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Ross, Shane

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Wild Atlantic Way Project

Was asked: the expenditure to date on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo in terms of infrastructure and marketing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the budget in 2018 in County Mayo for the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of infrastructure and marketing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the capital budget in place to fund further development of the Wild Atlantic Way; if his attention has been drawn to complaints of congestion along the route during the season; his plans to address...More Button

Was asked: the capital expenditure to date on the Wild Atlantic Way by county, in tabular form; his future capital expenditure plans for the Wild Atlantic Way; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tourism Project Funding

Was asked: the status of the signature discovery point Achill Skywalk project at Moiteóg Head, Keem Bay, Achill, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way in which he plans to optimise the south eastern region’s access to greenway and blueway funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently developing a Strategy for the future development of greenways following a public consultation process earlier in the year.  The Strategy will provide a long term vision a...More Button

The synergies which exist between Greenway and Blueway infrastructure are being considered as part of the discussion taking place relating to the development of the Strategy.  Waterways Ireland i...More Button

I am pleased to have secured additional funding for Greenways in the Mid -Term Review of the Capital Plan, bringing the total amount available for the development of Greenways in the period 2018 ...More Button

I am aware of the potential which exists for the expansion of greenways in the South Eastern region and would urge the relevant local authorities to progress to the greatest degree possible the pla...More Button

Was asked: the funding status for a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; the amount budgeted for the project; the projected final completion date; the amount of this funding that has been drawn down by ...More Button

Was asked: if, once the Fáilte Ireland talking statues scheme is rolled out nationwide Tralee, Listowel and Killarney will be considered for the scheme in view of the fact they each have attractions and statu...More Button

My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects, such...More Button

Taxi Data

Was asked: if his Department liaises regularly with Dublin city council, taxi drivers and operators and similar private providers of public transport in relation to traffic restrictions in place in the city; ...More Button

Traffic management in our cities and towns are a matter for the relevant local authorities which fall under the remit of my colleague the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Governm...More Button

There is, however, regular liaison between the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council in respect of traffic management aspects arising from the planning and implementation of ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will liaise with the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council in order to help taxi drivers that are finding it increasingly difficult to negotiate around Dublin city ...More Button

Traffic management in Dublin city centre is a matter in the first instance for Dublin City Council. 

  The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development a...More Button

Transport Infrastructure Ireland Data

Was asked: the statistics for collisions and accidents on the M50 to date in 2017; specifically between junction 11 and junction 13; the delays that these incidents have on traffic across the city, in tabular...More Button

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

Taxi Licences

Was asked: the reason applicant taxi drivers that fail their theory and or knowledge tests must pay the full fee to repeat the exams; and his plans to review the regulations with a view to reducing the charge...More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including the licensing of drivers to work in this sector, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provi...More Button

Rail Services Staff

Was asked: the number of consultants engaged by Irish Rail to head up and or oversee internal departments at the company; the duration of their contracts; their salary per annum; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: the number of departments in Irish Rail that have an interim department head; the name of those departments; the expected timeframe to fill the posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 999 and 1000 together.

  The issues raised are matters for Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the company for direct ...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Was asked: his plans to consult with Bus Éireann regarding the 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Straffan to Dublin services in view of the fact that there is a demand for this service that Bus Éireann is not addressing; ...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 receiv...More Button

Was asked: the reason it can take up to 12 months for the NTA to make a decision on applications for a new route or a route change; and his views on whether this does not enable Bus Éireann to respond efficie...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 receiv...More Button

Was asked: his plans to provide a once-off capital input to improve conditions at Busáras.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing or providing public transport in the State in relation to bus stops, bus shelters, bus stati...More Button

Was asked: the number of new buses purchased in 2016 and 2017 by Bus Éireann; the number of planned bus purchases by Bus Éireann in 2018; if new buses will have higher capacity than the current stock; the way...More Button

Was asked: the known capacity constraints on Bus Éireann services; the services and or routes that currently cannot operate at full capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1070 and 1072 together.

