

Question No. 119 answered with QuestionNo. 109.

Oil Refinery Sale.

Willie Penrose

Question:

120 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the total amount paid to date to the Exchequer in respect of the sale of a refinery (details supplied) and the Bantry storage terminal; the amount of the balance which remains outstanding; when he expects that this will be paid; and if he has satisfied himself at the rate of payments. [5843/04]

It is estimated that the final net return to the Exchequer arising from the sale of the business and commercial assets of the Irish National Petroleum Corporation, INPC, will be in excess of some €30 million. The INPC has already paid €20 million to the Exchequer.

In November 2003, the board of the INPC, cognisant of its obligations under the Companies Acts to retain sufficient assets to meet potential liabilities, determined that it would not be appropriate to make a further payment to the Exchequer at that stage as a number of outstanding matters have still to be resolved. These matters, comprising chiefly environmental claims lodged against the INPC and a contractual dispute with a former customer, have potential financial implications and consequently the INPC is not currently in a position to divest itself of its remaining financial assets.

It has always been accepted that the total cash return to the Exchequer arising from the INPC transaction would be considerably less than the headline sale price of $100 million as the INPC had, for example, to use some of the proceeds to discharge the company's debt.

I am satisfied, however, that the transaction represented a very positive outcome for the State, particularly having regard to the fact that the Government also placed an obligation on the private owners to operate the facilities for a period of at least 15 years as a condition of the sale.

Aquaculture Industry.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

121 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his investigations into dumping of farm salmon in Galway in the summer of 2003 and Inver Bay in 2002 have come to an end; if persons have been charged with this dumping; and the body from which the results of his investigations can be obtained. [5848/04]

Investigations have been carried out in respect of matters relating to the discovery of salmon buried on land near Casla, County Galway, last summer. As proceedings may follow from these investigations, it would not be appropriate to comment on the matter at this time. The events at Inver Bay in 2002 arose from an operating accident at the fish farm concerned about which the company failed to inform the Department. On investigation, the Department found that a substantial number of dead salmon had been left on the seabed beneath one of the fish cages. The Department required the company to have a report on the situation, and on how best to deal with it, prepared by consultants. On receipt of this report, it was determined, with the advice of the Marine Institute that the best way of dealing with the matter was to leave the dead fish in situ.

The company was further required to have regular monitoring of the affected area of the seabed carried out by consultants and to furnish reports of the monitoring to the Department. These reports have shown a satisfactory recovery and return to normal of the seabed conditions. It was decided at the time by the Department, taking account of all of the circumstances, not to initiate a prosecution in respect of the events in Inver Bay in 2002.

Broadcasting Charter.

Joe Costello

Question:

122 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the main features of the proposed charter for RTE being prepared by his Department; if there has been consultation with the RTE authority or staff regarding the terms of the charter; when he expects it to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5818/04]

The purpose of the public service broadcasting charter is to provide an understanding to the people of what is expected of RTE in return for the substantial public funds provided to RTE from the proceeds of the television licence fee. The key aspects of the charter are as follows: it outlines RTE's statutory mandate; it explains the guiding principles under which RTE will operate; and it describes what RTE commits to in terms of the provision of services and in terms of accountability.

There has been significant consultation with RTE during the process of drawing up the charter. An initial draft charter was included with RTE's application for a television licence fee increase in 2002. My officials have also had a series of discussions with senior management in RTE over the past year regarding the charter. RTE also made a detailed submission to my Department last year dealing with issues raised in the submissions received during the public consultation process.

The trade union group in RTE made a submission on the charter as part of the public consultation process. Officials from my Department met the group recently and discussed elements of the group's submission. I intend to bring the finalised charter to Government very shortly after which I will arrange for its publication.

Digital Hub.

Gerard Murphy

Question:

123 Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position regarding the development on the proposed digital hub in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5849/04]

The Digital Hub Development Agency Act was enacted in July 2003. The legislation places the development agency for the hub on a statutory footing and the agency is charged with the development of the hub.

The digital hub, which is the Government's flagship project in the digital content sector, intends to provide a high quality environment for Irish and international new media companies, research and development, along with educational and community initiatives in the Liberties-Coombe area of Dublin. The digital content industry has been identified by our development agencies as a high growth, value added industry where this country already exhibits significant strengths.

The digital hub is currently conducting negotiations to select a preferred developer for the refurbishment of seven acres of development space. Three consortia have bid for the development contract. These bids are currently being evaluated and a recommendation is expected to be made to me in early April 2004.

Wild Salmon Quotas.

John Gormley

Question:

124 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he intends to provide details regarding quotas for commercial wild salmon fisheries for summer 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5880/04]

I rely upon the advice of the National Salmon Commission and the regional fisheries boards' managers in determining the terms of the wild salmon and sea-trout tagging scheme, which inter alia sets out district quotas for the commercial catch. I understand that my colleague and Minister of State, Deputy Browne, met with the National Salmon Commission on Thursday last and that the commission’s recommendations, including the proposed commercial catch quotas, for the operation of the scheme in 2004 are now imminent.

Once I have received these recommendations from the commission, my Department will proceed to finalise the draft regulations to give effect to any proposed adjustments. It is my intention to publish the draft regulations for a 30-day consultation period in early March in accordance with the requirements of the Fisheries Acts. During this time, interested parties will have an opportunity to submit any objections they may have. Following the receipt and consideration of these, I will then make a final decision on the scheme.

EU Directives.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

125 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the EU directives for which his Department is responsible which have yet to be implemented, particularly those whose deadlines for implementation have passed; the legal actions initiated or threatened by the Commission for the non-implementation of directives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5841/04]

The following table sets out the position on EU Directives due to be transposed for which my Department is responsible. The European Commission has issued letters of formal notice in the case of the following two directives: 2002/84/EC, which was due to be transposed on 23 November 2003. Nine of the ten legislative measures required for transposition of this directive are in place. The remaining measure has proven to be particularly complex and difficult and my Department is working to resolve the issues in close consultation with the Attorney's General office; and 2002/59/EC, which was due to be transposed on 5 February 2004. My Department aims to complete transposition in this case by the end of the month.

Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources — Directives awaiting Transposition

Title of Directive

Deadline for Transposition

Expected date of transposition

Directive 2002/59 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 establishing a Community Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System and repealing Council Directive 93/57/EEC

05.02.04

End February 2004

Directive 2002/84 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 November 2002 amending the Directives on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships

23.11.03

March 2004 — Overdue due to legal complications.

Directive 2003/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14/04/03 amending Council Directive 98/18/EC of safety rules and standards for Passenger Ships

17.11.04

November 2004

Directive 2003/25/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14/04/03 on specific stability requirements for ro-ro passenger ships (Text with EEA relevance)

17.11.04

November 2004

Directive 2003/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 08/05/03 on the promotion of the use of biofuels or other renewable fuels for transport.

1.07.04 for report to Commission on indicative targets to be met by Dec 05 and Dec 2010 and 31.12.04 for any legislative measures.

01.07.04 to report to Commission and 31.12.04 for any legislative measures.

Directive 2003/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2003 amending Directive 94/25/EC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to recreational craft

30.06.04

June 2004

Directive 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 July 2003 concerning common rules for the Internal Market in Electricity and repealing Directive 96/92/EC

30.06.04

June 2004

Directive 2003/55/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas and repealing Directive 98/30/EC.

1. 01.07.04 (part)2. 01.07.04 (part)3. 01.07.05 (balance)

1. June 2004.2. June 2004.3. July 2005.

Mobile Telephony.

Seán Crowe

Question:

126 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his proposals to minimise charges associated with cross-Border roaming. [5856/04]

I have recently published draft policy directions which, if finally adopted, I propose to issue to the Communications Regulator, ComReg. One of these draft directions focuses on cross-Border roaming. It mandates ComReg to identify barriers, and use the tools available to them to encourage and support initiatives to reduce or eliminate roaming charges between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

As a Minister from a Border county, I am acutely aware of the impact of these charges on local people and local businesses. The issue is not simply one of mobile operators introducing all-Ireland tariffs, although this in itself is to be welcomed.

These directions have been published in draft format for public consultation until Monday, 1 March 2004 and I welcome input from both the industry and the public.

Fishing Industry Development.

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

127 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the conservation measures which have been introduced within the Irish fishing fleet in the past year to ensure that the fishing industry is adapting to more sustainable fishing practices. [5876/04]

The measures under which the Irish fishing fleet operates are governed by the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy. Within this framework, there is a wide range of conservation measures already in place in Community waters generally and these apply to all EU fishing fleets.

The basic objective of the Common Fisheries Policy is to provide for the sustainable exploitation of resources, taking account of the environmental, economic and social aspects in a balanced manner. This fundamental objective is ongoing in nature and will continue to be the driving force underpinning CFP actions and initiatives.

In so far as the waters around Ireland specifically are concerned, there has been a number of noteworthy conservation measures and developments within the past year. These include the successful outcome to the Irish Box issue under which fishing effort levels of fishing fleets, both Irish and otherwise, will be curtailed. Decisions were also taken within the past year to strengthen recovery measures for cod stocks in the Irish Sea and off the north-west coast of Ireland and for the hake stock off the south and west coast.

Notwithstanding these specific improvements in resource conservation, it is important to plan for strengthened conservation measures for the future. To that end, I have arranged for a major conference to be held in Ireland next month to consider in detail the specific subject of how best to fast-track the further development of environmentally-friendly fishing methods. This conference will be attended by Commissioner Fischler and several Fisheries Ministers from inside and outside the EU and representatives of the various stakeholders.

I believe that the initiative of the Irish presidency in convening this major conference will contribute in a significant way to sustainable management and development of fishery resources.

Question No. 128 answered with QuestionNo. 114.

Corrib Gas Field.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

129 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the information available to his Department regarding the proposed development of the Corrib gas field; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5858/04]

Shell Exploration and Petroleum Ireland Ltd, developers of the Corrib gas field submitted a new planning application to Mayo County Council on 17 December 2003 on the onshore gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge, County Mayo. Any decision to develop the field will be taken by the developers in the light of Mayo County Council's determination on this application.

Question No. 130 answered with QuestionNo. 114.

Coastal Erosion.

Phil Hogan

Question:

131 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the counties which have received funding to deal with coastal erosion in the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5852/04]

The following counties received funding from my Department in 2002 and 2003 in respect of coastal protection works: Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Louth, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.

Mobile Telephony.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

132 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his preferred options in respect of the future development of the mobile telephone industry with particular reference to new service providers, competition and the needs of the consumer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5805/04]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

341 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the extent to which the emergence of further competition in the mobile telephone market is likely; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6098/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 341 together.

My preferred option for the mobile sector, and the telecoms sector as a whole, is the creation of conditions for sustainable growth and competition that will benefit the economic and social development of Ireland by providing competitive services.

As Minister for communications, I have overall responsibility for telecoms policy. Since assuming office, my main goal has been to implement this policy in a coherent way using the tools available to me to improve the range and quality of services available to consumers, by facilitating growth and the introduction of more innovation and competition in the sector.

I have recently published draft policy directions which, after the statutory consultation process and subject to any amendments, I propose to give to the Communications Regulator. One of the directions focuses on competition as a key objective for 2004 and one focuses on national roaming.

These draft directions mandate ComReg to: implement where necessary, remedies which counteract or remove barriers to entry and support, in all ways possible, entry by new players to the market and entry into new sectors by existing players; and to use its powers to mandate national roaming on existing GSM networks of incumbent mobile network operators on fair commercial terms subject to relevant requirements under European law.

These directions have been published in draft format for public consultation until Monday 1 March 2004 and I welcome input from both the industry and the public. My message is simple: the more competitive telecoms services that are on offer, the better in the long run for consumers, the sector and the economy as a whole.

Gas Pipeline.

Dan Boyle

Question:

133 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the licensing arrangements that will apply to the pipelines from the shore to the proposed gas terminal in Bellanaboy, County Mayo; and if he will give other international examples of cases in which there is a similar distance between the landfall for such a pipeline and such a terminal. [5875/04]

In April 2002, I gave consent to the developers of the Corrib gas field to lay an onshore and offshore pipeline to which I attached a number of conditions both technical and environmental. The developers in carrying out this work must comply with all of these conditions. This Corrib pipeline proposal was examined by my Department on its own merits.

I am not in a position to answer the second part of the Deputy's question, as such information is not available to me.

Fishing Vessel Licences.

Dinny McGinley

Question:

134 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the situation whereby two newly purchased fishing vessels (details supplied) in Killybegs are confined to port and not allowed to fish due to quota and licensing regulations; and his advice to the owners to overcome these difficulties. [5809/04]

Current policy on the licensing of sea-fishing boats, introduced by me on 17 November last, sets out the key requirements to be complied with in order for the two vessels concerned to be licensed for commercial sea-fishing. This matter is currently the subject of legal proceedings and it would not be appropriate to comment on it.

Television Licence Fee.

Dan Neville

Question:

135 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on the progress which has been made by RTE since the licence fee increase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5853/04]

The television licence fee was increased by €2 from 1 January 2004, which brought the annual cost of a licence to €152. I approved the increase in the television licence fee to ensure that RTE would be in position to continue to deliver the quality of service it is mandated to, and which the people of Ireland deserve and expect.

RTE will shortly publish its annual statements of commitments for 2004. This document taken together with RTE's changed management commitments for 2004 will be key inputs when RTE's performance in 2004 is being evaluated for the purpose of the annual licence fee adjustment.

Fisheries Protection.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

136 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has received the final report of the investigation into the massive fish kill at Inver Bay, County Donegal, during July 2003; the findings of the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5837/04]

I understand that the Marine Institute's investigation of the fish mortalities at salmon farms in Donegal Bay last year is at an advanced stage and that the report relating to those events will be finalised shortly.

The Marine Institute is also, at my request, looking at the overall position in relation to mortalities at fish farms along the western seaboard last year. A further report addressing this overall situation will also be prepared.

Energy Resources.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

137 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if, in view of the Government’s anti-nuclear policy, the proposed electricity connectors from Britain will be so contracted that no electricity from nuclear power stations, including Sellafield, will be purchased or imported for use in this country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5862/04]

Under the provisions of the EU Electricity Directive 2003/54/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and repealing Directive 96/92/EC, to avoid imbalance in the opening of electricity markets, the supply of electricity to customers deemed eligible in other member states shall not be prohibited.

Also, it is not possible to prohibit electricity generated from nuclear sources being imported over the proposed East-West interconnectors, since it is not physically possible to prevent the flow of nuclear generated electricity on to the network. This is the case with the existing interconnection between Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through the Moyle interconnector.

The Deputy may wish to note that with the implementation of the Electricity Directive, all electricity suppliers will be required to specify in or with the electricity bills and in promotional material made available to final customers, the contribution of each energy source to the overall fuel mix of the supplier over the preceding year. This Directive is scheduled to be transposed into Irish law by 1 July 2004, whereas the earliest possible date for commencement of construction work on an East-West interconnector is end 2006.

I am confident, given the known popular opposition to nuclear energy in Ireland, that suppliers would not knowingly contract for electricity imports clearly traceable to nuclear stations or that Irish consumers would knowingly buy any. There is simply no business case for selling nuclear energy in Ireland.

Wind Energy.

Tom Hayes

Question:

138 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has satisfied himself that work should proceed at Derrybrien on the development of a wind farm despite the recent landslide caused in the Derrybrien area. [5830/04]

The question of whether this work should proceed is one for the developers and the planning authorities. In the case of the developer, it is a day to day matter for ESB and its subsidiary and, thus, not one in which I have a function.

EU Constitution.

Seán Crowe

Question:

139 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his position on proposals in the draft EU Constitution to end the requirement for unanimous votes in changes to the common commercial policy in cultural and audio-visual services; the implications of such a change for this State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5857/04]

This is a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Telecommunications Services.

Michael Ring

Question:

140 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the towns which have no plans for the roll-out of broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5850/04]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

332 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the extent to which state of the art communications technology is available or will be soon available in all areas throughout the country; the region or regions most deficient in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6088/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 332 together.

The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband, is a matter in the first instance for the private companies operating in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg. The Government recognises the importance of a balanced regional rollout of broadband, and in this regard is taking a series of initiatives to support and complement investment by the private companies operating in the market.

An indicative €200 million was set aside for the current programme of broadband infrastructure developments under the NDP 2000-2006. This includes funding for 19 metropolitan area networks in towns and cities across the country, the extension of digital subscriber lines by both Eircom and Esat BT, the construction of a 1,300 kilometre fibre trunk network by the ESB, and other regional broadband investment initiatives.

The MANs are now nearing completion, and will begin coming on stream in mid-2004. DSL rollout has now reach over 900,000 lines countrywide, and the ESB telecoms fibre trunk was completed recently.

Recent figures released by ComReg show the dramatic increase in the take-up of broadband in Ireland in the past year. Ireland can also boast one of the highest internet penetration levels in Europe with more than 50,000 customers accessing the internet though flat rate packages offered by Eircom Net and other internet service providers.

There are now more than 32,000 DSL subscribers nationally, compared with 1,000 in March 2003, and the number is increasing every month. Ireland can also boast, at 30%, one of the highest digital TV penetration rates in Europe.

Last December, I announced my Department's broadband action plan outlining the proposals to stimulate broadband-capable infrastructural investment throughout Ireland. The key elements of the plan include the provision of broadband infrastructure in more than 90 towns with a population of 1,500 and more, using community broadband exchanges and strategic fibre. A new group broadband scheme, similar to the group water schemes, is proposed for smaller communities to pool their broadband requirements and secure high speed connectivity from a range of service providers, with grant assistance from the Government.

An annual spend of €35 million between now and 2007 has been committed to the broadband action plan in partnership with the local authorities and in co-operation with the telecoms industry here. Operational details for the broadband action plan are now being finalised, and I expect to be able to make a full announcement shortly.

It is possible to obtain broadband services in most places in Ireland at the moment, and my Department's website www.broadband.gov.ie gives full details of broadband availability in all areas and the names and contact numbers for all service providers.

Electricity Costs.

Joe Sherlock

Question:

141 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on reports of further price rises in electricity following an expected asset windfall for ESB resulting from the company’s expected share of the allocation of Ireland’s trading emission allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5871/04]

The eventual economic outcome of measures, such as emissions allocations and emissions trading, is a complex matter to analyse and continues to be considered by interested parties both in this country and elsewhere. Several analysts are of the view that there will be resultant windfall gains, notably in the electricity generation sector.

Consultants who advised the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government suggested that, in certain circumstances, and based on a postulated cost of carbon of €10 per tonne, that wholesale electricity prices here could increase by 14% leading to a retail increase of7%. This would be lower than the average increase postulated for the EU. I am considering, in conjunction with the Commission for Energy Regulation, what options and measures might be available to mitigate the windfall factor to minimise or eliminate increases in the consumer prices of electricity.

Inland Fisheries.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

142 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he expects to receive the report of the consultants appointed to undertake the review of the inland fisheries sector; the number of submissions received by the closing date of 16 January 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5839/04]

As the Deputy will be aware, a consortium of consultants, led by Farrell Grant Sparks Consulting, is undertaking a high level review of the inland fisheries sector in Ireland. This review is to be completed in two stages over six months and the consultants expect to be in a position to report to me on the first stage by late March. The consultants, as part of this first phase, have undertaken a comprehensive consultation process during which more than 60 submissions from relevant stakeholders and interested parties were received.

Advertising Ban.

John Bruton

Question:

143 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has plans to lift the ban on religious advertising. [5651/04]

As I explained in reply to Question No. 606 on 27 January, the ban on religious advertising as provided for in section 20(4) of the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960, as qualified by section 65 of the Broadcasting Act 2001, and section 10(3) of the Radio and Television Act 1988, should remain.

In arriving at my decision, I had regard to a diverse range of opinions expressed during a public consultation process I conducted last year. In arriving at the view that the ban should remain I was conscious of the potential intrusive nature of advertising on radio and television, which is different to other forms of advertising. It is not desirable that individual groups would be in a position to buy air time to deliver an unchallenged message aimed at influencing and altering behaviour in society in circumstances where it is difficult for the public to test or verify positions advanced.

Section 65 of the Broadcasting Act 2001 provides that the ban on religious advertising does not preclude the broadcasting of a notice of the fact that a particular religious newspaper, magazine or periodical is available for sale or supply or that any event or ceremony associated with any particular religion will take place, if the contents of the notice do not address the issue of the merits or otherwise of adhering to any religious faith or belief or of becoming a member of any religion or religious organisation. Submissions received as part of the consultation process together with a report on the consultation process itself and the documents that set out the basis for my decision, are available on my Department's website.

Fisheries Protection.

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

144 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he intends to introduce a single stock management system for the commercial catching of wild Irish salmon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5877/04]

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

160 Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the level of river monitoring which will be required to introduce a single stock management system; and the projected cost of such monitoring. [5878/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 144 and 160 together.

The overriding objective of the Government is to preserve the salmon resource in its own right and for the coastal and rural communities that it helps to support. The economic goals for a sustainable commercial salmon fishery based on quality and value rather than volume and the development of salmon angling as an important tourism product are both fully compatible with the primary objective. The current strategy of developing a sustainable commercial and recreational salmon fishery through aligning catches on the scientific advice by next year hold out the strong prospect of a recovery of stocks and of a long term sustainable fishery for both sectors. As a result, I have no plans to introduce a single stock management system for the commercial catch of wild Irish salmon but I intend to keep the matter under review in the context of the policy outlined.

EU Bodies.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

145 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will make a statement on the failure of the Government to secure the location of the European network and information security agency for Ireland; if there are plans for a future EU agency covering areas of interest to his Department to be based here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5869/04]

The decision on the location for the European Network Security Agency was made at the European Council chaired by the Italian Presidency last December. The question of the location of new agencies is kept under review as these issues emerge at the level of Council of Ministers from time to time.

Proposed Legislation.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

146 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he intends to bring proposals to Government to establish TG4 as an independent statutory entity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5844/04]

I will bring forward a proposal in the coming months to give effect to the commitment in the programme for Government in regard to the establishment of TG4 as an independent statutory entity.

Harbours and Piers.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

147 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the reason the funds committed and promised for the new pier at Bantry have not been made available. [5812/04]

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

181 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in regard to the funds promised for the new pier at Bantry in west Cork; and when the work can commence. [5811/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 147 and 181 together.

I am awaiting advice from the Attorney General on various legal issues pertaining to the pier development at Bantry and, particularly, the expenditure of Exchequer funds thereon. Previously, it was indicated that funding of up to €1.9 million would be available subject to stringent conditions.

Under the Harbours Act 1946, a harbour authority is required to seek the Minister's consent for any financial commitment regarding infrastructural works. In August 2002, it was belatedly brought to the attention of my Department by Bantry Bay harbour commissioners that they had entered into a contract in respect of the pier development. The harbour commissioners were subsequently advised that, pending clarification on all financial issues relating to the project, the contractors were not to proceed with the project or incur additional expenditure. Advice has been sought on various legal issues pertaining to the pier development and a response is awaited from the Attorney General in this regard.

Telecommunications Services.

Bernard Allen

Question:

148 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the timescale within which he hopes to roll-out broadband Internet connections to all primary and secondary schools in the country; and the way in which he intends to finance such a roll-out. [5828/04]

As the Deputy will be aware, my responsibility lies in developing and implementing public policy that ensures broadband services are widely available at an affordable price in the Irish market, whether such services are provided for citizens, businesses or schools. The case for the provision of broadband to all primary and secondary schools is compelling, particularly with regard to improving and ensuring the quality of the education experience; access to global information sources; the possibilities of communication and collaboration between school communities, at home and abroad; a seamless transition from second to third level education; the skills required for competitiveness of the economy; and the inclusion of geographically remote schools.

In addition, it is likely that the provision of broadband to schools will drive demand and deployment of broadband technologies within the wider community. My Department has been working with the Department of Education and Science to develop plans for such provision. During 2003 the Department of Education and Science commissioned a consultancy study on the options for providing broadband to schools around the country taking into account the practical issues of market ability to provide such connectivity, the range of delivery technologies available, timescale for delivery, cost and scale.

Since the completion of this report in August 2003, detailed discussions have taken place between my Department, the Department of Education and Science and the telecommunications industry regarding the allocation of resources from both industry and Government to ensure such provision and a timescale for implementation. I am pleased that agreement was reached with the telecommunications industry, represented by the telecommunications and Internet federation of IBEC, earlier today regarding the provisioning of broadband to schools. This agreement involves a voluntary commitment of €15 million over three years by the telecommunications sector, augmented by a Government contribution of €3 million, towards the cost of providing broadband services to all primary, voluntary secondary, vocational, community, comprehensive and special needs schools.

The Department of Education and Science, assisted by my Department, will shortly begin a competitive tendering process for the procurement of such broadband services to all schools, with a view to awarding contracts in autumn 2004 and beginning the roll-out to schools by end 2004.

Question No. 149 answered with QuestionNo. 114.

Postal Services.

David Stanton

Question:

150 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the meetings he has had with An Post as part of its recovery plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5847/04]

My Department received an outline recovery strategy from An Post on 30 September 2003. I met the board of An Post in October and expressed the importance of the early agreement and implementation of the recovery strategy with specified savings and timescales for delivery. A core element of the strategy is a change management programme, which is subject to discussion and agreement with the relevant trade unions in An Post.

