Draft Proposals –prior to submission to the Draft Report from the Joint Oireachtas sub-committee Report.
Senator Cáit Keane representing the FG group on the Working Sub-committee established by the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht to evaluate & make recommendations on the Registration & Training of Architects in Ireland.
I am making this draft recommendation on behalf of the Fine Gael Group prior to submission to Sub-committees.
It analyses how we might go about assisting the process of a reasonable and fair assessment procedure at a realistic cost to enable the two classes of professionally trained architects to be considered for registration and training. This is a finite group of professionally trained architects. The solution that has been applied to this throughout Europe is that of a time-limited or self –extinguishing registration process which assesses acquired rights. In all cases the assessors should be independent, accountable and suitably qualified in the tasks. I note we do not have an Independent body in Ireland, it is under the control of Architects the RIAI.
Well we are here today to bring into being one of the most ‘radical’ changes we have seen in Local Government since the foundation of the State, The Minister has brought forward and set out a wide range of actions, to deliver reform across key areas of local government in order to address weaknesses, to enhance effectiveness and accountability, and to improve performance across the entire system. This Bill gives legislative effect to those proposals and I am privileged to be elected into this position (by Councillors) and given the opportunity to contribute to this important debate, on behalf of the people of Ireland for an enhanced Local Government.
Senator Cáit Keane has today (Wednesday) welcomed Minister Phil Hogan’s announcement concerning environmental grants awarded to five organisations in the Dublin South-West area. St. Maelruan’s NS Tallaght, Ballyroan Boys NS, St. Marks’ Environmental Garden Group and Mojo Menshed, both in Dublin 24, along with the South Dublin Partnership were the institutions which were chosen for the funding.
“This is very positive for the various successful environmental projects in the locality and credit must be given to the various community groups, schools and organisation across the South Dublin area and indeed nationally.
“I also wish to highlight the tireless effort which was put in by the organisations all year around in keeping projects alive and helping to create a cleaner and greener environment for us all.
This Bill provides for the transfer of water services functions which are currently the responsibility of the 34 water services authorities to Irish Water. This is the second part of the legislation required to implement the Government’s policy for the reform of water services in Ireland which includes the introduction of domestic water charges. The Government considers that the introduction of charges is necessary for a rational use of water and to ensure the delivery of high-quality and efficient water services in the future. It also considers that usage-based charges are the fairest. The Water Services Act 2013 provided for the establishment of Irish Water as an independent subsidiary of the Bord Gáis Éireann Group and assigned it with the necessary powers to implement the domestic meter installation programme. I am pleased to welcome this Bill before the House as it will complete the final part of the water reform legislation as has been the objective of the Government since before taking up office in 2011.