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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Phil Hogan

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# Water Charges
You'll be charged for your water from October 2014 (if the Troika agree)
Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin want Troika approval to start charging from October 2014, with the first bills in 2015.
# air quality
Pollution 'causes 3,400 early deaths' in Ireland, says An Taisce
An Taisce also said that poor air quality is costing the country up to €6.3 billion per year in lost days at work and health costs.
# Water Charges
Gilmore: Water charges will not be introduced next January
The Tánaiste says charges won’t be introduced before meters are installed, and that won’t be done in the next nine months.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Kim Jong-Un clings on to his place in the Dáil Technical Group, pointing Phil Hogan at North Korea and Ireland nominated by troika for fantasy government awards.
# Your Say
Poll: Should motor tax be scrapped and included in the cost of fuel?
New changes to the arrears system once again raise the question of whether tax should instead be included in fuel.
# Motor Tax
Drivers will have to declare cars as 'off road' before tax runs out
A change to the motor tax laws, confirmed yesterday, will end a system which could allow some drivers to escape motor tax.
# buildings
New rules on buildings hope to avoid repeat of Priory Hall disaster
Phil Hogan has announced new regulations which will require professionals to sign off on the compliance of buildings as they are built.
# Property Tax
Property tax exemptions are 'stupid' and 'ham-fisted' - Labour whip
Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg has harshly criticised Phil Hogan over the property tax exemptions, saying the Environment Minister has made a ‘dog’s dinner’ of the way in which the tax is being administered.
# Property Tax
Junior Minister: We made a mess of communicating property tax exemptions
Seán Sherlock said that the government “needs to do right by the people” in communicating the exemptions from the property tax.
# Earth Hour
INFOGRAPHIC: How much energy could Earth Hour actually save?
Will you be turning off the lights at 8:30pm?
# Earth Hour
Lights on public buildings to be turned off for Earth Hour
The lights on Government Buildings, Leinster House and Customs House – among others – will be turned off at 8:30pm.
# local property tax
Property tax exemptions now available online
Priory Hall is the only development in Dublin which has been exempted from the tax.
# Property Tax
Details of 5,100 property tax exemptions to be published tomorrow
While 43,000 households were exempted from last year’s household charge, only 5,100 households have been exempted from the local property tax.
# Roisin Shortall
Róisín Shortall resignation 'a wrong decision' - Jan O'Sullivan
The Minister of State also spoke about Minister Hogan’s Traveller letter controversy, why gender quotas are a positive thing, and why she’s not in politics for a career.
# Priory Hall
Minister for housing says ex-residents of Priory Hall are 'in a dreadful situation'
Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan also spoke of Ireland’s ghost estates, the pyrite crisis, and her plans to end homelessness.
# Air Miles
19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day
13 senior ministers, five junior ministers, and the attorney general are all jetting off next week to lead trade missions.
# Pensions
Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions
The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.
# Meath East
Hogan reduces polling period for Meath East by-election
Voting will take place in the constituency between 8am and 9pm on 27 March.
# Disclosures
8 things we learned from TDs' declarations of interests for 2012
How many deputies own property abroad? And where do those who keep their eyes on Ireland’s finances invest themselves?
# Croke Park
Pat Rabbitte: Ministers and TDs should 'lead by example' and take paycut
A new deal on an extension to the Croke Park Agreement is said to be close to completion following overnight talks.
# Jobswatch
400 jobs for the unemployed through the water metering project
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said the programme is an opportunity for skilled workers to re-enter the workforce.
# Bills Bills Bills
This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like...
The form will need to be completed before the LPT comes into effect on 1 July.
# Drilling
Providence surrenders licence for site off coast of Dublin
The company said the government in 1999 failed to transpose EU legislation into law which left it open to legal challenges.
# Climate policy
Draft edition of new climate law to be published next week
Phil Hogan says the draft heads of a Carbon Development Bill should be brought for cabinet approval next Tuesday.
# septic tanks
Almost a quarter of homes fail to register septic tank by deadline
76.6 per cent of homes had registered their tank by this morning – with 113,957 homes risking a €5,000 fine.
# septic tanks
Hogan: 80% of liable households registered septic tanks by the deadline
Minister Hogan urged the remainder of viable households to registers as soon as possible – noting inspections will begin in the coming months.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Irish phrases that could confuses visitors for The Gathering, Clare Daly’s ‘house’ measure, and disoriented man could be member of government…
# Septic Tank
Today is the final day for septic tank registration
Those who do not register face a fine of up to €5,000.
# Leaders' Questions
Kenny slams Sinn Féin 'witch hunt' against Minister for Health
Sinn Féin has demanded an explanation as to why emergency wards in Kilkenny and Wexford had upgrades ‘fast-tracked’.
# septic tanks
Septic tank registrations so far: how does your county rate?
Kerry county has the highest registration rate – but Dublin city residents have a lot of ground to make up.
# Deadline
Deadline looms as one third of waste water treatment systems remain unregistered
Those who don’t register by this Friday could face a fine of up to €5,000.
# Hospitals
Documents show ministers announced hospital works before HSE Board knew
The opposition lashes out as RTÉ’s This Week obtains documents showing upgrades in Kilkenny and Wexford were fast-tracked.
# Water
€200m EIB loan to finance 23 Irish water investment projects
The projects will provide new water mains, water and wastewater treatment facilities and reservoirs, as well as measures to improve water conservation.
# Water Charges
Seanad to begin debating legislation behind water charges
The Water Services Bill will begin its path through the Oireachtas in the Seanad chamber this afternoon.
# seniors alert scheme
Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February
The Minister said that he became concerned about the number of attacks on elderly people over the Christmas period.
# Town councils
Hogan responds to outcry over plans to abolish town councils
The Minister said that councils would be given more powers – even though there would be fewer councillors.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the water charge will be largely boycotted?
Government is concerned that people won’t pay. Are they right to be worried?
# Euroleaks
Irish government 'fears boycott of new water charges'
A leaked Troika document also reveals that the installation of water meters could be years behind the official schedule.
# Funding
TD says Hogan has neglected scheme for disadvantaged urban areas
The Minister has said the phasing out of city council and development boards will have implications for the programme.
# Household charge
Unpaid Household Charge will be automatically added to Property Tax
Michael Noonan says the system is an “important assurance for compliant tax payers” that non-payment is not an option.