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Ross, Shane

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Road Safety

Was asked: the cost to the State of the request by An Garda Síochána in July 2016 for new roadside breath test devices to have functional capacity to collect specific types of information and data which An Ga...More Button

This is a matter for the Medical Bureau of Road Safety. I have referred the question to the Bureau for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received with...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the 2017 ministerial committee on road safety meetings; the priorities for his Department for the autumn and winter term in this regard; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The Ministerial Committee on Road Safety, which I chair, brings together the major stakeholders in working to make our roads safer, including my colleague the Minister for Justice, an Garda Síochán...More Button

The Committee is tasked to meet every six months, but in response to the rise in road deaths in 2015 and 2016, I decided that we should meet every three months to concentrate our efforts to rever...More Button

However, there is no room for complacency; every road death is one too many, and the Committee will continue working to reduce this figure further.More Button

 Unfortunately, the four main causes of road deaths continue to be speeding, intoxicated driving, using mobile phones and the non-wearing of seatbelts, all of which are preventable, and the Commi...More Button

Swimming Pool Programme Status

Was asked: the extent to which recreational amenity requirements continue to be reviewed throughout County Kildare, having particular regard to previous unsuccessful applications for funding toward a swimming...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: if a golf club (details supplied) will receive funding from the sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on 24 February, and I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to.  By the closing date...More Button

All of the 2,320 applications received are currently being assessed by officials in my Department.  I expect to be in a position to make an announcement regarding allocations in the coming weeks..More Button

Was asked: the status of an application (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application by a club (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application by a club (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for sports capital funding by a club (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tourism Data

Was asked: if the causes for the drop in tourist numbers coming here from Britain in the past few months have been identified; his plans to reverse this trend; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I welcome the overall growth in visit numbers to Ireland in the first eight months of 2017. However, the persistent decline in the numbers visiting from Great Britain continues to be a concern. T...More Button

Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing Ireland as a tourist destination in overseas markets. I am informed that it has implemented a series of actions in the GB market to address the impli...More Button

Fáilte Ireland has recently launched its Brexit Response Programme.  Its new, "Get Brexit Ready", programme offers a suite of industry supports, designed to help businesses struggling with the lo...More Button

Was asked: the degree to which various elements of the tourism sector have grown over the past five years; his plans for the future in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Statistics published by the Central Statistics Office show that in the five-year period between 2011 and 2016, the number of overseas visits to Ireland increased by 47.3%. This increase can be bro...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the availability of an adequate number of hotel and guest house beds to facilitate the growing tourism sector; if he plans particular initiatives in this regard; and if...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the tourism sector continues to attract business and conference tourism here, having particular regard to the use of the off season; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the countries that feature most regularly in the marketing programme for tourism globally; the degree to which tourism growth is acknowledged from those countries or those showing lower visitor num...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Board and Management of Tourism Ireland. I have referred the Deputy's Question to Tourism Ireland for direct reply. Please advise ...More Button

Sports Injuries Guidelines

Was asked: if he will request organisations (details supplied) to conduct a study into a possible link between heading the ball and brain injuries, similar to that of their English counterparts; and if he wil...More Button

I am aware of the recent research study to which the Deputy refers.  I welcome any such studies or initiatives which will ultimately make sport safer for all those involved. More Button

I fully recognise the importance of ensuring the safety of players. Player welfare is paramount. Various organisations have concussion and head injury guidelines for their sports, which stress ...More Button

The Deputy should be aware that neither I nor Sport Ireland have a statutory role or remit with regard to monitoring or reviewing the safety standards in use by, or applicable to, National Govern...More Button

Air Services Provision

Was asked: the cost to the economy of the cancellation of a company's (details supplied) flights to and from Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The airline (details supplied) has announced a small number of flight cancellations to and from Dublin airport which includes 40 individual flights in the period to the end of October 2017, and a f...More Button

It is understood that the affected routes to and from Dublin are served by multiple connections each day, and that a number of affected customers have been offered alternative flights or re-routi...More Button

