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Kelly, Alan

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

Chairman-----More Button

I start by acknowledging that it is a difficult time for public transport in this country. Retaining services will be a major challenge in the year ahead for private operators, public operators, t...More Button

Having said that, I acknowledge the contribution of the three main Opposition parties, namely, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the United Left Alliance, to the public transport debate. Despite consta...More Button

However, as challenging as it is for the public transport system right now, there is a positive story to be told by the Government. The free travel pass has been maintained. While I believe we ...More Button

Since November 2009 it has been the responsibility of the National Transport Authority to contract for PSO services with the CIE bus and rail companies on the basis of total funding advanced by m...More Button

Despite our economic problems and the reduced sums available for capital and current expenditure, the Government will continue to prioritise the role of public transport. Unfortunately, the amou...More Button

The additional funding for this year only provides a very short breathing space to CIE. It is essential the management and staff in the CIE companies implement proposals to cut costs that can he...More Button

There are some positive elements to the transport budget. The Government has maintained smarter travel and carbon reduction capital investment in 2013 at the same level as the 2012 allocation, w...More Button

This is only a small part of what my Department is actively doing. Working with the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, we are maintaining public transport as much as possible in what is a very difficult...More Button

Taxi Regulations

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including the process for transfer of taxi licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Taxi Regula...More Button