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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 677 - 697
 Header Item Rail Network
 Header Item School Equipment
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item Taxi Regulations
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item European Council Meetings
 Header Item Sale of State Assets
 Header Item Sports Funding
 Header Item Sports Funding
 Header Item Driving Licence Renewals
 Header Item Cycling Policy
 Header Item Vehicle Registration Issues
 Header Item Vehicle Registration Issues
 Header Item Rural Transport Services Provision
 Header Item Air Services Provision
 Header Item Heritage Council Funding
 Header Item Haulage Industry Regulation
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 787 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 677 - 697

Rail Network

 677. Deputy Seamus Healy Information on Seamus Healy Zoom on Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the details of the track and infrastructure alterations proposed at the railway station in Carrick-on-Suir County Tipperary and the timescales involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56349/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The issue raised is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann.  I have referred the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply.  Please inform my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

School Equipment

 678. Deputy Regina Doherty Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if she will consider the mandatory inclusion of defibrillator equipment in all secondary schools and sports club facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56409/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring The installation of equipment in sports clubs is a matter for those clubs. Such equipment has however been funded under the Sports Capital Programme. The installation of equipment in secondary schools is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills.

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 679. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the parameters that were used to allocate sports capital grants in 2012. [56430/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring All applications received under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme were first checked to ensure eligibility and then eligible applications were initially assessed against the following criteria (the final 4 criteria only apply to regional and national projects):

   

Selection Criteria
Increase in the levels of active participation/ improved standards of sporting performance, especially among women and older citizens
Level of socio-economic disadvantage in the area
Technical merits of the project
Financial viability of project
Level of own funding available
Extent to which applicant will be able to maintain project after completion
Current and planned levels of sport and/or recreational sport facilities in the area
Current or proposed sharing of facilities with other sporting groups or schools
Level of SCP (or other Government) funding received in the past
Strategies to be used to attract people from disadvantaged areas
Priority of proposed improvements/ facility in relation to existing facilities
Priorities as identified by the NGB (national/regional projects only)
Priority as identified by the Irish Sports Council (NGB and third level only)
Location of facility within the network of national, regional and municipal facilities (non-local projects only)
Linkages with Local Authorities Swimming Pools Programme (municipal multi-sport only)


  In deciding the final allocations of funding to local projects within each county I had regard to a number of additional factors, including:

- the performance of each application during the assessment process;

- ensuring a geographic spread of projects within each county;

- ensuring an appropriate spread of projects between rural and urban areas within each county; and

- ensuring that there is a spread of projects among different sports.

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 680. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if there is any specific aspect of sport or of club governance which should be made clear in every application for sports grant funding. [56431/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring Under the Sports Capital Programme all applicants must fill out the application form and provide certain minimum supporting documentation to meet the eligibility requirements. Details of the most recent application form and the guide to filling out the application form can be found on my Department's website www.dttas.ie

  Part of the application form relates to issues of governance. All applicants must provide evidence of non-discrimination. School applications must be made jointly with at least one sports club or community group and the Programme does not provide funding for private or commercial operations.

  My Department will be writing to all applicants in the coming weeks and the reasons why applications were deemed invalid will be outlined to the relevant applicants. 

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 681. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if there will be a further call for applications for sports capital funding in the foreseeable future, and if so; when this may happen. [56432/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring There are no plans to advertise another round of the Sports Capital Programme at the moment. However, I hope to be in a position to announce a further round as soon as funding becomes available.

Taxi Regulations

 682. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the proposed Taxi Bill. [56470/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly Overall the thrust of the reforms arising from the Taxi Regulation Review will mean better services for consumers and improvements to the operating environment for taxi drivers generally. The Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 will support measures to ensure that operators and drivers can operate under a robust regulatory framework that is supported by an effective enforcement regime. 

As proposed in the Taxi Regulation Review Report, it is envisaged that there will be a prohibition on the transfer of small public service vehicle (SPSV) licences. The underlying principle for this proposal is that a licence should determine a person's suitability to carry out a function and it should have no monetary value or be traded on the open market. There is a legislative provision concerning the prohibition on transfer of such licences in the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012.

I understand that the NTA is considering the option, for the purposes of ensuring the continuity of a taxi business upon the death of the vehicle licence holder, that an application by the next of kin for a licence can be facilitated. 

Under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003, the setting of maximum taxi fares is a statutory function of the NTA. Following a consultation process on the proposal for increase of the order of 3.5% to 4% in maximum fares, the NTA announced last week that there would be no modification to the existing maximum fares.