There are no route suspensions at Dublin Airport. Ireland's air connectivity, in terms of the range of services available to support economic growth, is being maintained (albeit at a reduced lev...More Button

It is not possible to assess the precise cost to the economy of the cancellation of certain services during the winter season, but in the circumstances outlined above the impact is not significan...More Button

Penalty Points System Data

Was asked: the number of penalty points issued in each county in respect of each offence in the past year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table provides the details requested by the Deputy on the number of penalty points issued in each county in respect of each offence in the past year (1 October 2016 to 30 September 20...More Button

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Was asked: the speeding offences for which penalty points were issued in the past year, for example, those who were issued points for speeding up to 5 kph above the speed limit, 6 to10 kph above the limit, 11...More Button

The speeding details requested by the Deputy are not provided to my Department by An Garda Siochana. The speeding offences details for penalty points provided to my Department and recorded on the ...More Button

Was asked: the number of drivers with live penalty points in the past year, by the number of penalty points accumulated and county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table provides the details requested by the Deputy of the number of drivers with live penalty points in the past year (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017) broken down by number of pe...More Button

Was asked: the number of drivers disqualified from driving, by category of driver (details supplied), having reached the number of penalty points required for automatic disqualification; the offences which re...More Button

The following tabular statements provide the details requested by the Deputy.

  Table 1: This table provides the number of drivers currently disqualified broken down by driving l...More Button

Greenways Development

Was asked: if his Department has received correspondence from Donegal County Council regarding proposals to develop a dedicated greenway route on the former rail line linking Letterkenny to Burtonport; the pr...More Button

Donegal County Council, DCC, submitted a proposal to my Department for the construction of a greenway from Letterkenny to Burtonport under the National Cycle Netork 2014-2016 funding programme. Ho...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that Donegal is benefitting from a number of cross-border greenways that are being funded by my Department, the Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland) ...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that my Department recently undertook a public consultation process to inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy.  My officials are currently reviewing the many s...More Button

Was asked: when his Department will complete the strategy for the future development of greenways; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department undertook a public consultation process during the Summer to inform the development of a new Greenway Strategy.  Many submissions were received from both ...More Button

My Department is aiming to have work on the Strategy completed by the end of the year. It will be published in due course, following its completion..More Button

Was asked: the status of a greenway (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The extension of the Great Southern Trail to Tralee is a matter for Kerry County Council. Accordingly, the Council would be better placed to update the Deputy on progress. More Button

I understand that Limerick County Council is also working on improving the quality of the Great Southern Trail and is also seeking to extend the route to Limerick city.More Button

The Deputy may be aware that my Department recently undertook a public consultation process to inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy. My officials are currently reviewing the many s...More Button

It is important that local authorities progress work in advance of this funding round, as I anticipate that those projects that have feasibility, planning and design work completed will be in a b...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the public support that exists in east County Galway for the development of a greenway on the closed railway from Athenry to Tuam and on to Milltown (details supp...More Button

The Strategic Investment Framework recommended the development of a new rail policy, and last year, the National Transport Authority, NTA, and Iarnród Éireann published the Rail Review Report 2016 ...More Button

I will consider the report now, and I will then bring it to Government. It is my intention that the report on the consultation should be published by the NTA following consideration by Governmen...More Button

My Department recently undertook a public consultation process to inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy. A substantial number of submissions received in this process supported the d...More Button

It is important that local authorities progress work in advance of this funding round, as I anticipate that those projects that have feasibility, planning and design work completed will be in a b...More Button

Driver Test Regulations

Was asked: the appeal mechanisms available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has failed their driving test on a number of occasions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The current appeals process, involving a hearing in the District Court, is set out in Section 33(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1961.  

