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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 269-276
 Header Item International Agreements
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Data
 Header Item National Transport Authority
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Eligibility
 Header Item Departmental Contracts Data
 Header Item International Agreements
 Header Item Land Issues

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 862 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 269-276

International Agreements

 269. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the actions his Department has taken to allow for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention; if his Department has any engagement with the Department of Justice and Equality on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [48579/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe My Department operates within the national policy framework regarding gender equality, including in relation to preventing and combating violence against women.  It also takes part in the Inter-Departmental Committee, chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality, charged with monitoring the implementation of the National Women’s Strategy, which includes two objectives aimed at preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, namely : -    

  Objective 11: To protect women from bullying and harassment in the workplace, and,

  Objective 12: To combat violence against women through improved services for victims together with effective prevention and prosecution.

  Question No. 270 answered with Question No. 254.

Consultancy Contracts Data

 271. Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the number of consultants used by the National Transport Authority since 2009 to date in 2014; and if he will provide in tabular form the cost and rationale for use of them in each case.  [48624/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issue raised is a  matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.      

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

National Transport Authority

 272. Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe if he will provide details of the subvention received by a company (details supplied) in County Kilkenny on a yearly basis; the length of time it has been receiving this subvention; the number of tickets it received from Bus Éireann and the passenger numbers carried.  [48625/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issue raised is a  matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.      

  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Sports Capital Programme Eligibility

 273. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the position regarding funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48655/14]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring Any organisation interested in applying for a grant under the next round of the Sports Capital Programme should register on OSCAR at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie   (if not already registered). OSCAR is the portal on the Department's website which must be used by organisations to register, to apply for funding (when the Programme is open for applications) and to manage the drawdown of any grants allocated. It should be noted that in order to register on OSCAR a tax registration number from the Revenue Commissioners is required.

  Detailed preparations are being made at present for the next round of the Sports Capital Programme and I will launch the 2015 Programme when these are complete. Interested organisations should read the document "Guide to Making an Application" very carefully (this will be made available when the new round of the SCP is launched) and should provide all information and documentation required. 

  Under the 2014 round of the SCP Schools, ETBs and 3rd   Level Colleges could only apply for funding jointly with local sports clubs or community groups and were required to provide copies of formal legal agreements (e.g. a licence agreement between school and club(s)) that allowed local clubs and/or the local community to use the proposed facilities.

Departmental Contracts Data

 274. Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the results of the tender process relative to the bike hire scheme; if he will provide the total of each tender; if he will confirm the analysis that was carried out on each tender to determine the reasons for any variance in costed items or generally in the tender amount; if the €11 million contract was awarded without meeting the bidders and without meeting an examination of the equipment to be used at a cost of €4 million; if clarification was sought or offered by the bidders; if his Department requested any clarification from the bidders; if the project is on schedule; the timeframe for delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48708/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe Responsibility for the tender process and subsequent roll-out, extension, maintenance and commercial elements of the Dublin and Regional City Bikes Scheme is an operational matter for the National Transport Authority, working closely with the relevant local authority. Noting the above, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. However, I would advise the Deputy that the details requested in relation to the tender process can only be obtained through the Freedom of Information process.   The NTA will advise you on the procedure to be followed in this regard while also addressing the elements of your question with regard to delivery timeframes.

Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply from the NTA within 10 days.

International Agreements

 275. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the actions her Department has taken to allow for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention; if her Department has any engagement with the Department of Justice and Equality on this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [48567/14]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys My colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality, has lead responsibility for matters relating to equality and reform. I am advised, therefore, that the implementation of the legislation and policy regarding the Istanbul Convention is a matter for her Department.

Land Issues

 276. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the names of townlands in County Limerick that have designated lands for the protection of the habitat of the hen harrier; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48626/14]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the Statutory Instruments for the Special Protection Areas concerned - S.I. 587 of 2011 and S.I. 591 of 2012, which can be accessed in the Irish Statute Book at the following addresses: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2011/en/si/0587.html  http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2012/en/si/0591.html . For the convenience of the Deputy, I am also arranging for copies to be forwarded to him directly.


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