  The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of Public Service Obliga...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an issue regarding the 120 Bus Éireann early morning services in the Straffan area, County Kildare; his plans to intervene and request Bus Éireann to issue a publ...More Button

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my pri...More Button

Question No. 1072 answered with Question No. 1070.More Button

North-South Ministerial Council

Was asked: the funding which may be allocated to the Narrow Water Bridge project under the capital plan the Government has committed to; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

As the proposed bridge is still at the options appraisal stage, specific funding has not been set aside for the project.More Button

Departmental Websites

Was asked: the external company undertaking an audit of his departmental website; the cost of the audit; the timeframe for its completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the last time his Department's website was revamped or remodelled; the cost of same; if he or his Department officials have been consulted regarding creating one stand alone online Government porta...More Button

Was asked: the investment in his Department’s website since 2011 including total associated costs incurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1007, 1015 and 1016 together.More Button

There has been no significant investment in my Department’s website since 2011 with a total expenditure of €3,500 over that period.More Button

Officials within my Department are currently examining the website and its content within a framework of recent internal and external initiatives such as the Department’s Customer Service Action ...More Button

At a strategic level, my Department is working with relevant officials on the development of a Digital Service Gateway - a single digital point where citizens can easily access information about ...More Button

Rail Network Expansion

Was asked: the status of the DART expansion to Hazelhatch and the LUAS to Lucan plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).   More Button

The NTA's Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 provides a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure in the GDA over the next two decades. The strate...More Button

Building on the Government’s budgetary framework set out in Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021 published in September 2015, the Government's recently announced ...More Button

The existing capital envelope for public transport for 2018-2021 does not include funding to complete electrification of the DART to Hazelhatch or for the development of a Luas line to Lucan. Fu...More Button

Railway Stations

Was asked: the timeframe for the opening of the Kishogue train station; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) given the Authority's statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin A...More Button

Was asked: his plans to alter DART services (details supplied); and his views on the impact this change will have for wheelchair users, mobility scooter users and other persons that require assistance in boar...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the decision to make Sydney Parade an unattended station, in view of the fact that this is the main station which services St Vincent's hospital; and his further views on the fact th...More Button

Was asked: the measures he has put in place to assist DART passengers travelling to and from DART stations which are scheduled to become unattended.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1073 to 1075, inclusive, together.

  The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Eligibility

Was asked: if he will address queries raised by persons (details supplied) regarding a club; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Transport Provision

Was asked: his plans to add additional services in towns (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.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

Was asked: the position regarding the development of public transport infrastructure for the Donabate Portrane peninsula, County Dublin to support the growing population; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area and the NTA's ‘Tran...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the status of a capital sports grant application by a club (details supplied); when an announcement of funds allocated is expected under the sports capital programme; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: if a club (details supplied) will be awarded sports capital funding in the current round; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if sports capital funding will be awarded to a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a sports capital grant will be awarded to a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when groups in County Wexford will be notified if their capital sport grant applications have been approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health and Safety

Was asked: the estimated cost of the provision of a defibrillator in each public building owned by his Department and agency under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department occupies twelve buildings throughout the Country which are in the main provided by the Office of Public Works. Each of those buildings has a defibrillator onsite and the average cost...More Button

Departmental Meetings

Was asked: the meetings of the strategic communications unit he or his Department officials attended; the date and location of each such meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There were two such meetings attended by officials from my Department.

  One was held in my Department on the 17th August while the other was held in the Department of An Taoise...More Button

Questions Nos. 1015 and 1016 answered with Question No. 1007.More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the number of departmental staff in his press office; the reporting relationship in operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Press Office has 3 staff -

  - one Acting Assistant Principal (AP);

  - one Executive Officer; and

  - one Clerical Officer.

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Departmental Staff Training

Was asked: the protocol for attendance by staff, both civil servants and political non-civil servants, to continuing professional development programmes and courses; the number of staff, both civil servants a...More Button

I am advised that the Department delivers training and development requirements identified by staff and their managers through the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS). Having such...More Button

This includes the continuous professional development required for staff engaged in specialised and technical areas of the Department, e.g. the Irish Coast Guard. The detailed information relati...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.More Button

Public Relations Contracts Data

Was asked: the public relations companies or agencies the services of which his Department used for information campaigns since 1 January 2017; and the costs incurred to date in 2017.More Button

Records of external expenditure such as this are available on my Department's website at the following link: External Expenditure. Details for 2017 will be published in the coming days.More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention h...More Button

My Department provides funding under a range of different programmes to various bodies. All funding provided by the Department is paid and monitored in accordance with the Public Spending Code.More Button