  The legislation refers to an appeal followin...More Button

Taxi Licences Renewals

Was asked: if the situation will be remedied with regard to the renewal of taxi licences in circumstances in which when a taxi licence is renewed it is done only by reference to the applicant’s driver’s licen...More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle, SPSV, industry, including the renewal of taxi licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority, NTA, under the provisions of the Tax...More Button

Public Transport Data

Was asked: the absentee rate in Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus across all divisions, for example, drivers, management, administration and mechanics for each month of the past two years, in tabular form.More Button

The issues raised are matters for Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus, and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Companies for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if the ...More Button

Bus Services

Was asked: if he will review the destination points of the 109 Bus Éireann route; if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority, NTA, and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if a response is no...More Button

Haulage Industry Regulation

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed introduction of a maximum regulatory weight laden limit for non-articulated rigid trucks with five or more axles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Due to the need to comply with European legislative requirements, the introduction of a national weight limit for five (or more) axle rigid trucks is being deferred. The revised implementation dat...More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Was asked: when grant aid under the sports capital grant programme 2017 will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to be in position to meet the requirements of community-based sporting and recreational organisations in the context of major or minor allocations under the sporting ...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the adequacy of sources of income for the funding of various capital sports projects throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Taxi Licences

Was asked: when a decision will be made in respect of a taxi licence application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle, SPSV, industry, including the issuing of taxi licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority, NTA, under the provisions of the Taxi R...More Button

Road Projects Status

Was asked: when the feasibility study commissioned under the capital review plan for the N72 Mallow relief road will be published; and if his Department has engaged with Cork County Council to this effect. More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and operation of individual road ...More Button

Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for TII in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act.More Button

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if the Deputy does not receive a reply within ten working days..More Button

Fáilte Ireland

Was asked: the nature of Fáilte Ireland's occupancy, if as a tenant or in ownership, at a location (details supplied); the proposed relocation plans post-sale; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Test Data

Was asked: the percentage of driving test fails annually in each of the years from 2010 to 2016, nationally and in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within te...More Button

Ministerial Functions

Was asked: the powers he has delegated to the Ministers of State in his Department; the dates on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the position prior to 14 ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Dáil Question 174 of 27 September 2017. More Button

Rail Services

Was asked: when the results of the public consultation on the rail review will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Last year the National Transport Authority, NTA, and Iarnród Éireann published the Rail Review Report 2016 on which the NTA held a public consultation. Over 300 submissions were received by the NT...More Button

I will be considering the report now, and I will then bring it to Government. It is my intention that the report on the consultation should be published by the NTA following consideration by Gov...More Button

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann, and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if the Deputy does not receive a respo...More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: the steps he will take to reduce greenhouse gases in view of the fact that 19.8% of 2015 greenhouse gas emissions were caused by public transport.More Button

Greenhouse gas emissions for the entire transport sector in 2015 amounted to 19.8% of total Irish emissions in 2015. The SEAI estimates that less than 5% of transport emissions came from the publi...More Button

Moving to a low-carbon society represents a significant challenge for Ireland’s expanding transport sector, where the use of fossil fuels and individual travel patterns are firmly established. D...More Button

To date, a number of successful measures have already been introduced to reduce transport sector emissions including: sustained investment in the public and sustainable transport network to incre...More Button

The transport sector must and will continue to play a strong role in contributing to our national emissions reduction effort. Ireland's welcome return to economic growth has brought with it an i...More Button

To decarbonise transport a diverse range of measures is required, key among them being increasing public transport capacity, promoting sustainable travel and modal shift, and encouraging the upta...More Button

In suitable urban areas, I am strongly committed to meeting increasing travel demand through enhanced public transport capacity and encouraging more cycling and walking journeys - knows as "activ...More Button

Outside urban areas - where dependence on private cars is strongest and where systems of public transport and active travel offer less realistic potential to addressing travel needs effectively a...More Button

Electric Vehicles

Was asked: if companies will be permitted to reclaim VAT on petrol and or diesel to facilitate the purchase of hybrid and plug in hybrid cars.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce free car parking, free toll and the use of certain bus lanes for electric car users.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 560 and 562 together.More Button

Tax policy and the availability of tax incentives are a matter for the Minister for Finance in the first instance. More Button

The Government is very supportive of the transition of the car fleet to zero emissions technology, especially electric vehicles, EVs.  The Deputy may be aware that my Department and the Departmen...More Button

