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Ross, Shane

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (Continued)

I would like to take the House back one year to the previous budget and remind Deputies of the circumstances in which it was debated and what happened at that time. This time last year, we had in ...More Button

This year, the budget comes to the House in utterly different circumstances. It was decided by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, at least seven Independents, a number of rural Independent Deputies and God...More Button

Some critics have argued that we have spread what was available too thinly. The number of people who had an input into the budget means it is fair overall. This was one of our primary objective...More Button

The Independent Alliance is also proud that we had a major input into the budget, although I will not claim that it was exclusive in any area. I refer not only the input in the area of rural aff...More Button

We are also proud that we represented elderly citizens, an area on which Fianna Fáil also takes pride in its input. We are proud that we achieved a further restoration of the Christmas bonus and...More Button

It is not appropriate for the leader of the Fianna Fáil Party to state in the House that his party negotiated the reduction in prescription charges. That is an unlikely scenario given that it wa...More Button

The Deputy should not worry; metro north is coming.More Button

Deputy Micheál Martin should be careful and have patience because one does not do everything in six months or by announcements. Before he gets carried away with the power he undoubtedly holds in t...More Button

When he was the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Martin was known as the Minister for reports.More Button

Let me give some facts. As Minister, Deputy Martin ordered review after review. How much did these reviews cost in total? Was it €100,000 or €200,000? During the period in question, he ordered ...More Button

It is important-----More Button

If anyone reads the evidence, they will see he did not read them. I will go into that if the Deputy wants me to, but I want to go on.More Button

I wish to turn to my own Department.More Button

Yesterday's budget provides for increases of 3.5% in Government spending next year. My Department Vote will reach €1.8 billion next year, which represents a 4.1% increase on 2016. With competing ...More Button

The main highlights in my Department's Vote are a €90 million, or 7%, increase to €1.46 billion in the land transport budget. Our baseline capital funding will now exceed €1 billion. Within tha...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I must look to the future and ensure we are prepared for the increased demands associated with economic growth. In that context, for example, an air...More Button

We are advancing key road investments, including widening the N7 around Naas, and the linked work on the Sallins bypass and access to the Millennium business park, as well as preparatory work and p...More Button

The budget is about keeping a growing economy moving. We need transport provision to keep pace and avoid becoming an impediment to that growth.More Button

Motor Tax

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that tax discs are not making it to their destination after they are dispatched from Shannon (details supplied).More Button

​My Department's office in Shannon issue motor tax discs processed on its website, All transactions are recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), including the date...More Button

My Department issues over three million online discs per annum and the number that are reported as non-delivered is a very small percentage.More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: if there is funding available for a wheelchair bus service in south Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​My Department provides funding to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for a rolling programme of bus replacement and refurbishment of the Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann PSO fleets both in the Great...More Button

Sports Facilities Provision

Was asked: when the planned all-Ireland national indoor cycling velodrome will commence construction at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown; the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Public Transport Subsidies

Was asked: the subsidy provided for every one euro in revenue collected by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus for the past five years; the projected subsidy to be provided for every one euro in revenue for 2017; and ...More Button

​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 recei...More Button

As I have stated recently there are numerous difficulties faced when attempting to accurately compare susbidy levels across different countries or cities. One of these difficulties is the basis ...More Button

Was asked: the amount provided to Irish Rail under the infrastructure manager multi-annual contract in 2016; the projected amount in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department provides funds to Irish Rail for the maintenance and renewal of the heavy rail network nationwide under the the Multi Annual Infrastructure Manager Contract (IMMAC) as required under ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to commission a report to give a realistic picture of the way the State compares with our European neighbours in view of the European Commission highlighting the numerous difficulties fac...More Button

​The Deputy is aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits toward the instigation of a full review of public transport policy.More Button

As I informed members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee last week, I intend to consider with my Department later in the year on how best to progress that commitment.More Button

It is my belief that any such review is the best framework within which to consider fully the levels and type of funding made available to support the provision of public transport. Therefore wh...More Button

Greenways Development

Was asked: if it is the policy of his Department in developing greenways for cycling and walking to fund the purchase of the land in question in order to secure permanent access to the greenways once built; i...More Button

​My Department's policy is to ensure that cycling infrastructure projects funded using taxpayers' money are available to be used at all times by all that wish to use them. This can be achieved thr...More Button

However, I am aware that land ownership issues have arisen in a number of greenways that are currently at planning and/or design stage so it is becoming clear that a consistent approach will be r...More Button