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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 1122-1141
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme
 Header Item Greenways Funding
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme
 Header Item Road Safety Strategy
 Header Item Driving Test
 Header Item Driving Test Regulations
 Header Item Regional Airports
 Header Item Bus Éireann Services
 Header Item Air Traffic Control Services
 Header Item Driver Licence Renewals
 Header Item Wild Atlantic Way Project
 Header Item Rail Network
 Header Item Tourism Policy
 Header Item Road Network
 Header Item Road Network
 Header Item Motor Insurance Regulation
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 909 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 1122-1141

Sports Capital Programme

 1122. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross his communication with the Football Association of Ireland regarding the development of clubs' infrastructure in the League of Ireland; his views on the need for clubs to upgrade facilitates in order to develop the quality of experience on offer at grounds; his views on supporting local soccer clubs in the League of Ireland with a new fund to assist in carrying out works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9679/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The Sports Capital Programme which is administered by my Department is the Government's primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities. Under the 2015 round of the Sports Capital Programme, a total of 1,592 applications were received. 891 applications were successful with €41.1 million allocated in total. 238 applications were received from clubs affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland. 104 of these clubs were successful and received a total of €4.9 million.  League of Ireland clubs have been supported in previous rounds of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP).

I have no plans to put in place a fund for any one particular sport or National Governing Body.  It is important to note that one of the qualifying requirements of the SCP is that applicant clubs provide a minimum percentage of their own funding in order to avail of significant grants under the SCP.

No decision has been made on any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.  Any interested club or group should register on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie as this will be the portal through which clubs may apply under any future rounds of the Programme.

Greenways Funding

 1123. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when he will open the €100 million greenway fund for applications from greenways, such as the Sligo Greenway which will be part of the Western Railway Greenway; the timeline for allocating the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9681/16]

 1140. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if the Sligo Greenway, which aims to protect the rail line from Bellaghy to Collooney in County Sligo for future use whilst also providing a vital item of tourism infrastructure for the north west, should be funded under the €100 million greenway fund with regard to the Western Rail Corridor, as contained in the new programme for Government, and given that he will shortly begin to implement an independent cost benefit analysis and review for the Western Rail Corridor between Athenry in County Galway and Claremorris in County Mayo for commuter and freight use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10232/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I propose to take Questions Nos. 1123 and 1140 together.

I have yet to decide on how the €100 million earmarked for Smarter Travel projects in the Programme for Government is to be invested.  However, I am confident that investment in greenways will continue given the economic and social benefits they bring to communities, particularly those in rural areas. 

As the Deputy will be aware, funding  from my Department for the delivery of greenways is awarded to local authorities by way of a competitive process. In advance of future funding calls it would be important for interested parties and/or local authorities with a project in mind to endeavour to have all statutory requirements, land ownership/access issues etc. in place so as to be well placed to compete for any funding which comes on stream over the coming years.

Sports Capital Programme

 1124. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when he will announce the details of the sports capital funding scheme for 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9683/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The position with regard to any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme has yet to be decided.  Any future rounds of the Programme would be advertised on the department's website and in the national press.  Any interested group should register their interest online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.  The online application is currently accepting registrations of interest and will continue to do so until such time as the position with regard to any future rounds is decided.

Road Safety Strategy

 1125. Deputy Jack Chambers Information on Jack Chambers Zoom on Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the initiatives he is taking to promote safer cycling and to inform cyclists of the newly introduced penalty system for dangerous cycling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9704/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​In all areas of transport the highest priority for my Department is safety. Both my Department and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are engaged in promoting awareness of the Rules of the Road and safe practice on our roads for all road users. This includes promoting awareness of cyclists and other vulnerable road users among motorists, as well as promoting safe cycling practice among cyclists. Fixed charge notices were introduced for cyclists in July 2015. The RSA, my Department and An Garda Síochána have all publicised the introduction of these fixed charges for offences for cyclists and the RSA continue to publicise the fixed charges including through social media on an on-going basis.

The current Road Safety Strategy, running from 2013 to 2020, contains a number of measures to ensure greater safety in cycling. These include education to promote the use of personal protection equipment and high visibility clothing, the provision of which is heavily funded by the RSA, and developing a standardised road safety cycling proficiency training programme for schools.

My Department is funding the development and roll-out of "Cycle Right" the new national cycling training standard, developed by Cycling Ireland with the involvement of stakeholders including the RSA, An Garda Síochána, An Taisce (who operate the Green Schools Scheme), Coaching Ireland and Local Authorities. "Cycle Right" training aims to give trainees the confidence, skill and road safety knowledge to use their bike to get places safely. Over a series of stages, cyclists will increase their proficiency and safe journeying on the road network. A key element to this training will be the rules of the road.  "Cycle Right" will roll out nationally in primary schools from September 2016.

