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Ross, Shane

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Establishment of Independent Anti-Corruption Agency: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

I congratulate the three Deputies who have proposed this motion. It has just occurred to me to contrast this country and its deeply embedded culture of corruption with other countries that take mo...More Button

It is all very well and quite right that we should condemn what has happened. However, we should remember the old maxim that we used to hear in connection with a former Taoiseach, Mr. Haughey, whi...More Button

Okay. I will not say anything else. I will hand over to Deputy Halligan.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of the new post-primary schools proposed for the Stepaside and Kilternan areas in Dublin 18, including their locations; if they will both be open from their scheduled date in September 2...More Button

Value for Money Reviews

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if any of the recommendations outlined in the 2015 value for money and policy review of the Arts Council have been implemented to date; if not, the timeline for such implementation; and if she will...More Button

Abolition of Seanad

Was asked: 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 fu...More Button

Was asked: 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 assessm...More Button

Was asked: 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;...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204, 205 and 206 together.More Button

​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 prop...More Button

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

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 fundin...More Button

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...More Button

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 e...More Button

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 aut...More Button

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...More Button

Acht na Gaeilge

Was asked: 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 deli...More Button

​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 th...More Button

Was asked: 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.More Button

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 t...More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a health and safety matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 ...More Button