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Ross, Shane

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Cross-Border Projects

Was asked: if he will report on the Narrow Water Bridge project linking counties Louth and Down; and the funding of this project; and if there have been any design changes.More Button

Under the Fresh Start Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for it...More Button

Was asked: the potential funding streams for a cross-Border voluntary search and rescue organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport does not at present have any potential funding streams available for the activities described by the Deputy.More Button

Marine Accidents

Was asked: the number of lives lost involving commercial fishing in the past 20 years, by location and year, in tabular form.More Button

​The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) was established in June 2002 to carry out investigations into, and report on, marine casualties in Irish waters or involving Irish registered vessels...More Button

Roadworthiness Testing

Was asked: his views on proposals to introduce a roadworthiness test for tractors; his proposals for exemptions to this test (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will review proposals to introduce a roadworthiness test for tractors or consider granting exceptions from this test for machinery which only use the road during a very limited period; and if...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 345 together.More Button

Directive 2014/45/EU on the periodic roadworthiness testing of motor vehicles and their trailers, requires Member States, from May 2018, to introduce compulsory testing for tractors with a maximu...More Button

My Department will be working with the Road Safety Authority to implement the aforementioned mandatory requirement in line with the May 2018 deadline. It is anticipated that the Authority will b...More Button

Sports Funding

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that total grant aid was provided to a college (details supplied) towards the provision of sports facilities, including a gym and sports hall; if his att...More Button

Regional Road Network

Was asked: if he will sanction additional funding to Kerry County Council to carry out repair works on roads in south Kerry following extensive damage done to roads during rains in October 2016 including the ...More Button

I presume the roads in Kerry being referred to by the Deputy are regional and local roads, the improvement and maintenance of which is the statutory responsibility of Kerry County Council, in accor...More Button

I announced the 2017 regional and local road allocations on 24 January, of which Kerry County Council was allocated €15.2m. As part of the 2017 allocation announcement, local authorities were ad...More Button

Air Corps

Was asked: if the Irish Aviation Authority has a role in ensuring that planes and helicopters flown by the Air Corps are fit to fly and that their pilots are not intoxicated; and if it has a role in suspendin...More Button

Was asked: if he has communication with the Irish Aviation Authority, IAA, in relation to an Air Corps pilot recently found during a random drugs test to have taken cocaine; and if he has had confirmation of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 342 and 343 together.

  The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in Ireland under the provisions of...More Button

Driver Licences

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

While I cannot comment on individual cases, I would be happy to explain the legal position and address the more general issue.More Button

Under international road traffic conventions, a person who is not the holder of an Irish driving licence may drive in this jurisdiction for up to a year on a visitor basis. An individual who is ...More Button

Under EU law we may issue licences only to persons normally resident in the jurisdiction. A US resident visiting Ireland would not be eligible for an Irish driving licence or, by extension, an I...More Button

It would appear that there is a failure by the motor insurance companies to cater for persons who are not normally resident in the State but spend a few months of the year here on an intermittent...More Button

Oversight of the motor insurance industry rests with the Central Bank, which in turn comes within the remit of the Department of Finance. My Department raised this issue with the Department of F...More Button

The Deputy may also be aware that there is a Declined Cases Agreement mechanism, which is used where a person has been refused motor insurance by a number of insurers.More Button

Traffic Data

Was asked: the details of the most recent data available regarding the cost of traffic congestion to the economy; the most recent figures available regarding same in tabular form; and if he will make a statem...More Button

​In recognition of the growing body of evidence emerging of increased travel demand across the Dublin region in particular, my Department's Economic and Financial Evaluation Unit has undertaken a r...More Button

A final project report will be published on my Department's website in the coming weeks. However, I understand that the analysis undertaken for the report estimates that the cost of time lost du...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the status of a sports capital grant from a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: if funding will be provided in 2017 to Transport Infrastructure Ireland to progress a road project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individu...More Button

Was asked: if specific funding will be allocated by his Department in view of the upgrading of a road in 2017 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

​The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in Cavan is the statutory responsibility of Cavan County Council, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993....More Button

Given the cutbacks in State funding for regional and local roads since the financial crisis, it has been necessary to curtail the grant programme for major new regional and local road schemes and...More Button

I announced the 2017 regional and local road allocations to local authorities (including Cavan County Council) on 24 January and all grant funding has now been allocated.More Button