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Brennan, Seamus

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Was asked: if he intends to review the Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of National Roads Order), 1994, with a view to upgrading national secondary roads of strategic importance; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

A comprehensive review of the national and regional road system was concluded in 1994 with the Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of National Roads) Order, 1994, and the Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of R...More Button

The need for changes to be made with regard to the classification of roads in the national or regional network is being kept under review, including in the context of the recently published nationa...More Button

Written Answers. - International Driving Permit.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, who has an international driving licence as issued by the State of Israel and recognised by Ireland, has to do a theory test and practical examination...More Button

Temporary visitors to Ireland who hold a national driving licence or an international driving permit may drive here for the duration of their visit. Where the validity period of the national licenc...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 386 of 19 November 2002, if he will define care and maintenance on the railway line between Limerick and Foynes.More Button

I am informed by Irish Rail that “care and maintenance” is the term it uses to describe a process which requires it to take care of property on the line and comply with all its statutory responsibi...More Button

Written Answers. - Sale of Hotel.

Was asked: the position in regard to the proposed sale by Aer Rianta of a hotel (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The situation regarding the issues raised in this question was addressed in detail on my behalf by the Minister of State, Deputy McDaid, in reply to a motion on the Adjournment on Tuesday, 26 Novem...More Button

As outlined by my colleague in that debate, the board of Aer Rianta accepted and endorsed the decision by the Great Southern Hotels Group to dispose of the Torc Hotel in Killarney. The Great Southe...More Button

There are no proposals at this time for the sale of any other hotel in the Great Southern Hotels Group. I intend to revisit the question of the appropriate ownership of the Great Southern Hotels Gr...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: if he will identify by location, acreage and other details, the State properties in his Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale at present.More Button

There are no properties in the ownership of my Department being considered for sale or available for sale at present. However, I will keep this matter under review.More Button

Written Answers. - Penalty Points System.

Was asked: if he will consider illegal parking in disabled park ing spaces for inclusion in the penalty points system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government road safety strategy 1998-2002, recommended that a system of penalty points should be introduced. It was envisaged in the strategy that the system would support road safety by tracki...More Button

The Road Traffic Act, 2002, which provides the legislative basis for the penalty points system, reflects that approach. The Act identifies 69 offences to which the system applies. All of these are ...More Button

The penalty points system will be kept under review as it becomes fully operational and having regard to the forthcoming road safety strategy. The question of extending the system to cover parking ...More Button

Written Answers. - Official Engagements.

Was asked: if he has had a meeting with the Irish Road Haulage Association to discuss his road tolling proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have not had any meetings with the Irish Road Haulage Association. I have asked the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Deputy McDaid, to discuss this matter with the Irish Road Hau...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 197 of 20 November 2002, the way in which motorists are expected to become proficient and safe users of motorways if driving instructors are prohibited from gi...More Button

Driving instructors may give instruction on motorway driving to provisional licence holders or to full licence holders. The limitation on holders of provisional licences driving on a motorway proh...More Button

The driving test is designed to assess the general competence of a person to drive. Passing the test is not the end of the learning process and persons should continue to build up their experience ...More Button

Written Answers. - Official Language Equality.

Was asked: the additional costs which have arisen from the obligations on his Department in relation to the adoption by the Government in July 2002 of official language equality as one of the three new princi...More Button

Since official language equality has become one of the principles of quality customer service, my Department has incurred specific costs of approximately €4,000. Other expenditure is likely to...More Button

Written Answers. - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: the reason the Harcourt line of Luas extends only as far as Sandyford when there is a clear need for it to be completed as far as Bray.More Button

Was asked: the reason for not extending the Harcourt line of Luas to Bray in view of the damage to a valuable heritage site for building a railway parallel to this road when the track is already clear.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 and 350 together.More Button

The Dublin Transportation Office strategy A Platform for Change 2000-2016 contains proposals for a metro system for Dublin to cater for the demands of public transport services likely to arise in f...More Button

Earlier this year, the Government decided that the Metro will be developed in phases and asked the Railway Procurement Agency, RPA, to submit proposals for phase one involving a line from Dublin Ai...More Button

Was asked: if the Luas line is using a 4'8" gauge rail system; if the Irish Rail passenger system uses a 5'3" system; and if so, his views on whether this limits future development in terms of inter-compatibi...More Button

The conventional rail network in this country operates on a gauge of 5'3”, while the Luas is being constructed to a standard European gauge of 4'8”.More Button

In planning and designing the Luas light rail system, CIE, which was then responsible for the project at the time, considered that the standard European gauge offered the most appropriate option fo...More Button

The Luas and Iarnród Éireann rail services run in different environments with entirely different characteristics and components, i.e. light rail systems can operate at street level wh...More Button

Question No. 350 answered with Question No. 348.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if he will report on his recent meeting with the National Roads Authority; if, as a result of his discussions, all projects set out for completion before 2006 will be complete; the projects in Coun...More Button

I met the NRA on 12 November this year and discussed a number of issues relating to the national road development programme, including funding options and cost control measures.More Button

There were no discussions with regard to specific projects as the responsibility for the implementation of individual schemes on national roads is a matter for the NRA and local authorities in the ...More Button

Nevertheless, it is hoped that with many projects reaching completion in 2003 and with the advance of PPP projects, a number of schemes will be able to commence next year. The selection of schemes ...More Button

The provision of over €1 billion for the national roads programme in 2003 will ensure that investment will be maintained at a high level and that good progress will continue to be made in upgr...More Button

Was asked: the discussion and communications he has had with the National Roads Authority in relation to the Loughrea, County Galway, bypass; his views on whether it would be prudent for the Loughrea bypass t...More Button

I have not had any discussions with the NRA regarding the Loughrea bypass but officials from my department have been in contact with them seeking information on the current status of the project. I...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: if a comprehensive and accessible public transport service will be provided to include regional bus services in order that persons with disabilities can access same without difficulty; and if he wi...More Button

It is my policy that all bus and rail public transport operators, and in particular the State owned transport companies, should provide the highest possible degree of accessibility within the overa...More Button

Following a comprehensive bus replacement programme in recent years, Bus Éireann's entire regular urban fleets in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford comprise low-floor wheelchair accessibl...More Button

Iarnród Éireann's DART and Arrow suburban rail services are wheelchair accessible over most of the network. The Enterprise service on the Dublin-Belfast line and all inter-city rail s...More Button

There is an ongoing programme in place to provide either ramps or lifts at rail stations to make platforms more accessible for the mobility impaired and other accessibility improvements are also un...More Button

Written Answers. - Appointments to State Boards.

Was asked: if he will report on the precise status of the chairman of a company (details supplied); if this is an executive or a non-executive position; when it was so designated; the difference in terms and ...More Button

The chairperson of the board of Aer Rianta is appointed in accordance with section 27 of the Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act, 1998. With the exception of CIE, the chairpersons of semi-...More Button

The fees paid to the chairpersons of State companies are at the rates authorised by the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Finance. The chairman of Aer Rianta was re-appointed for a five...More Button