Talks on the change management element of the recovery strategy are ongoing with the trade unions in An Post with the exception of one union, the Communications Workers Union, CWU. The final agreement on the plan is obviously contingent on the outcome of these negotiations. I met An Post representatives on 8 October 2003, 29 January 2004 and 4 February 2004 to discuss the financial position facing the company.

EU Directives.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

151 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in regard to his discussions with the EU on proposals to regulate foreign television stations broadcasting into Ireland; when he expects that this matter will be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5859/04]

As I stated in reply to Question No. 156 on 11 November 2003, the television without frontiers directive regulates the reception and retransmission of television broadcasts from one member state to another. The EU Commission is conducting a review of the directive. Last year the Commission invited submissions from interested parties. In its formal submission to the Commission Ireland suggested the directive should be amended to ensure a broadcasting service originating in one member state but intended primarily for reception in another member state should be subject to the broadcasting standards of the member state at which it is primarily directed. It is reasonable to expect that Irish broadcasting standards should be applied to television channels intended primarily for reception in Ireland. A copy of Ireland's submission is available on my Department's website.

In December 2003 the EU Commission published its communication on the future of regulatory audiovisual policy. The communication has indicated a number of areas that merit further consideration and that the Commission will establish focus groups or undertake studies to advance its thinking in these areas. The Commission expects the work of these groups and studies will be undertaken in 2004 and 2005. While it is a matter for the Commission to bring forward proposals to amend the directive, I do not expect such proposals before the second half of 2005. I intend to continue to pursue the question of the regulation of services primarily targeted at Ireland as the review progresses.

Television Licence Fee.

Joan Burton

Question:

152 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the reasons RTE was not granted an increase in the licence fee in line with inflation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5815/04]

The Deputy should be aware that the €2 increase in the licence fee approved by me last year, taken together with the increase in the households that should have licences, should result in RTE licence fee revenue growing at more than the rate of inflation in 2004. The Government decision of December 2002, which provided for a substantial increase in the television licence fee, also introduced a new mechanism for determining the future level of the licence fee. The Government decision provided for an annual adjustment of the television licence fee, using a consumer price index minus X formula where X is determined by an external evaluation of RTE's compliance with its statement of commitments and its change management agenda, to take account of rising costs, but also to reflect RTE's performance on execution of change management and programme commitments. My decision to grant RTE an increase of €2 in the licence fee was informed by the report of an independent evaluation of RTE's performance in 2003, that was undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers. A copy of this report is available on my Department's website. The decision to increase the television licence fee by €2 took account of the findings in that report that RTE had achieved a significant amount in 2003, particularly with respect to delivery of programme output, near achievement of its budget target, and implementation of accountability and transparency measures, and while recognising that many changes had taken place, in RTE, the implementation of its change programme has not been as successful as planned.

Energy Resources.

John Perry

Question:

153 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his plans to encourage further expansion of wind energy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5851/04]

I recently announced the establishment of a permanent renewables development group, chaired by the Department, which will provide a forum to share expertise and knowledge on an ongoing basis, and improve co-ordination to ensure the continued development of the renewable sector. The promotion of renewable energy technologies, of which wind energy is the dominant form at this time, is a priority of this Government. As Minister with responsibility for energy policy, my immediate goal is to add 500 megawatts of renewables-based electricity generating capacity to the electricity network by 2005 to deliver the target published in the Green paper on Sustainable Energy. In addition, I have announced that, subject to EU state aids clearance, I will support the building of an additional 218 megawatts of new renewable energy projects.

The 500 megawatt target is currently being implemented and will be achieved in the main under contracts offered by me under the fifth and sixth alternative energy requirement competitions. I am confident of securing State aids clearance for the additional 218 megawatts that will be allocated to AER VI projects but I cannot commit to individual projects until the European Commission has finalised its position on the State aids notification.

In addition, Sustainable Energy Ireland, SEI, the independent non-commercial State body focused exclusively on sustainable use of energy including deployment of renewable energy sources, has commenced a challenging work programme to increase energy efficiency and to promote renewable energy technologies. In the renewable energy field specifically, SEI has opened a research, development and demonstration programme for renewable energy technologies. The programme is open to a wide range of proposals including policy studies, field research, feasibility studies and technology research, development and demonstration.

The completion of AER VI will close the current chapter of support for renewable energy technologies. However at the end of last year I published a consultation document, Options for Future Renewable Energy Policy, Targets and Programmes. The consultation document and supporting annexes, which examine in detail support mechanisms and renewable energy policies in Ireland as well as in other European countries, were published on my Department's website in December 2003 and the closing date for receipt of submissions is next Friday 27 February 2004.

The document will be used to map out a future strategy for green energy in the coming years and follows a commitment I gave after the conclusion of the AER VI competition several months ago. The consultation document looks at key areas in the future, including future renewables policy; future green energy contribution to Ireland's electricity markets; how to overcome barriers to the deployment of renewable energy; and future options for market support mechanisms. Respondents are asked to outline their proposals in detail and to estimate the cost of any support measures that are proposed. After an assessment period, the Department will formulate a new renewable support policy, which it intends to have in place by the end of summer 2004.

Radio Broadcasting.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

154 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he expects to receive the report of the consultants appointed to assist in the review of radio licensing, which he had indicated was expected by mid-January 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5840/04]

The consultants, OX Auction Experts, are in the process of finalising their report, which I expect to receive shortly.

Fisheries Protection.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

155 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the response he has received from the European Commission to the joint application made with the UK for new measures to safeguard the salmon farming industry from recent surges of cheap imports of farmed salmon from non-EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5821/04]

The issue of the joint Ireland-UK application for an investigation into the circumstances leading to the current situation on the EU salmon market, and the possibility of opening safeguard measures, was discussed in the meeting of the European Commission's safeguards committee on 12 February 2004. At that meeting the Commission gave a preliminary view on the conditions required for launching an investigation but further comprehensive consideration including seeking the detailed views of other member states is necessary.

The deadline for submission of those views was Friday last, 20, February 2004. Given the urgency attached to this issue by both Ireland and the UK, I expect the Commission to consider these views and to formally respond to the request shortly. In the meantime, the Commission services have contacted the governments of the third countries who export into the EU market to explore possible alternative solutions to the current situation. Ireland and the UK have both stated that a workable and enforceable solution, arrived at through renewed dialogue, would be preferable to introducing safeguard measures. The matter will be the subject of further discussion at the European Commission's safeguards committee.

Food Safety.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

156 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the steps he intends to take to ensure the safety of Irish farmed salmon following the publication of a number of reports raising concerns regarding possible contamination of farmed salmon; the steps being taken to reassure consumers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5820/04]

There have been a number of recent reports on the potential risk from environmental contaminants, such as dioxins, to the consumer of farmed salmon. Most recently, a paper in the journal Science received media attention. Measures are in place and further steps are being taken to ensure consumers are not exposed to an unacceptable risk from eating farmed salmon.

Persistent organic pollutants, of which dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs are examples, are widespread in the environment. Due to measures taken at international level, to which Ireland is a party, levels of dioxins, PCBs and organochlorine pesticides are decreasing in the environment. However, they are still found in fish due to their persistence and due to accumulation in fish tissue.

The Marine Institute carries out surveillance monitoring for residues in Irish aquaculture in accordance with Directive 96/23/EC on behalf of the Department. This includes routine surveillance of environmental contaminants, such as trace metals, PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in farmed salmon. Since monitoring commenced in 1999, the levels of these contaminants have been well below available standards in all 485 samples.

In 2001, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, FSAI, with the assistance of the Marine Institute, carried out an investigation into the levels of dioxins and PCBs, including "dioxin-like" PCBs, in farmed salmon and trout and wild salmon. The FSAI concluded that levels of dioxins were well below the EU maximum limits and on average less than 25% of the limit. There are no current EU maximum limits for PCBs in food, but the European Commission is working towards proposals for maximum limits for PCBs and "dioxin-like" PCBs. The FSAI, the Marine Institute and BIM are carrying out another collaborative survey of persistent organic contaminant levels in farmed fish this year. The results of this study will be used to provide an updated assessment of any possible health significance of the levels of these contaminants in Irish farmed salmon. Oily fish play an essential role in a balanced nutritious diet, as they are an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. The FSAI advises that consumers eat one to two portions of fish per week, including one portion of oily fish such as salmon.

The EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, David Byrne, has reacted to the recent Science study. He highlights that the study did not raise new food safety issues and that the data was consistent with results from other surveys, but that that did not mean the presence of these contaminants is not a cause for concern. He points to the “comprehensive strategy adopted by the European Commission in 2001 to reduce the presence of dioxins and PCBs in the environment, feed and in food.” The pesticides mentioned in the Science study have long been prohibited in the EU. Commissioner Byrne concluded that “fish, be it farmed or wild, has its place in a well balanced diet to ensure consumers continue to benefit from its positive health effects.” Notwithstanding the aquaculture industry has indicated its willingness to review, with relevant State agencies, mechanisms for reducing the level of these contaminants in farmed fish.

Energy Resources.

Trevor Sargent

Question:

157 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the renewable fuels standard which is part of US farmer friendly energy legislation; and if resources will be invested into developing plans for farmers to create renewable energy in the interests of rural employment, cleaner air and fuel safety. [5063/04]

I am fully committed to developing a range of sustainable and renewable energy options for Ireland. The renewable fuels standard legislation was passed by the US Senate in June 2003 and was backed by a coalition which included agricultural groups. Among the measures included in this legislation was a target for the use of renewable fuels in refineries.

The EU directive on the promotion of the use of bio-fuels or other renewable fuels for transport has a similar provision in that it obliges member states to set targets for the percentage of bio-fuels to be used in transport fuels. Research is being conducted into the potential for bio-fuels in Ireland and a number of pilot projects are already under way. These projects, some of which are supported by Sustainable Energy Ireland, include the growing of rapeseed which can be converted into bio-diesel and then used in transport fuels. New measures have also been included in the 2004 Finance Bill, which will allow excise exemption on pilot projects for bio-fuels. Inevitably, there will be a knock-on effect for farmers, who may grow rapeseed to service the market or for whom this will provide a market for certain farming waste products.

I recently established a bio-energy strategy group, comprising representatives of my Department, Sustainable Energy Ireland, the Departments of Agriculture and Food and the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, COFORD and various industry representatives. The group is considering the potential for all forms of bio-energy, including energy from agricultural and forestry production and waste. The group will report to me by the end of 2004 with proposals to increase market penetration of these environmentally friendly energy products, which may benefit farmers through production of new products or through creating a market for waste, products which farmers may have traditionally had to pay to dispose of.

Mobile Telephony.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

158 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position with regard to his policy directive on the introduction of wholesale line rental through single billing for fixed line telecoms operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5872/04]

I recently published draft policy directions which I propose to give to the Communications Regulator. One of these draft directions focuses on wholesale and retail telephone line rental, recognising the importance of the single billing product to advancing competition.

The direction as drafted, mandates ComReg to introduce by Wednesday 31 March, 2004 a single billing product for voice and data services; to insist that the margin between wholesale and retail is wide enough to drive competition; and to insist that the product is accessible, affordable, and available for telecoms operators; and contains any other conditions required that will give incentive to and drive competition in this market.

These directions have been published in draft format for public consultation until Monday 1 March 2004 and I welcome input from both the industry and the public.

Seán Ryan

Question:

159 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will issue new policy directives to ComReg following ComReg’s recent review of the mobile phone market, which discovered that the market here has one of the highest concentrations in the EU and that both leading operators have significant market power; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5866/04]

In accordance with the market definition procedure outlined in the framework regulations, S.I. No. 307 of 2003, ComReg are conducting a market analysis of the wholesale mobile access and call origination. It is ComReg's preliminary view that Vodafone and O2 have a collectively dominant position. ComReg have published their findings and proposed remedies for consultation.

In addition, I have recently published draft policy directions which I propose to give to the Communications Regulator, one of which focuses on competition as a key objective for 2004 and one of which focuses on national roaming.

These draft directions will, if issued in final form, mandate ComReg to: implement where necessary, remedies which counteract or remove barriers to entry and support, in all ways possible, entry by new players to the market and entry into new sectors by existing players and; use its powers to mandate national roaming on existing GSM networks of incumbent mobile network operators on fair commercial terms subject to relevant requirements under European law.

These directions have been published in draft format for public consultation until Monday 1 March 2004 and I welcome input from both the industry and the public.

Question No. 160 answered with QuestionNo. 144.

Harbour Authorities.

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

161 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on whether it is fair and equitable that the Dingle Harbour Commission is expected to finance its staffing and maintenance requirements, while the State provides the funding for staffing, maintenance and so on for the designated fishery harbour centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5749/04]

Dingle Harbour operates under the Harbours Act 1946 with Dingle Harbour Commissioners being the responsible authority for the management, control and operation of the harbour. The operation and management of the fishery harbour centres is by way of the fishery harbour centres fund which is provided for in section 9 of the Fishery Harbour Centres Act 1968. All income received by way of harbour dues, rents, etc. are paid into the fund and outlay in respect of the management, staffing, maintenance and so on of the harbours is paid from the fund.

For capital investment purposes Dingle is treated as a fishery harbour centre with the Exchequer meeting the full cost of development works.

Fishing Industry Development.

Dinny McGinley

Question:

162 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the crisis in the fish processing sector, particularly in Donegal as a result of the implementation of new EU regulations as applied to pelagic catches; and his plans to ameliorate the situation. [5810/04]

The new EU procedures for the weighing of certain pelagic catches apply to all concerned EU fishermen and are designed to facilitate effective control of pelagic fisheries. Such control is a key element in fisheries management policy and enables the sustainable management and development of the fisheries concerned. This is an entirely valid policy objective, and I fully support it.

I have met representatives of both fishermen and the fish processing sector on the implementation of these new procedures. These discussions were wide-ranging and comprehensive and focused on the need to ensure that catch quality is maintained.

I am pleased that following these constructive discussions, it has proved possible to put in place certain transitional arrangements which are both effective in control terms and satisfy the legitimate requirement of both fishermen and processors to maintain the quality of catches.

In the coming period, additional infrastructural facilities, such as weighing facilities, will be installed in the relevant fishery harbour centres to enable an efficient and effective implementation of these new requirements. In addition, I have asked my Department to work with local authorities and industry to ensure that the necessary facilities are also put in place in the key additional ports. In tandem with this process, a close dialogue will be maintained with sectoral representatives to ensure that appropriate account is taken of any practical issues arising.

Planning Issues.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

163 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the circumstances in which financial support was approved by his Department for the construction of a marine centre at Dereenacallaha, Kenmare, County Kerry, despite reservations expressed by senior officials, and part of which has now been demolished due to the fact that it did not comply with planning requirements; the amount of financial support approved and the total amount paid out to date; if he intends to review the procedures for approving financial support for such projects in view of this experience; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5814/04]

€5.7 million was allocated as a budget day adjustment in 2000 for four projects, at Kenmare, Cahirciveen, Rosses Point and Roundstone. These were to be four flagship projects in advance of the NDP marine tourism grant scheme which was launched in February 2002.

The estimated total cost of the Kenmare projects was €1,665,540 which included provision for a pier with slipway and adjoining buildings on which marine leisure training courses would take place. The grant approved to the Kenmare project of €752,550, 45.2% of estimated total cost, was subject to a number of conditions, including evidence of planning and foreshore permissions having been obtained.

Payment of the first instalment of the grant on 3 December 2001 in the amount of €332,312 was made on the basis of invoices in respect of matured liabilities and copies of the planning permission and foreshore lease that had been obtained. Despite transmitting the latter documents in support of the application for payment, the promoters did not draw the Department's attention to any departure from the terms for the planning permission or foreshore lease in their progressing of the construction of the centre up to that point.

In October 2002 however, following investigation by the Department's engineers, the Department became aware that the development had not been constructed in line with its planning permission, and the Department's engineering division was immediately asked to investigate the situation with the local authority. As a consequence, no further payments from the grant were made and the Department liaised with Kerry County Council on the planning difficulties.

As the promoters had applied for retention permission, it was considered advisable to await the outcome of the planning process before taking legal advice as to how the State's investment should be protected.

Following Bord Pleanála's refusal of retention, a new planning application was made to Kerry County Council. This application was withdrawn in November 2003 and steps were taken by Kerry County Council to enforce the conditions of the original planning permission.

The Department has sought legal advice, in December 2003, on the status of the moneys paid and the status of the outstanding grant.

Environmental Issues.

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

164 Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the report that a study carried out on behalf of the Corrib gas field developers showing that Broadhaven Bay, a candidate special area of conservation, was a significant breeding and rearing area for whales and dolphins; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the report was only made available to Dúchas ten months after its completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5879/04]

The study of Broadhaven Bay referred to by the Deputy of which I have now received a copy was commissioned by the developers of the proposed Corrib gas field. It was carried out over the period August 2001 to October 2002 and the final report of the study was completed in March 2003. My Department and the environmental monitoring group, EMG, for the Corrib gas field development were informed of this work.

To date a small amount of development work has taken place in the bay in the period to September 2002 and this was done in full consultation with the heritage service of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and with the agreement of my Department. The full results of this recent study will no doubt be used by the company to guide them and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in making further decisions on the processes to be adopted for the installation of the offshore pipeline.

The consultation by the company with The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding the results of the study is a matter for the developing company.

Jack Wall

Question:

165 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will make a statement on the formal request to Ireland by the EU requiring the Government to prepare anti-pollution programmes for waters designated for shellfish in accordance with the shellfish water directive and on the possibility that the EU Commission may refer Ireland to the Court of Justice on this matter. [5864/04]

My Department is currently addressing a number of issues in regard to the findings of the European Court of Justice, on 11 September 2003, against Ireland in relation to implementation of obligations under Council Directive 79/923/EEC on the quality of shellfish waters.

The Department, working closely with an Bord Iascaigh Mhara, BIM, and the Marine Institute, has been progressing the work involved as a matter of priority. The process is being underpinned through ongoing consultation with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

BIM and the institute were tasked with drafting anti-pollution programmes for the designated areas, in consultation with relevant local authorities, and I am pleased to inform the Deputy that this process is substantially complete.

In this regard, a formal response, detailing the significant progress already made in this matter, issued to the European Commission on 30 January 2004, in reply to the Commission's inquiry for an update on the situation.

Mobile Telephony.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

166 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the charging of high termination fees to mobile phone consumers when porting their mobile phone numbers and the consequent charging of rentals by two mobile companies for one phone; the action he intends to take arising from this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5873/04]

I have no function in the matter raised by the Deputy. This is a matter for the Commission for Communications Regulation.

Departmental Appointments.

Liz McManus

Question:

167 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the nature of the personal probity test it is intended to apply to directors of State-sponsored companies; if existing directors will be subjected to the test or if it will apply to new appointments only; if he will examine the possibility of an independent appointments system for semi-State boards within his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5826/04]

The code of practice for the governance of State bodies issued under Government decision dated 2 October 2001 directs that the highest standards of business conduct should apply in the corporate governance of State bodies. Particular importance is attached to the ethical behaviour of those appointed to positions of director in these bodies. The code contains an appendix setting out a framework code of business conduct for directors and employees.

In order to provide for greater transparency I have proposed the introduction of a requirement whereby all those to be appointed or re-appointed to positions of director in the State bodies under the aegis of my Department will be required to produce a valid tax clearance certificate from the Revenue Commissioners. Existing directors, however, would serve out their terms under the conditions that applied when they were appointed.

In addition, I have also proposed the introduction of a provision that all directors of State bodies under the aegis of my Department would sign an annual compliance statement on a personal basis in relation to the code of practice.

The Deputy is aware that my Department is not the only one with responsibility for State bodies and in this context the Department of Finance has convened a cross-departmental committee to consider the implications for the wider State body sector should this initiative proceed.

The Deputy will appreciate that the question of examining a possible independent appointments system for directors of State bodies is one that would require cross-departmental consideration and is more appropriate a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance.

Mobile Telephony.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

168 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he intends to make policy directives on national roaming by mobile phone network operators; the way in which mobile virtual network operators will be permitted access to existing mobile service providers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5867/04]

I have recently published draft policy directions which I propose to issue to the Communications Regulator.

One of these draft directions focuses on national roaming. It mandates ComReg to use its powers to mandate national roaming on existing GSM networks of incumbent mobile network operators on fair commercial terms, subject to relevant requirements under European law.

These directions have been published in draft format for public consultation until Monday 1 March 2004 and I will consider the position of mobile virtual networks operators in the context of this consultation process.

Broadcasting Legislation.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

169 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the specific steps he intends to take during the Irish Presidency to protect minors in the area of broadcasting in regard to his statement of 26 January 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5824/04]

When addressing the Culture Committee of the European Parliament on 26 January, I outlined the work programme for the Irish Presidency in the broadcasting area.

One of the items of that programme relates to the protection of minors. The EU Commission will propose an update to the recommendation on the protection of minors and human dignity. The Commission intends to publish the update to the recommendation in March. This would provide time for the Commission document to be discussed at meetings of the audio-visual working group in March and April with a view to the updated recommendation being placed on the agenda of the Education and Culture Council in May, for a policy discussion.

Gas Distribution Network.

Brendan Howlin

Question:

170 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has satisfied himself with the steps being taken to modernise and upgrade the domestic gas distribution network; when all cast iron pipes will be replaced; if he will consider alerting members of the public living in those areas where cast iron pipes are still in use of the need for extra vigilance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5822/04]

In the first instance it is an operational matter for Bord Gáis Éireann, BGE, under the supervision of the Commission for Energy Regulation, CER, to arrange the safety of its natural gas network and this includes works to upgrade the network or to replace cast iron pipes. I am aware that gas safety is a high priority for BGE.

BGE has an ongoing programme to replace all cast iron mains with polyethylene pipe within the next ten years. The network at present consists of 8,000 km of which over 85% or 6,800 km is polyethylene. When BGE took over the networks of the former town gas companies, there were 3,000 km of cast iron mains.

Following the Raglan House explosion in the mid 1980s, BGE followed a strategy to replace all cast iron pipes greater than four inches diameter or serving buildings of four or more storeys. This programme was completed well within the scheduled ten years. All other cast iron mains have been subject to replacement in pace with roadworks, building redevelopment and new construction.

The report of the independent investigation of the Rathfarnham explosion of 2 November 2003 was published by the CER on 25 November 2003 and the commissioner provided my Department with a copy on that day. Among the recommendations in the report, all of which were accepted by the commissioner, was that BGE should put in place a parallel programme of cast iron mains replacement in areas where the ground was known to be liable to subsidence. In the report, the investigator noted that BGE had already commissioned work to assess the vulnerability of its cast iron network to poor ground conditions.

Another of the recommendations was that BGE report its progress in meeting the recommendations, to the CER, within three months. I understand that BGE and the CER are in close touch with each other in this and allied safety matters and that the cast iron pipe replacement programme is under review.

As regards advice to gas users and their neighbours, I would remind them that gas, although a clean and efficient fuel, must be treated with care and to follow the gas industry's safety advice: to report all suspected leaks, not to risk sparks or open flames in a suspected area and to ensure that only suitably qualified personnel install and maintain gas appliances. It will be noted that BGE has a strong safety awareness campaign under way at present.

Marine Safety.

Simon Coveney

Question:

171 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when he expects to introduce a new registration system for recreational craft at sea. [5834/04]

The maritime safety directorate of my Department is developing a registration system to enhance the safety of recreational craft. This new system will form part of an overhaul of the vessel registration process generally by the directorate, which will put safety at the centre of the process. It is proposed that recreational craft would fall into two categories for registration purposes, a small craft register or full registration, depending on length, tonnage and speed.

Having carried out a preliminary examination, a number of concerns have arisen which need to be addressed. As part of the process of developing the register I have now requested that the directorate undertake a public consultation process to clarify, in more specific terms, the needs and concerns of the different interests involved.

The registration system will be introduced initially on a voluntary basis to facilitate the early commencement of the scheme, but it is my intention that the system will, in time, be put on a statutory basis. The consultation process will commence very shortly.

Telecommunications Services.

Jack Wall

Question:

172 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the percentage of the territory of the country which is now covered by fixed wireless access local area licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5868/04]

I have no function in the matter raised by the Deputy. Fixed wireless access local area licences are a matter for the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg.

Information on: licences already awarded; the areas covered by those licences and; licence processes currently under way is available directly from ComReg.

Waste Disposal.

Willie Penrose

Question:

173 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in regard to his Department’s discussions with the former operators of a facility (details supplied) in County Tipperary, regarding the remedial work to be carried out at the dried out tailings pond at the mine site; if his attention has been drawn to the serious objections raised by local residents regarding proposals to dispose of organic waste at the site; his views on this proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5842/04]

The former operating company made a presentation of its proposals for remedial works at old mine sites, including the tailings pond, to the Department, North Tipperary County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency on 19 January last. The Department issued a press release outlining the outcome of that meeting. A further meeting to consider the operating company's detailed proposals, expected at the end of this month, will be held on 22 March 2004.