My Department’s Corporate Governance Framework (which was updated in February 2017) provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the corporate governance arrangements that exist and operate wit...More Button

The Framework details the audit, assurance and compliance arrangements which are in place between the Department and those agencies and organisations it funds. As detailed in the Framework, ther...More Button

I am not aware of any particular concerns such as those highlighted by the Deputy nor has my Department issued any new procedures recently regarding the use of credit cards. More Button

Brexit Negotiations

Was asked: the details of all planning and research work under wayfor the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication;...More Button

As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity,...More Button

Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Departmental coordination structures. These represent a frequent and active channel through which all relevant Departments are providing the...More Button

As the outcome of the negotiations is not yet known, an important focus of the planning and preparation being undertaken through these structures is on deepening the Government’s analysis and und...More Button

Brexit is a key strategic risk for my Department and there are ongoing consultations and meetings between my officials, other Government Departments and agencies, and other public and private key...More Button

My Department is represented on all relevant cross-Departmental coordination structures referred to above, and an internal Departmental Committee on Brexit meets on a monthly basis to oversee the...More Button

My Department is continuing to examine a number of possible scenarios relating to the impact of Brexit on Ireland, including a “no-deal” scenario, and this work will evolve as the negotiations pr...More Button

A number of Brexit-related research studies have been carried out on behalf of transport and tourism agencies and organisations in relation to Brexit. This is a matter for the agencies themselve...More Button

My Department, in conjunction with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), is commencing a study into the use of the UK Land bridge by Irish importers and exporters. The purpose of this re...More Button

The matter and timing of publication of the sectorial response plans and other related research will be considered as the Department’s contingency planning progresses.More Button

Public Transport

Was asked: if specific funding will be provided in 2018 to improve facilities at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if specific funding will be provided in 2018 to improve facilities at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1023 and 1030 together.

  The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing or providing public transport in the S...More Button

Rail Services Data

Was asked: if ticket sale figures for rail passengers are based solely on sales at the booking office and do not include tickets sold at the vending machines outside stations.More Button

The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann and I have forward the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten ...More Button

Was asked: the number of new train sets that are in storage at Inchicore, Dublin 8; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue raised is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann. I have forwarded the Deputy's question to Iarnród Éireann for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a ...More Button

Was asked: the reason the National Transport Authority has not yet published the results of the heavy rail census that was taken in November 2016; when the results will be published; and if there is a date fo...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 receiv...More Button

Motor Insurance Costs

Was asked: the cost of insuring an electric car.More Button

Insurance companies are private companies and therefore the provision of insurance cover and the price at which it is offered is a commercial matter for such companies. Costs of cover are normally...More Button

Aer Lingus Sale

Was asked: the way his Department has used the moneys the State received from the sale of its stake in Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Exchequer received €335 million in September 2015 for its 25.1% shareholding in Aer Lingus.More Button

The previous Government invested the proceeds in a new ‘Connectivity fund’ as a sub-portfolio of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The Minister for Finance sought Oireachtas approval...More Button

The connectivity fund is designed to support projects which enhance Ireland’s physical, virtual or energy connectivity. The management and control of the fund is a matter for the NTMA.More Button

Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the substantial cuts imposed on members of the IASS pension scheme in advance of the sale of the State's stake in Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

The IASS pension scheme is the subject of on-going legal proceedings and it would not be appropriate for me to comment any further on the issue.More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Was asked: when he will announce the 2017 sports capital grant allocations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bus Services

Was asked: if the Lucan area of Dublin has been considered by the NTA as it makes final proposals for bus fleet acquisitions for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the renewal of the bus fleet in respect of Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus services. 

  Not...More Button

 Question No. 1030 answered with Question No. 1023.More Button

Was asked: his plans to ensure the conversion of the national fleet of vehicles to electric and renewable fuel sources; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibili...More Button

Haulage Industry

Was asked: the steps he is taking in respect of the implementation of statutory instrument SI 413 of 2017 (details supplied) to amend the definition of commercial road haulage to exclude vehicles used for agr...More Button

As the deputy knows, I am absolutely committed to do everything I can as Minister to ensure road safety. That is why I am determined that Ireland complies with latest EU directives on testing vehi...More Button

At my invitation, representative bodies from the agriculture and forestry sector met with officials of my Department on 1 November to discuss their concerns about proposed regulations to comply ...More Button

