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Ross, Shane

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Bus Services

Was asked: his plans for the next five years for the privatisation of bus routes that are currently run by Bus Éireann; his plans to cease the privatisation process and maintain the bus routes under public pr...More Button

Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 it is a statutory function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) to determine the appropriate mix of directly awarded and competitively tendered Pu...More Button

It is incorrect to describe competitive tendering as privatisation as nothing is being sold, services are not being deregulated and control remains with the NTA.More Button

I have therefore referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.More Button

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

Driver Licence Renewals

Was asked: his plans to establish an online system for persons temporarily outside the State to renew their driving licences.More Button

The establishment of an online driver licence application process is a project which is already well underway. This is in turn part of a wider Government policy of making services available online.More Button

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which has statutory responsibility for the National Driver Licence Service, is currently working to develop an online application system. It is expected that thi...More Button

Climate Change Policy

Was asked: his views on each recommendation (details supplied) as contained in the National Competitiveness Council report Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2017; his plans to implement the policy recommend...More Button

Ireland’s national mitigation objective, as set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015 is to ensure transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustain...More Button

To progress this objective and place transport firmly on a decarbonisation pathway we are deploying a diverse range of measures, key among them being the increased uptake and operation of cleaner...More Button

It is worthwhile noting that a number of successful mitigation measures have been introduced which have impacted and are positively addressing greenhouse gas emissions from transport. They inclu...More Button

Yet, the transport sector needs to build on these and go further to address this challenge. A series of measures announced in Budget 2018 clearly reflected this Government’s determination to make ...More Button

The MLR Project is an extremely complex multi annual project involving the merging of two totally different data sets. The current focus of the project is in relation to the linking of driver an...More Button

The establishment of National Claims Information database falls under the remit of the Minister for Finance.More Button

Rail Services Provision

Was asked: if Irish Rail will increase the number of carriages from three to four on the 1.35 p.m. train service from Dublin Connolly to Wexford in view of the fact that regular train services on this route t...More Button

The issue raised is an operational matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA), in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. P...More Button

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

Coast Guard Services

Was asked: the location of each of the 58 coastguard stations that are operational; if they have Internet, running water and bathroom facilities; and the coastguard stations that have been identified for upgr...More Button

The Irish Coast Guard, a Division of my Department, has 45 Units based in 58 coast guard stations.

  The Coast Guard building programme makes provision for works to commence on n...More Button

Road Safety

Was asked: the additional funding for road safety measures in 2017 requested by east County Cork municipal district and Cork County Council; the budget provided for these measures; and the rationale for them.More Button

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

My Department allocates funding at local authority level and allocations to individual Municipal Districts are a matter for the Council. Cork County Council was given an allocation of €492,500 u...More Button

Was asked: if he will address concerns relating to poor surface traction on the County Tipperary portion of the N7 Limerick to Dublin road; 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 operation of individual roa...More Button

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

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

Motor Insurance

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some insurance companies are refusing to quote persons if they are unemployed; his plans to ensure that this practice is stopped; and if he will mak...More Button

Insurance companies are private companies and the EU framework for insurance expressly prohibits Member States from adopting rules which require prior approval of the pricing or terms and condition...More Button

An insurance company considers many risk factors when calculating an insurance premium. Some occupations would be considered riskier by some individual insurers based on their underwriting criter...More Button

However, if no quotation can be secured, including with a renewal premium, the Declined Cases Agreement can be used by members of the public to secure a quotation. Insurance Ireland operates a f...More Button

Transport Infrastructure Ireland Funding

Was asked: the level of funding provided to TII towards the maintenance of the Luas network in each of the years 2013 to 2018.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

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

Light Rail Projects

Was asked: if Transdev contributes to his Department or TII to maintain the Luas network; and, if so, the figures for each of the years 2013 to 2018.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

The NTA has assigned its functions in relation to the provision of light rail services to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).More Button