An application for a waste permit under the Waste Management Act 1996 was also lodged with North Tipperary County Council in late December 2003 on behalf of the former operating company. The objections to this application, which refers to an experimental proposal for remediation of the tailings pond, are a matter for the local authority.

Telecommunications Regulation.

John Deasy

Question:

174 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he plans to introduce legislation or directives to ComReg to protect children from being sent pornographic images via texts on mobile phones. [5833/04]

Tom Hayes

Question:

179 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he plans to tackle the growing problem of pornographic images being sent to children through mobile phone text systems; and the measures which can be taken. [5832/04]

Michael Ring

Question:

321 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the plans his Department has to make it compulsory for persons who purchase pre-paid mobile telephones to register the number in their name (details supplied). [5687/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174, 179 and 321 together.

I understand the Deputies' concern over the recent media reports of pornographic images being sent via mobile phones, however, legislation already exists to tackle this problem.

It is an offence under the Section 13 of the Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1951 as amended by the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983 to send by phone any message or other matter which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. It is also an offence under section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997 to harass a person by use of a telephone.

Anyone who has information on these matters should bring it immediately to the attention of the Garda Síochána for criminal investigation. Such offences are not the responsibility of ComReg.

The registration of pre-paid mobile phones is a complex issue. The enforcement and practicalities of implementing such a register would be difficult given the already high level of mobile phone penetration, the high percentage of prepaid phones already in circulation, and the issues surrounding the capturing of and ensuring the accuracy of the required information.

My colleague, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is responsible for policy on the protection of children from the transmission of pornographic images by phones and other media.

Marine Safety.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

175 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has satisfied himself with the seaworthiness of all shipping passing close to the Irish coast or using Irish ports; if all such vessels are compliant with international safety standards including the availability of qualified crew; the means used to detect those who do not observe the standards set down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5804/04]

Safety standards for seagoing passenger and cargo vessels are developed and adopted at international level, principally from the Safety Conventions of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, and from initiatives at European Union level. My Department participates in the relevant IMO and EU committees that develop new standards and legislation, and our maritime law is continually updated to ensure that all the resulting EU directives and IMO safety conventions and resolutions are fully implemented.

Under Irish and international law all vessels trading into and out of Irish ports are required to carry the appropriate certification to demonstrate compliance with the requisite international conventions and regulations applicable to ships of their size and type. All vessels are subject to surveys and inspections by their flag states and, under the European Union's port state control system, all vessels using Community ports are liable to inspections by any of the EU states they are visiting. The application of port state control ensures that at any given time a large number of ships operating in Community waters has undergone an inspection by an EU port state control authority.

The enforcement of all regulations, including checking that the crew is suitably qualified, is carried out by the surveying staff attached to the maritime safety directorate of my Department. They inspect vessels to ensure that they are complying with the safety standards laid down. Surveyors assign priority to foreign registered vessels that have had adverse inspection reports elsewhere or which fall into certain targeted categories. When any such vessels are found to be deficient, they are detained until the deficiencies are rectified

During 2003 my Department's surveyors inspected 430 foreign vessels under the port state control system. Of these, 37 vessels were detained for non-compliance with the requisite international marine safety conventions. The surveyors also inspect Irish registered vessels at least annually. Where a vessel is found not to comply then it is issued with a list of deficiencies to be rectified and it will not be permitted to leave port until the deficiencies have been addressed.

The international conventions covered by these inspections include the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, the STCW convention. All crew on board a vessel must have proper certification to ensure that they are suitably trained and can adequately and safely discharge the duties of the positions they hold.

I believe that the monitoring of ships by regular inspections is proving to be an effective measure in encouraging full compliance with international safety standards and that the vast majority of vessels operating into and out of Irish ports and waters are complying with international convention requirements.

Telecommunications Services.

Joe Sherlock

Question:

176 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will report on the tendering process for the MSE to manage the MANs project and on the likely development of the management of the metropolitan area networks over the next three to five years and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5870/04]

The Management Services Entity, MSE, is the independent body, which will be engaged to manage, market and maintain the fibre optic metropolitan area networks, MANs, currently being constructed under the regional broadband programme.

It is intended that the MSE will be awarded a services concession contract for a period of ten years, in consideration of a financial return to the State. The MSE will offer open access to the MANs, for example, optical fibre, subducts and co-location space, on a carrier neutral basis. It is envisaged that telecommunications companies will lease capacity on the MANs from the MSE and offer broadband and related services to the public.

Notice of my Department's intention to commence a competitive tender process for the engagement of an MSE was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 19 June 2003.

Responses received by the tender deadline of 15 August 2003 have been evaluated, and it is anticipated that the MSE procurement process, as outlined in the instructions to tender document which issued on 19 June 2003, will reach conclusion shortly.

Damien English

Question:

177 Mr. English asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if broadband and IT strategies will be part of all future county and city development plans at local authority level. [5835/04]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. D. Ahern) The question of county and city development plans is a matter for the local authorities and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Fisheries Protection.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

178 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will make a statement on his participation in and the outcome of the meeting of the European Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers on 17 to 19 December, 2003. [5819/04]

The outcome of the Fisheries Council in December was generally satisfactory from an Irish viewpoint. The negotiations were difficult and prolonged and included several items of particular interest to Irish fishermen such as the extension of a "days-at-sea" regime as part of a recovery plan for cod stocks. Close liaison was maintained with representatives of the Irish fishing industry throughout the Council and in my view this contributed significantly to the Council's outcome which has been broadly welcomed by the industry.

The Commission had proposed a system of "days-at-sea" that would have limited to an unacceptable degree the length of time that fishermen could spend fishing in all of the Irish Sea and a large area off the Donegal coast. I succeeded in negotiating some fundamental changes to the Commission's proposal which will minimise the impact of the scheme on vessels catching little or no cod, especially prawn fishermen. The fishing effort system agreed provides for a range of fishing days, from no restrictions at all to 12 days per month, depending on the type of fishing gear used and the level of cod, sole and plaice catches. I also persuaded the Council to maintain the spring closure for cod fishing in the northern part of the Irish Sea, thus protecting this stock during its most vulnerable period. The Council also progressed a plan for the recovery of the northern hake stock. These plans aim to restore these stocks to safe levels over a number of years. These are important stocks to Irish fishermen and the need for recovery plans is widely accepted.

The December Council also dealt with the setting of quotas for 2004. Some quotas were reduced in accordance with scientific advice whilst in other cases it was possible to increase quotas, again because of improvements in the status of particular stocks. Overall, an 8% increase over last year's quotas was achieved which, bearing in mind the need to respond to biological concerns on particular stocks such as cod, sole and plaice, I consider to be a good result for Irish fishermen. Our 2004 quotas includes additional quota available under the Hague Preference system under which Ireland gets additional whitefish quotas at the expense of other member states. This was achieved in the face of opposition from certain other member states.

Overall, I believe the outcome of the Council to be a positive one which helps to maintain a balance between the economic needs of the Irish fishing industry and the need to preserve and rebuild key stocks.

Question No. 179 answered with QuestionNo. 174.

Gas Terminal.

Dan Boyle

Question:

180 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he intends to examine the possible effects on local lakes and rivers of the transfer of peat material from the proposed Bellanaboy gas terminal in County Mayo. [5874/04]

This matter is one which falls to be examined by Mayo County Council under the Planning and Development Act 2000.

Question No. 181 answered with QuestionNo. 147.

Post Office Network.

David Stanton

Question:

182 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on the downgrading of post offices throughout the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5969/04]

The Government is committed to a viable and sustainable rural post office network.

However, consideration must be given to the current climate in which An Post is operating, bearing in mind the serious operational losses the company has suffered and the measures which need to be implemented if the company is to return to profitability.

All stakeholders recognise that An Post must adapt to its customer needs within the financial constraints in which it now finds itself.

Parallel with these developments, under an agreement between the Irish Postmasters' Union and An Post, the conversion of sub-post offices from a fixed contract to an agency basis, whereby payments are linked to transactions, is being implemented on a voluntary basis.

Where vacancies arise in the normal course of events, An Post advertises the post at least twice and actively canvasses for suitable persons to fill the vacant positions. It is only when a suitable candidate for a vacancy cannot be found or where there are no applicants, that a post office is closed. Such closures are regarded as temporary pending an application from a suitable person.

In order to improve the viability of the post office network, significant extra commercial business has been acquired including bill pay facilities for the ESB and a contract with the AIB under which the banks' customers can access their accounts through the network.

I understand that this new business is contributing to enhancing the sustainability of the network.

Northern Ireland Issues.

Finian McGrath

Question:

183 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Taoiseach the position regarding the peace process in the North. [5608/04]

The review of the Good Friday Agreement is under way and is expected to continue to the Easter period. The review is about the operation of the Agreement. There can be no change in the fundamentals. We are open to considering practical and sensible changes in the workings of the Agreement where the parties consent to such changes.

There are, of course, critical issues to be addressed. In the course of my address at Coleraine University on Thursday, 19 February I emphasised that the essence and core of the Agreement is partnership, that a viable partnership in Northern Ireland can only be constructed on the basis of total equality between the prospective partners. There can be no half-way house between violence and democracy. Equally, there can be no comfortable resting place between exclusion and partnership.

We must therefore, have definitive closure to paramilitarianism and a commitment to exclusively peaceful means. We must also have commitment to the inclusion of all parties whose electoral mandate gives them a right of participation in the political system.

Departmental Costs.

Seán Crowe

Question:

184 Mr. Crowe asked the Taoiseach the amount spent by his Department on legal advice and lawyers; the amount paid out in settlement of legal proceedings against his Department, including cases settled prior to coming to court in each of the past three years, omitting expenses relating to tribunals of inquiry. [5611/04]

The following table outlines the amount spent by my Department on legal advice and lawyers.

Legal Advice

Year

Amount

2003

32,885

2002

5,397

My Department has paid €145,000 to 29 current and former staff members following the settlement by the Department of Finance of an equal pay claim against all Departments lodged by the Civil and Public Services Union.

The figures do not include expenses relating to the Moriarty tribunal or the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

EU Presidency.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

185 Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Taoiseach the details of the programme for marking the accession of new EU member states in Dublin on 1 May 2004; the time, nature and location of events; the projected cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5612/04]

In so far as my Department is involved, the main official events being arranged to mark enlargement on 1 May 2004, comprise a formal ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin on the evening of 1 May at which the Heads of State or Government of the EU and accession countries will participate; and immediately after the ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin, an official dinner at Farmleigh for the European Council Members, being Heads of State or Government.

Earlier in the day, the Presidents of the European Commission and European Parliament will join me in meeting the press for statements and comments about the significance of this enlargement.

Timings are not yet firmed but the formal ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin and the dinner at Farmleigh are intended to take place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Consideration is also being given to the possibility of a further reception linked to the meeting with the media.

Costs arising to my Department identified at this stage of planning are provisionally estimated to be in the order of €300,000.

The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism is also co-ordinating an extensive programme of public events in Dublin and throughout the country to mark the historic occasion.

Telecommunications Services.

Dan Boyle

Question:

186 Mr. Boyle asked the Taoiseach the anticipated increases in telephone costs to his Department after the recent telephone rental price rises. [5613/04]

The increase in line rental costs by Eircom to the Department after the recent increase in telephone line rentals is €238.37 per month or €2,860 for a full year.

Land Reclassification.

David Stanton

Question:

187 Mr. Stanton asked the Taoiseach the amount and percentage of farm land that has been lost to farming in 2000, 2001 and 2002 due to forestry, road developments and industrial as well as building developments and all such other developments [5406/04]

The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The CSO compiles statistics on the agricultural area utilised on farms over one hectare, from its annual June agricultural survey. This comprises the area under crops, horticulture, silage, hay, pasture and rough grazing in use including fallow and set-aside land.

The total agricultural area utilised was 4,443,200 hectares in the June 2000 census of agriculture. The corresponding estimate for June 2001 was 4,410,100 hectares and, for June 2002, 4,372,000 hectares.

Departmental Staff.

Dan Boyle

Question:

188 Mr. Boyle asked the Taoiseach the number of full time civil servants in his Department who first entered the service as political advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5912/04]

There are no full time civil servants in my Department who first entered the service as political advisers.

Decentralisation Programme.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

189 Mr. Gilmore asked the Taoiseach if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his Department, or an agency or body operating under the aegis of his Department; when he expects to receive the risk assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6002/04]

There are no plans to decentralise any part of my Department, therefore the question of a risk assessment does not arise.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

190 Mr. Gilmore asked the Taoiseach the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Department in each such location; the number of such staff who were relocated from within his Department; the number of such staff who were transferred from other Departments; the number of such staff who were directly recruited; the total number of job changes and people changes which were required to achieve the decentralisation; the cost of the decentralisation to each such location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6017/04]

No parts of the Department of the Taoiseach have been decentralised.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

191 Mr. Gilmore asked the Taoiseach the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the locations for which they have volunteered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6032/04]

The exact procedures which will apply in the relocation of staff in the decentralisation programme are being dealt with as part of the implementation process. This is being driven by the implementation committee and will be discussed with the public service unions.

Pending clarification of those procedures, my Department has not carried out any survey to ascertain the number of staff who are interested in relocating from Dublin under the decentralisation programme.

Where members of staff, on their own initiative, ask to be considered for relocation, this is noted and will be taken into account when the process of formally ascertaining staff interest in relocation commences.

So far, 17 members of staff from the clerical officer, staff officer, executive officer, administrative officer and higher executive officer grades have taken the initiative of alerting the Department to their interest in participating in the decentralisation programmes in a wide range of locations in 15 different counties. This number is likely to change significantly when the procedures are clarified.

Working Time Act.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

192 Mr. Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if a 24 hour a week, part time worker, who does not work on a Monday is entitled to 12 hours paid leave on the May Bank holiday. [5617/04]

The Organisation of Working time Act 1997 provides that a part-time employee must have worked at least 40 hours during the period of five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday to have an entitlement in respect of that public holiday.

Regulation No. 5(2)(a) of the Organisation of Working Time (Determination of Pay for Holidays) Regulations 1997-S.I. No. 475 of 1997 sets out the entitlement in respect of a public holiday of an employee who is not a piece employee and who does not work on a day which is a public holiday. Generally, such an employee shall be entitled to be paid a sum that is equal to one-fifth of the sum, including any regular bonus or allowance the amount of which does not vary in relation to the work done by the employee but excluding any pay for overtime, paid in respect of the normal weekly hours last worked by the employee before that public holiday.

Regulation 5(2)(b) of the regulations sets out the entitlement in respect of a public holiday of a piece employee who does not work on a day which is a public holiday. In such circumstances, the employee shall generally be entitled to be paid a sum that is equal to one-fifth of the average weekly pay, excluding any pay for overtime, calculated over: (i) the period of 13 weeks ending immediately before that public holiday, or (ii) if no time was worked by the employee during that period, the period of 13 weeks ending on the day on which time was last worked by the employee before that public holiday.

Industrial Development.

Damien English

Question:

193 Mr. English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the measures that have been put in place to support indigenous industry here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5698/04]

The support of indigenous industry is afforded a high priority in industrial policy and this is reflected in the programmes pursued by the enterprise development agencies of my Department.

Enterprise Ireland, which has the lead role in this area, offers a range of supports aimed at assisting Irish indigenous client companies to expand and compete in the international marketplace. The agency delivers a flexible set of solutions tailored to the needs of individual circumstances of Irish enterprises. Each client company is assigned a development adviser who works with the company in assessing its needs and capabilities, formulating an agreed growth plan and in assisting the company access the range of services and resources it needs to execute that plan.

Enterprise Ireland provides funding and non-financial supports to client companies across a range of activities structured within the six key interacting elements of a business development model. Key among these are supports in respect of business planning and information, research, development and design, production and operations, marketing and business development, human resource development and finance for growth. The financial supports offered by Enterprise Ireland place a strong emphasis on encouraging research and development and improving the competitiveness of existing companies, supporting new company start-ups and growing exports.

In May 2003, Enterprise Ireland launched the competitiveness fund, a €10 million fund established to build the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises. The final call for proposals under the fund closed on 6 February 2004 with more than €7.5 million already committed to Irish firms. Shannon Development, which has responsibility for Irish industry in the Shannon region, operates a number of programmes aimed at established Irish industry and high potential start-up companies. The main focus is on the technological and management ability of client companies and to the ability of these companies to invest in and exploit research and development. In 2003, the Shannon region's technology based start-up sector continued to be buoyant with seven HPSU business proposals approved for assistance, 37 new start-up feasibility proposals supported and venture capital of €2.5 million leveraged for the start-up sector in the region.

The year 2003 saw the opening of the €3.8 million Birr Technology Centre, and the commencement of construction at the Information Age Park Ennis to complete the network of five technology locations, which comprise the Shannon development knowledge network. The company is also developing a concept known as e-towns to help stimulate information-related investment and enterprise to smaller population centres. Five locations have been selected and it is expected that the total capital investment in each location will be in the order of €2 million to €3 million.

The city and county enterprise boards, CEBs, have primary responsibility for the promotion of indigenous industry in the micro-enterprise sector and are strongly committed to the support and development of this sector and will continue to be proactive in ensuring that available funds are targeted to maximise entrepreneurial development throughout the country. More than 30,000 jobs have been created in indigenous companies supported by the CEBs since their establishment in 1993.

Job Creation.

Damien English

Question:

194 Mr. English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the measures that have been taken to generate new employment in Navan, following the meeting with her Department, a delegation from Navan Town Council, the enterprise development officer with Meath County Council and the county manager; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5699/04]

IDA Ireland's remit is to secure high value added projects requiring skills and innovation that will deliver high wage jobs to the local economy. In recent times, competition from emerging economies to attract industry here has increased. Availability of premises is one of the important attractions for foreign direct investment in Ireland. Some 70 acres of serviced industrial lands are available at the IDA Navan Business Park where four client companies are located. IDA Ireland has accelerated the level of itinerary visits to Navan and is hopeful that this will result in additional projects for the park.

IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland are working with Meath County Council's new investment marketing manager in promoting the business park's facilities, nationally and internationally, and securing the provision of required infrastructure in the county, particularly telecoms and electricity. There are proposals for three advance office buildings and one advance technology building in the business park at the planning permission stage. Planning permission has been received for the conversion of a former house estate, Athlumney House, Navan, incorporating 29,000 sq. ft. of office space; this redevelopment programme is well advanced.

Expansion projects in Navan that are under way include Generali and Europ Assistance, which will provide additional employment of 57 and 50 jobs respectively. A pilot FÁS traineeship scheme has been established in Navan to service insurance administration. In 2004, FÁS has planned for Navan training programmes such as telesales training, return to work programme, computerised accounts/payroll course, beautician and care assistant traineeships.

The Meath County Enterprise Board is facilitating micro-enterprises to create jobs and is providing training courses, business advice and mentoring for enterprises in Navan and elsewhere. The board and Enterprise Ireland have supported the development of the Navan enterprise centre, which consists of over 75,000 square feet of enterprise and office space and employs 150 people. The decentralisation programme announced in the budget includes 100 jobs for relocation to Navan and this should provide a further boost to development in the area.

Job Losses.

Damien English

Question:

195 Mr. English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the measures that have been taken or are proposed to support the furniture industry in Navan, County Meath, which is continuously underpinned and is experiencing ongoing job losses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5700/04]

The furniture industry in Navan and in Ireland faces increased costs of production as well as competition from low cost economies. The industry has been outsourcing some of its production to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness and this has had an adverse effect on employment.

Enterprise Ireland assists the furniture industry by encouraging investment in innovation so that companies can increase home market share and develop export markets. FÁS supports the furniture industry in County Meath through the provision of craft training; 37 cabinet making and wood-machining apprentices from the county are currently in training with FÁS and other bodies.

Meath County Enterprise Board has facilitated the participation of six furniture companies in the county, including three from Navan, in a cross-Border training programme provided by the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Furniture Centre in Letterfrack, County Galway.

Question No. 196 withdrawn.

Adult Education.

Richard Bruton

Question:

197 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has satisfied herself that there is sufficient support for persons already at work to take up study opportunities in further education or in higher education; if she will consider developing a partnership model which would combine employer support, study time allowance and Government or tax relief to create a genuine workplace partnership for the promotion of life long learning; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5762/04]

There are ever increasing opportunities being made available for persons to become involved in lifelong learning. The Exchequer is already investing significantly in supporting learning opportunities for those at work and for persons seeking employment. Adult education and training, which was the focus of the task force report on lifelong learning, is provided in a multiplicity of centres funded by the Exchequer, either directly or through intermediary agencies, including universities, institutes of technology, further education colleges, local adult education centres, Youthreach and traveller training centres, FÁS training centres, community training workshops and dedicated sectoral training centres such as agriculture and tourism. Learning opportunities in this area are also available through a wide range of private providers including private third level colleges and commercial training bodies.

It is important to recognise that responsibility in this area is shared involving Government, employers and employees. The need to encourage further training and education of those at work is well recognised. Research shows that the level of investment by companies in the development of skills of their employees is somewhat better than the EU average, but significantly below the best-performing countries such as those in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the UK. Whereas large companies, and especially foreign-owned companies, invest heavily in their employees, indigenous SMEs are relatively low spenders. For Ireland to be successful in the future we must increase investment in the skills of our workforce and ensure that all workers can get the benefit of such investment. Intensifying global competition is leading to changes in the sectors where Ireland can complete effectively, necessitating a continued focus on changing skill needs and keeping in mind the impact of the changing business environment it is vital that firms take greater responsibility for upskilling their employees to give them a competitive advantage.

The issues raised in the Deputy's question about employer support, study time allowance and Government or tax relief to promote life long learning were considered in the course of the preparation of the report of the task force on lifelong learning. These issues were more recently addressed in the Irish Labour Market Review 2003, published by FÁS in late 2003. FÁS will carry out a study in this area, in consultation with relevant organisations, in 2004. This study will make a further contribution to our consideration of this issue.

Departmental Staff.

Dan Boyle

Question:

198 Mr. Boyle asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of full time civil servants within her Department who first entered the service as political advisers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5913/04]

There are no civil servants serving in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment who first entered the service as political advisers.

Work Permits.

Martin Ferris

Question:

199 Mr. Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the correct procedures regarding the employment of non-nationals were followed by the APC company when advertising for workers to fulfil a contract at Tarbert Power Station. [5939/04]

I am informed that 75 work permits have been issued to this company in the past 12 months and having examined the applications in question the work permit section of my Department is satisfied that correct procedures were followed.

Decentralisation Programme.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

200 Mr. Gilmore asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on her Department, or an agency or body operating under the aegis of her Department; when she expects to receive the risk assessment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6003/04]

Following the announcement of a decentralisation programme across the civil and public service, a decentralisation implementation committee has been established within my Department to drive the decentralisation process across the Department and its agencies. This committee has had a preliminary discussion on the need for a risk assessment exercise and is convening a specific meeting at an early date to consider in more detail the requirements for both the Department and its agencies.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

201 Mr. Gilmore asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the locations to which any part of her Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by her Department in each such location; the number of such staff who were relocated from within her Department; the number of such staff who were transferred from other Departments; the number of such staff who were directly recruited; the total number of job changes and people changes which were required to achieve the decentralisation; the cost of the decentralisation to each such location; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6018/04]

The Patents Office, an office of my Department, was decentralised to Kilkenny in 1998. There are currently 82 staff employed in 72 posts in the Patents Office in Kilkenny. A total of 63 posts were decentralised in 1998, of which 15 staff were located from within the Department, 43 were transferred from other Departments and five specialist staff were directly recruited to the Patents Office. With regard to people changes required to achieve decentralisation, the best estimate of the Department is that there were an average of 3.5 people changes for every job decentralised.

The cost of the decentralisation, which includes fitting out of accommodation and IT requirements, is estimated at €361,000. It has not been possible to quantify the staffing costs associated with the move to Kilkenny given the required training overlap with existing staff for new staff in advance of the move to Kilkenny; the provision of training for staff relocating from the Patents Office to other areas of the Department and the total administrative costs involved in the processing of staffing, organisational and IT issues resulting from the move to Kilkenny. The associated administrative costs would also include the time and effort of staff in personnel units of other Government Departments, staff of the Office of Public Works and the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners who all contributed to the move of the Patents Office to Kilkenny.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

202 Mr. Gilmore asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of staff within her Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the locations for which they have volunteered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6033/04]

Following the announcement of the Government's decentralisation programme a survey was conducted within the Department with a view to establishing the numbers of staff interested in decentralising to locations outside Dublin. A total of 503 staff responded to the survey, 69 of whom indicated that they would be prepared to transfer to Carlow and 160 of whom indicated a willingness to decentralise to other locations outside Dublin. It should be noted that the majority of those who expressed a willingness to decentralise listed a number of possible locations. The detailed information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows.

