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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 544 - 566
 Header Item Climate Change Adaptation Plans
 Header Item Airport Development Projects
 Header Item Road Traffic Accidents Data
 Header Item Road Network
 Header Item Tourism Project Funding
 Header Item Road Projects Status
 Header Item Brexit Issues
 Header Item Student Travel Card
 Header Item Protected Disclosures Data
 Header Item Insurance Costs
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme
 Header Item Road Improvement Schemes
 Header Item State Airports
 Header Item Transport Infrastructure Ireland Projects
 Header Item Greenways Development
 Header Item Taxi Regulations
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Staff Recruitment
 Header Item Road Traffic Accidents Data

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 944 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 544 - 566

Climate Change Adaptation Plans

 544. Deputy Eamon Ryan Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the expert advice he has sought and received in regard to the likely impact of aviation growth internationally on the achievement of the Paris Agreement temperature goals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14848/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The Paris Agreement (COP21) of December 2015 makes very clear commitments to combat climate change globally, in particular to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius whilst pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

Ireland faces a significant challenge to meet its international greenhouse gas reduction commitments in line with the Paris Agreement and the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. In order for Ireland to effectively and equitably contribute to the EU emissions reduction commitments, an ambitious low-carbon development strategy is being developed. My Department is working closely with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and the Department of Agriculture to prepare our National Mitigation Plan. Transport will, of course, have to play a significant role in the national mitigation effort. Aviation emissions are specifically excluded from the mitigation effort and from the Paris Agreement on the basis of a commitment made in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to implement a global scheme to offset and reduce emissions from international aviation.

An historic agreement was reached at the 39th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in September 2016 to implement such a global scheme. Ireland, along with the other 43 states of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has made a commitment to take part in the ICAO global offsetting scheme from its first phase from 2021. In the meantime, Ireland is also a participant in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) which has included aviation since 2012.  Ireland is also committed to pursuing a number of measures specifically for aviation under the Action Plan for Aviation Emissions Reduction 2015-2019.

While international aviation accounts for less than 2% of all global emissions, it is recognised that the growth of demand for air travel worldwide requires a comprehensive approach to address CO2 emissions. In that context ICAO is promoting a basket of measures to address emissions which includes ensuring progress on aircraft technology, operational improvements in the air and on the ground at airports and in encouraging the development and deployment of low-carbon sustainable alternative fuels. 

My Department will continue to work with ICAO and within the EU, in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, to ensure that initiatives at national and European level contribute effectively to the international effort to achieve the Paris Agreement temperature goals.

Airport Development Projects

 545. Deputy Eamon Ryan Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the expert advice he has sought and received in regard to the likely impact of a new runway at Dublin Airport on Ireland’s achievement of the Paris Agreement temperature goals, and on the achievement of the national transition object enshrined in the Act. [14849/17]

 546. Deputy Eamon Ryan Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will issue a direction to the Dublin Airport Authority to report to him urgently on the implications of continued growth of traffic at the airport, through the building of an additional runway and otherwise, for the furtherance of the national transition objective and the achievement of the Paris Agreement temperature goals; and if he will issue a direction to the authority that any and all works relating to the new runway should be suspended pending a full Government review of this issue. [14850/17]

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. 545 and 546 together.

  Ireland faces a significant challenge to meet its international greenhouse gas reduction commitments in line with the Paris Agreement and the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. Transport will, of course, play a significant role on the national mitigation effort. My Department is working closely with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and the Department of Agriculture to prepare the draft National Mitigation Plan which is now available for extensive public consultation before being submitted to Government for final approval later this year. While aviation emissions are not part of the Paris Agreement, in September 2016 the 39th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly reached a historic agreement on a global scheme to offset and reduce emissions from international aviation. Ireland, along with the other 43 states of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) made a commitment to take part in the scheme from its first phase from 2021. Ireland is also committed to pursuing a number measures specifically for aviation under the Action Plan for Aviation Emissions Reduction 2015-2019.

