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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 487-498
 Header Item Rail Services
 Header Item Compulsory Purchase Orders
 Header Item Rail Services
 Header Item Taxi Regulations
 Header Item Smarter Transport
 Header Item Departmental Programmes
 Header Item Rail Network
 Header Item Driver Licences
 Header Item An Fhoireann Rannach
 Header Item Tourism Data

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 861 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 487-498

Rail Services

 487. Deputy Seán Kyne Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the definition of a commuter route as defined by Iarnród Éireann; if a customer who commutes to a city to work and purchases a yearly ticket should be classed as a commuter and if the route is classed as a commuter route; the reason the Athenry to Galway route is not defined as a commuter route similar to the Hazlehatch to Dublin and Cobh to Cork routes, both of which have considerably cheaper yearly rates than the route from Athenry to Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [47060/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

 488. Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he will arrange to make available a copy of the compulsory purchase order for the Dingle-Tralee railway line with regard to land acquired in the townland of Camp Upper, Tralee, County Kerry, which transaction took place in the period 1903 to 1905 approximately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47100/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issue raised is a matter for Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to CIÉ for direct reply.

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

  Question No. 489 answered with Question No. 477.

Rail Services

 490. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he will direct Iarnród Éireann to change its punctuality targets for Intercity and commuter peak services from ten minutes to five minutes; and his views on the punctuality targets for comparable rail networks internationally. [47214/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Taxi Regulations

 491. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe his views on the declining number of wheelchair-accessible taxis within the State. [47215/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, including responsibility for the promotion of access to and the availability and affordability of SPSVs by persons with disabilities.

  I have therefore referred your question to the NTA for direct reply.

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

Smarter Transport

 492. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he has any long term targets for the continued expansion of the pedometer challenge and the ten minute cycle challenge as part of the smarter travel workplace and smarter travel campus programme. [47216/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The operation of the pedometer challenge and the ten minute cycle challenge is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) which delivers the smarter travel workplace and campus programme.

  Accordingly, I have forwarded your request to the NTA and have asked them to reply to you directly.

  Please advise my private office is you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Departmental Programmes

 493. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe his plans for greater national participation in the green-schools travel programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47217/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The delivery of the Green Schools Travel Programme is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with An Taisce.

  Accordingly, I have forwarded your request to the NTA and have asked them to reply to you directly.

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Rail Network

 494. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he will provide a list of the number of DART expansion projects under the Transport 21 programme which were deferred; when the assessment of these capital investment projects for 2015 will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47226/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The DART Underground Programme, as envisaged under Transport 21, is made up of 2 elements:

(1) The development of an underground tunnel (the DU project) between Docklands and Inchicore which will serve a number of key locations in the city centre with underground stations

(2) A series of associated sub-projects including the City Centre Resignalling project, a new Centralised Traffic Control Centre (CTC), Resignalling and Elimination of level-crossings on the Maynooth line, Electrification to Malahide, Maynooth and Hazelhatch, the Kildare Route Project Phase 2 and the expansion of the DART fleet and associated depot facilities.

When the Tunnel element was postponed under the current capital plan there was a commitment to reconsider it in advance of the next capital plan. In that regard, the Business Case is now being reviewed and assessed by the National Transport Authority (NTA). The NTA will ensure that the new business case is based on the latest data on population, transport demand, construction costs etc and meets all the requirements of the revised public sector code for capital projects which was published last year. I expect to receive it in Q1 2015. At the same time I expect to receive the outcome from the Fingal/North Dublin Transport Study and the preliminary Business Case for the BRT to Swords.

Following receipt and assessment of the reports I will then consider the options and priorities for addressing key public transport deficits in the GDA having regard to the costs and benefits and affordability of each project as well as funding sources and options including private funds, EIB loans and EU grants.

Some of the DART Underground associated sub-projects which have benefits in and of themselves are either underway already, such as the City Centre Resignalling project, or preliminary studies have commenced, such as for the new CTC. Subject to funding availability, some of the other sub-projects may proceed over the next number of years.

Driver Licences

 495. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he will address a matter (details supplied) raised in correspondence regarding the driving licence system. [47247/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The position regarding people returning or coming to live in Ireland with US driving licences is one of which I am well aware, and which has arisen a number of times.

The starting point is that the purpose of a driver licensing system is to ensure basic standards of driving on our roads. Ireland operates within a framework of EU driver licensing law, and on this basis we recognise other EU driving licences for the purposes of mutual exchange, as all EU licences are issued according to the same standards.

In addition, we have bilateral agreements with a number of non-EU states, where detailed study has shown that their licensing regimes and ours are compatible.

We do not have such an agreement with the USA. This is because American driver licensing operates at State level, with widely varying systems and standards of licensing. Even if we were to recognise licences from some States, it could draw us into extremely complicated difficulties over the mutual recognition arrangements which those States would have with other American States.

As a result, regrettably, people moving here with a US licence may drive only for a period up to a year on a visitor basis, but must then acquire an Irish licence. While they are required to undertake a theory test, mandatory lessons and driving test, they are not bound by the usual rule to be a learner for six months before taking the driving test.

An Fhoireann Rannach

 496. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív den Aire Iompair, Turasóireachta agus Spóirt Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe cén líon daoine atá ag obair ina Roinn faoi láthair atá inniúil ar a chuid nó a cuid oibre a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge; cén céatadán den fhoireann atá i gceist; comparáid a dhéanamh idir na figiúirí sin agus na figiúirí céanna i 2004, 1994, 1984 agus 1974. [47294/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe Is oth liom a rá leis an Teachta Dála nach bhfuil na staitisticí sin le fáil againn sa Roinn. Tá 429 oifigeach ina mbaill san fhoireann na Ranna. De réir shuíomh ghréasáin inmheánaigh na Ranna, tá 19 oifigeach ann a bhfuil líofach sa Ghaeilge.

  Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 477.

Tourism Data

 498. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe his views on the value of pedal bike passenger carriers and rickshaws for local tourism. [47297/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe I am not aware of any research or insights into the views of tourists with regard to pedal bike passenger carriers and rickshaws in Ireland. Accordingly, I am not in a position to comment on their value to tourism.


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