Location

PO and equivalent/ Assistant Secretary

AP and equivalent

HEO and equivalent

EO

SO

CO

Other grades

Athlone

1

1

1

2

5

Athy

1

2

5

6

6

Buncrana

1

2

Carlow

1

3

10

21

2

32

Carrick on Shannon

1

1

1

4

6

Cavan

2

1

1

4

Claremorris

1

3

1

Donegal

1

3

Drogheda

1

1

2

5

9

Dungarvan

1

1

Furbo

Kanturk

2

1

Kilkenny

1

4

10

Killarney

1

1

1

2

Kilrush

1

1

Knock Airport

1

2

4

1

Limerick

1

2

3

Listowel

1

2

Loughrea

2

2

Macroom

1

1

1

Mullingar

1

2

5

7

Navan

3

2

1

1

Newbridge

1

3

10

8

18

Newcastle West

New Ross

1

2

Portarlington

1

5

6

7

Portlaoise

2

4

10

13

Roscommon

1

1

2

4

7

Roscrea

2

1

4

Sligo

1

1

1

2

7

1

Tipperary

2

1

Trim

1

2

6

7

1

8

Tullamore

2

1

8

5

Waterford

1

2

1

3

Wexford

2

3

4

1

Youghal

1

1

Work Permits.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

203 Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position regarding an application for a non-EU work permit for a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [6072/04]

I am informed that a permit in respect of the individual concerned was issued on 26 November 2003 valid until 25 November 2004.

Industrial Development.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

204 Mr. Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment further to Parliamentary Question No. 298 of 27 January 2004, if there has been further progress in the provision of an alternative manufacturing industry; if the IDA indicated that the use of the facility for a non-manufacturing purpose is the only option now for the site in question; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6077/04]

IDA Ireland has already circulated a profile of the Celbridge facility to its network of overseas offices but has not been successful in attracting a replacement project. It is understood that interest has been expressed in acquiring the facility for non-manufacturing purposes but agreement has not yet been reached.

Question No. 205 withdrawn.

Search and Rescue Service.

Jerry Cowley

Question:

206 Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Defence if, in view of the privatisation of the north west search and rescue service, the same medical helicopter emergency transport service and mercy missions will be available to the Mayo and other off-shore islands by the new contractors as was provided previously; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5808/04]

I understand from my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Dermot Ahern, that CHCI provides a full SAR service to the standard required and demanded by the Irish Coast Guard. This service includes medical evacuation in the Ireland search and rescue region and island relief. As such, I can see no reason for coastal and island communities to be concerned about the standard of emergency service available from CHCI, when they replace the Air Corps in the north west.

In addition, one of the roles of the Defence Forces under the white paper on defence is the provision of services to civil authorities as and when required. The Defence Forces have never been found wanting in this regard, particularly in times of floods, forest fires, severe weather conditions or any other emergencies faced by the community, including those on the islands. In the event of an emergency request from the Coast Guard, or, from any other service, the Air Corps will obviously respond to any such request in it usual efficient and supportive manner and to the best of its capability.

Departmental Staff.

Dan Boyle

Question:

207 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Defence the number of full time civil servants within his Department who first entered the service as political advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5914/04]

There are no full time civil servants in my Department who were political advisers prior to appointment.

Decentralisation Programme.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

208 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Defence if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his Department, or an agency or body operating under the aegis of his Department; when he expects to receive the risk assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6004/04]

No assessment of the type described by the Deputy has been carried out by my Department. Civil-military working groups have been set up to consider the practical aspects of the transfer of staff to Newbridge and the Curragh. In that regard, appropriate measures will be put in place to ensure that there is no adverse impact on the operations of the Department and of Defence Forces headquarters.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

209 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Defence the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Department in each such location; the number of such staff who were relocated from within his Department; the number of such staff who were transferred from other Departments; the number of such staff who were directly recruited; the total number of job changes and people changes which were required to achieve the decentralisation; the cost of the decentralisation to each such location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6019/04]

The Deputy will be aware that the finance branch of my Department was decentralised to Galway in 1989. Of the 176 staff who relocated, 43 were already serving in my Department while 133 transferred from other Departments. The move to Galway was over-subscribed in terms of applicants from all grades and it was not necessary to recruit locally for administrative posts. Ten staff were recruited in the services and telephonist areas. There were no relocation expenses paid. There are currently 194 people employed in the finance branch of my Department. The Deputy will also be aware that the Directorate of Military Police, Directorate of Reserve Forces and Headquarters 1 Southern Brigade FCA, comprising 23 military personnel in all, decentralised to Kickham Barracks, Clonmel, County Tipperary, in 2001.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

210 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Defence the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; and the locations for which they have volunteered. [6034/04]

No survey of staff interest in regard to the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance in December 2003 has been conducted in my Department.

Forestry Sector.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

211 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the annual value of the forestry industry; the extent to which a trend is discernible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6089/04]

The annual value of the forest industry is estimated at €500 million. The current timber output of 3 million cubic metres is anticipated to grow to 3.95 million cubic metres by 2005 and to 4.44 million cubic metres by 2010. This represents output growth of 37% in a decade.

Grant Payments.

Bernard Allen

Question:

212 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a decision will be made on an application made by a person (details supplied) in County Cork for consideration of force majeure and exceptional circumstances in relation to the establishment of entitlements in view of the detailed circumstances submitted to support the application. [5579/04]

The person named submitted an application for consideration of force majeure — exceptional circumstances to my Department on 21 January 2004. Processing of applications has commenced and my Department will be in contact with the person named in the coming weeks.

Michael Ring

Question:

213 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive payment under the disadvantaged areas compensatory allowance scheme. [5580/04]

Payment due to the person named under the 2003 area-based compensatory allowance scheme could not be made until a potential stocking density problem had been resolved but, now that this has been done, payment will issue shortly.

Milk Quota.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

214 Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will approve the transfer of a milk quota for 2004 to a person (details supplied) in County Cork on compassionate grounds. [5630/04]

Milk quota can only be transferred between family members when the land to which the quota attaches is transferred as provided for under the milk quota regulations. A lease of land with quota is possible between family members. That possibility of a land lease has been raised in discussions between my Department and the named person, but I understand the named person and his brother are reluctant to follow this course. There is no provision under the regulations whereby a producer can temporarily transfer quota without land to another producer.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

215 Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [5631/04]

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the milk quota appeals tribunal. The tribunal is a body established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from individual producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system. The person named submitted an application for additional quota on the grounds of hardship and this was considered by the tribunal in the current 2003-04 milk quota year. Unfortunately, it did not recommend making an allocation on this occasion and the person named was notified of this outcome. While every application to the tribunal is treated in a fair and sympathetic manner it has not been possible, within the constraints of the limited amount of quota available and the sizeable number of applications received, to meet the demands for quota from all applicants.

Agriculture Strategy.

Martin Ferris

Question:

216 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food his views on whether the high level group which he has established to re-examine the future strategy for Irish agriculture is deficient both in terms of broader representation from those actively involved in farming and rural life, and in gender balance. [5661/04]

In setting up this group, I was guided by the context and the environment in which the agri-food sector will be operating in the future. The agriculture and food sectors exist in a rapidly changing and internationalised environment. Farmers rely on a series of routes for their output to reach these customers. Equally, the processing sector, whether co-operatives, private or public companies, the distribution networks, the retail sector and catering sectors are all vital links for the farmers with consumers. In addition and to an increasing extent, agriculture has had to take on board many issues including animal welfare, the environment, biodiversity and the enhancement of the landscape. It is with this degree of complexity in mind that I appointed the group. The membership of the group consists of experts drawn from farming, the food industry, research, academia, the State agencies and the business world. This group has a good balance of representation and will, in my view, provide the agri-food sector with the vision and strategies needed for the future.

Grant Payments.

Phil Hogan

Question:

217 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when forestry premia will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5679/04]

Payment of the 2004 forestry premiums will begin to be made towards the end of March as has been the position over the years.

Question No. 218 withdrawn.

Farm Retirement Scheme.

John Cregan

Question:

219 Mr. Cregan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will examine his Department’s demand for repayment of an alleged overpayment made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick in receipt of the scheme for early retirement from farming, whose spouse was in receipt of a contributory old age pension from the Department of Social and Family Affairs. [5755/04]

The 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming and its successor introduced in November 2000 are both governed by EU Council regulations. It is a requirement of these regulations that the early retirement pension may only be paid as a supplement to any national retirement pension payable. This means that any national retirement pension payable to a participant in the scheme must be deducted from his or her early retirement pension. This condition also applies to participants' partners in a joint management application. The overpayment for the person named arose from the concurrent payment of her husband's old age contributory pension and the full amount of early retirement pension. My Department is obliged to recover all overpayments under the scheme, as failure to do so would jeopardise its obligations with regard to EU funds. However, my Department will consider sympathetically any proposals the person named may wish to make to repay the full amount over a period of time.

Grant Payments.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

220 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a ewe premium grant for 2003 has not been made to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5756/04]

The person named applied on 118 ewes under the 2003 ewe premium scheme, which he declared to be in his ownership and possession at the time of application on 6 January 2003 and which he undertook to keep on his holding up to 13 April 2003. At an inspection of his flock on 17 December 2003 only 84 ewes were presented. The person named was unable to account for the 34 missing ewes. He was given the opportunity to submit sales dockets to prove that he disposed of the 34 ewes after the retention period but he failed to do so. As the person named failed to satisfy my Department that he had 118 ewes when he applied in early 2003, and since he could not account for the movements of 34 of those 118 ewes, he cannot be paid 2003 ewe premium according to the relevant EU regulations.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Billy Timmins

Question:

221 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a submission to reclassify parts of County Monaghan as severely disadvantaged and to extend the disadvantaged status to all the BMW region has been made to the EU Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5757/04]

The position is that on one occasion in 2002 and on three occasions in 2003, my Department raised the issues of extension and reclassification of Ireland's disadvantaged areas at meetings with the EU Commission. On all four occasions the Commission services strongly made the point that a review request for designation or reclassification of any area could lead to a demand for justification of the current designation and classification of all Ireland's existing disadvantaged areas.

On the most recent occasion when my Department's officials endeavoured to progress this matter, at a meeting with the Commission on 9 December last, they were advised again by the Commission to be well aware of the risk associated with an examination of any formal request for designation or reclassification. In the light of the Commission's attitude, which has its basis in negative comments by the Court of Auditors, my Department is examining at present how best it can progress this matter further.

Farm Retirement Scheme.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

222 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person (details supplied) in County Laois who is on the early retirement scheme pension is eligible to receive adult dependant allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5798/04]

The person named is in receipt of the maximum annual payment under the current early retirement scheme. There are no additional allowances payable under the scheme in respect of adult or other dependents. Because the person named joined the scheme under the joint management arrangement, the value of her husband's old age contributory pension must be deducted from her early retirement pension. If he receives an adult dependent allowance, this amount must also be deducted from the early retirement pension. The question of eligibility for the adult dependent allowance, as an addition to the old age contributory pension, is a matter for the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

Department Staff.

Dan Boyle

Question:

223 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of full-time civil servants within his Department who first entered the service as political advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5915/04]

There are no full-time civil servants in my Department who first entered the service as political advisers.

Milk Quota.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

224 Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, retiring from dairying on health grounds may assign part or all of their milk quota to a portion of land that they propose to sell. [5926/04]

I understand an application was received in my Department from the named person for a certificate of entitlement to transfer milk quota. This application sought to assign the entire transferable element of the milk quota on the sale by him of a part of his lands. Milk quota attaches equally to all the lands used in the dairying enterprise in the reference year. When part of a holding is to be sold it is essential that the Department is assured as to what parts of the holding were dairying lands in the reference year so that the amount of quota attaching to the lands in sale can be calculated for the purpose of the certificate.

In view of the information provided to date on the use of the other lands owned during the reference year, my Department wrote to the applicant proposing that a proportionate amount of the quota, rather than the entire quota, would be attached to the lands in sale and seeking observations in the matter. No reply has yet been received from the applicant but the matter will be fully considered on receipt of such a reply.

Grant Payments.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

225 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when it is proposed to issue grant aid under the native woodland scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. [5927/04]

An application from the person in question for grant aid under the native woodland scheme is currently being processed by my Department. A decision on the application will be given as quickly as possible.

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

226 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a ewe premium for 2003 will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5928/04]

This matter is the subject of an appeal. The agriculture appeals office received the appeal from this herd owner on 6 February 2004. Appeals receive individual examination and are dealt with in the order in which they are received. The appeals office will contact the appellant shortly to arrange the oral hearing he requested. It is not expected that there will be any undue delay in dealing with this case.

Pat Breen

Question:

227 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive a forestry payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5929/04]

Payment of the 2004 forestry premium will begin to be made toward the end of March as has been the position over the years.

Michael Moynihan

Question:

228 Mr. M. Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will clarify under the mid-term review proposals, if a farmer (details supplied) sold cows and milk quota this year, will the land be eligible for cattle premia next year; if this person had land leased for dry stock and milk production, can they now sell their milk quota and cows, drop rented land and claim full cattle premia on owned land; and if this person sells premia rights, can they reduce the area which they farm in order to continue drawing the remaining rights; and if so, by how much. [5930/04]

The single payment scheme will commence on 1 January 2005 and all livestock premia and arable aid schemes will cease to exist as and from 31 December 2004. As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the single decoupled payment will be based on the average number of animals or the average number of hectares in the case of arable aid on which payments were made under the livestock premia and arable aid schemes in respect of the three reference years 2000, 2001 and 2002. The single payment is calculated by taking the three yearly average number of animals and arable hectares which attracted payment and multiplying them by the payment rate for 2002 in respect of livestock or by €383.04 per hectare in the case of arable aid. Entitlements are calculated by dividing this single payment amount by the average number of hectares over the three-year period. Farmers for whom entitlements have been established must activate those entitlements in 2005 by continuing to farm and submitting an area aid declaration in that year. In general, farmers must also have an eligible hectare for each payment entitlement.

The coupled dairy premium will be introduced this year. It will be based on the milk quota held — owned and leased in — on 31 March 2004. The applicant must be a milk producer as the premium is linked to production. The dairy premium will be decoupled from production in 2005 and will be based on the milk quota held — owned and leased in — on 31 March 2005. Dairy premium entitlements are calculated by dividing the premium by the average number of hectares over the three-year period where a farmer has existing livestock and arable entitlements or by the eligible hectares owned in 2005 where the farmer has no existing entitlements. In cases where livestock and arable entitlements are already established and the farmers concerned qualify for the decoupled dairy premium, the value per hectare of the decoupled dairy premium is added to the value of the existing livestock entitlements without the necessity of having additional eligible hectares.

If the person named sells his cows and milk quota after 31 March 2004, he will qualify for the coupled dairy premium in 2004 if he was an active milk producer in the 2003-04 milk marketing year. He will also have livestock entitlements established for 2005 based on the average number of animals that qualified for payment under the various livestock premia schemes during the three year reference period. I assume that when the Deputy refers to selling premia rights, he means selling livestock entitlements under the new regime. Under European Council Regulation 1782/03, the person named may sell some of his entitlements without land after he has activated at least 80% of his entitlements in any one calendar year.

The position with regard to rented land is that negotiations on the detailed rules regulation governing the implementation of the single payment scheme including the issue of land availability are ongoing between the European Commission and all member states. The Commission is expecting to have agreement on the detailed rules by the end of March 2004. It is not possible therefore, to indicate at this stage what the position will be in relation to the person named.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

229 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a suckler cow premium for 2003 has not been paid to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5975/04]

The person named applied for premium for 60 animals under the 2003 suckler cow scheme for small scale milk suppliers. He applied under his Tipperary herd number but was a milk supplier under his Galway herd number Under the terms and conditions of the scheme an applicant must have a milk quota which does not exceed 39,594 gallons on 31 March 2003 to 1 April 2003. Our records show that the person named held a milk quota of 40,471 gallons at 31 March 2003 and as a result is not entitled to payment under the 2003 suckler cow premium scheme.

Mayo Landslide.

Michael Ring

Question:

230 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position in regard to a visit by officials from his Department to the landslide victims in Pullathomas, Ballina, County Mayo; and the measures and funding in place following this meeting. [5976/04]

Officials of my Department visited Pullathomas and had a useful discussion with the farmers affected.

Grant Payments.

Michael Ring

Question:

231 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when decoupling takes place, the way in which a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be affected as they did not have a suckler cow quota or sheep quota in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. [5977/04]

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the single decoupled payment will be based on the average number of animals — or the average number of hectares in the case of arable aid — on which payments were made under the livestock premia and arable aid schemes in respect of the three reference years 2000, 2001 and 2002. The single payment is calculated by taking the three yearly average number of animals and arable hectares which attracted payment and multiplying them by the payment rate for 2002 in respect of livestock or by €383.04 per hectare in the case of arable aid. Entitlements are calculated by dividing this single payment amount by the average number of hectares over the three-year period. Farmers for whom entitlements have been established must activate those entitlements in 2005 by continuing to farm and submitting an area aid declaration in that year.

Since the person named had no animals that attracted payment under the suckler cow premium and ewe premium schemes during the three year reference period, he will not have any entitlements established in respect of those schemes. However, he will have entitlements established based on the average number of animals that qualified for payment in the reference period under the slaughter premium and special beef premium schemes.

While the European Commission's detailed rules regulations on decoupling have not yet been agreed, my Department has commenced the work of establishing entitlements for every farmer in the country. My Department intends to establish interim single payment entitlements for each farmer and to notify those entitlements to individual farmers during 2004. Definitive details will issue early in 2005. It will not be possible, however, to finalise this work until such time as the Commission's detailed rules are fully agreed. This will be well into spring of this year.

Decentralisation Programme.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

232 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his Department, or an agency or body operating under the aegis of his Department; when he expects to receive the risk assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6005/04]

The decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance in his Budget Statement will necessitate the movement of at least 470 of my Department's staff and 185 staff in Teagasc, Bord Bia and Bord Glas. This will require careful planning and organisation to minimise disruption to the work of my Department and of the other agencies. The central decentralisation implementation group is drawing up an overall implementation plan which is to be submitted by March 2004. My Department's own decentralisation implementation group will examine the plan and organise detailed internal implementation arrangements. My Department will also monitor the arrangements being put in place by the agencies.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

233 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Department in each such location; the number of such staff who were relocated from within his Department; the number of such staff who were transferred from other Departments; the number of such staff who were directly recruited; the total number of job changes and people changes which were required to achieve the decentralisation; the cost of the decentralisation to each such location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6020/04]

Table 1 shows the existing staff of my Department's decentralised headquarters offices in Johnstown Castle, Castlebar, Cavan and Portlaoise. The table also shows the years in which the original decentralisation to these locations took place. Table 2 shows the previous career history of the staff involved in the most recent decentralisation to Johnstown Castle — other than forest service staff — along the lines requested by the Deputy. My Department cannot provide total numbers of job and people changes to achieve the decentralisation as many of these changes would have occurred in other Departments. My Department has not carried out a detailed examination of the pattern in the other offices listed in table 1 because of the time elapsed and the detailed work involved.

The cost of the building in each case was borne by the Vote of the Office of Public Works. The cost of furniture, carpets, blinds and miscellaneous items were a charge on this Department and the estimated cost for all four offices listed is in the region of €3 million. I should also add that my Department has 1,700 staff based in local offices in different parts of the country.

Table 1.

Staff currently in Decentralised HQ Offices:

1970’s

1980’s

Early 1990’s

Late 1990’s

Grade

Castlebar

Cavan

Portlaoise

Johnstown Castle

Principal Officer

2

1

0

4

Senior Inspector

0

0

0

1

Sen. Sup. Vet Inspec.

0

0

0

1

Assistant Principal

4

6

1

13

Insp. Gr 1

1

0

0

0

Insp. Gr 2

2

0

0

0

Vet. Inspec

0

0

0

1

Professional Accountant

0

0

0

1

Admin. Officer

0

0

0

1

Agricultural Inspector

1

0

0

5

Assistant Ag. Inspector

1

0

0

3

Area Superintendent

0

0

0

1

HEO

15

18

7

36

HEO Analyst

0

0

0

1

Super. Ag. Officer

0

0

0

3

EO

18

23

20

64

EO Analyst

0

0

1

1

SO

11

10

19

14

CO

41

100

103

144

Service Officers

4

2

3

5

Cleaner

0

1

0

0

Visually Impaired Telephonist

0

1

0

1

General Operative

0

0

2

0

Total

100

162

156

300

Table 2.

Staff involved in Decentralisation to Johnstown Castle in 1998:

Grade

Relocated

Transferred in

Recruited

Grade Totals

Agricultural Inspectors

4

0

0

4

Administration Officers

0

1

0

1

Area Superintendent

1

0

0

1

Assistant Agric. Inspectors

0

0

3

3

Assistant Principal

2

12

0

14

Cleaner

1

0

0

1

Clerical Officers

12

17

106

135

Executive Officers

14

42

12

68

EO Analysts

1

1

0

2

Higher Executive Officers

4

31

0

35

HEO Systems Analysts

1

0

0

1

Principals

0

3

0

3

Senior Inspectors

2

0

0

2

Senior Superintendent Vet Insp.

1

0

0

1

Service Officers

1

1

1

3

Staff Officers

4

11

0

15

Supervisory Agric Officers

3

0

0

3

Vet Inspectors

0

0

1

1

Totals

51

119

123

293

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

234 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the locations for which they have volunteered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6035/04]

The information requested by the Deputy is on the following table.

Survey of interest of Department of Agriculture and Food staff in decentralisation, Portlaoise, Macroom:

Grades

Dublin Interest

Other County Interest

Total

Dublin Interest

Other County Interest

Cork Interest

Total

CO

14

22

36

2

1

25

28

SO

2

2

1

2

3

EO

17

8

25

2

1

6

9

HEO

3

5

8

1

2

3

AP

2

2

1

1

DS

0

1

1

2

AI

2

9

11

2

6

1

9

AAI

3

3

TAO

3

4

7

2

3

5

SAO

2

2

2

2

VI

1

2

3

2

2

4

Serological Asst.

1

1

Accountant

1

1

Total

42

58

100

8

16

43

67

Nitrates Directive.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

235 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the financial assistance which will be provided to farmers to assist in meeting the requirements of the nitrates directive, when implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6047/04]

Substantial financial aid will be available to farmers on whom the nitrates directive has an impact. In Sustaining Progress, the Government stated that recognising the importance of the nitrates directive and its impact on certain farmers, a number of initiatives shall be taken in the context of optimising the use of available EU and national budgetary resources. These initiatives included a review of REPS with higher payment rates and changes to the terms and conditions of the farm waste management scheme and the dairy hygiene scheme with an increase of the income and eligible investment ceilings. Proposals for REPS, including an average 28% increase in payments, are now with the European Commission for approval.

Earlier this year, I secured approval from the EU to proceed with substantial improvements to both the farm waste management and the dairy hygiene schemes with effect from January 2004. The new schemes incorporate a number of major changes. The ceiling for eligibility under the schemes has been raised from 200 to 450 income units. This change will mean that the vast majority of Irish farmers will now be able to avail of grant aid. The investment ceilings have also been raised from €50,790 to €75,000 in the case of farm waste management works and from €31,743 to €50,000 in the case of dairy hygiene works. Furthermore, a standardised grant rate of 40% will now apply for most investments which is twice what would have been available to many farmers previously. In addition, increases have already been applied to the standard costs used to calculate grant aid.

Section 21 of the Finance Bill 2004 extends the special scheme of capital allowances for expenditure incurred on the construction of facilities to control farm pollution to 31 December 2006, subject to the enactment of the necessary legislation in the Finance Act 2004. The scheme allows total expenditure on or after 6 April 2000 on necessary measures for farm pollution control to be written off as a tax allowance over seven years. This allowance is subject to a maximum write-off in any one year of the lesser of 50 % of the expenditure or €31,743.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

236 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he has received the Irish Farmers’ Association submission on the draft nitrates directive; his views on same; the proposals he has made to the Commission on the implementation of the directive here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6048/04]

Proposals for further implementation of the nitrates directive were issued for public consultation on 19 December 2003 by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Agriculture and Food in the draft nitrates action programme. All interested parties were invited to provide comments in writing within two months. I have received a submission on the draft nitrates action programme from the Irish Farmers' Association. The issues raised in the submission will be considered by the two Departments, in association with all submissions by other interested parties, in the preparation of the final proposals.

I will give consideration to the issues involved in consultation with my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government having regard to the need to finalise the terms of the action programme at an early date and submit definitive proposals to the EU Commission.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

237 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if agreement was reached in the process of the partnership talks on the amount of livestock manure per hectare which shall be applied to the land per year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6049/04]

In relation to the amount of livestock manure per hectare to be applied to land, the Sustaining Progress agreement stated that in the context of the regime soon to be adopted to transpose the provisions of the nitrates directive, the Government will use the flexibility in the directive to seek to secure European Commission approval for limits of up to 250 kg per hectare per annum to be allowable in appropriate circumstances. The draft nitrates action programme currently under discussion includes a provision to this effect and is consistent with the provisions of Sustaining Progress.

Suckler Cow Quota.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

238 Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if the medical condition of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and medical evidence supplied was taken into account when allocating an additional sucker cow quota; and if this person’s application will be reconsidered on hardship grounds with a view to granting an additional quota of ten. [6071/04]

The person named was allocated ten suckler cow quota units from the 2004 national reserve, which was the maximum allocated to any applicant regardless of his or her circumstances. According to the records in my Department, there was no medical evidence supplied by the person named with his application for additional suckler cow quota or to the local office of my Department with his suckler cow premium application. Furthermore, when an official from my Department contacted him on 19 December 2003 concerning the allocation of an additional six quota rights to the four he had already received, the person named did not mention any medical condition and indicated that the total allocation of ten quota rights from the 2004 national reserve would suffice. In any event, his medical history is not relevant to the criteria for allocating quota rights from the 2004 reserve.