Action 31 of the Taxi Regulation Review Report in 2011 proposes the introduction of a distinctive branding on taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis by means of a semi-permanent decal (vinyl adhesive material printed with a particular design) to be applied to the doors on either side of the vehicle, incorporating the umbrella 'Transport for Ireland' design. The aim of the branding is to provide greater recognition of taxis, promote greater professionalism of the industry and to reduce the potential for unlicensed vehicles to operate as taxis.

The Taxi Advisory Committee, which I appointed during this summer, includes representatives of small public service vehicle and driver interests in line with the provisions of Section 54 of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2003.There were two working taxi drivers on the review group.

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 683. Deputy Eric Byrne Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if his attention been drawn to the request by Dublin City Council for the €300,000 allocation from the sports capital programme under the allocations to local projects scheme that was to kickstart the long promised development of club facilities for clubs (details supplied) in Dublin 12; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council were prepared to contribute €600,000 to these projects provided that the €300,000 was secured his Department; if he will confirm that the €250,00 held by his department in abeyance pending the accumulation of sufficient resources to kickstart these projects in Pearse Park is secure and ready for drawing down at some future date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56537/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring Under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme, Dublin City Council applied for funding of €300,000 for facilities at Willie Pearse Park. This application was unsuccessful. 

  There are 2 grants for facilities at Willie Pearse Park outstanding from 2003 and 2004 with a total value of €250,000. If Dublin City Council wish to use these grants for a different purpose they should contact the Department to seek a change of purpose. 

European Council Meetings

 684. Deputy Simon Harris Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the formations of the EU Councils of Ministers on which he sits; the number of meetings of that Council held from 9 March 2011 to date in 2012; the number of those meetings he attended; the number attended by a Minister of State; the number attended by an Irish official; and if he will provide the names of those who attended in tabular form. [56555/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I  participate at the Transport formation of the Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council. Since March 2011, there have been 7 formal Transport Council meetings and I have attended all of these. Transport Council meets on 20 December and I will attend this along with officials from my Department and the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU.

  Minister of State Michael Ring T.D. has delegated responsibility in relation to EU matters relating to Sport and he has attended three of the four formal Council meetings of Sports Ministers scheduled since March 2011. He was unable to attend the Council meeting in May 2011 owing to diary commitments associated with the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Deputy Permanent Representative attended the meeting in his place.

  The Competitiveness Council deals with tourism-related issues from time to time. My colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D., represents Ireland at the Competitiveness Council. 

  The information requested is set out in tabular form as follows: 

Council Meeting Date Minister attending Lead Official attending
Transport Council 31 March 2011 Minister Varadkar Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR), Geraldine Byrne Nason
Sports Council 19 May 2011 - DPR Geraldine Byrne Nason
Transport Council 16 June 2011 Minister Varadkar DPR Geraldine Byrne Nason
Transport Council 6 October 2011 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney
Sports Council 29 November 2011 Minister of State Ring DPR Tom Hanney
Transport Council 12 December 2011 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney
Transport Council 22 March 2012 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney
Transport Council 07 June 2012 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney
Transport Council 29 October 2012 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney
Sports Council 10 May 2012 Minister of State Ring DPR Tom Hanney
Sports Council 27 November. 2012 Minister of State Ring DPR Tom Hanney
Transport Council 20 December 2012 Minister Varadkar DPR Tom Hanney

Sale of State Assets

 685. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar further to a report in a Sunday newspaper that Coras Iompair Eireann has sold the freehold interest in several properties in Spencer Dock in Dublin city centre for a reported €20m, if he will confirm that a sale has taken place; if he will confirm the detail of what has been sold and the sale price; the marketing and pre-sales activity undertaken by CIE to ensure the maximum price was achieved for the properties; and if he will confirm if the National Asset Management Agency was one of the unsuccessful bidders for the properties. [56558/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar This is an operational matter for Córas Iompair Éireann. I have referred the Deputy's question to CIÉ for direct reply. Will the Deputy please advise my private office if he does not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Sports Funding

 686. Deputy Peter Mathews Information on Peter Mathews Zoom on Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown of Irish Sports Council Funding for each of the Olympic cycle years of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by sport; national governing body administration funding; high performance programme funding by sport; the carding scheme totals for each sport; list of athletes and the total amount each received under the carding scheme each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56575/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Irish Sports Council, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, including the allocation of funding for the National Governing Bodies of Sport and for the High Performance programme.

As the Deputy's question relates to the allocation of funding, I have referred it to the Irish Sports Council for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 days.