The wide-ranging work of the Taskforce has been divided between three working groups addressing: Market Growth Stimuli and Visibility; Infrastructure, Energy Regulation and Pricing; and Planning ...More Button

Working Group 1 of the LEV Taskforce, which is chaired by my Department, includes the examination of existing and potential fiscal support measures; developing business related incentives such as...More Button

Interim findings and recommendations of the LEV Taskforce relating to Electric Vehicles have been considered in the context of the 2018 budgetary and Estimates processes.More Button

In relation to the potential use of bus lanes by EVs, many cases have been made over the years for extending access to the bus lanes to various classes of traffic.  These have been rejected as al...More Button

Was asked: the percentage of all State vehicles that are hybrid or electric; and the way in which this figure compares with 2015 and 2016 and projected targets up to 2020.More Button

The  information requested by the Deputy is not collected in the format sought; however, the following relevant information has been extracted from the National Vehicle File. As of 31 of September...More Button

Vehicle Registration

Was asked: his plans to extend the VRT grant for full hybrid vehicles beyond 31 December 2018.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, tax policy generally and tax incentives, such as VRT relief, are matters for the Minister for Finance.More Button

The Government is very supportive of the transition of the car fleet to zero emissions technology, especially electric vehicles, EVs.  My Department and the Department of Communications, Climate ...More Button

The three working groups of the Taskforce are addressing Market Growth Stimuli and Visibility; Infrastructure, Energy Regulation and Pricing; and Planning Legislation, Building Regulations and Pu...More Button

My Department chairs Working Group 1 of the Taskforce which, among other things, is examining the following: existing and potential fiscal support measures - including the VRT relief; developing ...More Button

Question No. 562 answered with Question No. 560.More Button

National Car Test Fees

Was asked: his views on whether the NCT fee of €28 is reasonable for a visual inspection in respect of a headlight which is carried out on the same day as the actual NCT; the reason for this fee; if he will r...More Button

The operation of the National Car Test is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority, and I have no role in individual cases.  I have therefore referred the question to the Authority...More Button

Tourism Promotion

Was asked: his strategy and plans for counteracting the decline of UK visitor numbers here; the changes he plans to make to his departmental budget to deal with this evolving situation; his strategy for the B...More Button

I welcome the overall growth in visit numbers to Ireland in the first eight months of 2017. However, the persistent decline in the numbers visiting from Great Britain continues to be a concern. T...More Button

Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing Ireland as a tourist destination in overseas markets. I am informed that it has implemented a series of actions in the GB market to address the impli...More Button

Fáilte Ireland has recently launched its Brexit Response Programme.  Its new, "Get Brexit Ready", programme offers a suite of industry supports, designed to help businesses struggling with the lo...More Button

In terms of budgets, allocations for 2018 will be made available in Budget 2018.  I have highlighted various funding priorities for my Department for 2018 in my discussions with the Minister for ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which potential exists for further development of the tourism sector, with particular reference to the need to encourage growth in the area most likely to be affected by global develo...More Button

The Government's Tourism Policy Statement, "People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025", was launched in March 2015. The main targets contained in the Tourism Policy Statement, t...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the development of the tourism sector in all areas throughout the country with particular reference to the need to ensure steady growth of the sector throughout the island of Ireland ...More Button

The Government's Tourism Policy Statement, "People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025", was launched in March 2015. The main targets contained in the Tourism Policy Statement, t...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to be in a position to promote and develop activity tourism such as the use of greenways throughout the country; if he expects further developments in this regard; an...More Button

I am keen to see the further development of greenways across the country, fully recognising the tourism potential, along with the economic and health benefits that greenways can bring to local comm...More Button

I am confident that this new strategy will create a solid basis for the ongoing delivery of greenways resulting in a significant contribution to activity tourism in Ireland. .More Button

Was asked: the extent to which County Kildare, its historical houses, its racecourses and its heritage continue to be part of the marketing programme for tourism locally and nationally; and if he will make a ...More Button