As previously indicated in my reply to the Deputy on 29 January 2004, if the person named has more than 14 eligible animals, for which he has quota, on which he wishes to claim suckler cow premium under the 2004 scheme, he may purchase or lease in additional quota in order to qualify for payment on all his eligible animals. However, it will be essential to lodge an area aid application in 2004 if the person named wants to qualify for payment in excess of 15 livestock units.

Grant Payments.

John Perry

Question:

239 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a decision will be made on an application made by a person (details supplied) in County Sligo for payment under force majeure and exceptional circumstances in view of the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6138/04]

The person named has submitted an application for consideration of force majeure — exceptional circumstances — to my Department on 16 January 2004. Processing of applications has commenced and my Department will be in contact with the person named in the coming weeks.

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

240 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a REP scheme payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Killarney; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6143/04]

An amended plan was received in this case on 30 January 2004. The plan has been examined and some additional information has been requested from the REPS planner involved in the case. No payments can issue until all information required by my officials has been submitted.

Tax Code.

Joe Higgins

Question:

241 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Finance if tax breaks given to the stud farm industry are in conflict with Article 87 of the EC treaty which prohibits aid granted by a member state or through state resources in any form which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain firms or the production of certain goods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5620/04]

Finian McGrath

Question:

242 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the reason Article 87 of the EC Treaty prohibits aid (details supplied) granted by a member state, or through state resources in any form which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain firms, or the production of certain goods; the reason the EU has not prohibited the unfair tax breaks given by the Government to a stud farm (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5677/04]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together.

Article 87 of the EC treaty prohibits any aid granted by a member state or through state resources in any form whatsoever which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods. Aid can take a variety of forms including grants, interest relief and tax relief. The issue as to whether or not aid granted by member states in any particular case is compatible with the state aid articles of the treaty is a matter for the European Commission.

The European Commission was informed of the existence of the tax exemption for stallion stud fees in line with the applicable state aid procedures in June 1982 and on a further number of occasions since then.

Anti-bullying Policies.

Richard Bruton

Question:

243 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the number of complaints lodged with the human resource departments of the public service; if he has a system in place to ensure that these complaints are handled within the terms of codes of practice provided by the Health and Safety Authority in relation to anti-bullying policies; and if he plans to undertake initiatives following the adoption of anti-bullying policies in the public service to monitor the level and response to complaints and to seek to move the public service to achieve best practice standards in this respect. [5701/04]

My Department is responsible for ensuring that all persons employed in the Civil Service work in an environment that is free from bullying and harassment. The Civil Service policy on harassment, sexual harassment and bullying, A Positive Working Environment, was introduced in July 2000 following an agreement between management and the Civil Service staff unions at General Council. The policy is based on best practice in this area and meets the standards set out in the code of practice provided by the Health and Safety Authority. The policy applies to all persons employed directly by Government Departments and to persons employed by bodies under the aegis of Government Departments.

It is the responsibility of public service organisations to develop their own policies in this regard. Figures available to December 2003 indicate that Departments have received approximately 165 complaints under the policy. Of these, 109 complaints were the subject of formal investigations under the policy.

The management of claims under the policy is a matter for each Department and Office. The policy is reviewed and monitored by my Department, in consultation with personnel officers and staff unions. As part of this process an informal review of the policy is almost complete. The conclusions of the review and any agreed recommendations arising from it will inform the development of the policy into the future.

Departmental Properties.

Bernard Allen

Question:

244 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Finance the data concerning the properties or buildings rented by his Department; the location, the annual rent, the date and term of lettings and the person from whom the property is rented. [5722/04]

The information requested on the OPW building lease stock is shown on the following table. It is based on the data as currently recorded on the OPW's property information system.

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

ARDEE

Ardee SWO

5,282.11

12-Jul-93

11

5

14

MS MARY HALPENNY

1 WILLIAM STREET, ARDEE, CO LOUTH

ARKLOW

Arklow Customs and Excise

9,523.04

01-Jan-95

10

0

0

ARKLOW SHIPPING LTD

NORTH QUAY, ARKLOW, CO WICKLOW

ARKLOW

Arklow Prob & Welfare Service

19,046.07

14-Feb-00

10

0

0

PATRICK O'TOOLE & EAMONN ESMOND

C/O PATRICK O'TOOLE, CHURCH STREET, WICKLOW

ASHFORD

Ashford GS-Temporary

18,000

01-Jul-03

1

5

25

C & A BOLAND

10 RIVERWALK, ASHFORD, CO WICKLOW

ATHLONE

Athlone Education W/Hse

14,665.47

01-Jun-99

10

0

0

NIALL MCCORMACK

SIBABU, GARDEN VALE, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHLONE

Athlone AHGI Office

11,046.72

01-Jan-01

4

0

0

L O'DOHERTY & A MURPHY

62 CONNAUGHT STREET, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHLONE

Athlone Education W/Hse Annagh

5,459.87

01-Jan-00

10

0

0

JAMES KEEGAN

TULLYWOOD HOUSE, BAYLIN, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHLONE

Athlone Prob/Welfare Service

12,697.38

31-Jul-96

8

4

25

MRS MARY E O'CARROLL

HODSON BAY, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHLONE

Athlone Education W/Hse

13,205.28

01-Nov-01

10

0

0

NIALL MCCORMACK

SIBABU, GARDEN VALE, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHLONE

Athlone DTC

17,370.04

01-Apr-96

10

0

0

MIDLAND PROPERTIES

C/O O'FARRELL & CO, CASTLEMAINE STREET, ATHLONE, CO WESTMEATH

ATHY

Athy SWO

12,500

17-Nov-87

21

0

0

CULLETON INSURANCES LIMITED

SELSKAR STREET, WEXFORD

BAILIEBOROUGH

Bailieboro SWO

10,234.09

06-Oct-98

9

11

0

MICHAEL GILES

BARRACK STREET, BAILIEBORO, CO CAVAN

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

BALBRIGGAN

Balbriggan Passport Office

574,560

23-Dec-03

20

0

1

SANDYMOUNT CONSORTIUM

27 SYDNEY PARADE AVE, SANDYMOUNT, DUBLIN 4

BALLAGHADERREEN

Ballaghaderreen GS

3632.72

20-Aug-56

48

4

6

ROSCOMMON CO COUNCIL

COURTHOUSE, ROSCOMMON

BALLINAMORE

Ballinamore SWO

12,220

21-Jun-97

14

6

0

MS MARY WRYNN

PINE RIDGE HOUSE, BALLINAMORE ROAD, FENAGH, CO LEITRIM

BALLINASLOE

Ballinasloe Gov Office

14,195.67

01-Feb-95

10

0

0

ML & ANN MCCULLAGH

5 SOCIETY STREET, BALLINASLOE, CO GALWAY

BALLINASLOE

Ballinasloe Gov Office

4,951.96

01-Jul-97

7

7

0

ML & ANN MCCULLAGH

5 SOCIETY STREET, BALLINASLOE, CO GALWAY

BALLINCOLLIG

Cork AHGI Office

6,551.88

21-Feb-01

1

10

0

SOUTH WEST REGIONAL AUTHORITY

INISHMORE, BALLINCOLLIG, CO CORK

BALLINGARRY

Ballingarry GS + MQ

5,942.37

15-Mar-89

15

9

11

NIAMH BOWEN

10 CHURCH STREET, LIMERICK

BALLINTRA

Ballintra GS + MQ

1,980.79

01-Oct-84

20

2

25

GEORGE HAMMOND

KILGADE, BRIDGETOWN, CO DONEGAL

BALLYBAY

Ballybay Dist Veterinary Office

11,427.64

25-Sep-94

13

3

1

GRAY BROTHERS LTD

MAIN STREET, BALLYBAY, CO MONAGHAN

BALLYBAY

Ballybay Livestock Office

21,077.65

01-May-96

10

0

0

PETER SHARPE

MAIN STREET BALLYBAY CO. MONAGHAN

BALLYBOFEY

Ballybofey SWO

13,808.4

21-Oct-96

8

2

5

MS SUSAN MCGONAGLE

17 GLASHEDY VIEW, BALLYLIFFIN, CO DONEGAL

BALLYCOTTON

Ballycotton GS

8,888.17

01-Aug-95

10

0

0

PATRICK J ABERNETHY

WHITEROCK, NORTH CHURCHTOWN, MIDLETON, CO CORK

BALLYHAUNIS

Ballyhaunis SWO

4,571.06

01-Sep-92

11

3

25

D H BURKE GROUP

THE OLD PRESBYTERY, TUAM, CO GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

BALLYMORE EUSTACE

Ballymore Eustace GS + MQ + RAX

7,620

01-Aug-01

3

0

0

GERARD O'NEILL

712 BERMUDA AVENUE, OSHAWA L1J6A8, ONTARIO, CANADA

BALLYMOTE

Ballymote SWO

6,193.78

01-Aug-89

15

4

25

TEAGASC

RIVERSIDE, CO SLIGO

BALLYPOREEN

Ballyporeen GS + MQ

6,603

06-Nov-65

39

1

20

MARY WILSON

AIB BANK, MITCHELSTOWN, CO CORK

BALLYSHANNON

Ballyshannon Marine Office

10,234.09

01-Jun-93

11

0

0

JOHN MURRAY

REID & SWEENEY, SOLICITORS, BALLYSHANNON, CO DONEGAL

BALTINGLASS

Baltinglass Farm Dev Off

2,793.42

01-May-98

5

7

25

JOHN SHORTT

MILL STREET, BALTINGLASS, CO WICKLOW

BANDON

Bandon SWO

10,081.72

10-Nov-97

9

11

0

DESSI LIGHTNING PROTECTION IRL LTD

ALLEN SQUARE, BANDON, CO CORK

BANDON

Bandon School Inspectors Office

23,490.15

01-Jun-00

10

0

0

DESSI LIGHTNING PROTECTION IRL LTD

ALLEN SQUARE, BANDON, CO CORK

BANDON

Bandon Garda Training Cntr

13,967.12

01-Nov-00

5

0

0

DESSI PROPERTIES

WEIR STREET, BANDON, CO CORK

BANTRY

Bantry Wildlife Service

1,980.79

01-Jan-98

6

11

25

PATRICK O'DONOVAN

NEWTOWN, BANTRY, CO CORK

BANTRY

Bantry Customs and Excise

25,394.76

19-Sep-94

10

0

0

OLIVER & MARJORIE O'DWYER

CAHIR, BANTRY, CO CORK

BANTRY

Bantry Temp GS

27,934.24

01-Nov-01

4

0

0

K & M MCCARTHY

AIB BANK, BANTRY, CO CORK

BANTRY

Bantry SWO — 7 Main Strret

18,198.52

01-Sep-98

8

0

0

MARK O'SULLIVAN

WOODLAWN, BAURGORM, BANTRY, CO CORK

BANTRY

Bantry SWO — 6 Main Street

3,174.35

22-Nov-67

36

1

4

JAMES J O'SULLIVAN

6 MAIN STREET, BANTRY, CO CORK

BIRR

Birr Government Offices

6,900

24-Jan-97

7

11

2

CAMPBELL PROPERTIES BIRR LIMITED

TOWNSEND STREET, BIRR, CO OFFALY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

BIRR

Birr Marine Forestry Off.

4,951.98

16-Jan-95

10

0

0

DONALD & LYNNE HAYES

BOVEEN, SHARAVOGUE, BIRR, CO OFFALY

BIRR

Birr Government Offices

4,291.71

01-May-97

6

7

25

CAMPBELL PROPERTIES BIRR LIMITED

TOWNSEND STREET, BIRR, CO OFFALY

BLACKROCK

Blackrock Trident House

678,500

01-May-92

25

0

0

SUPERQUINN

P O BOX 99, SUTTON CROSS, DUBLIN 13

BLARNEY

Blarney GS

17,776.33

01-Jul-77

57

3

0

RICHARD LA TOUCHE COLTHURST

BLARNEY CASTLE EST, BLARNEY, CO CORK

BORRISOKANE

Borrisokane GS

63.49

01-May-89

15

0

0

IRISH PROVINCE OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION

ST PETERS, PHIBSBORO DUBLIN 7

BOYLE

Boyle SWO

8,295.56

01-Feb-01

4

11

0

MICHAEL DURKIN

THE COURTHOUSE, BOYLE, CO ROSCOMMON

BRAY

Bray SWO — Main Street

12,697.38

01-Aug-98

6

0

0

GLENDRUID LIMITED

ST GEORGES, HERBERT ROAD, BRAY, CO WICKLOW

BRAY

Bray SWO — The Esplanade

48,942.05

15-May-95

9

5

17

JOSEPH DUGGAN & SONS LIMITED

LAXTON, NOVARA AVENUE, BRAY

BRAY

Bray SWO — The Esplanade

43,742.48

01-Nov-96

8

0

0

JOSEPH DUGGAN & SONS LIMITED

LAXTON, NOVARA AVENUE, BRAY

BUNCRANA

Buncrana Government Offices

11,935.54

01-Jan-92

11

11

25

CHARLES KELLY

PARK HOUSE, ST MARYS ROAD, BUNCRANA, DONEGAL

BUNCRANA

Buncrana SWO

27,807.26

01-Jul-93

11

5

25

MARTIN D MOYNE & OTHERS

ELAGHBEG, BURNFOOT, CO DONEGAL

BUNNINADDEN

Bunninadden GS + MQ

3,174.35

01-Sep-97

15

0

0

MRS K MCDERMOTT

BUNNINADDEN, BALLYMOTE, CO SLIGO

CABINTEELY

Cabinteely GS

24,759.89

23-Feb-95

20

0

0

PATRICK CADDEN

8 MERVILLE AVENUE, STILLORGAN, CO DUBLIN

CAHIR

Cahir Forest Office

3,885.4

11-Jun-01

9

11

0

JOHN & B CUMMINS

CUMMINS INSURANCE, PEARSE STREET, CAHIR, CO TIPPERARY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

CAHORE

Cahore Rescue Service

3.17

25-Mar-08

95

9

1

EXECUTORS OF HENRY MOORE DECEASED

CARLOW

Carlow Gov Off. Church St

27,013.68

08-Jul-96

10

0

0

MR K & MR J MURNANE

OAKLEY PARK, GRAIGUECULLEN, CARLOW

CARLOW

Carlow Prob & Wel. Service

18,030.28

01-Nov-98

9

10

0

ROBERT & MARY QUINN

25 GOVERNEY SQUARE, CARLOW

CARLOW

Carlow Vehicle Reg Off.

31,108.58

01-Jul-96

9

11

0

EDDIE ROBERTS

5-8 LWR STAPLESTOWN ROAD, CARLOW

CARRICK ON SUIR

Carrick-on-Suir SWO

5,282.11

06-Apr-98

6

8

20

IMELDA FITZPATRICK

THE QUAY, CARRICK-ON-SUIR, CO TIPPERARY

CARRICKMACROSS

Carrickmacross SWO

27,000

12-Apr-96

20

0

0

OLIVER MARTIN

MEADOWLANDS, MULINARY, CARRICKMACROSS, CO MONAGHAN

CARRIGTWOHILL

Carrigtwohill GS + MQ

10,400.04

26-Sep-97

10

0

0

MARY BURCHILL

CASTLEBAR

Castlebar Prob/Welfare Service

22,399.45

01-Sep-92

12

3

25

D H BURKE GROUP

THE OLD PRESBYTERY, TUAM, CO GALWAY

CASTLEBAR

Castlebar SWO — Humbert Mall

59,677.69

01-Jul-95

20

0

0

BRIDGE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED

23 ROCKBARTON ROAD, SALTHILL, CO GALWAY

CASTLEBAR

Castlebar DTC

8,761.19

01-May-00

10

0

0

CASTLEBAR MITCHELS GAA CLUB

MCHALE PARK, CASTLEBAR, CO MAYO

CASTLEBAR

Castlebar Nat Ed Psych Service

19,046.07

01-Apr-01

5

0

0

DAVID O'MALLEY

THOMAS STREET, CASTLEBAR, CO MAYO

CASTLEBAR

Castlebar SWO — New Antrim St

25,846.79

14-Oct-87

17

2

12

THOMAS MCHUGH & SON

NEWTOWN, CASTLEBAR, CO MAYO

CASTLEBLAYNEY

Castleblayney SWO

9,903.96

15-Feb-93

11

10

11

JOHN DALY FURNITURE SALES LIMITED

SHANTONAGH, CASTLEBLANEY, CO MONAGHAN

CASTLECOMER

Castlecomer SWO

4,469.48

11-Mar-95

20

0

0

CASTLECOMER ENTERPRISE GROUP

ENTERPRISE CENTRE, KILKENNY ROAD, CASTLECOMER

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

CASTLEISLAND

Castleisland Marine Forestry Off.

2,244.9

19-Jul-96

8

5

7

NARBERTH LIMITED

ISLAND CENTRE, 49-51 MAIN STREET, CASTLEISLAND, CO KERRY

CASTLEISLAND

Castleisland Temp GS

6,602.64

01-Mar-01

2

11

28

MR & MRS DENIS ROCHE

BALLYPLYMOUTH, CARDAL, CASTLEISLAND, CO KERRY

CASTLEREA

Castlerea AHGI Office

6,602.64

01-Feb-01

5

0

0

SEAMUS & MARY CLEARY

KNOCKROE, CASTLEREA, CO ROSCOMMON

CASTLEREA

Castlerea SWO

6,602.64

13-Feb-95

10

0

0

MRS MAURA MORAN

PATRICK STREET, CASTLEREA, CO ROSCOMMON

CASTLEREA

Castlerea Agriculture Office

4,761.52

21-Aug-96

8

0

0

SEAMUS & MARY CLEARY

KNOCKROE, CASTLEREA, CO ROSCOMMON

CASTLETOWNBERE

Castletownbere SWO

9,245

15-Nov-95

9

11

0

JAMES O'SULLIVAN

1 BANK PLACE, CASTLETOWNBERE, CO CORK

CAVAN

Cavan Gov Off. Newcourt Shop Ctre

122,200

01-May-98

20

0

0

NOEL & KATERINE ELLIOT

7 OAKS, CULLIES, CAVAN

CAVAN

Cavan DTC

12,875.14

29-Mar-99

5

8

27

MCDWYER LENNON & CO

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT, ESKER PLACE, CAVAN

CAVAN

Cavan Education Office

9,903.96

01-Feb-01

3

10

25

NOEL O'GORMAN & CO

SOLICITORS, 7 FARNHAM STREET, CAVAN

CLAREMORRIS

Claremorris Agriculture Office

35,000

10-Jun-91

15

0

0

ST COLMAN'S CREDIT UNION LIMITED

THE SQUARE, CLAREMORRIS, CO MAYO

CLAREMORRIS

Claremorris SWO

8,913.56

01-May-95

10

0

0

MICHAEL & MAURA JOYCE

RATHREDMOND, BALLINROBE, CO MAYO

CLIFDEN

Clifden Driving Test Centre

4,621.85

01-Apr-96

7

8

25

BERNADETTE JOYCE

MARKET STREET, CLIFDEN, CO GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

CLONAKILTY

Clonakilty SWO

8,375

24-Mar-97

10

0

0

SEAN AHERN

CLONAKILTY BUSINESS CENTRE, CLONAKILTY, CO CORK

CLONAKILTY

Clonakilty Prob & Wel Office

12,697.38

05-May-93

11

7

21

TAYLOR JENNINGS PROPERTIES LIMITED

CLONMEL

Clonmel Gov Off Harbour Hse

235,000

01-Apr-98

9

10

28

SEAN CAREW

CARHUE, DUNDRUM, CO TIPPERARY

CLONMEL

Clonmel Gov Off Gladstone Hse

7,364.48

01-Jan-98

5

11

25

ACC BANK

BOX 111, ACC HOUSE, UPPER HATCH STREET, DUBLIN 2

CORK

Cork Gov Off Irish Life Bldg

142,000

01-Jan-95

10

0

0

DENIS & DANIEL O'FLYNN

CARHUE, COACHFORD, CO CORK

CORK

Cork Prob&Wel Serv Grattan St

9,523.04

01-Jan-92

12

11

25

CORK CORPORATION

CITY HALL, CORK

CORK

Cork Gov Off Hibernian House

280,000

01-Aug-77

35

0

0

HIBERNIAN INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

HAWKINS HOUSE, HAWKINS STREET, DUBLIN 2

CORK

Glanmire GS

11,427.64

01-Jan-94

10

11

25

MS MARIE MCMANUS

MILL ROAD, KILLARNEY, CO KERRY

CORK

Cork C&E Centrepoint

39,875

08-May-98

20

0

0

TEMPLEFORD LIMITED

ENTERPRISE HOUSE, MARINA COMMERCIAL PK, MONAGHAN ROAD, CORK

CORK

Cork Prob&Wel Serv 52 South Mall

15,236.86

01-Jun-74

35

0

0

FAIRWAY INVESTMENTS LIMITED

C/O MALL MANAGEMENT, 45 GRAND PARADE, CORK

CORK

Cork C&E Centre Park House

56,884.27

01-Sep-91

13

3

25

BTR PROPERTY HOLDING LIMITED

CENTRE PARK HOUSE, CENTRE PARK ROAD, CORK

CORK

Cork Rev Store Boland Ind Est

59,042.82

01-Jan-97

20

0

0

PUREFRESH FRUIT JUICES LIMITED

GLEBE HOUSE, GLEBE PLACE, KILLARNEY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

CORK

Cork ETE Inspectors Office

6,094.74

10-Mar-99

10

0

0

B & E HENNESSY

2 LAWSON SPINNEY, SWORDS ROAD, MALAHIDE, CO DUBLIN

CORK

Cork Education Office

234,536.25

01-Jan-03

20

0

1

JOSEPH LANE HOLDINGS LTD

MONAGHAN ROAD, CORK

CORK

Cork Gov Off Hibernian House

18284.23

01-Nov-01

9

11

0

HIBERNIAN INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

HADDINGTON ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

CORK

Cork Prob&Wel Serv 54 South Mall

28,569.11

01-Oct-92

12

2

25

CORK INVESTMENTS LIMITED

CORK

Cork Gov Off Hibernian House

11,247.09

21-Dec-98

13

8

11

HIBERNIAN INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

HADDINGTON ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

CORK

Cork Consumer Affairs Office

44,000

01-Jul-96

20

0

0

NORWICH UNION LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY

60-63 DAWSON ST, DUBLIN 2

CORK

Cork SWO — ESB Premises

102,850

01-Aug-99

9

11

0

ESB LEGAL DIVISION

27 LR FITZWILLIAM ST, DUBLIN 2

CORK

Cork Gov Off Connolly Hall

15,808.24

01-Jan-92

12

11

25

SIPTU

FINANCE & ADMIN DIVN, LIBERTY HALL, DUBLIN 1

CORK

Cork Gov Off Connolly Hall

11,237.18

01-Dec-91

12

0

25

SIPTU

FINANCE & ADMIN DIVN, LIBERTY HALL, DUBLIN 1

CORK

Cork Gov Off Doughcloyne

35,664.4

01-Apr-00

10

0

0

P J & M A QUINN

BALLINAGH, CO CAVAN

CORK

Cork Marine office

33,013.19

18-Jan-01

4

9

0

LIAM LYNCH

LYNCH & CO AUCTIONEER, 72 SOUTH MALL, CORK

CORK

Cork Gov Off Irish Life Bldg

132,688

01-Jan-95

20

0

0

DENIS & DANIEL O'FLYNN

CARHUE, COACHFORD, CO CORK

CORK

Cork Marine Office

53,320

01-Apr-02

9

10

28

CADO SYSTEMS IRELAND LIMITED

3 (A) OAK HOUSE, BESSBORO ROAD, BLACKROCK

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

CORK

Cork Gov Off Irish Life Bldg

73,327.8

01-Jul-03

10

0

0

DENIS & DANIEL O'FLYNN

CARHUE, COACHFORD, CO CORK

CORK

Cork Revenue Store(Millfield)

