Environment & Local Government

Apartment Management Company Advice

In today's Irish Times Property supplement (Thursday 30th August 2012) in the Property Clinic advice column there is an excellent summary of actions open to apartment owners who are encountering difficulties with setting up a management company for their complex and dealign with non co-operating developers under the terms of the Multi-Unit Development Act. Article is included below as a scanned image. Further information on the MUD Act is available

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Launch of student Rent Book highlights need for deposit protection scheme

Thousands of students are beginning their search across Ireland for accommodation having accepted their college courses; and the launch yesterday of the student rent book highlights the need for a deposit protection scheme. I hope that by this time next year, along with the launching their Rent Book for new students, USI and the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB) will also be informing them of how to use a statutory rental deposit protection scheme.

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Publication of all-party water provision report

I welcome the publication today of the Report on Sustainable and Clean Water Provision by the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht. It is the result of many hearings taking views and evidence from a broad range of stakeholders. This report outlines key findings that I believe must be taken on board during the establishment of the new Irish Water utility to ensure Irish people get a clean, safe and sustainable water supply.

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Climate Change Bill Roadmap

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Environment Committee we invited Minister Phil Hogan to discuss his strategy on introducing a climate change bill on Thursday 15th December 2011. I asked him to indicate a date for publication of a heads of bill and to consider a twin track approach on drafting the bill and policy analysis. He indicated a date of late 2012 for publication, and gave us a commitment to publish a road map which he did this year.

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Topical Debate: Poolbeg Incinerator

It is 15 years since the incinerator at Poolbeg was first proposed – this saga has run on for the same amount of time as the Mahon Tribunal. The contract which was in review stage was to expire at the end of February, but a further extension was given until the 31st of August. Over €80 million has already been spent on a project that as proposed is way too big for our waste market – that’s over €5 million a year. Dublin City Council plans

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Sale of Local Authority flats to tenants

The key issue in this debate is one of fairness. Many people in my community believe they are being discriminated against because, having been born and grown up in a local authority flat, they are denied the privilege of purchasing their home. In 1988, when the offer of tenant purchase was rolled out across Dublin, many local authority tenants in my area and the area represented by the Acting Chairman, Deputy Costello, wanted to purchase their homes.

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Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Poolbeg Incinerator

I very much welcome the Bill. The plastic bags issue has been covered extensively. I welcome the flexibility being given to the Minister to increase the charge as needs be because there has been a move back to using plastic bags. The levy has been effective in reducing usage, but we need to go a step further. A levy could also be used to deal with the problem of chewing gum which is a blight on cities throughout the country. Deputy Brian Stanley

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