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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 134 - 145
 Header Item Nursing Education
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Parking Regulations
 Header Item Road Safety
 Header Item Tourist Accommodation
 Header Item Tourism Industry
 Header Item Air Services
 Header Item Sport and Recreational Development
 Header Item Road Safety Authority Campaigns

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 785 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 134 - 145

Nursing Education

 134. Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if his attention has been drawn to the number of nurses who have qualified here and subsequently emigrated since 2010 [54750/12]

Hospital Services

 135. Deputy Róisín Shortall Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of bed days lost through delayed discharges in each hospital to date in 2012 [54814/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly This information is collected and collated by the Business Intelligence Unit within the Health Service Executive. Therefore, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy.

Parking Regulations

 136. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he intends to make provision to allow for the partial review of local authority parking bye-laws; if such an arrangement is possible under the Local Government Act of 2001 either in respect of the powers granted to local authorities or by statutory instrument; if he is considering such a proposal with the aim of reducing administrative costs and burdens placed upon local authorities who wish to revise some parking bye-laws without having to engage in an entire review process as is the current situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54670/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The making of pay-parking bye-laws by road authorities, under section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, is a reserved function of each authority. Guidelines issued by the Minister under that section, provide assistance to authorities when making pay-parking bye-laws, including examples of the structure and content of such bye-laws. Where changes are being made to existing bye-laws, other than those relating to fees, new bye-laws must be made. This obliges road authorities to consult with the Garda Commissioner, give public notice of the authority’s intention to make new bye-laws and the consideration of any observations or objections arising from that process. This requirement ensures that any significant changes to pay-parking bye-laws are carried out in an open and transparent way, with the public having the opportunity to be involved in the process. I do not have any plans to alter that requirement.  However, if the Deputy has specific proposals in mind for the changing of this legislation I will, of course, give it due consideration.

Road Safety

 137. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will ensure that funding is allocated to Westmeath County Council for the provision of street lighting at Tang, County Westmeath (details supplied). [54726/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within is capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for the NRA in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act. Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NRA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Tourist Accommodation

 138. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide accommodation occupancy statistics for hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hostels and self catering accommodation for year to date in 2012, or alternatively accommodation occupancy statistics for any part of 2012, for Dublin city, the south-west region and County Kerry. [54650/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The collection of statistics, including tourism statistics, is primarily a matter for the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  Although the CSO does not compile any statistics on accommodation occupancy for hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hostels or self-catering accommodation, I understand some information on occupancy levels is gathered by Fáilte Ireland through its surveys of accommodation providers.  However, I am advised that the only accommodation occupancy statistics available at regional level relate to hotel occupancy – Fáilte Ireland does not have regional breakdowns for occupancy across other categories of accommodation.  This information is available in the research section of the Fáilte Ireland website www.failteireland.ie. With regard to the statistics requested, I have asked Fáilte Ireland to provide the Deputy with whatever relevant information they may have.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Tourism Industry

 139. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the change in tourist numbers that has been experienced for the years to date in 2012, or alternatively for the first six months of 2012, from the same period in the previous year in Dublin city, the south-west region and in County Kerry. [54651/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The collection of statistics is primarily a matter for the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  I understand that the CSO does not provide a regional breakdown of statistics in their monthly 'Overseas Travel' publication. I am aware, however, that Fáilte Ireland, provides an estimated regional breakdown of overseas visits on an annual basis, based on research of its own as well as available CSO statistics. The most recent full year figures are for 2010 with provisional figures available for 2011. The data is available, on a regional and county basis, in the research section of the Fáilte Ireland website www.Failteireland.ie. In regard to 2012 figures, I have asked Fáilte Ireland to provide the Deputy with whatever information they may have of the number of tourists to each area in 2012. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Air Services

 140. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the total number of passengers between 1 June 2012 and 31 August 2012 into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport. [54652/12]

 141. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the average number of passengers per week to date in 2012 for Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport. [54653/12]

 142. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the change in the total number of passengers in months June, July and August 2012 from the same tourist season 2011 into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport. [54654/12]

 143. Deputy Arthur Spring Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the number of extra flights into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport to date in 2012 compared to 2010. [54655/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 143, inclusive, together.

The matters raised by the Deputy in relation to passenger numbers at Dublin and Shannon Airports fall within the operational responsibilities of Dublin Airport Authority and I have referred the questions to the company for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a reply has not been received within ten working days.  In relation to Kerry Airport, which is a privately owned company, the Deputy should address any queries regarding the airport’s performance to the airport management.

Sport and Recreational Development

 144. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the negative impact abuse of youth in sport has had on participation levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54693/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Irish Sports Council, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, including increasing participation at all levels and the promulgation of guidelines and codes of practice to facilitate standards of good conduct and fair play in sport.  The Irish Sports Council has been actively engaged on improving the sport environment for young people through the comprehensive implementation of  the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Young Peoples Sport in Ireland.  To date more than 35,000 people have completed basic training in the Code. I have referred the Deputy's question to the Irish Sports Council for a more detailed response. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 days.

Road Safety Authority Campaigns

 145. Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if the Road Safety Authority will consider using some of its safety advertising budget on a campaign that encourages cyclists to follow the rules of the road and to cycle safely. [54747/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The subject matter of this particular question, i.e. how the Road Safety Authority spends its budget, is a matter for that Authority and I have referred the question to them for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a reply has not been received within ten days.


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