Arising out of the range of issues that were identified by the various bodies in terms of how the regulations might impact on their members’ farms and businesses, I have asked my officials to re-...More Button

In the meantime, I am looking at means to ensure that the current text does not take effect with any unintended consequences. More Button

Directive 2014/45/EU on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, requires, from 20 May 2018, the mandatory periodic testing of tractors with a maximum design speed exc...More Button

T5 tractors owned/operated by farmers and agricultural contractors used solely for land based activities are entitled to an exemption from compulsory testing. In such cases the prime activity is...More Button

The RSA will be engaging with affected stakeholders to provide them with guidance in relation to the practical implementation of the new requirements prior to their introduction in May 2018.More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the contracts his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department have with a company (details supplied) or its subsidiaries; the value of the contracts; the year in which the contracts were...More Button

Records of external expenditure such as this are available on my Department's website at the following link: External Expenditure. Details for 2017 will be published in the coming days.More Button

Tourism Revenue

Was asked: the value of retail spend to the economy from tourists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the CSO is the agency responsible for the provision of official statistics. Published national accounts data do not provide figures for the overall value of retail spend to...More Button

Tourism Ireland Funding

Was asked: the budget allocated by his Department for Tourism Ireland in 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The breakdown of the total Exchequer provision for tourism services, including Tourism Ireland, from my Department's vote, is available in the annual Revised Estimates Volume (REV) for Public Servi...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes

Was asked: if funding will be provided for a club (details supplied) which had its training pitches destroyed in the recent floods in Inishowen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Projects Expenditure

Was asked: the date and costs of the partial construction of unfinished motorways (details supplied); if the proposed motorway service stations at these locations are due to go ahead; the date on which they w...More Button

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

Transport Infrastructure Provision

Was asked: his plans to provide a pedestrian bridge from the Ashington estate, Dublin 7 across the Royal Canal towards Broombridge Luas station; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that for a pers...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  The National Transport Authority has statutory responsibility fo...More Button

Rail Services

Was asked: the options for improving rail services and investing in rail infrastructure outside the greater Dublin area in view of the commitment in the national low carbon transition and mitigation plan to i...More Button

Budget 2018 provided for an increase in the multi-annual capital investment for public transport with a four-year capital envelope of €2.7 billion to 2021. This increased funding for the period 20...More Button

In this regard, the four-year capital envelope will enable investment in a number of key programmes across our cities. This includes investment in a number of heavy rail projects such as the new...More Button

I will be seeking to ensure that the forthcoming 10 year National Investment Plan to be published in the coming months will help further deliver on meeting our climate obligation by reducing emis...More Button

Finally, in relation to rail services, in Budget 2018 I secured an 8% increase in the overall Exchequer funding available for PSO bus and rail services throughout the country. This means that in...More Button

Rail Services Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that since late September 2017, Irish Rail has had to halve the size of trains travelling to Longford in order to provide extra carriages on trains going...More Button

Was asked: the known capacity constraints on rail services; the services and-or routes that cannot operate at full capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1040 and 1068 together.

  The taxpayer makes a very large and recurring contribution each year to Iarnród Éireann. This contribution takes the f...More Button

Transport Policy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 220 of 14 October 2017, his views on whether this demonstrates a disagreement with the draft national planning framework, NPF (details supplied); his views on ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the National Planning Framework (NPF) which was published for public consultation in September, includes the following key growth enabler for Dublin: “Improving access to Du...More Button

The NPF recognises the statutory arrangements for transport planning in the Greater Dublin Area under the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the transport planning policy set out in the NTA’s...More Button

The NTA is required under legislation to review its transport strategy every six years following publication and it is a requirement that there be consistency between the transport strategy and t...More Button

I do not consider that there is any inconsistency arising between the draft NPF and the NTA’s Transport Strategy as the relevant NPF key growth enabler refers to longer term policy in relation to...More Button

Ministerial Advisers Data

Was asked: the names of the special advisers employed in his Department; the names of special advisers to junior Ministers in his Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special a...More Button

I appointed two Special Advisers when I took up office as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.  Following the Cabinet reshuffle in June 2017, I reappointed Aisling Dunne and Carol Hunt as my ...More Button

As both officers were reappointed to the roles previously held, they remained on the payroll between the effective date of their reappointment and the date of the Government Order and were subjec...More Button