As the operation and maintenance of the Luas network is a matter for TII working with the NTA, accordingly, I have referred your question to both agencies for reply. Please advise my private off...More Button

The referred replies were forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.More Button

Road Safety Authority

Was asked: the number of Road Safety Authority prosecutions regarding commercial vehicles in each of the years 2015, 2016 and 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006), the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has responsibility for the operation, oversight, development, qu...More Button

I have therefore forwarded this Question to the RSA for direct reply to the Deputy. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.More Button

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

Driver Test Data

Was asked: the number of driving tests carried out at each testing location in 2017; the success and failure rate at each location; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 d...More Button

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

Road Safety Strategy

Was asked: the progress under the Road Safety Strategy 2013 to 2020 in regard to point No. 95 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The expansion of the Road Safety Authority enforcement officer statutory powers to allow for drivers CPC requirements to be enforced as part of roadside checks is being considered as part of a prop...More Button

Swimming Pool Programme Funding

Was asked: the amount of his Department's budget allocation for 2017 allocated to the local authority swimming pool grant.More Button

Was asked: the amount of his Department's budget allocation for 2018 that will be allocated to the local authority swimming pool grant.More Button

Road Tolls

Was asked: his plans to arrange with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and a company (details supplied) for the temporary lifting of the secondary road tolls on the M1 at Drogheda for the duration of the Flead...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy in relation to national roads. The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects on nationa...More Button

Noting the above, I am referring the question to TII for direct reply within 10 working days. Please inform my private office if you do not receive the information.More Button

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

Was asked: if the temporary removal of the tolls at Drogheda will be facilitated for the duration of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann; 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 in relation to national roads. The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects on nationa...More Button

Noting the above, I am referring the question to TII for direct reply within 10 working days.More Button

Please inform my private office if you do not receive the information.More Button

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

Driver Licences

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) who is an asylum seeker is entitled to apply for a driving licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asylum-seekers cannot be issued with a driving licence.

  Under EU law, Member States issue driving licences to people whose normal residence is in their jurisdiction. By defini...More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 501 of 23 January 2018, the amount of motor tax collected in each of the years 2015 to 2017 by county, in tabular form; the way in which the funds collected ar...More Button

Motor tax receipts for each licensing authority for the years 2015 to 2017 are set out in the tables below.

  As of 1 January 2018, motor tax receipts are paid into the Central F...More Button

Road Network

Was asked: the road category and road mileage each local authority is responsible for (details supplied); the allowance made for road usage in respect of road deterioration; the areas in which such allowances...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 operation of individual roa...More Button

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

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

Public Private Partnerships Data

Was asked: the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of desig...More Button

My Department is not currently engaged in any Public Private Partnerships.

  As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in...More Button

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

EU Funding

Was asked: the position regarding his Department's talks with the EU on the commitment in the programme for Government that, in the first three months, the new Government will apply to the European Union for ...More Button

Under the Programme for Partnership Government, the Government committed to applying to the European Union for the revision of the TEN-T Core Network, including in relation to the Western Arc. A s...More Button

My officials met the European Commissioner for Transport, Ms Violeta Bulc, and her officials in October 2017 in relation to transport issues, including the potential impacts of Brexit on Ireland’...More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: the status of the planned extension of the M17 from Tuam to Claremorris; if the project will be included in the forthcoming NDP; the position regarding CPOs and funding; the commencement date for t...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 operation of individual roa...More Button

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

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

Parking Provision

Was asked: the parking infrastructure planned for Newbridge train station to match the increase in service; 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

In light of the NTA's responsibility in this area, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for an update on the issue raised. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a re...More Button

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

Sports Facilities Provision

Was asked: if his Department will support the redevelopment of a stadium (details supplied) from the capital fund of €50 million for stadiums in view of the fact that an organisation has large extensive redev...More Button

Tourism Promotion

Was asked: his plans to develop tourism in the Lee Valley area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button