Sports Funding

 687. Deputy Peter Mathews Information on Peter Mathews Zoom on Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown of funding to the Olympic Council of Ireland for each of the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by podium level, world class level, international level and junior development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56576/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Irish Sports Council, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, including the allocation of funding for the National Governing Bodies of Sport and for the High Performance programme. 

As the Deputy's question relates to the allocation of funding, I have referred it to the Irish Sports Council for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 days.

Driving Licence Renewals

 688. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he intends to take the issuing of driving licences from the local authorities; if so, the proposed location of the central issuing office of new licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56615/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar In May 2011, the Government decided, with the introduction of a plastic card driving licence from 19 January 2013, to centralise the driver licence function. It was also decided that the RSA would become the centralised driver licensing authority. The legislation to provide for the transfer of the function was passed by the Oireachtas earlier this year, and the RSA will officially become the national driver licensing authority with effect from 12 January 2013. There will be a transition period for part of 2013, estimated to be approximately nine months, during which the local authorities will continue to perform some driver licensing functions on behalf of the RSA.

The new system will consist of three outsourced contracts: a 'front office' to engage with the public, a 'back office' to process applications, and a card producer who will produce the new plastic card format licence. The RSA will also establish a central specialist unit to manage and oversee the driver licensing function. The central unit will be based in the RSA headquarters in Ballina.

  Question No. 689 answered with Question No. 672.

Cycling Policy

 690. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will detail on a county basis the spend on developing and maintaining cycle routes for each of the past three years. [56741/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly The table sets out details of funding made available by my Department for the development of cycling and walking routes during 2009, 2010 and 2011. Almost €34m has been allocated in 2012 for investment between 2012 and 2016 in respect of similar projects details of which can be made available to the Deputy when the funding has been drawndown. Maintenance of routes is a matter for the local authorities concerned and disaggregated information on local authority cycle route maintenance expenditure is not available to my department. 

  Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, funding for delivery of public transport infrastructure, including the provision of cycle lanes in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) is a matter for the NTA. Under its Sustainable Transport Management Grants (STMG) Scheme the NTA  also provides funding to local authorities for a range of schemes to benefit cyclists including cycle paths and cycle corridors. The NTA also administer my Department's funding of smarter travel infrastructure in the regional cities. The NTA can provide details of expenditure on cycling routes in the GDA and regional cities  and I have asked them to forward the information to the Deputy directly. If the Deputy has not received a response within 7 days he should contact me again. 

Cycling Investment
Project Name
Location
County
Grant Amount (€)
Status
Project Type
Funding Initiative
2009
Carrigaline Walking and Cycling Network Carrigaline Cork 800,000 Completed in 2011 Urban Initial
Dublin City Premium Cycle Route (DCC) Dublin City Dublin 5,500,000 Completed in 2012 Urban cycle network Initial
Dublin City Cycle lane refurbishment (DCC) Dublin City Dublin 800,000 Completed in 2009 Urban cycle network Initial
Adamstown to Grand Canal (SDCC) South Dublin Dublin 2,400,000 Completed in 2011 Urban cycle network Initial
Fisheries Fields Cycling and Walking Route Galway City Galway 398,445 Completed in 2012 Urban cycle network Initial
Castletroy off-road cycle track (1.6km) Castletroy to UCC and Plassey Park Limerick 185,000 Completed in 2009 Urban cycle network Initial
Great Western Greenway Phase 1 Newport-Mulranny Mayo 620,000 Completed in 2010 national cycle network NCN
Westport Town Greenway Stage 1 Westport Town Mayo 465,000 Completed in 2009 Urban cycle network Carbon reduction measures
Enfield Safe Cycleway Enfield Meath 9,963 Completed in 2009 Urban cycle network Carbon reduction measures
Trim-Navan-Drogheda Cycleway Trim/Navan/Drogheda Meath 49,815 Completed in 2009 Urban cycle network Carbon reduction measures
Project Name
Location
County
Grant Amount (€)
Status
Project Type
Funding Initiative
2010
           
Cycleways Carrick-on-Shannon Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim 775,000 Completed urban cycle network Demonstration Fund
Skerries Balbriggan Cycle Route (Fingal Co Cl) Skerries Balbriggan Dublin 766,293 Due for completion 2013 urban cycle network Demonstration Fund
Great Western Greenway Phase 2 Westport - Mulranny Mayo 1,050,000 Completed urban cycle network Cycle Route projects
Great Western Greenway Phase 2 Mulranny - Achill Mayo 700,000 Completed urban cycle network Cycle Route projects
Walking and Cycling to school Dundalk Louth 801,500 Due for completion 2013 Cycle Route projects Demonstration Fund
Westport Town Greenway Stage 2 Westport Town Mayo 110,000 Completed urban cycle network Carbon Reduction Measures
Project Name
Location
County
Grant Amount (€)
Status
Project type
Funding Initiative
2011
         