  Regarding Dublin Airport, I understand that daa manages and reduces its own direct emissions in line with its obligations under the various National and EU energy efficiency and carbon regulations. As reported in the 2016 Annual Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance published by SEAI, daa is already well on track to meet the public sector target of 33% energy efficiency improvement by 2020. 

  daa also actively participates in the voluntary ACI Europe Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme and has consistently achieved reductions in carbon emissions since entering the programme in 2009. daa also operates its combustion plant as permitted under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for stationary sources. I am satisfied that daa takes its national and international commitments regarding climate change seriously.

  daa holds statutory responsibility for the management, operation and development of Dublin Airport. In line with this responsibility, it must ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to facilitate the development of the airport and that there is sufficient capacity to meet existing and future demand. The Deputy will be fully aware of the vital importance of air connectivity to Ireland as an island economy and therefore the development of the much needed additional runway capacity at Dublin is of huge importance to Ireland.  

  I have welcomed daa's decision to develop this critical piece of airport infrastructure, which will ensure Ireland's International connectivity into the future and is in line with the National Aviation Policy published in 2015.

Road Traffic Accidents Data

 547. Deputy Peter Burke Information on Peter Burke Zoom on Peter Burke asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of fatalities involving tractors, on public roads only, which have occurred over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14862/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The latest figures the Road Safety Authority have are for 2014 when there were six fatal collisions on public roads involving a tractor which was 3.4% of all fatal collisions (179 collisions) that year. This is the same number of collisions involving a tractor as in 2013 and also in 2008 whilst there had been a decline to either  three or four collisions in the years in between. There were six people killed in the six fatal collisions on public roads involving tractors in 2016. These fatalities were not necessarily the tractor users themselves, but may have been another road user involved in the collision with the tractor. This information is based on reports provided to the Road Safety Authority by An Garda Siochana.

  Please refer to my detailed response to PQs 14512/17 and 14514/17 https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2017-03-22a.697 which I answered on 22nd February which gives more detailed data regarding fatal collisions involving tractors.

Road Network

 548. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe Information on Kevin O'Keeffe Zoom on Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when works will be carried out by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, to alleviate flooding problems in a specific location on a national primary route (details supplied); and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this request was raised with the TII many months ago. [14935/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​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 operation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

  Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Tourism Project Funding

 549. Deputy Mattie McGrath Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the details of the capital grants that have been awarded as part of the Ancient East initiative; the status of efforts to have Cahir town in County Tipperary included as part of the initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14961/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O'Donovan): Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects. These are operational matters for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland. While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland to invest in tourism offerings, such as Ireland's Ancient East, it does not have a role in the administration of those tourism capital programmes. Similarly, my Department does not have discretionary funds at its disposal to assist with tourism proposals.

  Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply to the Deputy. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Road Projects Status

 550. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe Information on Kevin O'Keeffe Zoom on Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of a specific realignment scheme (details supplied) in County Cork. [15017/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​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 operation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

  Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Brexit Issues

 551. Deputy Jack Chambers Information on Jack Chambers Zoom on Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the measures or plans he has put in place to mitigate against the risk of Brexit affecting Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15060/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​While the eventual shape of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union is not known at this stage, both the United Kingdom and Ireland Governments have made clear their desire to maintain the Common Travel Area. Furthermore, the bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 is being supported and facilitated by both the Northern Ireland and Ireland Governments. The Government's contingency work on Brexit is examining all scenarios and, in that regard, it should be noted that tournaments have taken place across more than one country in the past, and will do so again in the future. Accordingly, I am confident that Brexit will not affect the operation of the tournament.

Student Travel Card

 552. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will intervene in a case in which a person (details supplied) has been wrongly fined by Irish Rail. [15066/17]

 554. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will make changes to the student travel system in order to allow students who are under 18 years of age and therefore cannot apply for a student card to travel on a student ticket. [15090/17]

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. 552 and 554 together.

