I propose to take Questions Nos. 578 and 579 together.
A public consultation was held during 2013 on the microchipping of dogs and various submissions were received and are being examined. There are a variety of different approaches to achieve the policy aim and these are still being considered. However, I expect to be in a position to introduce appropriate legislation shortly. It is not possible at this stage to quantify the cost of such a proposal or the savings that will accrue to the local authorities. My Department is making every effort to ensure that the policy is delivered in a cost effective and efficient manner to dog owners and to the State.