2.6km of 1.5m Cycle lanes on the Eastern approach to Cavan Town; and bike parking in 10 towns Cavan Town & County Cavan 304,835 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
2 way cycle lanes (9km) and associated parking Sligo City to Strandhill Sligo 244,428 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 2
Killarney Town Cycle lane (1.7km Phase 1) Killarney Town Kerry 218,545 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Killarney Town Cycle Lane (1.2km Phase 2) Parallel to the N72 Killorglin Road Kerry 209,923 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 2
Pedestrian and cycle links with associated infrastructure Kilkenny City Kilkenny 100,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
300m Granges Road to Dean Street cycle link (300m) Granges Road to Dean Street Kilkenny 36,847 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 3
Dublin Road Cycleway Dublin Road Kilkenny 125,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative Smarter Travel Areas Funding
College Road "off-road" 2 lane cycle way Kilkenny Ring Road to Ormond Road Kilkenny 65,471 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative Round 2
Limerick/Nenagh Cycle Track Limerick to Nenagh Limerick /Sth Tipp 600,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Great Southern Trail (further development) Rathkeale to Castlematrix; Abbeyfeale to Barna Limerick 306,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 2
Nenagh loop walkway/cycleway (6km) Dromin Road junction to the Portroe Road Roundabout Limerick 150,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative Round 2
Royal Canal cycle and walkway Longford Town Longford 133,440 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Longford Town Walking and Cycling path Farannyhoogan/ Cartrongeeragh Longford 94,727 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 2
Newtown Road cycle track Newtown Road Louth 29,465 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 3
Tom Belview Ave pedestrian and cycleway Tom Belview Avenue Louth 65,945 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative STA Funding
Ballina Urban Cycle Network Ballina Mayo 194,300 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Castlebar Cycling and Walking links Castlebar Mayo 110,883 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative Round 2
Completion of Northern Greenway Westport Mayo 155,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative STA Funding
Tullamore Town Cycle Route Tullamore Town Offaly 239,452 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Smarter Travel Trail (5 km extension) Sligo City Sligo 281,741 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Lough Gill Loop Cycle Route Lough Gill Sligo 58,267 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 3
Walking and cycling route Clonmel Sth Tipp. 169,574 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Phase 1 of "The Track" cycle and walking route: 2 m 2 way cycle track. Clonea Road, Sallybrook crossing to Walton Park Waterford 277,396 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
Phase 2 of "The Track" cycle and walking route 2 way cycle track (2kms). The Banks Waterford 274,559 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative Round 2
600m dual direction cycle way Duck's Pool Waterford 56,518 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 3
Youghal Road Cycleway Business Park/residential areas in Dungarvan link Waterford 125,731 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs initiative STA Funding
Mullingar Cycle Network (extension) Ballinagh to Shandonagh Westmeath 150,000 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative Round 1
"Missing link" in footpath and cycle network Athlone Westmeath 58,172 Completed Urban cycle network Jobs Initiative


Project Name
Location
County
Grant Amount (€)
Status
Project type
Funding Initiative
2012
           