Driving Test

 1126. Deputy Denise Mitchell Information on Denise Mitchell Zoom on Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the pass rate for each individual section for the small public service vehicles driver licence test. [9775/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including administration of the SPSV Entry Test, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

  I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply to her. The Deputy should advise my private office if she does not receive a response within ten working days.

Driving Test Regulations

 1127. Deputy Denise Mitchell Information on Denise Mitchell Zoom on Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if copies of the questions asked during the small public service vehicles driver licence test are allowed to be distributed to drivers after the test has been completed; and if not, the reason why. [9776/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including administration of the SPSV Entry Test, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

  I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply to her. The Deputy should advise my private office if she does not receive a response within ten working days.

Regional Airports

 1128. Deputy Marc MacSharry Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when the investment he has indicated for committing to the future development of Connacht regional airport will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9760/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​Capital funding for the four regional airports is provided under the Regional Airports Programme 2015-2019 which was approved by the EU Commission last August.

  This is a multiannual Programme and the individual airports submit their investment proposals over the life of the Programme.

  The four airports, including Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK), submitted their 2016 project proposals earlier this year and my Department has already announced the first tranche of grant allocations amounting to a total of €1.2 million. Of this,€760,500 was allocated to IWAK. These grants will support safety and security investments at the airports which have been approved to date by my Department.

  The remainder of the 2016 capital funding proposals received from the airports, including IWAK, are currently being examined and further decisions in relation to these will be made in due course.

Bus Éireann Services

 1129. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he is aware of the concerns of a number of communities surrounding changes to the Bus Éireann 103 route; to discuss with Bus Éireann outstanding issues relating to this, including delays in getting to work, loss of direct services and connection issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9926/16]

 1130. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the efforts he will make to support communities in County Meath and in north County Dublin following changes to the Bus Éireann 103 route which involves a reduction in services along some routes and some areas not being serviced; to facilitate a public consultation on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9927/16]

 1153. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross to review the changes made to the103 Bus Éireann route along the M2-N2 corridor which has caused serious inconvenience to the regular users of that service. [10496/16]

 1156. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross to review the changes made to the 103 Bus Éireann route along the M2-N2 corridor which has caused serious inconvenience to the regular users of that service. [10548/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I propose to take Questions Nos. 1129, 1130, 1153 and 1156 together.

  The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Air Traffic Control Services

 1131. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if other countries which are part of the Eurocontrol system also apply a discretionary exemption from en route charges for military flights by the United States of America; and if he will provide a list of those countries that do. [9955/16]

 1132. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross further to Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 5 May 2016, to outline in full the "considerable, wider aviation safety and economic benefits to Ireland" he is referring to in relation to the discretionary exempting of the military of the United States of America from en route charges, and if those benefits fully offset the loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3 million per year from this exemption. [9956/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I propose to take Questions Nos. 1131 and 1132 together.

  The application of an exemption from en-route charges for any military flights is at the discretion of the State concerned. The policy and general practice at international level is to exempt State and military aircraft from such charges. This derives from the exemption of State aircraft from the scope of the Chicago Convention establishing the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Ireland, in common with the vast majority of Eurocontrol's 41 States, subscribes to this practice.

  A breakdown by country of all exemptions from en-route charges is included in the latest Eurocontrol Report on the Operation of its Route Charges System in 2015, published in March 2016. This Report is available on Eurocontrol's website at the address indicated below.

  In relation to the reply to Parliamentary Question 146 of 5 May 2016, the reference to the wider aviation safety and economic benefits was made in the broader context of the benefits accruing to civil aviation activity from the collaborative and cooperative approaches inherent in Ireland's membership of Eurocontrol.

  Eurocontrol is an intergovernmental organisation currently comprising 41 European States and as such provides a key forum for cooperation and collaboration between States at a detailed technical level in the provision of air navigation services for almost 10 million flights per annum in European airspace. Aviation is inherently an international business, hence the overarching necessity for cooperation and collaboration between those States in organising the detailed arrangements to be applied to international flights. It is not a practical proposition for an individual State to contemplate instituting its own aviation safety or economic arrangements in isolation from the practices and procedures being developed and implemented on an ongoing basis at a multilateral level in an organisation such as Eurocontrol.