  The particular case raised is a matter for Irish Rail and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

  On the more general point, the Deputy may wish to know that Student Leap Card is Ireland's national student travel and discount card available to all second-and third-level students in full time education. The card functions as both a pre-paid travel ticket as any other Leap card and also as student identification for the purposes of purchasing student discounted tickets. Details are available on the website: http://www.studentleapcard.ie/#frequentlyaskedquestions  

  In addition to the above, Iarnród Éireann's website (http://www.irishrail.ie/fares-and-tickets/students) clearly lists a number of other identification options for second-level students to use in order to avail of student fares on our rail network. Of course students under 16 are classed as children on the inter-city rail network and can avail of child fares.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Protected Disclosures Data

 553. Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the process within his Department for dealing with protected disclosures under the 2014 Act; if the examinations of such disclosures are carried out by an independent authority or persons other than those within the organisation to which the disclosure refers; the number of disclosures received by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15083/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The Department has in place a Policy on Protected Disclosures that outlines the internal and external mechanisms for reporting, investigating and remedying any wrongdoing in the Department. The Policy has been developed in line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Guidance for public bodies on the performance of their functions under the Protected Disclosures Act. A member of staff may make an internal disclosure to  their direct line manager or to more senior member of staff, as appropriate, where they have a genuine concern relating to suspected wrongdoing or danger affecting any of the Department's activities. Alternatively a member of staff may seek to make an external disclosure if certain conditions are met as outlined in the Department's Policy. All disclosures are subject to an initial assessment by the recipient of the disclosure following guidelines set out in the Policy.

 Where it is determined that the disclosure falls within scope and it is necessary to carry out an investigation, a full investigation must be immediately initiated. Depending on the nature of the disclosure, the recipient of a disclosure may decide to conduct the investigation themselves or may consider referring to a more senior official for investigation. The Policy provides for periodic feedback in relation to the matters disclosed including when consideration of the disclosure is complete. If a discloser is not satisfied with the outcome he/she may seek a review. One review is available under the terms of the Policy and the decision of that review is deemed to be final.

I am advised that no Protected Disclosures have been received from staff of the Department but a number of disclosures have been made since the enactment of the legislation in 2014 to Ministers in respect of matters relating to agencies of the Department or other external issues. Where the Department is of the view that the matter disclosed falls within the Act and requires a full investigation, it shall decide who is best placed to carry out the investigation and the matter should be referred to that person, including if appropriate to a relevant prescribed person or to an appropriate agency (such as an Garda Síochána). Legal advice is being sought on the powers of the Minister to direct an investigation independent of the agency against which the disclosure is made.

To date, 46 disclosures have been received. 40 of these were made by one individual and relate to functions of another Department and are unrelated to the functions of my Department. These were passed to that Department for assessment. Of the remaining cases, two are under assessment, one resulted in no evidence being found following an independent examination on behalf of one of the Department's agencies, one was deemed not to be a disclosure under with the provisions of the Act, one is a disclosure made to one of the Department's agencies and copied to both the Minister of State and myself and the remaining case refers to confidential disclosures made to another Minister but seeking an additional matter from me. In the latter case, my Department has corresponded with the legal representative of the person who made the disclosure and is awaiting a response.

  Question No. 554 answered with Question No. 552.

Insurance Costs

 555. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the cost of insurance under different insurance headings such as public liability, buildings cover, employer liability and so on for his Department and each body under its aegis; the name of the insurance provider for each year since 2010, in tabular form; the number of current outstanding insurance claims against his Department or the body under its aegis; the estimated cost of those claims if available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15188/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross In response to the Deputy's question, my Department and the bodies under my aegis operate under State Indemnity, a self-insurance model whereby the State bears the financial risk associated with the cost of claims. This approach is set out in the Public Financial Procedures at C8 Section 11 whereby the general rule is that no insurance should be effected against the risk of any loss which, if it arose would fall wholly and directly on public funds. This is based on the understanding that the risks for which the Government is liable are innumerable and widely distributed and that losses maturing in any one year are never so large as to materially disturb the financial position of the year, so that it is cheaper in the long term for the Exchequer to "carry its own insurance".

The National Treasury Management Agency is designated as the State Claims Agency (SCA) when performing the claims and risk management functions delegated to it under the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2000. Since the establishment of the SCA, the management of claims functions has been delegated to the agency. It currently manages claims and risks on behalf of 139 delegated State Authorities.