30473.71

07-Dec-92

12

0

19

MILLFIELD INVESTMENT ONLINE ACCOUNTING SERVICES

SUMMERCOVE, KINSALE, CO CORK

CRUSHEEN

Crusheen GS + MQ

1,206.25

01-Jul-52

52

5

25

THOMAS WATERS

CRUSHEEN GS MQS, CRUSHEEN, CO CLARE

DONARD

Donard GS

9,523.04

20-Jun-97

7

6

6

MRS BRENDA SMYTH

150 AYLMER PARK, MONREAD ROAD, NAAS, CO KILDARE

DONEGAL

Donegal Government Offices

12,920.85

02-Nov-95

9

1

24

WILLIAM L R IRWIN

MILLTOWN, DONEGAL TOWN, CO DONEGAL

DONEGAL

Donegal Customs and Excise

13,332.25

10-May-93

11

7

16

MICHAEL KELLY

MALDON HOUSE, GLEBE, DONEGAL TOWN

DONEGAL

Donegal SWO

19,807.91

01-May-93

11

7

25

JOHN DIVER

ARUS MHUIRE, SHEIL AVENUE, BUNDORAN, CO DONEGAL

DONEGAL

Donegal Government Offices

11,176.23

01-Jul-00

4

5

25

WILLIAM L R IRWIN

MAIN STREET, DONEGAL TOWN, CO DONEGAL

DONERAILE

Doneraile Wildlife Office Temp

4,621.85

14-Feb-00

4

10

12

PATRICK O'SULLIVAN

BRIDGE HOUSE, DONERAILE, CO CORK

DOWRA

Dowra GS + MQ

165.06

01-Apr-58

46

8

25

CAVAN CO COUNCIL

COURTHOUSE, CO CAVAN

DRIMOLEAGUE

Drimoleague GS + MQ

6,500

01-Apr-97

10

0

0

MS MARIE KINGSTON

MAULNAGEARAGH, CLONAKILTY, CO CORK

DRINAGH

Drinagh GS

4,952

12-Feb-72

32

8

4

MRS C O'DONOVAN

VINTER, TOUGHBAWN, DRINAGH, CO CORK

DROGHEDA

Drogheda Education Office

60,947.42

01-Dec-02

4

11

1

ATLANTIC INDUSTRIES INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

DROGHEDA, CO LOUTH

DROGHEDA

Drogheda SWO/C&E

7,745.4

01-Oct-93

11

2

25

TASSEL LTD

ABBEY SHOPPING CENTRE, WEST STREET, DROGHEDA, CO LOUTH

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DROGHEDA

Drogheda Prob & Wel Serv

48,884.92

17-Sep-00

9

0

0

ROBERT&AUDREY MURPHY

13 SEABURY CRESCENT, MALAHIDE, CO DUBLIN

DROGHEDA

Drogheda Customs & Excise

12,697.38

04-Mar-97

6

9

22

PATRICK MONAHAN (DROGHEDA) LIMITED

MERCHANTS QUAY, DROGHEDA, CO LOUTH

DROGHEDA

Drogheda SWO/C&E

3,301.32

18-Sep-00

4

9

0

TASSEL LTD

ABBEY SHOPPING CENTRE, WEST STREET, DROGHEDA, CO LOUTH

DROMAD

Dromad GS

5,586.85

01-Oct-88

15

6

0

EDWARD DEVLIN

DUBLIN 01

O'Connell St 29-32 Lyon Hse

7,618.43

01-Oct-74

37

0

0

TELECOM EIREANN

TELEPHONE HOUSE, 43-46 MARLBOROUGH ST, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Abbey Street Upper 26 — 30

1,206,162.3

29-Apr-02

25

0

0

DANNINGER LTD

LA TOUCHE HOUSE, GROVE ROAD, LOWER RATHMINES ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 01

Marlborough St 101-104 Clare Hse

412,344.9

15-Nov-75

30

0

0

MICHAEL&EILEEN BROE

JIGGENSTOWN, NAAS, CO KILDARE

DUBLIN 01

Abbey Street Upper 26 — 30

667,133.08

29-Apr-02

25

0

0

DANNINGER LTD

LA TOUCHE HOUSE, GROVE ROAD, LOWER RATHMINES ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 01

Gardiner Street Upper 77

201,190

01-Apr-01

4

9

0

DAVE WALSH

57 SHREWSBURY, OFF SHREWSBURY PARK, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 01

Parnell Sq 2 — 3

698,355.94

15-Mar-01

10

0

0

AUSTIN KELLY

13 BROMPTON GROVE, CASTLEKNOCK, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 01

Parnell Sq 13-15 Parnell House

1,793,365.4

01-Dec-95

20

0

0

ALSTEAD SECURITIES

48 UPPER DRUMCONDRA ROAD, DUBLIN 9

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block 1

111,102.08

01-Jul-77

35

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Abbey Street Upper 26 — 30

994,923.93

07-Sep-01

25

0

0

DANNINGER LTD

LA TOUCHE HOUSE, GROVE ROAD, LOWER RATHMINES ROAD, DUBLIN 6

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 01

O'Connell Street Upper 11 — 13

7,364.48

13-Oct-03

100

2

13

EXECUTORS OF O'GLASAIN ESTATE

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block 4 & 5

129,331.71

27-Feb-97

10

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Frederick St NorthFrederick Crt

677,000

01-Aug-99

16

10

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Amiens Street (Gandon House)

450,000

01-Feb-76

35

0

0

MARKLAND HOUSE ROPERTIES LTD

19 UP FITZWILLIAM ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 01

O'Connell St 29-32 Lyon Hse

533,290

01-Oct-74

37

0

0

TELECOM EIREANN

TELEPHONE HOUSE, 43-46 MARLBOROUGH ST, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Arran Quay (Arran Court)

165,337.23

21-Dec-95

10

0

0

LINDERS OF CHAPELIZOD LTD

CHAPELIZOD, DUBLIN 20

DUBLIN 01

Abbey Street Upper 26 — 30

211,542

29-Apr-02

25

0

0

DANNINGER LTD

LA TOUCHE HOUSE, GROVE ROAD, LOWER RATHMINES ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 01

Parnell Sq 16

1,493,644.7

01-Jul-02

25

0

0

ALSTEAD SECURITIES

48 UPPER DRUMCONDRA ROAD, DUBLIN 9

DUBLIN 01

Capel Street 89 -94

689,321.76

15-Jun-01

20

0

1

ALEXION MANAGEMENT LIMITED

39 FLEET STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block 5/7

685,658.56

01-Sep-78

35

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Amiens Street (Gandon House)

655,000

01-Aug-78

35

0

0

MARKLAND HOUSE PROPERTIES LTD

19 UP FITZWILLIAM ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 01

Amiens Street (Gandon House)

66,000

01-Jan-94

18

1

0

MARKLAND HOUSE PROPERTIES LTD

19 UP FITZWILLIAM ST, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block 2

694,546.73

01-Jan-97

15

9

0

IRISH ESTATES MANAGEMENT LTD

BERESFORD COURT, 16 BERESFORD PLACE, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block D E & F

749,145.47

01-Jan-97

8

2

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Irish Life Centre Block 1

520,592.61

01-Feb-78

35

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 01

Parnell St Parnell BusinesCntr

45,801.99

01-May-00

10

0

1

PASCAL CONROY

42 MOUNT PLEASANT SQ, RANELAGH, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 02

Mespil Road 43-49

1,450,302

01-Mar-93

11

10

0

FÁS

P.O. BOX 456, 27/33 UPR BAGGOT STREET, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Leeson Street Lower Ossory House

825329.75

01-Jan-95

25

0

0

NORWICH UNION LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY

60-63 DAWSON ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Merrion Square 24 The Mews

68,210.33

01-May-01

4

9

0

MARTIN KEANE

9-11 CAMBRIDGE ROAD, RANELAGH, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 02

Molesworth Bldg Setanta Cntre

1,985,000

16-Aug-76

35

0

0

IRISH AIRLINES PENSIONS LTD & AGS (ROI) PENSIONS NOMINEES LTD

DUBLIN AIRPORT

DUBLIN 02

Merrion Row 2-4

422,292

01-Aug-02

20

0

1

ROYAL LIVER ASSURANCE CO LTD

ROYAL LIVER BUILDING, PIER HEAD, LIVERPOOL

DUBLIN 02

Clare Street 22-25

659,946.37

09-Jul-80

35

0

0

M J CONROY & SONS GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS

CONG, CO MAYO

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Road Iveagh Court

724,941.08

22-Apr-00

25

0

0

ALCOVE PROPERTIES LIMITED

IVEAGH COURT, 6-8 HARCOURT ROAD, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Frederick St South Frederick Hse

130,070.7

28-Sep-98

25

0

0

NEW IRELAND & IRISH NATIONAL PENSION LTD

11-12 DAWSON ST, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 79-83 Timberlay Hse

1,079,277.4

01-Jan-98

17

3

0

IRISH PENSION FUND PROPERTY UNIT TRUST

LEESON COURT, 86-88 LR LEESON ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Holles Street Holbrook House

163,796.21

01-Feb-00

24

0

0

HOLBROOK HOUSE PROPERTIES LIMITED

18 ELY PLACE, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Sq Garda Block 4

365,100

01-Jan-82

35

0

0

VALUE EQUIPMENT LTD

SCD HOUSE, WATERLOO ROAD, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Sq Garda Block 2

1,605,842

01-Jun-81

35

0

0

ALVERGOLD LIMITED

SCD HOUSE, WATERLOO ROAD, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Sq Garda Block 1

1,079,366.2

01-Nov-79

35

0

0

PECAN PROPERTIES LTD

SCD HOUSE, WATERLOO ROAD, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Frederick St South 5-9

950,001

01-Jul-97

6

11

0

NEW IRELAND ASSURANCE CO LTD

C/O BOI ASSET MGNT, 26 FITZWILLIAN SQ, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

St Stephens Gr 67-71 Hainault Hse

406,316.19

21-Dec-95

11

6

10

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 73-79 Ballaugh House

725,020.44

01-May-96

18

6

11

AGS (ROI) PENSIONS NOMINEES LIMITED

ST JAMES GATE, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Street 26

71,105.33

01-Jul-70

35

0

0

M & M TAYLOR c/o TAYLOR & BUCHALTER

GREENSIDE HOUSE, 45-47 CUFFE STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Dawson St 18A Royal Irish Acad

38,092.14

29-Sep-95

35

0

0

REPRESENTATIVE BODY OF CHURCH OF IRELAND

CHURCH AVENUE, RATHMINES, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 67-72 Grattan House

190,000

27-Mar-72

35

0

0

EARLSFORT CENTRE DEV c/o PALMER MCCORMACK

65 ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Grand Canal Street

1,625,264.7

16-Sep-73

33

0

0

TOM & DEIRDRE JONES

15 NUTLEY AVENUE, DONNYBROOK, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Hatch Street 13-15

235,828.45

01-Sep-78

35

0

0

BAVARIAN IMPORT LTD

BMW HOUSE, JFK DRIVE, NAAS ROAD, DUBLIN 12

DUBLIN 02

Molesworth Bldg Setanta Cntre

100,182.33

30-Nov-93

21

0

0

JONES LANG LASALLE

10-11 MOLESWORTH ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Mount Street Lower 85 — 93

1,733,192.5

06-Feb-81

35

0

0

LOCHLANN QUINN

41 AILESBURY ROAD, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Upr 36

172,500

19-Oct-99

17

11

11

CHARLES&IMELDA KELLY

SWINFORD, CO MAYO

DUBLIN 02

Clare Street 12

95,230.36

11-Jan-85

35

0

0

AIB BANK EXEC & TRUSTEE SERV

BANK CNTR PO BOX 512, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Trinity Street 10-12

274,263.42

01-Jun-90

25

0

0

HIBERNIAN TRUSTEE COMPANY LIMITED

HADDINGTON ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

DUBLIN 02

Pearse St 212-213 Oisín House

803,109.33

01-Dec-73

36

0

0

THE PROVOST FELLOWS & SCHOLAR OF TRINITY COLLEGE

DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Sq Garda Block 3

1,119,290

01-Jun-81

35

0

0

ANGLO IRISH ASSURANCE CO LTD

HERITAGE HOUSE, 23 ST STEPHEN GR, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Wilton Place Fitzwilton House

191,924

01-Dec-96

25

0

0

ERIN EXECUTOR & TRUSTEE CO LTD

17 COLLEGE GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt St Harcourt Cntre Blk 2

223,797

08-May-96

20

0

0

IRISH AIRLINES PENSIONS LTD

PO BOX 180, DUBLIN AIRPORT, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 02

Townsend St 157 — 164

1,180,856.4

01-Jun-75

35

0

0

CARLISLE TRUST LTD

48 UPPER DRUMCONDRA ROAD, DUBLIN 9

DUBLIN 02

St Stephens Gr Ardilaun House

1,098,323

18-Jan-02

4

9

0

GOFREE LIMITED

112-114 ST STEPHENS GREEN WEST, DUNBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Tara Street Apollo House

185,600

25-Dec-96

15

0

0

DAMIEN M P TANSEY

NO 3 WINE STREET, SLIGO

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Tce St Steph Gr Hse

304,013.39

01-Apr-03

11

6

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IBI PROPERTY NOMINEE, NEW IRELAND ASSURANCE COMPANY PLC

DUBLIN 02

Great Georges St Sth 73/83

796,760.64

01-Jan-75

30

0

0

CHANIA LIMITED

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 67-72 Grattan House

190,000

01-Jan-72

35

0

0

EARLSFORT CENTRE DEV

C/O PALMER MCCORMACK, 65 ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Merrion Square 24

166,335.69

14-Aug-98

25

0

0

MARTIN & VERA KEANE

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 67-72 Grattan House

145,800

01-Apr-73

35

0

0

EARLSFORT CENTRE DEV

C/O PALMER MCCORMACK, 65 ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Mount St Lr 67-72 Grattan House

184,900

01-Apr-73

35

0

0

EARLSFORT CENTRE DEV

C/O PALMER MCCORMACK, 65 ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

634,869.04

19-Jan-76

35

0

0

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

East Essex Street Dolphin House

583,500

01-Apr-82

35

0

0

GALICON LIMITED

1 STOKES PLACE, ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Setanta Place 1

350,000

26-Mar-98

13

9

6

STATOIL IRELAND LTD

STATOIL HOUSE, DEANSGRANGE, BLACKROCK, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 02

Great Georges St Sth 84/88

494,245.55

09-Apr-76

30

0

0

CHATHAM SERVICES LTD

27 PHIBSBORO PLACE, PHIBSBORO, DUBLIN 7,

DUBLIN 02

St Stephens Gr 94

711,724

01-Jul-03

4

9

0

SMURFIT IRELAND LTD

BEECH HILL, CLONSKEAGH, DUBLIN 4

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Hatch St 6/7 Hardwicke Hse

284,391.39

01-Jun-03

1

3

0

PARTHUSCEVA TECHS LTD

32/34 HARCOURT ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

643,500

01-Apr-78

35

0

0

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Tara Street Apollo House

316,799.65

25-Mar-70

42

0

0

DAMIEN M P TANSEY

NO 3 WINE STREET, SLIGO

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Terrace Earl Ctr Blk

188,556.12

01-Oct-02

12

5

0

BANK OF IRELAND

BOI HEAD OFFICE, 50 LOWER BAGGOT STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Kildare Street 43-44

1,034,836.5

29-Nov-75

35

0

0

BANK OF SCOTLAND IRELAND LTD

65-68 ST STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Clonmel Street [Clonmel Place]

601,392.39

01-May-99

25

0

0

ASPENWAY PROPERTIES LIMITED

77 MERRION SQUARE, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Mount Street Lr Clanwilliam Crt

480,000

01-May-75

35

0

0

IRISH AIRLINE PILOTS PENSIONS LTD

DUBLIN AIRPORT, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 02

Tara Street Apollo House

453,120.2

15-Jun-70

42

0

0

DAMIEN M P TANSEY

NO 3 WINE STREET, SLIGO

DUBLIN 02

D'Olier Street (D'Olier House)

1,085,626

11-Dec-72

35

0

0

DUBLIN CITY ESTATES LIMITED

48 UPR DRUMCONDRA RD, DUBLIN 9

DUBLIN 02

Ely Place 7-8 Ely Court

711,322.5

20-Mar-98

120

0

0

THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Terrace Earl Ctr Blk B

126,211.96

17-Feb-00

4

9

0

ODS COMPANY

EARLSFORT CENTRE, EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Terrace Earl Ctr Blk C

1,143,300

21-Feb-86

35

0

0

CANADA LIFE ASSURANCE (IRL) LTD

65 ST STEPHENS GREEN, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Adelaide Rd 65A (Davitt House)

1,533,843.6

19-Sep-80

35

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

639,000

01-Apr-78

35

0

0

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Bishops Square

1,164,168.8

04-Jan-02

20

0

0

BELLTRAP LTD

GRATTAN BRIDGE HOUSE, 3 UPPER ORMOND QUAY, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Road 4-5

1,193,500

17-Oct-80

35

0

0

HALFPIPE LIMITED

MILESTONE, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, DUNDALK, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

240,000

15-Sep-77

35

0

0

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Lombard St East 8 — 11 Joyce Hse

493,000

16-Sep-81

35

0

0

DERMOT KING

ARDREAGH HOUSE, BISHOPS COURT, STRAFFAN, CO KILDARE

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Tce St Steph Gr Hse

1,009,440

01-Apr-96

10

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IBI PROPERTY NOMINEE, NEW IRELAND ASSURANC COMPANY PLC

DUBLIN 02

Harcourt Street 75-78

882,000

15-Jan-82

35

0

0

HAZELDALE LIMITED

MILESTONE, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, DUNDALK, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Earlsfort Tce St Steph Gr Hse

198,840

24-Aug-95

10

7

8

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IBI PROPERTY NOMINEE, NEW IRELAND ASSURANC COMPANY PLC

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

656,454

16-Feb-77

35

0

0

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Leinster St Sth 6-9 Phoenix Hse

119,990.25

25-Jun-70

42

0

0

FRIENDS FIRST LIFE ASSURANCE CO LTD

29-31 ADELAIDE ROAD, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 02

Bishops Square

1,187,319.3

04-Jan-02

20

0

0

BELLTRAP LTD

GRATTAN BRIDGE HOUSE, 3 UPPER ORMOND QUAY, DUBLIN 7

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 02

Nassau Building Setanta Centre

406,316

08-Apr-95

16

8

24

REVERIE LTD

MILESTOWN, CASTLEBELLINGHAM, CO LOUTH

DUBLIN 02

Bishops Square

871,700.58

18-Jan-02

20

0

0

BELLTRAP LTD

GRATTAN BRIDGE HOUSE, 3 UPPER ORMOND QUAY, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 02

Molesworth St Gov Publications

193,000

25-Dec-81

35

0

0

ALLIANCE ASSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

14-17 DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 03

East Wall PVII

212,249.28

01-Feb-03

5

0

0

MOLLOY & SHERRY

EIRFREEZE LTD, BOND ROAD EXTENSION, EAST WALL, DUBLIN 3

DUBLIN 03

Castleforbes Road C&E Warehouse

224,743.64

16-Jan-89

15

11

10

HENRY A CROSBIE

CROSBIE BUSINESS CTR, OSSORY ROAD, DUBLIN 3

DUBLIN 04

Ballsbridge (Hume House)

500,000

01-Feb-92

30

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 04

Claremont Road Revenue Office

605,347.63

06-May-80

35

0

0

MANDON LIMITED

71 UPR LEESON ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 04

Ballsbridge (Hume House)

160,000

01-Feb-66

55

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 04

Waterloo Road St Martins House

507,005

09-May-97

25

0

0

FRIENDS FIRST LIFE ASSURANCE CO LTD BLOCK H

CHERRYWOOD SCIENCE & TECH PARK, LOUGHLINSTOWN, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 04

Shelbourne Rd 21Shelbourne Hse

693,616

14-Mar-77

43

10

25

J FRANK MYLES & JASON O'MALLEY

COLLINE HOUSE, KILRICKLE, LOUGHREA

DUBLIN 05

Kilbarrack SWO

145,500

21-Nov-88

20

0

0

BENHEDGE LIMITED

37 LR BAGGOT STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 05

Coolock Northside Shop Cntre

41,266.49

01-Apr-79

35

0

0

GREEN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD

STYNE HOUSE, HATCH STREET UPPER, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 06

Canal Road (Canal House)

620,000

16-May-97

25

0

0

CIF FIRST HOLDINGS

FEDERATION HOUSE, CANAL ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 06

Rathgar Driving Test Centre

36,822.4

01-Mar-95

9

6

0

REDEMPTORIST FATHERS

MARIONELLA, ORWELL ROAD, RATHGAR, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 06

Clonskeagh Road

46,000

16-Jun-03

1

10

15

CHRIS & MARIAN FLYNN

1 ST JAMES TERRACE, CLONSKEAGH ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 07

Distillery Building

475,530

08-Sep-99

3

6

0

LAW LIBRARY SERVICES LIMITED

DISTILLERY BUILDING, 145-151 CHURCH ST, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 07

Richmond Hospital Courts

31,743.45

01-Jan-00

16

8

8

RORY O'MEARA

AVONMORE, SEAFIELD ROAD, KILLINEY, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 07

Bow Street Gov Office

444,212.79

15-Nov-00

25

0

0

DANNINGER LTD

LA TOUCHE HOUSE, GROVE ROAD, LOWER RATHMINES ROAD, DUBLIN 6

DUBLIN 07

Bow Street 12-13

300,000

18-Mar-03

9

11

1

LAW LIBRARY PROP LTD

BAR COUNCIL ACS OFF, 158-159 CHURCH ST, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 07

Smithfield Prob and Wel Service

272,485.79

01-Jan-01

26

0

0

LINDERS OF CHAPELIZOD LTD

CHAPELIZOD, DUBLIN 20

DUBLIN 07

North Circular Road Park House

90,000

01-Aug-77

35

8

9

PARK HOUSE REALTY LIMITED

10-11 MOLESWORTH ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 07

North Circular Road Park House

340,000

10-Apr-78

35

0

0

PARK HOUSE REALTY LIMITED

10-11 MOLESWORTH ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 07

Ormond Quay Upper 19

87,611.93

01-Jan-00

20

0

0

ROBIN A PEILOW

13 KNOCKNASHEE, GOATSTOWN, DUBLIN 14

DUBLIN 07

Ormond Quay Ormond House

258,350

01-Apr-77

35

0

0

NEW IRELAND ASSURANCE CO LTD

11-12 DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 07

Navan Road Ashtowngate

1,387,160.1

01-Oct-02

20

0

1

FRIENDS FIRST LIFE ASSURANCE CO LTD BLOCK H

CHERRYWOOD SCIENCE & TECH PARK, LOUGHLINSTOWN, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 07

Smithfield Prob and Wel Service

362,383.25

01-Jan-01

26

0

0

LINDERS OF CHAPELIZOD LTD

CHAPELIZOD, DUBLIN 20

DUBLIN 07

Manor St Nursing Council

73,175.01

10-Sep-01

24

7

9

P MAGUIRE & M MONAGHAN

UNIT 32B MANOR ST, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 07

Richmond Hospital Courts

507,896

09-Sep-96

20

0

0

RORY O'MEARA

AVONMORE, SEAFIELD ROAD, KILLINEY, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 08

Thomas Street 126 — 7

120,625.12

01-Sep-78

35

0

0

BUCKLEY PARTNER

AIB BANK, 1 LWR BAGGOT STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 08

Riverbank Courts

38,092.14

01-Oct-96

10

0

0

FRANCISCAN MISSIONARY UNION

8 MERCHANTS QUAY, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 08

Conyngham Road Phoenix House

260,405.5

08-Feb-99

25

0

0

RYANAIR LIMITED

DUBLIN AIRPORT, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 08

Mountshannon Rd Fur Br Off Block

426,631.99

01-Aug-81

35

0

0

BANK OF IRELAND

O'CONNELL BRIDGE BR, 6 LWR O'CONNELL ST, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 08

Ph/Pk Garda HQ Portacabins

11,983.8

22-Jun-98

6

2

0

VIVIDALE LIMITED

T/A CABINPAC, DUNSHAUGHLIN IND EST, DUBLIN ROAD, DUNSHAUGHLIN

DUBLIN 08

James' Street Customs and Excise

25.39

109

11

25

ARTHUR GUINNESS & SON CO (DUBLIN) LTD

ENGINEERING DEPART, ST JAMES GATE, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 08

Victoria Street SWO

44,440

11-Oct-91

15

0

0

B J O PASLEY FOR TRUSTEES

KINGSLAND PARK METHODIST CHURCH

DUBLIN 09

Airways Industrial Estate

223,473.9

27-Sep-79

35

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 09

Santry Revenue Warehouse/Office

289,087.62

17-Jun-99

25

0

0

ERIN EXECUTOR & TRUSTEE CO LTD

56-59 ST STEPHENS GN, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 10

Ballyfermot Prob & Wel Service

36,822.4

26-Apr-99

20

0

0

MARY MCGRATH

BERKELEY HOUSE, 17 BERKELEY ROAD, DUBLIN 7

DUBLIN 11

Finglas Finance Storage

61,677

01-Jan-03

21

0

1

B & M MURPHY

113 ARD NA MARA, MALAHIDE, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 11

Finglas Prob & Welfare Service

34,282.93

01-Jun-95

20

0

0

PAUL COATES

CARRIG NIRVANA, KILLAKEE ROAD, DUBLIN 16

DUBLIN 11

Ballymun GS + RAX

3,175

10-Jan-72

146

7

22

DUBLIN CORPORATION RENTALS

BLOCK 3 FL 3, CIVIC OFFICES, WOOD QUAY

DUBLIN 11

Unidare OPW Store Warehouse2

15,236.86

01-Nov-96

8

1

25

MARSHALSEA PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED

MERCHANTS HOUSE, 27-30 MERCHANTS QUAY, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 11

