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Ross, Shane

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Road Tolls

I thank Deputy O'Dowd for raising this issue, which I know from experience is greatly important in the area, and has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction for many of his colleagues and himself.More Button

This is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII. I am happy to reiterate the current position and to be as helpful as I possibly can regarding the M1 slip toll at Drogheda. As Minist...More Button

Arising from a parliamentary question from Deputy Munster last year, I undertook to raise the issue of the tolls on the Drogheda slip roads at a meeting with TII that took place in early August 2...More Button

In addition, both scenarios would have substantial financial implications because TII would be contractually required to compensate the public private partnership, PPP, company for losses arising...More Button

The Deputy is not alone, but I understand that what I have outlined is the current situation. It certainly leaves causes for discontent, to which the Deputy referred.More Button

Road Tolls (Continued)

It is a little difficult for me, not having been there, to be fully cognisant of the difficulties which are caused in certain areas which Deputy O'Dowd pointed out. I have said to the Deputy here ...More Button

I will conclude by thanking the Deputy. I should mention that provided he would have local councillors at the meeting-----More Button

-----including Councillor Kevin Callan-----More Button

-----who has also made representations, I would be happy to do so. When we have issues such as this which arise and which have been addressed, and which have not been sorted, it is certainly worth...More Button

European Court of Justice Rulings

Was asked: his views on a CJEU opinion (details supplied).More Button

The CJEU case C-434/15 referred to by the Deputy centres on the classification of services provided by Uber under EU law. The Advocate General issued his Opinion in the case on the 11 May last. H...More Button

The Opinion of the Advocate General is in line with Ireland's position as presented at the Oral Hearing in this case. Ireland's position is that Uber services are services in the field of transp...More Button

I understand that the Opinion of the Advocate General is not binding on the Court. The judgment of the Court in this case will be given at a later date.More Button

Insurance Data

Was asked: the expenses incurred by his Department relating to insurance of all types in each of the past five years; the cost of each insurance policy held by his Department over the same time period per ann...More Button

​The information requested by the Deputy is being collated and will be forwarded as soon as possible.  Your question will be forwarded to the agencies under my remit for direct reply to you.  If yo...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the status of an application by a group (details supplied) in County Kerry for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Car Test Regulation

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 555 of 16 May 2017, the reason an NCT certificate covers a vehicle for 12 months on the road when in his reply to the question he stated that a valid NCT certi...More Button

The Road Safety Authority has statutory responsibility for the NCT.More Button

I understand that Directive 2009/40/EC sets the minimum requirements in regard to the frequency of the roadworthiness testing of cars, with the first test required at four years, and a test every...More Button

The NCT is a periodic test which checks, at a point in time, whether or not the components which are required to be tested meet a basic standard. I am advised that the NCT certificate issued at ...More Button

Road Traffic law places the onus on users of vehicles on public roads to ensure that their vehicles comply with the law, and are maintained in a roadworthy condition at all times.  It also requir...More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: if the emissions being released by track maintenance machines in Kildare train station are at acceptable levels for an urban area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann 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...More Button

Sport Ireland Funding

Was asked: if there is financial support available for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Parking Regulations

Was asked: the position regarding clamping arrangements at the Luas Red Cow station at which a number of persons have been clamped late at night and left in a vulnerable and isolated position, which is a risk...More Button

​The issue raised is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not recei...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement regarding the fact that clamping companies that make errors in situations in which persons had valid parking tickets, which results in them being clamped incorrectly, do...More Button

​As the Deputy may be aware I recently announced that the commencement of the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 will be effective from 1 June 2017.

  The Act designates the National Tran...More Button

Road Projects Status

Was asked: the status of the link road N52 on the Kilbeggan to Tullamore bypass at Durrow (details supplied).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 opera...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: if persons can receive compensation payments for the loss of traditional stone walls after road widening works or the construction of new roads take place.More Button

​The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads (including compensation for land acquired) is the statutory responsibility of the local authority, in accordance with the provisions of ...More Button

Rail Network Expansion

Was asked: the steps he will take to ensure that the reopening of the railway line between Mullingar and Athlone is included in the capital expenditure review programme in view of the fact it is an important ...More Button

My Department awarded a total grant of €7.2 million to Westmeath County Council under the Government Stimulus Package 2014 to deliver a greenway along the route of the disused rail line between Mul...More Button

Iarnród Éireann has confirmed that when Greenways are being developed along closed and abandoned railways, there is specific provision in the licence agreement to ensure that the corridor could b...More Button

The role of heavy rail in Ireland's transport sector is currently under review.  A public consultation process on the Rail Review document was conducted recently by the National Transport Authori...More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: if he will direct the NTA to extend the deadline for an offer of a wheelchair accessible grant for a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that it has taken six weeks for the declined cases...More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle industry, including issues pertaining to the administration of the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Grant Scheme, is a matter for the National Transp...More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding restrictions set down by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.More Button

​I understand that the Deputy may be referring to the Spatial Planning and National Roads Guidelines 2012 issued by the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government under secti...More Button

The guidelines are aimed at aligning road planning and policy and development planning. The Guidelines indicate that development plans and local area plans should include policies aimed at maint...More Button

The guidelines also indicate that, in certain circumstances, planning authorities may identify stretches of national secondary roads where a less restrictive approach may be applied as part of th...More Button

I am not aware of any proposal to revise the guidelines at present.More Button

Regional Airports

Was asked: his plans to open negotiations with the European Commission and to seek support for permission for the Government to establish and fund an international public service obligation for Kerry Airport;...More Button

As outlined in the National Aviation Policy published in 2015, there are currently two Public Service Obligation (PSO) air services supported by the Exchequer through my Department's Regional Airpo...More Button

It is considered that the existing PSO air services from Kerry and Donegal provide an adequate level of international access to the regions through connections into and out of Dublin Airport. Cor...More Button

The current contract for the operation of these two services will expire on 31 January 2018.  It is an EU requirement that the continuing justification for any PSO services is reviewed prior to t...More Button

Bus Services

Was asked: if he will review the decision to change the timing of bus routes by a private operator in County Kildare, which will affect persons in towns in County Kildare (details supplied); the alternative o...More Button

​While the service in question is licensed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009, the scheduling of such licensed commercial bus services is a mat...More Button

I am aware that the NTA is currently considering the changes announced to this specific route  and the options that may be available in this regard and I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's que...More Button