Minister of State Griffin has no Special Advisers appointed to him.More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: the number of occasions on which he has visited Brussels since his appointment; the purpose of each visit; and the meetings that occurred during each visit.More Button

Since my appointment as Minister, I have travelled to Brussels on one occasion in order to attend the Transport Council. This was in December 2016. I am currently planning on attending Transport ...More Button

Transport of Animals

Was asked: if new restrictions have been introduced on the transport of animals; and if so, the reason therefor.More Button

This is a matter for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and I have no function in restricting the transportation of animals.More Button

Road Projects Status

Was asked: the status of the east-west link road; his views on whether there is a need for such a vital piece of infrastructure from east to west; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As I explained to the Deputy in my reply to PQ 36252/17, proposals to deliver an upgraded route linking Dundalk to Sligo, taking in Cavan, involve linking elements of the national road network and ...More Button

Looking ahead to the proposed 10 ten year plan, it would be premature to take a view on the prioritisation of individual schemes. As all capital projects are subject to appraisal in line with th...More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: if road funding will be increased for counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on...More Button

The transport element of the Capital Plan is based on a gradual build up in capital funding for the road network from a relatively low base towards the levels needed to support maintenance and im...More Button

Overall allocations over the next few years will reflect the current and capital funding available to my Department.  It is expected that regional and local road allocations for 2018 will be noti...More Button

It is important to reiterate that the role of Exchequer grants for regional and local roads is to supplement local authorities in their spending in this area and I continue to emphasise to local ...More Button

As regards funding for national roads in Cavan and Monaghan, within the budget available to it, allocations to individual local authorities are a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)...More Button

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Was asked: if he will request a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to discuss issues in counties Cavan and Monaghan with this Deputy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for TII in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act.More Button

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's request for a meeting to TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don’t receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Cycling Facilities Provision

Was asked: if secure bicycle parking at the Broombridge Luas station will be provided; if there will be 24-hour secure bicycle parking at the station; his plans for a bus service to bring persons from the Nav...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure projects in the Gre...More Button

Public Transport Data

Was asked: if the National Transport Authority holds a list of transport companies that have been licensed by it for the transport of persons to and from major events such as concerts and festivals.More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the licensing of public bus passenger services under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009. I have referred the Deput...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) and issue a response to same.More Button

The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my pr...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: his plans to increase the funding allocation to Wexford County Council for the community involvement scheme for the restoration and upgrading of local roads and lanes in view of its positive uptake.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on ...More Button

Was asked: if upgrade works to the N4 will be carried out following the mid-term review of the capital investment programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Driver Licensing Exchange Agreements

Was asked: the progress made in having Quebec added to the reciprocal agreement for driving licence exchange; when he envisages it to be included; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Irish driver licensing law operates within a framework of EU law, in accordance with which we have mutual recognition of exchange of driving licences with all other EU Member States.  In the case o...More Button

The work of reaching an agreement is not straightforward.  It depends on the relevant authorities on each side comparing the two licensing regimes in detail so that each can be satisfied that the...More Button

Canada operates driver licensing at provincial rather than national level.  For some time now the RSA has been engaging with the authorities in the Canadian provinces with a view to reaching agre...More Button

The RSA is continuing to work with the other provinces, including Quebec, with a view to reaching agreement.  It is not possible at this stage to say when an agreement with Quebec will be reached.More Button

Rugby World Cup 2023

Was asked: the actions he has taken in view of the recent findings of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host selection process evaluation report ; and if he will embark on a campaign of lobbying in order to help the I...More Button

I was disappointed and surprised by the recent findings of the Rugby World Cup Board which has made a recommendation for previous hosts South Africa to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. That said it i...More Button

I would hope that a majority of World Rugby Council members, who will vote on November 15th, will place their trust in Ireland to deliver an outstanding Rugby World Cup 2023.  Appropriate engagem...More Button

Together with the Irish Rugby Football Union the Government will, in the coming week, strongly relay Ireland’s compelling proposition to World Rugby Council members  ahead of the vote on November 1...More Button

Public Transport Expenditure

Was asked: his plans to introduce a multi-annual funding plan to all semi-State providers of public transport.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, multi-annual funding for public transport is provided under the Government's Capital Plan. Budget 2018 provided a four-year capital envelope for public transport of over €2....More Button

