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Written Answers. - Railway Procurement Agency.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 64. Mr. Sherlock Information on Joe Sherlock Zoom on Joe Sherlock  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  if he will report on the operation of the Railway Procurement Agency; the number and grades of staff employed; the source of their pay costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23468/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan The Railway Procurement Agency is an independent State agency established on 28 December 2001 under the provisions of the Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act, 2001, to procure light rail and metro systems. Its main functions at present are to manage the construction and operation of Luas, to procure new light rail and metro services through a number of means, including public private partnerships, PPP, and to introduce an integrated ticketing system for all public transport, initially in the Dublin area.

I have been advised by the agency that 118 staff members are in its employment. The grade structure is a matter for the agency in which I have no function. The expenses of the agency, including pay costs, are funded through allocations from the Estimates for my Department.

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