Carlow Town and Craiguecullen Village Active Travel Town Carlow Town and Craiguecullen Village Carlow 939,850 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Carlow Co Co /Kilkenny Co Co Carlow to Paulstown to Kilkenny Carlow/ Kilkenny 463,500 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Cavan Co Council Active Travel Town Cavan Town Cavan 675,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Clare Co Co Ennistymon to Lahinch Clare 400,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Letterkenny Active Travel Town Letterkenny Donegal 232,120 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Donegal Co Co Donegal Town/Newtoncunningham Donegal 497,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Fingal Co Co Ashtown to Blanchardstown/Castleknock Dublin 600,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Oranmore Active Travel Town Oranmore Galway 100,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Kerry Co Co Killarney to Fossa Kerry 142,773 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Quaylink City Centre Pedestrian Bridge Kilkenny City Kilkenny 400,000 Approved Infrastructural measure which is part of overall plan by Kilkenny Co Council to create a smarter travel city. ATTs
Carrick-on-Shannon Active Travel Town Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim 400,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Limerick STA Limerick City & Co Limerick 9,000,000 Approved Combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures STAs
Limerick Co Co Abbeyfeale town to Rathoran Limerick 289,875 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Louth Co Co Dundalk to Carlingford Louth 687,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Westport STA Westport Mayo 5,500,000 Approved combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures STAs
Castlebar Active Travel Town Castlebar Mayo 120,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Mayo Co Co Castlebar to Turlough Mayo 725,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Meath Co Co Drogheda, Navan Trim Meath 500,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Monaghan Co Co Clones to Monaghan Monaghan 621,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Nenagh Active Travel Town Nenagh North Tipperary 290,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Nth Tipperary Nenagh N52 Cycle/Walkway extension Nth Tipperary 334,530 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Offaly Co Co Tullamore to Moate Offaly 400,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Roscommon Co Co Athlone to Ballinasloe Roscommon 470,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Sligo Town Active Travel Town Sligo Town Sligo 955,000 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Clonmel Active Travel Town Clonmel South Tipperary 456,276 Approved Creation of ATT through a combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures ATTs
Dungarvan STA Dungarvan Waterford 7,200,000 Approved Combination of infrastructural and soft supporting measures STAs
Waterford City Council Tramore Road R675 Waterford 289,000 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Waterford Co Co Ring Road at Ballindud to Somerville Roundabout in Tramore Waterford 310,500 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network
Westmeath Co Co (a)Boardstown to Meath Border (b)Coolnahay Bridge to Longford Border Westmeath (a)451,250 (b) 473,750 Approved Cycle Network National Cycle Network

Vehicle Registration Issues

 691. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar when a national approval registration system will be introduced for 01 and 02 trailers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56747/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Unlike other categories of vehicles, light trailers do not require registration or licensing.  I am advised that unilateral introduction of such an approval system by Ireland would constitute a contravention of EU anti-competitiveness legislation in relation to the sale and free movement of such trailers throughout the European Union. I have, therefore, no proposals at present to introduce a national approval system for light trailers.

Vehicle Registration Issues

 692. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the physical tests carried out on 01 and 02 trailers during a European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval that are carried out in a NSSTA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56748/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The subject matter of this question is the responsibility of the Road Safety Authority and I have referred the question to them for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my Office if a reply has not been received within ten days.

Rural Transport Services Provision

 693. Deputy James Bannon Information on James Bannon Zoom on James Bannon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will reverse the decision to cancel the number 22 Bus Éireann service through Kinnegad, County Westmeath, in view of the negitive effect on Kinnegad, the third largest town in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56805/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The issue raised is a matter for Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Will the Deputy please advise my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

Air Services Provision

 694. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the reason passenger numbers at Shannon Airport fell from 3.6 million in 2007 to 1.5 million in 2012 notwithstanding the substantial State supports to the airport over this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56925/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The fall in passenger numbers at Shannon Airport in the period in question has been attributed to the general economic decline, which has of course affected all airports to various degrees, and to the substantial withdrawal of air services from the airport by a major airline. The State provides no Exchequer support to Shannon or the other two State Airports at Dublin and Cork.

Heritage Council Funding

 695. Deputy Micheál Martin Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar in view of the successful completion of the Malahide Castle project County Dublin and the importance of heritage to economic growth, if he will make funding available to complete works on Swords Castle and St. Columba's Church of Ireland, belfry and round tower; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56935/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar Funding for tourism product development is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. If the Deputy does not receive a reply from Fáilte Ireland within ten working days, will he please contact my private office.

Haulage Industry Regulation

 696. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar in the context of the road haulage operator licensing system, if there is a list of approved persons or bodies that will provide a road worthiness for a tractor in order to meet the road haulage licensing requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56946/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar Any vehicle to be authorised under a Road Haulage Operator’s Licence needs to have all vehicle documentation in order, including motor tax, insurance, tachograph calibration, and certificate of roadworthiness. Certificates of roadworthiness are issued by the relevant Local Authority, which is also responsible for authorising the test centres that carry out roadworthiness tests.

Departmental Expenditure

 697. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the cost of the KPMG evaluation on behalf of the Steering Group and his Department upon the separation of Shannon Airport from the Dublin Airport Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56964/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar As the Deputy is aware, the Government has decided to proceed with the separation of Shannon Airport from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) on 31st December 2012 and to merge the airport with a restructured Shannon Development to form a new integrated Shannon entity in public ownership (‘Newco’).

  Business plans were prepared and submitted both to myself and to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in respect of the proposed new Shannon entity, including Shannon Airport, and in respect of the DAA (post separation).

  KPMG was engaged to provide an independent evaluation of these business plans and the cost of their work was €152,305.06 (including VAT).


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