Finglas Shopping Centre FÁS

25,648.71

01-Mar-81

29

8

0

WINCHURCH INVESTMENT LIMITED

6 CAVENDISH ROW, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 11

Finglas Driv Test Ctr+Rev Store

35,910.73

01-Apr-91

20

0

0

MARSHALSEA PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED

MERCHANTS HOUSE, 27-30 MERCHANTS QUAY, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 11

Ballymun SWO

28,092.95

25-Mar-69

35

0

0

BALLYMUN DEVELOPMENT

WILTON WORKS, NAAS ROAD, CLONDALKIN, DUBLIN 22

DUBLIN 11

Ballymun SWO

25,394.76

30-May-93

12

0

0

BALLYMUN DEVELOPMENT

WILTON WORKS, NAAS ROAD, CLONDALKIN, DUBLIN 22

DUBLIN 11

Unidare Departments Store W/hse1

210,000

01-Jan-96

20

0

0

MARSHALSEA PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED

MERCHANTS HOUSE, 27-30 MERCHANTS QUAY, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN 12

Crumlin Prob & Wel Service

111,736.95

01-Feb-95

20

0

0

JOHN & MARIAN REGAN

C/O HIGGINS CHAMBERS & FLANAGAN SOLICITORS, HEADFORD

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 12

Park West Business Park Block 43

212,585.9

01-Sep-01

20

0

0

AIRSCAPE LIMITED

HARCOURT HOUSE, 18-19 HARCOURT ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 12

Park West Ind Est Unit 4

142,015.13

01-Jun-99

20

0

0

LEAMORE LIMITED

PARK WEST IND ESTATE, NANGOR ROAD, DUBLIN 12

DUBLIN 13

Donaghmede Garda Clinic

5,713.82

15-Jan-96

7

10

16

MAX DEVELOPMENTS LTD

52 LR LEESON STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 13

Donaghmede Prob/Welfare Service

152,368.57

01-Jun-00

10

0

0

FITZWILLIAM PLACE MANAGEMENT LTD

HARCOURT HOUSE, 18-19 HARCOURT ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 14

Dundrum SWO

6,983.56

09-Aug-96

9

6

0

DUNDRUM TRAVEL LTD

MAIN STREET, DUNDRUM, DUBLIN 14

DUBLIN 14

Clonskeagh Beech Hill Off Camp

75,549.42

14-Apr-03

2

0

1

L M ERICSSON LIMITED

BEECH HILL, OFFICE CAMPUS, CLONSKEAGH, DUBLIN 14

DUBLIN 14

Sandyford Furze Road

216,000

01-Sep-95

25

7

4

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 14

Nutgrove SWO

144,480

01-Feb-88

35

0

0

NUTGROVE SHOPPING CENTRE LIMITED

40 UP FITZWILLIAM ST, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 14

Churchtown Driving Test Centre

10,665.8

01-Sep-98

6

0

0

KIERAN FEHAN & BARRY FLOOD

5 BRAEMOR ROAD, CHURCHTOWN, DUBLIN 14

DUBLIN 14

Clonskeagh Belfield Office Park

1,053,095.4

13-Aug-99

25

0

0

IRISH LIFE ASSURANCE

IRISH LIFE CENTRE, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUBLIN 15

Blanchardstown Marine W/hse/Off

206,332.44

01-Jun-99

20

0

0

IBI PROPERTY NOMINEES LIMITED

26 FITZWILLIAM PLACE, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 15

Blanchardstown SWO

638,678.25

01-Jun-00

25

0

0

PETER JOSEPH & MICHAEL COSGROVE

13 WENTWORTH, ELBANA VILLAS, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN 18

Sandyford Ind Est Geolog W/house

214,903.17

25-Apr-94

20

0

0

VENDING PRODUCTS LTD

BRACKEN ROAD, SANDYFORD IND ESTATE, DUBLIN 18

DUBLIN 22

Clondalkin Education Office

39,361.88

11-Feb-85

35

0

0

FRANK HEGARTY

18 ST ANTHONYS AVE, CLONDALKIN, DUBLIN 22

DUBLIN 22

Clondalkin Education Office

39,361.88

11-Feb-85

35

0

0

P MANGAN

CASTLEDILLAN, STRAFFAN, CO KILDARE

DUBLIN 22

Clondalkin SWO Ninth Lock Rd

203,394.26

08-Sep-99

20

0

0

RACONTEUR LIMITED

9 FITZWILLIAM SQUARE, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 22

Clondalkin Prison Services

559,646.58

01-May-01

25

0

0

SIAC CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

MONASTERY ROAD, CLONDALKIN, DUBLIN 22

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Gov Off Belgard

48,250.05

01-May-99

4

9

28

TNT RETAIL EXPRESS

UNIT 1, BELGARD IND ESTATE, TALLAGHT, DUBLIN 24

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Gov Off Plaza Complex

357,073.2

01-Mar-00

25

0

0

K P L PARTNERSHIP

29 DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Revenue Commissioners

90,000

01-Oct-96

25

0

0

ANGATON PROPERTIES LIMITED

60 FITZWILLIAM SQ, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Prob and Welf Service

92,057

28-Jul-83

35

0

0

LESLIE & ANTONIO KERTESZ

24 BROOK COURT, MONKSTOWN, CO DUBLIN

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Gov Off Plaza Complex

469,161.87

01-Mar-00

25

0

0

K P L PARTNERSHIP

29 DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2

DUBLIN 24

Tallaght Gov Off St Johns Hse

694,584.82

30-Jul-96

25

0

0

WINGMOUNT TRADING LTD

1 HIGH STREET, DUBLIN 8

DUBLIN AIRPORT

Dublin Airport Transaer House

565,235

01-Dec-01

4

0

0

AER RIANTA

DUBLIN AIRPORT, CO DUBLIN

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

DUBLIN AIRPORT

Dublin Airport Collinstown Hse

5,724.6

07-Oct-03

4

0

0

AER RIANTA

DUBLIN AIRPORT, CO DUBLIN

DUN LAOGHAIRE

Dun Laoghaire Garda Control

8,253.3

09-Sep-99

10

0

0

DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR COMPANY

HARBOUR LODGE, CROFTON ROAD, DUN LAOGHAIRE

DUN LAOGHAIRE

Dun Laoghaire Prob & Welfare Serv

85,999.36

01-Feb-96

20

0

0

CHARLES COOTE

C/O T G MC VEAGH & CO SOLICITORS, 32 KILDARE ST, DUBLIN 2

DUN LAOGHAIRE

Dun Laoghaire Vehicle Reg Off

40,631.62

12-Aug-94

21

0

0

MICHAEL C HALPENNY

96 UPR GEORGES ST, DUN LAOGHAIRE, CO DUBLIN

DUNDALK

Dundalk Gov Off Brook St

30,000

01-Oct-97

7

6

0

PATRICK COPAS

31 LADYWELL TERRACE, DUNDALK, CO LOUTH

DUNDALK

Dundalk SWO — Wilton House

50,789.52

01-Oct-91

12

2

25

MONARCH PROPERTIES LIMITED

SOMERTON, CASTLEKNOCK, DUBLIN 15

DUNDALK

Dundalk Gov Off St Pat's Hall

31,743.45

01-Apr-92

11

8

25

REV S MC CARTAN

THE ADMINISTRATOR, ST PATRICKS, DUNDALK, CO LOUTH

DUNDALK

Dundalk Gov Off Earl Hse

177,763.33

01-May-75

35

0

0

NORTHERN BANK LIMITED

DUNDALK

Dundalk Garda Office

1,904.61

01-Jun-02

3

0

0

CIE GROUP PROPERTY LIMITED

ORIEL STREET, DUBLIN 1

DUNFANAGHY

Dunfanaghy SWO

20,800

01-Jan-92

13

11

0

MRS ADA ARNOLD

PATRICK STREET, DUNFANAGHY, CO DONEGAL

DUNGARVAN

Dungarvan Gov Off Civic Bldgs

81,806.68

01-May-99

20

0

0

WATERFORD CO COUNCIL CIVIC OFFICES

DUNGARVAN, CO WATERFORD

DUNLAVIN

Dunlavin GS + MQ

8,888

10-Jun-85

20

0

0

MRS A B TYNTE-IRVINE

THE GLEBE HOUSE, TAMMEY, LETTERKENNY, CO DONEGAL

DUNMANWAY

Dunmanway SWO

14,119.49

27-Apr-59

50

7

4

MRS EILEEN COAKLEY

MONCH, BALLINEEN, CO CORK

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

EDENDERRY

Edenderry SWO

4,828.62

08-Aug-94

10

0

0

PAT & SEAN FLANAGAN

EDENDERRY BUS PARK, BARROWBANK, PORTARLINGTON, CO LAOIS

ELPHIN

Elphin GS

6,602.64

01-Jun-93

11

6

25

MR MICHAEL CONNELLAN & MRS MARY LYSTER

110 GEORGIAN VILLAGE, CASTLEKNOCK, DUBLIN 15

ENNIS

Ennis Education Office

47,615

01-Jul-02

20

0

0

AUSTIN SLATTERY

SPRINGFIELD COURT, VICTORIA TCE, MILL RD, ENNIS, CO CLARE

ENNIS

Ennis Education Office

47,615

01-Jul-02

20

0

0

BRIAN MCCARTHY

CRAGWOOD, QUIN, CO CLARE

ENNIS

Ennis Justice Welfare

13,205.28

21-Jan-99

5

0

0

ML & JOAN HOULIHAN

ARDCAIRN GORT ROAD, ENNIS, CO CLARE

ENNISCORTHY

Enniscorthy SWO

9,269.09

01-Mar-80

23

9

25

AGNES KELLY

SLANEY PLACE, ENNISCORTHY, CO WEXFORD

FALCARRAGH

Falcarragh SWO

9,880

25-Mar-03

9

11

0

MARY MC GARVEY

MAIN STREET, FALCARRAGH, CO DONEGAL

FERMOY

Fermoy SWO — Connolly Street

13,967.12

02-May-00

10

0

0

DR CHARLES & ANN MCCARTHY

CONNOLLY STREET, FERMOY, CO CORK

FERRYBANK

Ferrybank GS

1,508.45

01-May-57

52

2

0

THE MAJOR ALDERMEN & BURGESSES OF WATERFORD

GALWAY

Galway DAF Dockgate

744,825.84

01-Jan-03

20

0

1

MARIS MANUFACTURING LTD, MC DONAGH HOUSE

GALWAY TECHNOLOGY PK, PARKMORE, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Revenue Tax Office

27,299.37

15-Aug-94

9

11

0

HIBERNIAN TRUSTEE COMPANY LIMITED

HADDINGTON ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

GALWAY

Galway Revenue Tax Office

54,281.3

01-Jan-87

18

0

0

HIBERNIAN TRUSTEE COMPANY LIMITED

HADDINGTON ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

GALWAY

Galway Revenue Tax Office

126,973.81

21-Jul-75

35

0

0

HIBERNIAN INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

HAWKINS HOUSE, HAWKINS STREET, DUBLIN 2

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

GALWAY

Galway Customs & Excise Liosaban

129,513.28

25-Nov-99

4

1

1

DONALL DOOLEY & PETER MELVILLE

DEERPARK IND ESTATE, ORANMORE, CO GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Garda Office

65,899.41

01-Jan-02

9

11

0

PETER MELVILLE

DEERPARK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ORANMORE, CO GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Hynes Building

181,572.55

01-Jan-86

35

0

0

O'MALLEY PROPERTY LIMITED

15 HIGH STREET, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Revenue Tax Office

27,616.8

01-Nov-75

35

0

0

HIBERNIAN INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

HAWKINS HOUSE, HAWKINS STREET, DUBLIN 2

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Ross House

78,232

01-Jul-78

36

0

0

EQUITY HOLDINGS

VICTORIA HOUSE, EYRE SQUARE, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Prob & Wel Serv

7,575

01-Sep-03

20

0

1

D & M DUNCAN

M & D PROPERTIES, 10 UPR ABBEYGATE ST, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Irish Water Safety

27,639.66

01-Feb-00

21

0

0

JOHN COYLE

LONG WALK, GALWAY, CO GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Mervue Garda

6,602.64

01-Jan-00

35

0

0

THOMAS BOURKE

5 SYLVAN DRIVE, NEWCASTLE, CO GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Driving Test Centre

28,600

05-Feb-96

10

0

0

COLM O'DONNELLAN & GERRY PURCELL

GALWAY

Galway Education Office

155,520.06

15-Jun-01

35

0

0

G & M BRENNAN

MAUNSELLS ROAD, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Prob & Wel Serv

27,068.28

01-Sep-01

20

0

0

COLM O'DONNELLAN

MARY STREET, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Prob & Wel Serv

34,274.04

01-Sep-01

20

0

0

D & M DUNCAN

M & D PROPERTIES, 10 UPR ABBEYGATE ST, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Ross House

13,205.28

01-Apr-01

3

8

25

EQUITY HOLDINGS

VICTORIA HOUSE, EYRE SQUARE, GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

GALWAY

Galway Environment Office

47,087

01-May-02

20

0

0

D FARRELL & M GILLEN

DM PROPERTIES GR GLR, 36 UPR ABBEYGATE ST, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Ross House

77,060.4

01-Sep-95

20

0

0

EQUITY HOLDINGS

VICTORIA HOUSE, EYRE SQUARE, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway SWO — Augustine House

33,267.14

01-Jan-92

12

11

25

BRIAN LYNCH & ASSOC

4 THE COURTHOUSE SQ, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Garda Training

28,300

19-Nov-96

9

4

9

GEORGE, BRENDAN & PATRICK CONROY

CONG, CO MAYO

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Hynes Building

117,768.21

01-Apr-92

11

9

30

O'MALLEY PROPERTY LIMITED

15 HIGH STREET, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Gov Off Hynes Building

37,774.71

01-Apr-92

11

10

0

O'MALLEY PROPERTY LIMITED

15 HIGH STREET, GALWAY

GALWAY

Galway Central Statistics Office

3,573.97

16-Jul-74

36

0

0

MARTIN & MARGARET O'BRIEN

QUARRYFIELD HOLDINGS

GLENTIES

Glenties Marine Forestry Off

8,851.5

21-Jan-98

10

0

0

MARTIN REGAN

MILL ROAD, GLENTIES, CO DONEGAL

GOREY

Gorey Government Offices

6,602.64

01-Apr-93

11

8

25

PAT FUNGE

HOLLYFORT ROAD, GOREY, CO WEXFORD

GORT

Gort SWO

8,253.3

01-Jun-99

10

0

0

TOMMY O'DONNELL

THE SQUARE, GORT, CO GALWAY

GRANARD

Granard SWO

6,602.64

01-Feb-96

10

0

0

STEPHEN GARLAND

MAIN STREET, GRANARD, CO LONGFORD

GREENCASTLE

Greencastle Marine Office

2,310.92

16-Mar-94

10

0

0

FOYLE FISHERMENS CO-OP SOCIETY LTD

THE PIER, GREENCASTLE, MOVILLE

GREENORE

Greenore Customs Post

2,730.44

01-Nov-78

25

1

25

GREENORE FERRY SERVICES LIMITED

GREENORE, CO LOUTH

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

GWEEDORE

Gweedore Arts/Her/Gael/Is

6,920.07

11-Mar-93

11

9

15

UDARAS NA GAELTACHTA

NA FORBACHA, CO GALWAY

KELLS

Kells SWO

7,923.17

28-Apr-98

5

7

28

MICHAEL SWEENEY

HEADFORT PLACE, KELLS, CO MEATH

KENMARE

Kenmare SWO

19,000

01-Nov-94

10

0

0

RODGER O'SULLIVAN

OLD BRIDGE ROAD, KENMARE, CO KERRY

KILDARE

Kildare AHGI Office

11,422.9

01-May-00

20

0

0

JOHN CONWAY

CONWAY ESTATES, STATION ROAD, KILDARE

KILLARNEY

Killarney Driving Test Centre

6,348.69

01-Apr-92

12

8

25

SEAN O DONOGHUE

WHITE VILLA FARM, LISSIVIGEEN, KILLARNEY, CO KERRY

KILLARNEY

Killarney Government Offices

36,822.4

01-Jan-95

10

0

0

KILLARNEY CREDIT UNION

NEW STREET, KILLARNEY, CO KERRY

KILLARNEY

Killarney Education Office

6,602.64

08-Oct-01

4

11

0

COYNE & CULLOTY

2 MAIN STREET, KILLARNEY, CO KERRY

KILLYBEGS

Killybegs Government Office

68,733.46

07-May-01

10

0

0

SEAN & ANNE RODGERS

ATLANTIC MARINE SUPPLIES LTD, DONEGAL ROAD, KILLYBEGS, CO DONEGAL

KILMALLOCK

Kilmallock SWO

11,700

01-Aug-03

9

11

0

A & J O'CONNELL

SWO OFFICE, CHARLEVILLE ROAD, KILMALLOCK, CO LIMERICK

KILMALLOCK

Kilmallock SWO

7,262.9

01-Dec-95

8

5

30

A & J O'CONNELL

SWO OFFICE, CHARLEVILLE ROAD, KILMALLOCK, CO LIMERICK

KILRICKLE

Kilrickle GS + MQ

5,713.82

25-Apr-00

5

0

0

MICHAEL CURLEY

THE GREEN, KILTORMER, BALLINASLOE, CO GALWAY

KILRUSH

Kilrush SWO

1,650.66

01-May-54

49

7

25

PATRICIA M MCMAHON

ANNAVILLE, 2 ALBERT PLACE, WESTEND, KILKEE

KINSALE

Kinsale Old Head MES

1,396.71

01-Mar-01

4

9

0

MRS BRIGID O'REGAN

TOOMB, DUNMANWAY, CO CORK

LEIXLIP

Leixlip GS

20,000

01-Feb-98

6

11

0

JAMES PEGLEY

70 NEWTOWN PARK, LEIXLIP, CO KILDARE

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny Driving Test Centre

12,062.51

07-Jun-93

11

6

19

P J DOHERTY & SON LTD

COSHCLADY, BUNBEG, CO DONEGAL

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny Prob & Wel Serv

12,062.51

19-Jul-94

10

0

0

P J DOHERTY & SON LTD

COSHCLADY, BUNBEG, CO DONEGAL

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny OPW Store

5,332.9

01-Dec-00

10

0

0

GEORGE BOAL

PINEHILL WAREHOUSING, MOUNTAIN TOP, LETTERKENNY, CO DONEGAL

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny Revenue Office

58,000

20-Jul-98

20

0

1

PATK & SALLY DUNION

SPRACHBURN HOUSE, LETTERKENNY, CO DONEGAL

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny Customs &Excise Store

17,827.12

26-Oct-95

8

2

0

GEORGE BOAL

PINEHILL WAREHOUSING, MOUNTAIN TOP, LETTERKENNY, CO DONEGAL

LETTERKENNY

Letterkenny Customs & Excise

24,000

07-Jun-93

20

0

0

KEVIN PEOPLES

LOWER MAIN STREET, LETTERKENNY, CO DONEGAL

LIMERICK

Limerick Education Office

123,824.25

01-Apr-02

20

0

1

GERARD ENRIGHT

9 MOUNT GERARD COURT, SOUTH CIRCULAR ROAD, LIMERICK CITY, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick Gov Off St Munchins Hse

36,822.4

16-May-97

11

11

15

ST MUNCHIN HOUSE PARTNERSHIP

C/O GRANT THORNTON, MILL HOUSE, HENRY STREET

LIMERICK

Limerick Gov Off St Munchins Hse

62,877.43

01-Sep-73

35

0

0

ST MUNCHIN HOUSE PARTNERSHIP

C/O GRANT THORNTON, MILL HOUSE, HENRY STREET

LIMERICK

Limerick Driving Test Centre

15,000

29-Jan-81

23

10

27

DAVID & KAY CULHANE

WOODVIEW SHOP CENTRE, WOODVIEW PARK, OLD CRATLOE ROAD, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Moyross Garda Clinic

1,269.74

17-May-92

12

7

9

MOYROSS COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE CNTR LTD

MOYROSS, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick Gov Off St Munchins Hse

5,688.43

01-Apr-74

34

5

0

ST MUNCHIN HOUSE PARTNERSHIP

C/O GRANT THORNTON, MILL HOUSE, HENRY STREET

LIMERICK

Limerick Revenue Warehouses

73,396

01-Jun-96

20

0

0

LIMERICK FRUIT SUPPLIERS HOLDINGS

PARK ROAD, RHEBOGUE, LIMERICK

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

LIMERICK

Limerick Prob & Wel Office

21,526

18-Dec-00

3

8

2

DUDIKA LIMITED

CRESCENT TRUST CO, GARDINER HOUSE, BANK PLACE, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick SWO — Plassey

33,140.16

01-Nov-92

11

1

25

SHANNON FREE AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT CO LTD

SHANNON, CO CLARE

LIMERICK

Limerick F/SWO Upper Cecil St

152.37

01-Aug-33

99

0

0

KENNEDY & OTHERS

LIMERICK

Limerick Education Office

3,809.21

01-Jun-99

5

6

25

CITY OF LIMERICK VEC

ATHENAEUM BUILDING, UPPER CECIL STREET, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick Garda Pulse Office

6,602.64

13-Aug-99

5

4

13

GARDA SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB

SEXTON STREET, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick Revenue Office

569,360

11-Jun-92

20

0

0

BABA EXPORTS LIMITED

KINNEAR COURT, CUMBERLAND ST SOUTH, DUBLIN 2

LIMERICK

Limerick Revenue Drugs Team

17,954.1

01-Nov-98

20

0

0

LIMERICK BUSINESS SYSTEMS LIMITED

CORCANREE IND ESTATE, LIMERICK

LIMERICK

Limerick CSO Folio Storage

81,923.4

22-Jul-99

5

3

0

BEVERLY RECORDS MANAGEMENT

13-17 NEWMARKET, DUBLIN 8

LISMORE

Lismore SWO

5,078.95

01-Jun-00

5

0

0

D MURPHY & G DOWD

MAIN STREET, LISMORE, CO WATERFORD

LISTOWEL

Listowel SWO

81,263.24

14-Feb-02

20

0

0

KEVIN BARRY

CLIEVERAGH, LISTOWEL, CO KERRY

LONGFORD

Longford Vehicle Reg Off

10,157.9

01-Jan-93

11

11

25

ZOLA ENTERPRISES LTD

DUBLIN ROAD, MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH

LOUGHREA

Loughrea SWO — Main Street

19,147.65

19-Jul-96

10

0

0

SEAN KELLY & VALERIE DOLAN

C/O M KEARY AUCTIONEERING, LOUGHREA

LOUGHREA

Loughrea SWO — PMPA Building

23,000

14-Feb-97

10

0

0

ZACCIO LIMITED

C/O SWEENEYS, MAIN STREET, LOUGHREA, CO GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