  In terms of Ireland's role in the overall Eurocontrol context, we have a pivotal geographical position between North America and continental Europe. Irish controlled airspace acts as a gateway for aviation between these two continents and in 2015 the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), on behalf of the State, safely and efficiently managed over 1 million flights. This equated to an average of 2,811 flights every day managed by the IAA at Irish State airports, through Irish controlled airspace and on the North Atlantic. This level of activity generated some €183 million in turnover to the IAA in 2015, nearly all of which was collected by Eurocontrol and remitted to the IAA.

  In this context, whilst there is a monetary cost arising from the exemption of military flights from en-route charges, it is considered that these costs are more than offset by the value of the benefits flowing from Ireland's position as a gateway for transatlantic aviation, as organised through our membership of Eurocontrol.

  ​Note: The Eurocontrol Report is available at:

https://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/route-charges/operation-reports/2015-report-on-the-operation-of-the-route-charges-system.pdf.

Driver Licence Renewals

 1133. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he is aware that persons over 70 years of age will have to present in person at National Driver Licence Service centres every time they wish to renew their driving licences, as they must present an up-to-date medical certificate with each application, which constitutes a change in their details; his views on whether this is fair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9964/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The operation of the driver licensing service is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have therefore 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 ten days.

Wild Atlantic Way Project

 1134. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the cost-benefit analysis or business case appraisal he has undertaken prior to the announcement of €100 million for the Wild Atlantic Way; the conclusions and recommendations of these; if he will provide an indicative list of the type of projects that he and Fáilte Ireland expect to be funded by this allocation; the timeframe in this regard; and the boost in tourism numbers, revenues and employment he expects from this funding allocation. [10032/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The Programme for Government provides that the Government will seek to set aside €100 million in additional capital funding to take the Wild Atlantic Way to the next level, including an Atlantic Blueway route, and the Ireland Way, and to invest further in developing a nationwide Greenway network. As part of this additional funding, the Government also proposes to double the funding available for the Rural Walks Scheme from €2 million to €4 million to increase the number of walks covered from 40 to 80.

The Programme for Government recognises the achievement of the Wild Atlantic Way and other tourism initiatives in revitalising tourism and demonstrates the Government's commitment to achieving the tourism policy goals set for 2025. These include increasing revenue from overseas visitors to €5 billion (net of inflation), growing employment in the tourism and hospitality sector to 250,000 and increasing the number of overseas visits to Ireland to 10 million per year.

Public expenditure on tourism initiatives is undertaken by the tourism agencies, i.e. Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in accordance with public financial procedures. Cost benefit analyses, business cases, and project plans would tend to be undertaken on a project by project basis, rather than at the level of a Programme for Government.

Rail Network

 1135. Deputy Frank O'Rourke Information on Frank O'Rourke Zoom on Frank O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when he will complete the construction rail project to open the Phoenix Park tunnel; the benefits of this investment for those commuters using the County Kildare routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10109/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The upgrade to the Phoenix Park Tunnel line is currently underway. The project, which is funded by my Department through the National Transport Authority, will see commuters on the Kildare to Dublin Heuston line have the option of direct trains to Connolly, Tara Street, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock Stations. Services on the Kildare commuter line will be a mix of Kildare to Dublin Heuston and Kildare to Grand Canal Dock services, offering new connections to commuters. These services will commence in Quarter 4, 2016.

Tourism Policy

 1136. Deputy Frank O'Rourke Information on Frank O'Rourke Zoom on Frank O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the policies he is pursuing to ensure that counties such as County Kildare benefit from the increase in tourist numbers that is occurring, especially in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10110/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross My role, as the Minister with responsibility for tourism, is to develop national tourism policy which is then implemented by the tourism agencies - Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Fáilte Ireland is responsible for the development of regional tourism and Tourism Ireland has responsibility for the overseas promotion of the island of Ireland as a tourism destination.

  Research shows that there is low awareness of Ireland's county boundaries among potential overseas visitors, indicating that expenditure on marketing an individual county to consumers in overseas markets would be unlikely to provide an adequate return on investment. The tourism agencies are instead developing and promoting tourism propositions of scale capable of achieving international impact and securing consumer attention. Those propositions are currently the Wild Atlantic WayDublin - A Breath of Fresh Air and Ireland's Ancient East,   which includes county Kildare.

  I have asked the tourism agencies to provide further details to the Deputy in relation to development and promotion of the tourism industry in Kildare. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Road Network

 1137. Deputy Joe Carey Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross to allocate the necessary funding to Clare County Council to complete the northern relief road in Ennis in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10189/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of local authorities in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993. Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of projects to be funded from these monies is a matter for each local authority. In this context my Department does not have a recent application in relation to the completion of the northern relief road in Ennis.

