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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 204-209
 Header Item Abolition of Seanad
 Header Item Acht na Gaeilge

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 900 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 204-209

Abolition of Seanad

 204. Deputy Billy Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the various reports and the details and assessment of projects that were submitted for Greenway funding, the order of merit they were placed in, the projects that received funding, the amount of funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44282/15]

 205. Deputy Billy Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross why the application for funding for a Greenway project at Blessington in County Wicklow did not receive funding, details of any project that received funding but received lower points in an assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44283/15]

 206. Deputy Billy Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the funding that was allocated for Greenway development that has not been utilised to date, his plans to reallocate this funding to other projects such as the Blessington project in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44284/15]

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. 204, 205 and 206 together.

​A total of 38 proposals for cycleway/greenway projects were submitted from 28 local authorities to my Department under the National Cycle Network (NCN) Funding Programme 2014 -2016.  These proposals were assessed by an expert assessment team as part of a competitive process.  The outcome was that three projects from Kerry, Galway and Waterford shared in funding of €6.3 million, details of which can be viewed on my Department's Smarter Travel website www.smartertravel.ie. under the subheading National Cycle Network.  

Details of the associated NCN assessment process and results have been uploaded onto my Department's website (www.dttas.ie) following a Freedom of Information request (Ref.FOI20140063).  

A further 11 projects, submitted under the NCN Funding Programme, shared in €10 million funding from the Government Stimulus Package for Infrastructural Development (details attached). The funding for the Stimulus Package used the same scoring system as the NCN but, given the nature of the stimulus package, required projects to be shovel-ready and able to be finished within 12 months. For that reason Blessington did not meet the criteria and was not awarded funding.  I acknowledge that a small number of authorities awarded funding under this package have experienced difficulties in delivering completed projects with the 12 month timeframe.  My officials are dealing with each on a case by case basis.

The further investment in transport package announced last July also directed funding towards greenway infrastructure with Westmeath Co Council being awarded €3 million to complete the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway to a high specification. 

The Blessington Greenway proposal submitted under the NCN programme was among a small number of projects which were viewed as high value propositions and which were awarded a high rating by the expert assessment panel. However, for reasons of costing, deliverability, viability or legal issues a number of high scoring projects could not be considered for funding under that tranche.

Currently all Department funding for the delivery of greenways is  fully committed up to 2016, however, my Department will continuing to explore other possible funding streams to assist local authorities in the delivery of greenways for their county.    

I would urge Wicklow Co Council to advance  the Blessington Greenway proposal to the greatest degree possible from own resources, possibly having all design and statutory requirements in place in advance of the next funding so as to be well positioned to compete.

Acht na Gaeilge

 207. Deputy John Browne Information on John Browne Zoom on John Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of proposals unveiled in the Capital Investment Plan 2016 to 2021 to develop and regenerate Waterford City North Quays and to support tourism in the region, the time frame for their delivery; the estimated Exchequer funding foreseen for them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44293/15]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​I do not have the details requested by the Deputy as these proposals are not included in the Capital Programme of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport. I understand, however, that in the context of finalising the capital plan entitled "Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021", there were discussions on proposals to develop and regenerate Waterford City North Quays. I understand that the capital plan contains an undertaking that support will be provided under that Exchequer Programme for the proposed development.

 208. Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit Interconnector Project and the commitment to deliver it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44294/15]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I announced on 22 September that the DART Underground project will not proceed as currently designed but will be redesigned to provide a lower cost technical solution. The position in relation to this project remains as set out in my announcement at that time, the full text of which is available on my Department's website at the following link:  http://www.dttas.ie/press-releases/2015/statement-minister-donohoe-dart-underground  

   

 209. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a health and safety matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44386/15]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The ownership and/or planning arrangements relating to the building and works referred to in the correspondence forwarded by the Deputy are not known to my Department.   In relation to the bus stop in question (on the kerbside opposite Connolly Station), I recognise that this  bus stop can be very busy with a considerable number of passengers waiting at peak points throughout the day and that the available kerb space is limited.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of bus stops and bus shelters so I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply in relation to the issues raised in relation to this particular bus stop.

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

   

   


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