LOUGHREA

Loughrea Agriculture Offices

9,903.96

02-Aug-76

35

0

0

VALERIE DOLAN

POOLBOY, BALLINASLOE &, SEAN &JEANETTE KELLY, DERRYMULLEN

LOUGHREA

Loughrea Driving Test Centre

5,078.95

01-Nov-98

6

1

25

MARTIN AHERNE

COSMONA, LOUGHREA, CO GALWAY

LUCAN

Lucan SWO — Chapel Hill

16,671.66

01-Apr-85

20

0

0

SEAN TUOHY

PARK LODGE, CHAPEL HILL, LUCAN, CO DUBLIN

LUCAN

Lucan SWO — Main Street

12,697.38

02-Jun-96

14

0

0

MRS GRACE O'HARA

47 LR BEECHWOOD AVE, RANELAGH, DUBLIN 6

MACROOM

Macroom SWO

6,602.64

06-Nov-97

6

1

20

ESB

SARSFIELD ROAD, WILTON, CORK

MALAHIDE

Malahide SWO

15.871.73

15-Apr-85

20

0

0

OWEN OWENS

SUITE 1, MARIAN HOUSE, 93/95 TERENURE RD E, DUBLIN 6

MALLOW

Mallow Driving Test Centre

1.27

01-May-90

13

7

25

CORK CO COUNCIL

ANNABELLA, MALLOW, CO CORK

MALLOW

Mallow SWO

33,846.14

30-May-94

10

0

0

PAT MCNALLY

CENTRAL LANE, OFF DAVIS STREET, MALLOW, CO CORK

MALLOW

Mallow Government Offices

26,664.5

01-Jul-92

12

5

25

MALLOW CREDIT UNION LIMITED

135 BANK PLACE, MALLOW, CO CORK

MALLOW

Mallow Farm Devopment Service

10,361.06

01-Mar-99

4

11

28

D K P HOLDINGS LTD

GOULDSHILL HOUSE, GOULDSHILL, MALLOW, CO CORK

MAYNOOTH

Maynooth Agriculture Office

940,625.68

01-Feb-02

9

11

0

RAY GREHAN

CRINSTOWN, MAYNOOTH, CO KILDARE

MONAGHAN

Monaghan Drainage Workshops

21,331.6

15-Aug-96

8

4

11

E MCNALLY LIMITED

GLASLOUGH, CO MONAGHAN

MOYLOUGH

Moylough GS + MQ

6,602.64

01-Jul-97

15

0

0

PATRICK BURKE

BEECHCROFT, BALLYFORAN, BALLINASLOE, CO GALWAY

MOYNE

Moyne Wildlife Office

13,205.28

01-May-00

10

0

0

JOE DWYER

FYHORA, MOYNE, CO LONGFORD

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

MOYNE

Moyne GS

126.97

01-Apr-84

20

8

25

REV JOSEPH BERGIN PP

PAROCHIAL HOUSE, TEMPLETOUHY, CO TIPPERARY

MULLINGAR

Mullingar Central Stats Office

3,580.66

23-Jun-97

6

6

3

EARLSCOURT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

PARK HOUSE, AUSTIN FRIAR STREET, MULLINGAR

MULLINGAR

Mullingar Prob & Wel Serv

26,664.5

01-Feb-00

20

0

0

DAVID MULVANY

WILLIAMSTOWN, TRIM ROAD, NAVAN, CO MEATH

MULLINGAR

Mullingar Education Office

186,309

23-May-03

20

0

2

PEARSE CORROON

DUBLIN ROAD, MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH

MULLINGAR

Mullingar Vehicle Reg Office

10,500

01-Nov-92

11

7

0

PATSY FAGAN

MULLINGAR

Mullingar Ed Warehouse 1

28,011.96

01-Oct-01

9

11

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

NAAS

Naas Vehicle Registration Office

31,925

01-Dec-92

19

6

0

T & L MC KENNA

WHITECHURCH, STRAFFAN, CO KILDARE

NAAS

Naas Agric Off Spring Garden Hse

35,314.59

23-Oct-95

9

11

0

THOMAS MC KENNA

TURNINGS, STRAFFAN, CO KILDARE

NAAS

Naas Driving Test Centre

8,380.27

01-May-91

12

7

25

BRIAN HIGGINS

MOYCLARE VILLAGE, MAYNOOTH, CO KILDARE

NAAS

Naas Agric Off — Poplar House

95,696

01-Mar-83

35

0

0

NAVSCAN LIMITED

FITZWILLIAM BUSINESS CENTRE, 26 UPR PEMBROKE ST, DUBLIN 2

NAAS

Naas Gov Office

254,034

01-Jan-04

20

1

0

GOLDSTATE LIMITED

ANNAVILLE HOUSE, NEWTOWN, WATERFORD

NAAS

Naas SWO — Rathasker Square

19,500

01-Aug-97

9

11

0

GROVEWORTH DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

BALTYBOYS, BLESSINGTON, CO WICKLOW

NAVAN

Navan SWO

224,562.2

01-Aug-02

20

0

0

JOHN CUSACK

ECHO GATE, DUBLIN ROAD, TRIM, CO MEATH

NAVAN

Navan SWO

45,710.57

02-May-95

9

6

0

MKF ENTERPRISES

COPSE LODGE, BELLINTER, NAVAN, CO MEATH

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

NAVAN

Navan VRT Commons Road

23,500

30-Nov-01

5

0

0

W J MURPHY c/o P SMITH & CO SOLRS

CHURCH VIEW, NAVAN, CO MEATH

NEW INN

New Inn GS — Galway

5,078.95

01-Mar-99

4

11

28

MARTIN SPELLMAN

NEW INN, BALLINASLOE, CO GALWAY

NEW ROSS

New Ross SWO

2,539.48

01-Jul-96

8

5

25

AUGUSTINIAN FATHERS

GOOD COUNSEL COLLEGE, NEW ROSS, CO WEXFORD

NEW ROSS

New Ross Government Offices

1,904.61

18-Jun-85

19

6

8

NEW ROSS HBR COMMRS

HARBOUR OFFICE, THE QUAY, NEW ROSS, CO WEXFORD

NEWBRIDGE

Newbridge SWO — Henry Street

17,776.33

01-Jan-95

10

0

0

PETER O' CONNELL

1 HENRY LANE, NEWBRIDGE, CO KILDARE

NEWCASTLEWEST

Newcastlewest Prob/Wel Office

39,613.16

01-Feb-02

19

11

1

MARTIN MULCAHY

CHURCHTOWN ROAD, NEWCASTLEWEST, LIMERICK

NEWMARKET

Newmarket SWO

2,539.48

01-Mar-77

26

9

25

TED FEEHAN

RATHCOOLA, CHARLEVILLE ROAD, NEWMARKET, CO CORK

OLDCASTLE

Oldcastle GS + MQ

69.84

01-Jan-63

45

0

0

JAMES NAPER

LOUGHCREW, OLDCASTLE, CO MEATH

ORANMORE

Oranmore GS + MQ

25,394.76

01-Jul-86

19

0

13

EXECUTORS OF AILEEN DILLON DECEASED

PASSAGE WEST

Passage West GS + MQ

126.97

25-Mar-66

38

9

1

MISS LAURA M PERRY & MRS MARY CASHMAN & MISS MARGERY KING & STEPHEN A PERRY

PORTLAOISE

Portlaoise DAF Appeals Office

83,259

01-Jun-03

20

0

1

KILMINCHY HOLDINGS

MOUNT KENNETT HSE, HENRY STREET, LIMERICK

PORTLAOISE

Portlaoise Furniture Store

2,031.58

01-Jan-01

10

0

0

JOHN EGAN

DOWNSVIEW, STRADBALLY ROAD, PORTLAOISE, CO LAOIS

PORTLAOISE

Portlaoise Agric Warehouse

25,394.76

01-Dec-99

20

0

0

SEAMUS MCCUSKER

SHANDERRY, PORTARLINGTON, CO LAOIS

PORTUMNA

Portumna Killimor-Cappagh Dr/nge

6,666.12

01-Jan-94

10

11

25

WESTERN HEALTH BOARD FINANCE DEPARTMENT

MERLIN PARK REGIONAL HOSPITAL, GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

RAMELTON

Ramelton GS + MQ

3,771.12

01-Jan-97

7

11

25

TRUSTEES OF LEMENS ESTATE

KARL HERMANN CLEMEN & OTHERS

REAR CROSS

Rear Cross GS

3,999.67

20-Feb-97

9

0

0

MS JOAN CAREY

91 BALLINACURRA GARDENS, LIMERICK

ROSCOMMON

Roscommon Agriculture Office

41,901.36

10-Oct-95

9

0

0

GERARD & BRIGEEN FITMAURICE

ARDSALLAGH BEG, ROSCOMMON

ROSCOMMON

Roscommon Health Office/Store

11,427.64

01-Dec-98

7

5

26

BRENDAN &THOMAS KELLY

ROSCOMMON ENTERPRISE CENTRE, RACECOURSE ROAD, ROSCOMMON

ROSCOMMON

Roscommon Vehicle Reg Office

13,713.17

01-Nov-92

11

1

25

SEAN DOYLE

CIRCULAR ROAD, ROSCOMMON

ROSCOMMON

Roscommon Health Office/Store

75,708.13

27-May-96

10

0

0

BRENDAN & THOMAS KELLY

ROSCOMMON ENTERPRISE CENTRE, RACECOURSE ROAD, ROSCOMMON

ROSCREA

Roscrea GS

36,314.51

01-Jan-01

35

0

0

ESTATE OF GEORGE E P FAWCETT — ATTN OF FEARGHAL L DE FEU

BRIDGE DE FEU & CO SOLRS, ROSCREA

ROSCREA

Roscrea SWO

16,506.6

01-May-00

19

11

28

J P CAMPION

THE MALTHOUSE, VALLEY PLACE, ROSCREA, CO TIPPERARY

ROSSLARE HARBOUR

Rosslare Harbour Government Off

79,206.26

01-Jan-93

11

11

25

CIE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

HEUSTON STATION, DUBLIN 8

ROSSLARE HARBOUR

Rosslare Harbour Government Off

38.09

17-Sep-23

82

3

9

CIE SECRETARYS OFFICE

HEUSTON STATION, DUBLIN 8

ROSSLARE HARBOUR

Rosslare Harbour Veh Reg Office

76,184.28

01-Nov-95

35

0

0

DEVEREUX ENTERPRISES LIMITED

WEXFORD ROAD, ROSSLARE HARBOUR, CO WEXFORD

ROSSLARE HARBOUR

Rosslare Harbour Government Off

10,860

21-Feb-02

10

0

0

CIE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

HEUSTON STATION, DUBLIN 8

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

SCOTSTOWN

Scotstown GS

6,031.26

18-Feb-93

11

10

8

MISS K MC KENNA

SCOTSTOWN, CO MONAGHAN

SHANNON

Shannon Driving Test Centre

4,202.83

01-Aug-98

6

4

25

MS ANN MAHER

C/O RISTEARD M CRIMMINS SOLICITORS, WEST MALL, SHANNON TOWN CTR

SHANTONAGH

Shantonagh GS

63.49

29-Oct-64

40

1

27

MRS SARAH MITCHELL

SHANTONAGH, CASTLEBLAYNEY, CO MONAGHAN

SKIBBEREEN

Skibbereen Marine Forestry Off

6,602.64

01-Dec-98

10

0

0

RAYMOND & MARY O'NEILL

37 NORTH STREET, SKIBBEREEN, CO CORK

SKIBBEREEN

Skibbereen Driving Test Centre

5,873.81

01-Jan-91

13

11

25

UNION HALL FISHERMAN CO-OP SOCIETY LTD

FASTNET ESTATE, MARSH ROAD, SKIBBEREEN

SLIGO

Sligo Driving Test Centre

109,220

21-Nov-03

20

0

0

TERRY GANNON

13 CEDAR DRIVE, SLIGO

SLIGO

Sligo Customs and Excise Store

17,450

01-Jul-96

10

0

0

RHODAVILLE PROPERTIES LTD

FINISKLIN IND ESTATE, FINISKLIN, SLIGO

SLIGO

Sligo Garda Welfare Office

11,732.38

01-Jun-00

5

0

0

ELEANOR NICHOLSON

BALLINCAR, SLIGO, CO SLIGO

SLIGO

Sligo Central Statistics Office

5,713.82

09-Jul-97

6

6

23

BRIAN REDAHAN

8 WINE STREET, SLIGO

SLIGO

Sligo Gov Off-Westward Town Cntr

34,752.73

07-Mar-97

9

11

0

LOMBARD & ULSTER BANKING LIMITED

ULSTER BANK GRP CNTR, GEORGES QUAY, DUBLIN 2

SLIGO

Sligo Vehicle Reg Off

12,710.08

19-Oct-98

6

2

7

PATRICK JOS CONWAY

GLENCAR, UPPER ROSSES POINT, SLIGO

SLIGO

Sligo SCFA Office

146,019.88

01-Aug-01

9

11

0

MRS EILEEN MONAHAN

ROSSAVILLE, BALLINCAR, CO SLIGO

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

SLIGO

Sligo Gov Off-Westward Town Cntr

28,125

13-Jul-92

20

11

0

WESTWARD (SLIGO) LTD

STROKESTOWN PARK HSE, STROKESTOWN, CO ROSCOMMON

SLIGO

Sligo Gov Off-Westward Town Cntr

33,750

22-Feb-93

20

0

0

WESTWARD (SLIGO) LTD

STROKESTOWN PARK HSE, STROKESTOWN, CO ROSCOMMON

SLIGO

Sligo Gov Off-Westward Town Cntr

45,525

01-Sep-92

25

0

0

WESTWARD (SLIGO) LTD

STROKESTOWN PARK HSE, STROKESTOWN, CO ROSCOMMON

SLIGO

Sligo District Veterinary Office

15,236.86

01-Sep-95

10

0

0

RHATIGAN & COMPANY

14 TEELING STREET, SLIGO

STRADBALLY

Stradbally GS + MQ

3,809.21

01-Jun-62

42

0

1

MRS NICOLA MINIHAN

THATCHED COTTAGE, CHURCH LANE, STRADBALLY, WATERFORD

SWINFORD

Swinford SWO

5,332.9

01-Mar-96

10

0

28

JOHN O'CONNOR SOLICITOR

168 PEMBROKE ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

SWORDS

Swords Census Office

634,852.53

16-Sep-00

25

0

0

CANADA LIFE ASSURANCE (IRL) LTD

TEMPLE HOUSE, ROCK ROAD, BLACKROCK

SWORDS

Swords Agricultural Inspectors

8,253.3

23-Jan-98

10

0

0

LINMORE PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED

ADELAIDE HOUSE, 90 UPR GEORGES ST, DUN LAOGHAIRE

TEMPLEMORE

Templemore SWO

8,253.3

20-May-93

15

0

0

J & L FITZPATRICK

MAIN STREET, TEMPLEMORE, CO TIPPERARY

TERRYGLASS

Terryglass GS

9,142.11

01-Jan-01

4

9

0

MR & MRS M COMERFORD

TOWERHILL, BORRISOKANE, CO TIPPERARY

THURLES

Thurles Justice Welfare Office

10,729.29

02-Dec-98

10

0

0

JOHN & LINDA HANAFIN

10 ROSEMOUNT, CLONGOUR, THURLES, CO TIPPERARY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

THURLES

Thurles Gov Offices — ACC House

6,983.56

05-Oct-98

6

2

21

ACC BANK

CHARLEMONT PLACE, DUBLIN 2

THURLES

Thurles Gov Offices — ACC House

10,157.9

01-Feb-99

6

0

0

ACC BANK

CHARLEMONT PLACE, DUBLIN 2

TIPPERARY

Tipperary Driving Test Centre

3,174.35

07-Oct-91

12

2

19

CANON HAYES

RECREATION CENTRE, ST MICHAELS STREET, TIPPERARY

TOOMEVARA

Toomevara GS + MQ

2,539.48

01-Jul-79

25

5

25

JAMES O'MEARA

POST OFFICE, TOOMEVARA, NENAGH, CO TIPPERARY

TOURMAKEEDY

Tourmakeady GS

4,761.52

26-May-94

9

7

0

JOHN BARKER

GURTEENMORE, TOURMAKEADY, CO MAYO

TRALEE

Tralee Marine Office

9,903.96

04-Jul-97

6

5

22

DECLAN O'SULLIVAN

3 GREENVIEW TERRACE, PRINCES STREET, TRALEE, CO KERRY

TRALEE

Tralee Prob and Wel Service

22,855.29

01-Feb-94

10

0

0

COLM V CURNEEN

13 SILCHESTER ROAD, GLENGEARY, CO DUBLIN

TRALEE

Tralee Education Office

28,569.11

15-Feb-01

9

11

0

ARTHUR GERARD SPRING

19 STRAND STREET, TRALEE, CO KERRY

TRALEE

Tralee Education Office

28,569.11

15-Feb-01

9

11

0

DONAL SPRING

29 BELGRAVE SQUARE, MONKSTOWN, CO DUBLIN

TRALEE

Tralee Garda Training Centre

18,000

11-May-99

8

7

30

PUREFRESH FRUIT JUICES LIMITED

GLEBE HOUSE, GLEBE PLACE, KILLARNEY

TRALEE

Tralee Agric Warehouse

18,324.86

01-Jul-00

20

0

0

J DILLON PROPERTIES

C/O DILLON CAR SALES, JOHN JOE SHEEHY ROAD, TRALEE, CO KERRY

TRIM

Trim SWO

1,587.17

19-Jan-93

11

11

7

TRIM UDC

TOWN HALL, TRIM, CO MEATH

TUAM

Tuam DTC

12,697.38

01-Jan-00

10

0

0

PAT & MAURICE BURKE

BURKES COACHES, TUAM, CO GALWAY

TUAM

Tuam Government Offices

25,394.76

28-Mar-85

24

0

0

SEAN & MARY RHATIGAN

MILLTOWN ROAD, TUAM, CO GALWAY

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

TUAM

Tuam Ordnance Survey Office

20,636.49

01-Sep-94

20

0

0

MARY KEATING

GARDENFIELD, TUAM, CO GALWAY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

15,984

01-Oct-02

9

11

1

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

23,976

01-Sep-03

9

11

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

10,656

01-Oct-01

9

11

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

15,998.7

01-Jun-99

10

0

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

20,869.42

01-Mar-01

9

11

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

TULLAMORE

Tullamore Education Warehouse

26,664.5

01-Aug-00

9

11

0

MID FREIGHT SHIPPING LIMITED

CAPPINCUR, TULLAMORE, CO OFFALY

VALENTIA

Knightstown MES

359.76

01-Jun-82

35

0

0

ADRIAN FITZGERALD

16 CLAREVILLE STREET, LONDON SW7, ENGLAND

WATERFORD

Waterford Gov Off-Johnstown

117,968

01-Jun-03

20

0

1

M & M CAHILLANE & J & B ROHAN T/A JOHNSTOWN PROPERTIES

UNIT 8, JOHNSTOWN BUS. PK, WATERFORD

WATERFORD

Waterford Prob & Wel Off

25,394.76

03-Sep-01

4

10

0

CAREY & LYNCH

86 THE QUAY, WATERFORD

WATERFORD

Waterford Customs Store

14,760.71

03-Feb-94

19

11

29

D FLYNN PROPERTIES

PARAGON HOUSE, WATERFORD BUSINESS PARK, CORK ROAD, WATERFORD

WATERFORD

Waterford Customs Store 1

32,505.29

01-Jul-00

20

0

0

D FLYNN PROPERTIES

PARAGON HOUSE, WATERFORD BUSINESS PARK, CORK ROAD, WATERFORD

Location

Building Name

Annual Rent

Rent Start Date

Term Years

Term Months

Term Days

Landlord Name

Address

WATERFORD

Waterford Education Office

23,939.64

11-Oct-71

35

0

0

JOHN & IMELDA COTTER

3 BAYSWATER, CURRABINNY RD, CARRIGALINE, CORK

WATERFORD

Waterford DTC

13,967.12

01-Sep-00

4

0

0

D FLYNN PROPERTIES

PARAGON HOUSE, WATERFORD BUSINESS PARK, CORK ROAD, WATERFORD

WEXFORD

Wexford Education Office

72,694.8

01-Dec-02

9

11

0

WRIGHT GROUP INVESTMENTS LTD

CORNMARKET, WEXFORD

WEXFORD

Wexford Family Med Services

15,236.86

14-Oct-98

5

5

0

BARRY KEHOE

BROOKHAVEN, NEWBAY, WEXFORD

WEXFORD

Wexford Driving Test Centre

5,078.95

01-Jul-91

13

5

25

CONTINENTAL SALES LIMITED

61 SOUTH MAIN STREET, WEXFORD

WICKLOW

Wicklow Gov Off Murrough

123,926.44

04-Dec-00

20

0

0

SHADOW PROPERTIES

45 NORTHUMBERLAND RD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4

YOUGHAL

Youghal SWO — Main Street

12,000

28-Oct-03

9

11

0

PAUL & ANNE MURRAY

GOLF LINKS ROAD, YOUGHAL, CO CORK

Pension Provisions.

Richard Bruton

Question:

245 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance his proposals to deal with the pension rights of unestablished workers in the Department of Defence who receive very low rates of non-contributory pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5942/04]

I indicated in my most recent budget speech that my intention is to bring forward proposals to change certain pension terms for existing staff. These proposals include, in particular, provisions to amend the formula used for integrating public service and social welfare pensions in order to make better provisions for current and future staff on lower pay levels.

Integration is the arrangement whereby, in the case of public service employees on full PRSI, which includes unestablished civil servants in the Department of Defence, the social welfare pension is combined with the occupational pension to provide a combined pension which is at least as good as the pension which would have been payable if the sole source of pension were occupational pension alone. For information, the lump sum payment due at the time of retirement is not integrated and as such is payable in full based pensionable remuneration and service.

Under the current approach to integration of pensions, the occupational portion of pensions is calculated on the basis of "net pensionable remuneration" — that is, pensionable remuneration less an offset of twice the value of the old age contributory pension. The occupational portion of pension is then calculated at a rate of 1/80th of the net pensionable remuneration for each year of reckonable service up to a maximum or 40/80th over 40 years. The current approach can provide a very low, or even zero, rate of occupational pension, apart from lump sum, for public servants who retire on low levels of pay.

In the approach recommended by the commission on public service pensions and discussed with the public service unions a new formula would be used which would ensure that workers with lower levels of income, that is income below three 1/3rd times old age contribution pension — currently about € 557 per week or €29,100 per annum, would be guaranteed a certain level of occupational income as well at the full old age contribution pension. The occupational portion of the pension will be calculated at 1/200th of total pensionable remuneration for each reckonable year of service; and would be payable in addition to old age contributory pension, as well as the unintegrated lump sum. In the case of employees earning over the limit of three 1/3rd times old age contributory pension, the calculation would yield the same pension as heretofore.

The effect of these proposed changes would be to improve the rate of occupational pension for lower paid public service workers generally, including relevant Department of Defence employees, while not affecting the occupational pensions of workers who are on relatively higher pay. It is important to note that old age contributory pension is paid in addition to the occupational pension, in respect of these workers, and would not be affected by the proposals. Similarly the unintegrated lump sum payments are not affected.

The revised proposals are in line with recommendations brought forward by the Commission on Public Service Pensions and improved, since then, in line with discussions with trade union representatives.

Tax Code.

Tony Gregory

Question:

246 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Finance the correct method of assessment of the crèche subsidy for benefit in kind tax purposes (details supplied). [5944/04]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that where an employer provides a benefit to an employee the amount of the taxable benefit which will be liable to PAYE and PRSI is the expense incurred by the employer less any amount made good to the employer by the employee.

In this case the employer has made a block booking of a number of places in a crèche. The employees pay part of the cost. The difference between the cost to the employer and the amount paid by the employees is a taxable benefit which must be apportioned between the employees concerned based on the facts including the number of children involved for each employee. The apportionment should lead to a result which is fair and reasonable.

Revenue have advised me that they will be in contact with the employer to ensure that there is an appropriate tax treatment in this case.

Decentralisation Programme.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

247 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Finance if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by him on budget day, insofar as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his Department, or an agency or body operating under the aegis of his Department; when he expects to receive the risk assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6006/04]

I have appointed an implementation committee to prepare and submit an overall implementation plan on decentralisation by the end of March 2004. More detailed planning for decentralisation, which will include risk assessment for the Department of Finance and the bodies under its aegis, will commence on receipt of the overall implementation plan.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

248 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Finance the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Department in each such location; the number of such staff who were relocated from within his Department; the number of such staff who were transferred from other Departments; the number of such staff who were directly recruited; the total number of job changes and people changes which were required to achieve the decentralisation; the cost of the decentralisation to each such location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6021/04]

The Department of Finance does not have any decentralised offices at present.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

249 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Finance the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by him on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the locations for which they have volunteered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6036/04]

I have appointed an implementation committee to prepare and submit an overall implementation plan on decentralisation by the end of March 2004. It was decided not to conduct a survey of the staff of the Department on decentralisation as, until the implementation plan is completed, they will not have the information they need to assist them in making an informed decision on the matter. When the implementation plan is completed research will be commenced among Department staff as to their interest in decentralising to Tullamore and other locations.

A number of expressions of interest have been received from staff of my Department and from other Departments, in relation to decentralisation and those have been noted, but will not be processed further pending receipt of the implementation plan.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

250 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Finance if his Department has carried out a cumulative risk assessment on the decentralisation plan which he announced on budget day; when he expects to receive such a cumulative risk assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6055/04]

I announced the decision to introduce a major decentralisation programme in December 1999. Since then my Department has received numerous representations, submissions and advices on the programme. In the context of budget 2004, taking account of these, the Government decided to decentralise over 10,000 civil and public servants.

We are now in the implementation stage and I have established an implementation committee to drive this forward. I am awaiting the report of the committee which I expect to receive by the end of March. Following this each Department will be required to develop a detailed plan for its own element of the programme. I have no doubt that the question of risk assessment and risk mitigation, covering such aspects as business continuity, financial and logistical issues will be addressed in the detailed planning exercise.

Flood Relief.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

251 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Finance the outcome of the meeting between officials from the OPW and officials from Kildare County Council which was held to discuss flood relief schemes in Maynooth, Leixlip and Ardclough, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6081/04]

The Office of Public Works met officials from Kildare County Council earlier this month to discuss flooding problems at a number of locations.

The county council confirmed that it has commissioned a report on flooding at Leixlip and agreed to forward a copy of the report to OPW when available.

Works undertaken on the Lyreen and Meadowbrook rivers in the Maynooth area are complete. No further works are planned. This work was carried out by OPW as an agent of the county council.

On the issue of flooding at Ardclough, Kildare County Council agreed that insufficient information is available to address the flooding problem. Further technical and engineering data is required. The county council agreed to consider how this information might be gathered.

Flooding problems in the areas mentioned are a matter for the local authority in the first instance. OPW is happy to assist with technical advice and guidance but I must point out that no flood relief scheme is planned for any of these locations. The flood policy review which I initiated in November 2002 has now completed its work and the report of the review group will shortly be submitted to Government. I hope to be in a position to publish the report in the very near future. As well as setting out a strategy for flood management in the future, the report will clarify responsibilities of central and local government and set out criteria for prioritisation of resources on flood management measures.