Airlines Regulations

Was asked: if he has issued an instruction to the Commission for Aviation Regulation to liaise with the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK in respect of a Europe-wide issue with a company (details supplied); ...More Button

Since Ryanair announced that it had made a commercial decision to cancel or suspend flights on a number of routes across it European-wide network, officials from my Department have been in regular ...More Button

I have also been in direct contact with the airline’s CEO and have expressed the Government’s concerns at the disruption caused to passengers by these cancellations, and I will continue to engage...More Button

The legal framework in relation to protection of air passenger rights in the event of cancellation, denied boarding and delay is set at European level and is governed by the provisions of EU Regu...More Button

The Commission for Aviation Regulation is the independent regulator for the enforcement of air passenger rights for flights out of Ireland, functioning as the national enforcement body for such m...More Button

On Friday, 29 September, CAR announced that it has secured agreement from Ryanair that it will comply with the regulations and directly provide affected customers with the necessary information o...More Button

The Commission for Aviation Regulation is part of a close network of national enforcement bodies across the EU, including the Civil Aviation Authority, CAA, in the UK. It is noted that Ryanair h...More Button

I am satisfied that the Commission for Aviation Regulation is working to ensure that passengers are dealt with efficiently and effectively to minimise disruption to affected customers and to ensu...More Button

Road Traffic Legislation

Was asked: the status of the Road Traffic (Drink Driving - Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2017; when he expects this legislation to be brought before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Bill referred to by the Deputy is now entitled the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, and was published on 17 July of this year.More Button

I regard this Bill as a significant measure to address an anomaly in the drink driving legislation so that all drivers who are detected driving over our existing legal limits, who opt not to have...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: the position regarding the regular multi-agency criminal justice, FCPS, working group with the Department of Justice and Equality; the status of this group and the implementation of the recommendat...More Button

The Criminal Justice Fixed Charge Processing Group, jointly chaired by my Department and the Department of Justice and Equality, includes officials from both Departments and representatives from th...More Button

The Group was established in 2014 in response to the Garda Inspectorate Report of that year, and meets every two months to progress and report on the various projects under its aegis.More Button

Among the projects successfully implemented under the Group's guidance are the third payment option, whereby motorists on receipt of a summons for non-payment of a fixed charge are now afforded a...More Button

The Group is due to meet again in November 2017 for a Future Vision session, where new priorities will be identified and a work programme agreed..More Button

Road Projects Expenditure

Was asked: if the east-west link road investment project in County Cavan will be considered for additional capital funding to be announced by the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposals to deliver an upgraded route linking Dundalk to Sligo, taking in Cavan, involve linking elements of the national road network and regional roads along as direct a route as possible. Esse...More Button

In relation to the national element as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, de...More Button

As regards the regional road aspect of the proposal, the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of local authorities in accordance with the pr...More Button

The Capital Plan published in September 2015 provides for the gradual build up in expenditure on the maintenance and improvement of the road network over a seven-year period. The bulk of expendi...More Button

Rail Network Expansion

Was asked: when the independent costing and review of the Western Rail Corridor Phase 2 between Athenry and Claremorris for passenger and freight use will be completed; the group appointed to carry out this i...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken, including contact with local authorities, along the western rail corridor to ensure that no measures are taken to prevent the future reactivation of the western rail corrido...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 572 and 573 together.More Button

The Programme for Partnership Government includes a commitment to provide for an independent costing and review of the Western Rail Corridor Phase 2 between Athenry and Claremorris for passenger ...More Button

The role of heavy rail in Ireland's transport sector is currently under review. The National Transport Authority, NTA, held a public consultation process to start a national debate on the curren...More Button

Over 300 submissions were received by the NTA in response to that consultation process, which have now all been examined, and the NTA is preparing a report of those submissions, which I received ...More Button

As noted within the Rail Review Report, its analysis predates the finalisation of the National Planning Framework which is being developed at present under the leadership of the Department of Hou...More Button

Finally, as the Deputy has pointed out, the Programme for Government also commits that no measures will be taken to prevent the future reactivation of the western rail corridor for rail use. I w...More Button

