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Kelly, Alan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

I do.More Button

Why does the Deputy say that?More Button

That happened under Fianna Fáil's watch.More Button

Who is responsible for it being empty?More Button

I thank all the Deputies who contributed to the debate on the motion. Some of those who spoke were passionate. I am glad that there is so much interest in the success of Shannon Airport. It is i...More Button

Like everyone else who has commented genuinely on this matter, I appreciate the historical achievements of Aer Rianta International which has been a success story for many years. It was always t...More Button

In fairness to Deputy Timmy Dooley, his comments are well received. He knew what was envisaged when he voted for separation in the context of the 2004 legislation, as Deputy Michael McNamara said.More Button

Other Deputies raised the issue of the impact of this decision on other airports, particularly Knock Airport. I was surprised by some of the comments, although I accept the views are genuinely hel...More Button

I fail to see why a number of Deputies did not recognise the fact that the State contributes a lot to Knock airport in particular - over €40 million since 1993.More Button

We can go into that. In fairness, if the management wants to talk to the Department, the Minister or myself in regard to that subsidy and how it should work, or the various different subsidies the...More Button

Some Deputies, although not as many as I would have thought, made reference to the issue of the workers in this scenario, particularly those from Shannon Airport and Shannon Development, whose curr...More Button

There are great possibilities for the mid-west with the changeover in regard to the future work of Fáilte Ireland and Enterprise Ireland in the region. There have been some positive developments...More Button

A number of Deputies made reference to the projected passenger numbers, which are ambitious, although I make no apology for that. We cannot continue on as we are, with 1.5 million passengers thi...More Button

What we are aiming for is the creation of an international aviation services centre that can generate non-passenger revenue. We have MOUs for 850 jobs, which I presume everyone in the House welc...More Button

There is great capacity at Shannon Airport, which is a unique airport and one of which I am very supportive. It has the longest runway in Europe, it has pre-clearance and it has lands available ...More Button

Deputy Ellis said the Labour Party was in favour of privatisation. I genuinely do not have a clue what he is referring to. If he can find one such utterance in regard to Shannon Airport, he mig...More Button

Deputies Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley referred to the impact on the mid-west, and particularly to PayPal. If we have a stronger airport into the future, which we will have under this process, we...More Button

I am sure the Deputy will accept that. Unfortunately, I do not have time to address the other contributions. I very much support the motion. This is a great policy for the airport. We cannot st...More Button

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Taxi Regulations

The regulation of the taxi industry is a matter in the first instance for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Taxi Regulation Act, 2003. The NTA is the lead agency with responsibility ...More Button

The aim of the proposed local area hackney licence is to facilitate the low cost entry to the hackney market for transport provision in rural areas that, otherwise, would be unlikely to have such...More Button

The regulation of the taxi industry, including supports for new  entrants to the industry, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA). I have arranged for your question to be forwarded...More Button

Public Bike Schemes

Building on the success of the existing  Dublin Bikes Scheme, my Department  has been working with the National Transport Authority and has made significant progress on the expansion of the Dublin ...More Button

Currently, the National Transport Authority is working with Dublin City Council  to enable the first phase of this expansion to progress.  I am informed that this phase is focussed on expanding t...More Button

In relation to extending the scheme into Dublin 9 and 11, the National Transport Authority has informed me that this is not part of the current phase of expansion of the scheme. The National Tran...More Button

I am aware that Dublin City Council has an ambitious plan to extend the successful Dublinbikes scheme to other areas of the city in a number of phases spread over a number of years.  Such expansi...More Button