I propose to take Questions Nos. 596, 597 and 603 together.
Correspondence was received from the legal representatives of Lissan Fuels on two occasions, namely a letter to former Minister Naughten dated 15 May 2018, and an email to Minister Naughten on 28 May 2018. There have been no meetings between Lissan Fuels and the Minister or officials of the Department.
When the Deputy refers to coal importers "Arigna, New Ross and Foynes", it is presumed he is referring to the following companies - Arigna Fuels, Stafford Fuels, and CPL Fuels respectively. Correspondence was received from these companies on numerous occasions over the past two years as follows:
Communication was received from CPL Fuels on 11 April 2019, 10 April 2019, 5 April 2019, 11 February 2019, 15 October 2018, 9 July 2018, and 12 December 2017.
Correspondence was received from Stafford Fuels on 25 March 2019, 10 December 2018, and 12 September 2018.
In addition, former Minister Naughten and officials met with CPL Fuels on 21 June 2018, and Minister Naughten attended the official opening of the CPL manufacturing facility at Foynes on 6 February 2018. Department officials met with Stafford Fuels on 28 November 2018.
Meetings were held with Solid Fuel Trade Group (SFTG) on 22 January 2019, 2 May 2018, 12 December 2017, and 6 September 2017. These meetings were between the SFTG and Department officials, with the exception of the meeting of 12 December 2017, when the Minister also attended.