In accordance with the requirements of EU law, my Department provides capital funding to Iarnród Éireann for the maintenance and renewal of the heavy rail network under the Infrastructure Manager...More Button

My Department provides capital funding to the NTA for a rolling programme of bus replacement and refurbishment of the Bus Átha Cliath and Bus Éireann PSO fleets.  Funding is also provided to thes...More Button

Funding is also provided by my Department, through the NTA, to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for light rail projects.More Button

In relation to services, the Deputy is aware that compensation is provided to PSO operators in accordance with their public service contracts entered into with the NTA. These current contracts re...More Button

Dublin Bus Services

Was asked: his plans to roll out the policy of BusConnects nationally in view of the fact that BusConnects is the preferred future policy of Dublin Bus for the next number of years; and his plans for the nati...More Button

Following the mid-term review of the Capital Plan, Budget 2018 provided for an increase in the multi-annual capital investment for public transport with a four-year capital envelope of €2.7 billion...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, this includes investment of over €770 million for the BusConnects programme to address growing congestion in the Dublin region in the short to medium term. The four-year c...More Button

Undoubtedly the growth in travel demand is becoming an increasing problem in cities. The BusConnects programme, will roll out first in Dublin where congestion is most acute. There is of course po...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Administration

Was asked: the funding measures available for sports buildings in order to help enable disability access; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the sports capital fund allocations for 2017 will be announced in view of the fact that many clubs have made plans dependent on such funding.More Button

Commencement of Legislation

Was asked: if all sections of the Harbours Act 2015 are commenced; if not, when the remaining sections will be commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Harbours Act 2015 was signed by the President on 25 December 2015. All sections of the Act were commenced on the day it was signed.More Button

National Transport Authority

Was asked: the financial penalties the National Transport Authority has issued in the past five years to operators in circumstances in which the performance of operators do not meet the agreed performance lev...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 receiv...More Button

Question No. 1068 answered with Question No. 1040.More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: his plans to introduce an incentive scheme for the provision of a greater amount of fully accessible taxi and hackney services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including the licensing of vehicles, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regu...More Button

Public Service Obligation Data

Was asked: the percentage of the increase in the PSO for budget 2018 which will go towards tendered contracts, such as bus services (details supplied); and the percentage towards CIÉ run services.More Button

As the Deputy is aware in Budget 2018, I secured an 8% increase in the overall Exchequer funding available for PSO services throughout the country. This means that in 2018 over €285 million will b...More Button

Was asked: the PSO funding for rural link services in each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017.More Button

My Department provides Current funding for the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) to the National Transport Authority (NTA) which has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, ...More Button

Public Service Vehicles

Was asked: the number of new small public service vehicle licences provided in each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017 for the Dublin region; and the number for each year. More Button

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including the licensing of vehicles within this sector, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisio...More Button

Parking Charges

Was asked: the estimated difference between average annual steady-state cost of national roads, regional and local roads, heavy rail, Luas and buses with regard to the integration initiative as estimated in a...More Button

In 2015, my Department published the Strategic Investment Framework for Land Transport.  As part of the extensive preparatory work for this publication, 21 background papers were produced and one o...More Button

Was asked: the reason the NTA has set maximum fees of €125 which is above the maximum fee as set out in section 15 of the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015; and the rationale for the NTA setting the fee above the rat...More Button

Was asked: the recommendations the NTA has provided to the bodies responsible for statutory clamping places with regard to the level they should set clamping release charges; and his views on one body should ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1081 and 1082 together.

  On 1 October, the National Transport Authority (NTA) assumed its responsibilities as the regulator of vehicle clamping ...More Button

National Car Test

Was asked: his plans to engage with farming representative bodies regarding a proposed national car test to be introduced in 2018; if he has engaged with relevant stakeholders to date; the criteria regarding ...More Button

As the Deputy knows, I am absolutely committed to do everything I can as Minister to ensure road safety.  That is why I am determined that Ireland complies with latest EU directives on testing vehi...More Button

At my invitation, representative bodies from the agriculture and forestry sector  met with officials of my Department on 1 November to discuss their concerns about proposed regulations to comply ...More Button

Arising out of the range of issues that were identified by the various bodies in terms of how the regulations might impact on their members’ farms and businesses, I have asked my officials to re-...More Button

In the meantime, I am looking at means to ensure that the current text does not take effect with any unintended consequences.More Button