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Ceisteanna – Questions. - Departmental Facilities.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 6. Mr. Eamon Ryan Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan  asked the Taoiseach Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern  the total number of his Department's car parking spaces, for both staff and visitors, located within Dublin city centre, from the Grand Canal on the south side to the Royal Canal on the north side with Heuston station and the Phoenix Park being the extent of the western boundary. [26330/02]

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern There are 40 spaces allocated to staff of my Department. These are in the forecourt of Government Buildings and at a smaller site at the rear of Merrion Square. There are also three dedicated visitor spaces and one space for disabled persons in the forecourt of Government Buildings. Arrangements are made for additional parking facilities in the forecourt for visitors when required.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I constantly try to understand why in this country we spend six times as much capital expenditure on roads as we do on public transport. We spend two and a half times on roads what we spend on either education or health. I do not understand why. Transport economists say that we should invest in public transport and people in the street also realise that we should invest in public transport but we singularly fail to do so. The only explanation—

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison Zoom on Séamus Pattison The question is very specific about car parking spaces in the Department of the Taoiseach.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I will come to the question. The people who make decisions in this society are each given a car parking space right outside the front door.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison Zoom on Séamus Pattison I will have to ask you to resume your seat, Deputy, if you do not deal specifically with the question which you asked. You are going too far outside it.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan The provision of car parking spaces to those who make decisions in our society [1370]is responsible for the six to one ratio of expenditure on roads to public transport.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison Zoom on Séamus Pattison That does not arise out of this question.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan It does.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern The Deputy is probably aware that there are proposals to take away all the car parking spaces for my Department and then the Deputy should be happy. We are spending €650 million on the Luas system. We have spent enormous amounts of money on the rail carriages and updating the entire bus network.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan The Government is closing rail lines.

Mr. M. Smith: Information on Michael Smith Zoom on Michael Smith We are not.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern The only rail lines being looked at are a few that are very little used. The Deputy wants them to be kept for the purposes of historical record. Rail lines which are used by about 11 people a week cannot be kept open. The Deputy should cop on to himself.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan There is six times the spend on roads.


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