Sports Capital Programme

 556. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the reason the provision of proper training by experts in the use of defibrillators to club volunteers is not an eligible cost under the capital sports programme in view of the fact that the capital cost of same is an eligible cost; his views on whether to ensure the full benefit of such equipment proper training is necessary; if he consulted with the Department of Health on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15189/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O'Donovan): Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment. The guide to making an application is available on my Department's website and sets out what is eligible under the scheme. The scheme covers capital works and equipment. Current expenditure, including training, is not eligible.

The most recent round of the SCP closed for applications on the 24th February. By this time 2,320 applications seeking €155m in funding were received. The total amount available to allocate under this round of the SCP is €30m. In view of this level of demand for sports capital works and equipment and the overall purpose of the scheme, I have no plans to amend the terms of the SCP to cover any current expenditure. Funding for such training may be available from other sources.

Road Improvement Schemes

 557. Deputy Thomas Byrne Information on Thomas Byrne Zoom on Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of applications for funding for improvements and-or safety measures which have been made by Meath County Council and Kildare County Council in respect of the Dunboyne Maynooth Road R157. [15253/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Arising from the substantial cutbacks in grant funding for roads during the financial crisis, local authorities were notified that a number of the Department's Grant programmes had to be curtailed (including the Specific Grant Programme) in order to protect funding for road maintenance and repair.

Since 2010 my Department has received 2 applications for funding in respect of improvement and/or safety works in relation to the R157 Dunboyne to Meath regional road scheme. In September 2010, Meath County Council applied for funding under the Specific Grant programme and was allocated €500,000 in 2011 in respect of this scheme. The drawdown on that scheme was €18,507.  No further applications under the Specific Grant programme in respect of the scheme have been received from the Council.

In October 2016, Meath County Council also for applied to my Department for funding under the 2017 Safety Improvement Works programme for signage and lining works on the R157. Local authorities were advised to prioritise projects proposed for funding and this project was listed as number 7 of 12 schemes included in the application.  Allocations were made to Meath County Council for its first six Safety Works projects in 2017.

State Airports

 558. Deputy Imelda Munster Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will clarify comments he made in February 2017 regarding his apparent support for the potential establishment of a third, privately operated terminal at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15279/17]

 559. Deputy Imelda Munster Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will provide further detail on the new review of airport capacity with a view to building a third terminal at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15280/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I propose to answer Questions 558 and 559 together.

I am happy to clarify my position on the review of capacity needs at Ireland's State airports. The National Aviation Policy for Ireland, 2015, committed my Department to the commissioning of a high-level strategic capacity review of State airports in 2018. Given the fact that current passenger growth trends are anticipated to continue, and in light of the decision by daa to proceed with the construction of the North Runway Project, I requested that the process of commissioning this capacity review be brought forward.

The review will examine the key elements of airport and airside capacity, namely terminal capacity, apron stands and the runway and taxiway system as well as landside capacity, (particularly the impacts of capacity needs on the wider transport network). It will also review the long term capacity requirements to meet forecasted passenger throughput at the three State airports to 2050 and identify priorities for infrastructure provision.

In addition, the Review will take account of the wider Government objectives and policies for enterprise, tourism and balanced regional development in Ireland, including the goals and objectives set out in the National Planning Framework, Ireland 2040, launched recently by my colleague, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

In the case of Dublin Airport only, I have asked that the study assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of the operation of Terminal 3 by the existing airport operator in comparison with being operated on an independent basis.

Tenders for consultants to undertake the review have been received and are being assessed in the Department at present. It is expected that the contract to undertake the review will be awarded to the preferred bidder shortly with the review expected to be completed later this year.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland Projects

 560. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will confirm the allocation of €10,595,000 made to Donegal County Council in January 2017 by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and his Department; if he will further confirm an additional allocation of €17 million made by his Department as reported in the local press on 20 March 2017 (details supplied) for Donegal County Council including a further grant of €12 million for the N56 at Glenties; when works on the N56 phase 3 will commence in view of the additional budget announcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15300/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​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 operation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within its annual budget, decisions in relation to allocations to individual local authorities is a matter for TII.

  Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Greenways Development

 561. Deputy James Lawless Information on James Lawless Zoom on James Lawless asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of the greenway canal route between Dublin, Sallins and Naas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15316/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure and sustainable transport infrastructure (cycling and walking facilities) in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The exception is those elements of the Dublin to Galway Greenway west of Maynooth, in respect of which Transport Infrastructure Ireland has overall responsibility for planning and design. With regard to the development of cycling infrastructure in the GDA, the NTA works closely with the relevant authorities and, in this instance, Waterways Ireland.