Given the cutbacks in State funding for regional and local roads since the financial crisis, it has been necessary to curtail the grant programme for major new regional and local road schemes and for major realignment schemes in order to protect the funding available for the maintenance of the existing network. It has not, therefore, been possible to provide funding for a range of road improvement schemes.

The Capital Plan published by the previous Government in September 2015 provides for the gradual build up in expenditure on the maintenance and improvement of the road network over 7 years. The bulk of expenditure is scheduled to be spent on maintenance of the road network with some limited investment in new projects. A Northern Relief road for Ennis is not one of the projects included in the Capital Plan.

When allocating grant funding my Department has emphasised that the commitment of local authorities to contribute significantly from their own resources towards the cost of improving and maintaining the regional and local roads network is essential and that full consideration needs to be given to utilising the Local Property Tax to boost own resources expenditure on regional and local road maintenance and renewal.

Road Network

 1138. Deputy John Curran Information on John Curran Zoom on John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross his plans to manage road traffic incidents, breakdowns and accidents on the M50 given the number of such in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10225/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, the preparation of a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) is a statutory function of the National Transport Authority (NTA). The statutory objective of the Strategy is to provide a long-term strategic planning framework for the integrated development of transport infrastructure and services in the GDA.

The development of the newly published Strategy has been informed by a full public consultation, as well as detailed analysis of population and travel trends and has been subject to a full cost benefit analysis in line with the Public Spending Code. My predecessor approved the Strategy on 24 February pursuant to section 12(13) of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 and the document has now been laid before each House of the Oireachtas and published.

The New Partnership Government is committed to a "Social Economy" model to deliver a strong economy and a fair society. I am advised that the GDA Strategy will contribute significantly to the "Social Economy" and will assist in the delivery of more sustainable patterns of economic growth. The Strategy is fully in line with the Capital Plan and will be instrumental in the development of the new National Planning Framework which will promote higher urban densities in terms of housing design, particularly in public transport corridors. Outcomes include reduced travel times on the strategic road network, an increase in sustainable travel modes from 44% to 55% for commutes and the facilitation of more efficient use of land within the GDA.

Under the 2008  Act the NTA must review the transport strategy every six years following publication. The Act also requires the NTA to now prepare an integrated implementation plan which must be submitted within 9 months. That plan will set out how the NTA proposes to implement the Strategy over the next 6 years and will be subject to a full public consultation in advance of seeking my approval.

Motor Insurance Regulation

 1139. Deputy John Curran Information on John Curran Zoom on John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross his plans to re-establish the Motor Insurance Advisory Board, given rising motor insurance costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10226/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross CSO statistics, available from the CSO StatBank, show that while motor insurance costs increased during 2014 and 2015, they were still (for 2015 as a whole) below the levels of 2002 and 2003. The improvement in road safety was one factor in reducing motor insurance costs over that period. Increases in costs in the first four months of 2016 have brought motor insurance costs to above the 2002/2003 levels.

As my colleague, the Minister for Finance stated in the Dáil in a statement on insurance costs on 20 April, the Department of Finance will over the coming months be focussing on a broad review of policy in the insurance sector, in consultation with agencies such as the Central Bank, Departments, and other stakeholders, and the cost of insurance will be a particular focus of that review.

My Department has no role in the regulation and monitoring of motor insurance companies and I have no role in relation to the re-establishment of a Motor Insurance Advisory Board.

I am confident that the implementation of the actions set out in the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020 will, over time, lead to a reduction in road traffic collisions, fatalities and injuries and will make an important contribution to reducing the cost of motor insurance.

My Department has been pursuing for some time​ the establishment of a properly functioning motor insurance database with the insurance industry here to show who is insured and who is not. Such a database would facilitate enforcement by An Garda Síochána, and could make a significant contribution towards reducing the level of uninsured driving in Ireland, which costs the industry and insured drivers here €50 to €60 million approximately per annum.

  Question No. 1140 answered with Question No. 1123.

Sports Capital Programme

 1141. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when he will seek the next round of applications under the capital sports programme, given that the most recent programme was advertised over a year ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10237/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross No decision has been made on the timing of any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme or on the level of funding that might be allocated under such a Programme. Any future rounds of the Programme will be advertised in the national press.

  Any interested group should register their interest online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. The online portal will be the mechanism through which applications for any future rounds of the Programme will be processed.


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