Lobbying Data

Was asked: the number of occasions on which he has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons he has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the ba...More Button

Since the commencement of the Lobbying Act 2015 from 1 September 2015, all lobbyists who come under the Act are required to register and to provide information regularly about their lobbying activi...More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: the reason traffic calming measures on the N18 and N17 at Annagh Cross, Ballyglunnin, such as signage along with footpaths for ease of access for local national school and residents have not materi...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding compensation in respect of the N63 upgrade at Abbey Road, Abbeyknockmoy; the reason for delays regarding same; if his attention has been drawn to the lack of consultation bet...More Button

Was asked: if TII has communicated recent difficulties regarding flooding along the N63 at Abbey Road, Abbeyknockmoy; and his views on whether the design is robust against pluvial flooding and is future proof...More Button

Was asked: if lighting will be put in place at the Finns Cross, Ballyglunnin Junction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if adequate lighting will be put in place at the Monastery Brooklodge Church Junction as part of new infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 577 and 596 to 599, inclusive, together.

  As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding i...More Button

Rural Transport Programme Data

Was asked: if the report on rural transport as committed to on page 50 of the programme for government has been furnished to the relevant Houses of the Oireachtas committee; the date on which it was furnished...More Button

In recognition of the value and benefit of rural transport to many communities, the Programme for a Partnership Government undertakes to examine how best to improve integration of services in the r...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that the National Transport Authority, NTA – which operates under the aegis of my Department – has responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including manag...More Button

Road Network

Was asked: if each road identified for upgrading or construction in the Government's original capital plan 2016 to 2017 and in the amended version is based on the recommendation and prioritisation of TII only.More Button

Given its role in relation to national roads TII's input is taken into account in drafting capital expenditure programmes but TII does not have a policy role in relation to regional and local roads...More Button

In light of the conclusions in the Department's SFILT, priority is being given to bringing maintenance and renewal expenditure back to the levels required to maintain our transport network adequa...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to be able to obtain inclusion in the capital programme of the most urgently required major road projects throughout the country with a view to facilitating free move...More Button

Was asked: the degree to which he has identified known accident black spots throughout the country on local or regional roads with a view to major or minor remedial works to alleviate the problem and improve ...More Button

Was asked: the degree to which he has identified the most heavily trafficked arterial, regional or local routes with a view to provision of alternatives and in keeping with best safety standards and convenien...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 581 to 583, inclusive, together.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Capital Plan sets out transport investment priorities to 2022. The decisions on the transport elements of the Capital Plan were framed by the conclusions reached in m...More Button

Statutory responsibility for the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads lies with the relevant local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1...More Button

Local authorities are responsible for mapping and collating available collision data on regional and local roads. Where analysis shows that engineering measures may assist in reducing the collis...More Button

Collision data for national roads is mapped and collated by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII.More Button

As regards the possibility of additional funding within the Plan period, I have sought extra funding for a package of measures under the Capital Plan Review process. The Minister for Public Expe...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: the degree to which he has in mind provisions to avert the negative aspects of Brexit on the tourism industry here with particular reference to the need to ensure the maximisation under the circums...More Button

Since the UK voted to leave the EU, my Department has been fully engaged in evaluating the ensuing risks for tourism and, together with the tourism agencies, working to address those risks. The De...More Button

The tourism agencies are engaged in the operational response to Brexit including the decline in numbers visiting from Great Britain. I have referred the Deputy's question to Tourism Ireland and ...More Button

Sports Events

Was asked: the position regarding Ireland's application to host the rugby world cup in view of the availability of numerous stadia throughout the island; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 25 September, the Taoiseach and I spearheaded the delegation that presented Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup tournament in 2023. The delegation included, among others, Dick Spring, Cha...More Button

Ireland has the capacity required to deliver a highly successful Rugby World Cup, with an ideal mix of stadia with varying capacities to cater for different tournament matches and located in the ...More Button

The decision regarding the successful bidder will be announced by World Rugby on 15 November 2017..More Button