  In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I am forwarding your question to the Authority for direct reply. If you have not received a response within 10 working days please contact my office.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Taxi Regulations

 562. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the reason the time given to renew a taxi licence is reduced from five years to one year in cases of serious illnesses (details supplied). [15414/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The regulation of the small public service vehicle industry, including issues pertaining to licensing, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

  I have therefore referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Sports Capital Programme

 563. Deputy Eamon Scanlon Information on Eamon Scanlon Zoom on Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of a sports capital grant application by a club (details supplied); when an announcement of funds allocated is expected under the sports capital programme; the number of the 2,320 applications it is envisaged will be funded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15439/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O'Donovan): Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.

All of the 2320 applications received under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme will be assessed over the coming months by officials in my Department. An announcement regarding allocations will be made later this year. It is not possible to estimate how many allocations will be made in advance of completion of the assessment process.

Departmental Expenditure

 564. Deputy Alan Kelly Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the estimated and actual outturn on the A1 section of the departmental Vote for each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. [15515/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​Schedule of Salary, Wages and Allowances

​Year​Estimate Provision - €000​Outturn - €000​Comments
​2011​30,646​30,663
​201229,089​28,674​ 
​2013​27,01427,707​
​2014​26,66926,611​
​2015​28,025​26,770
​201628,799​26,626​** Provisional outturn
​2017​29,382​4,352**​Outturn to 28/02/2017

Departmental Staff Recruitment

 565. Deputy Alan Kelly Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of vacancies notified to the management board and human resources department in his Department in relation to posts in the Coast Guard, AAIU, RAIU and MAIU for each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and the number of posts sanctioned and the number of posts filled across each organisation, on a quarterly yearly basis, in tabular form. [15516/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The following table outlines the number of technical staff vacancies in the areas specified that were notified and filled by my Department in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. While my Department has delegated sanction for recruitment since January 2015, prior to this, during the moratorium, sanction to fill each vacancy that arose was obtained from my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. At present five Radio Officers for the Irish Coast Guard and an investigator for the RAIU are being recruited from panels established following recently completed competitions.

  In addition to these appointments a number of posts in the Irish Coast Guard have been approved for filling, namely three new Coastal Unit Manager posts to work with the volunteers around the country as well as a Health and Safety Officer post.

​-​2011​2012​2013​2014​2015​2016​2017
​IRCG (Irish Radio Coast Guard)​Nil​Nil​1​4​5​5​Nil
​AAIU (Air Accident Investigation Unit)​Nil​Nil​1​2​10​1
​RAIU (Railway Accident Investigation Unit)--​--1​1​Nil


  The function of the RAIU transferred to my Department with effect from the first of January 2015.

  Having regard to the Deputy's request for information on a quarterly basis, my Department is compiling a list of the dates on which these vacancies were filled which will be forwarded to the Deputy shortly.

  The staffing of these Units continues to be reviewed by my Department in the context of Workforce Planning.

  By MAIU I understand the Deputy is referring to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board. I am asking the MCIB, as an independent agency, to provide the Deputy with the information sought. If you have not heard from the MCIB within ten working days, please contact my private office.

  The referred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Road Traffic Accidents Data

 566. Deputy Thomas Byrne Information on Thomas Byrne Zoom on Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will provide a list of all fatal road accidents since January 2016 including the date of the accident, the road number of the locus of the accident and the county. [15517/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross ​The RSA has a statutory remit to report on all fatal, serious and minor injury collisions that have occurred on a public road, and that have been reported to An Garda Síochána. The RSA can only report on collisions and casualties at an aggregated level. It is not possible for the Authority to share the specific information requested on an individual incident basis.

  A summary report of fatal collisions that occurred in 2016 can be found on the RSA website, and I refer the Deputy to this report:http://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Road%20Safety/Crash%20Stats/RSA%20Provisional%20Review%20of%20Fatalities%202016.pdf. It contains the summary analysis by county and road type among other factors.


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