Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (206)

Paul McGrath

Question:

203 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to improve local fire services. [27602/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Since the publication of the report Review of Fire Safety and Fire Services in Ireland, my Department has implemented a number of the important recommendations. These include the enactment of the Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003, which addressed a number of legislative changes called for in the review. The Department is currently working to develop a coherent strategy to implement other key fire safety and fire services elements of the review recommendations. The continuing major capital investment in the fire service, including €91 million since 1997, is an indication of the Government's commitment to delivering a better service locally with improved infrastructure and additional appliances.