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Ross, Shane

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Bus Services

Was asked: his views on the delay between the implementation of the BusConnects network redesign and the planned roll out of the new core bus corridors and lanes.More Button

As the Deputy is aware BusConnects is one of the flagship investments to be delivered under Project Ireland 2040 and the ten year national development plan, NDP. The programme is made up of a numb...More Button

The objective of these proposals under BusConnects is to improve bus journey times that will benefit many millions of passenger journeys each year; provide a bus service that is easier to use and...More Button

Each of the components is significant in its own right while collectively they have the potential to transform how we use the bus in Dublin and in the other cities when rolled out there. The Dep...More Button

With BusConnects Dublin, the National Transport Authority, NTA, has been running the consultation phase on two distinct components, first, the network redesign - this is about configuration of al...More Button

We all know of the significant public consultation that has taken place in recent months in relation to the bus network. There was a huge response to that consultation, with more than 30,000 sub...More Button

It is envisaged that the implementation of the final network will take place in 2020. The network redesign can be implemented on the existing road network with some enhancements at key interchan...More Button

I will try to answer the Deputy's question. Bus corridors are not the first thing to go in in this situation. The last major overhaul of the bus network in Dublin was implemented without any infr...More Button

There will be a planning process. There will be some compulsory purchase orders, which is regrettable but that will happen. There will be a large amount of public consultation to ensure that the ...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the BusConnects programme for the bus service in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware BusConnects is one of the flagship investments to be delivered under Project Ireland 2040 and the 10-year National Development Plan (NDP).

  BusConnects D...More Button

  Question No. 24 answered with Question No. 20.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the policy of fully devolving to local authorities the role of providing bus shelters as provided in local government legislation.More Button

Was asked: if he will allocate funding directly to local authorities to provide bus shelters in their functional areas in which they are deemed appropriate.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 51 together.More Button

The Deputy is probably aware that the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, as amended, provides that the National Transport Authority (NTA) 'shall have the function to secure or provide public tr...More Button

I believe that assignment of this function to the NTA is entirely appropriate given its central role in both the contracting and funding of Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus services and its re...More Button

It is extremely important that our public transport network develop in an integrated and coordinated manner and the role of the NTA in providing bus shelters is entirely consistent with that ambi...More Button

Was asked: if he has been notified of ongoing difficulties and the failure to deliver the promised levels of service on the bus routes recently handed over to a company (details supplied) in Dublin; if the se...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

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

Was asked: if the capacity and constituency issues associated with Bus Éireann services in County Meath will be addressedMore Button

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

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

  Question No. 59 answered with Question No. 46.More Button

Was asked: if his Department has investigated the use of articulated buses to provide bus services in Dublin; 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 responsibil...More Button

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply.  Please contact my p...More Button

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

Was asked: if his Department will facilitate Dublin Bus in providing staged or abridged versions of certain services in which capacity is preventing passengers from boarding services at later points in the se...More Button

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

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

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that certain routes in the proposed BusConnects network include frequent stops, that is, stops placed at a minimal distance from each other and may preve...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 responsibil...More Button

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply.  Please contact my p...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will reinstate the Sligo town bus service to a location (details supplied) to facilitate a park and ride service for the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 p...More Button

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

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to customer complaints (details supplied) regarding public transport services; the way in which, or if, the NTA is monitoring these services for punctuality and or r...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

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

Bus Services (Continued)

I appreciate the sense of urgency displayed by the Deputy and I also have that sense of urgency. He should not be under the impression that nothing will happen with bus corridors in the next decad...More Button

Public Transport

Was asked: the measures he plans to put in place in order to tackle the increasing number of attacks on the public transport network; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I thank the Deputy for putting the question, as the matter is of concern to a large number of Deputies, particularly in the Dublin area. It is a matter of some angst for people on some modes of tr...More Button

The safety and security of public transport passengers and staff, including arrangements to deal with anti-social behaviour, are important matters that, first and foremost, must be managed by eve...More Button

In its response, Iarnród Éireann outlined a number of measures that the company has taken in an effort to safeguard the security of passengers and staff. These measures have included the allocat...More Button

Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus responded that the level of anti-social behaviour is relatively low and noted a declining trend, which is very positive. Both companies also stressed the strong and cl...More Button

The Deputy mentioned the need for additional resources and I have given Iarnród Éireann an extra €115,000, of which I know the Deputy is aware. That has come from my Department's Vote very late in...More Button

The issue of anti-social behaviour on the public transport network has come increasingly to the fore over recent months thanks to the Deputy and others and we have responded to it. I must also t...More Button

I am certainly not aware of them being dissatisfied with being handed €115,000 to alleviate the problem. We will see what happens and what will be the result. We are not even over the Christmas p...More Button

Was asked: if the safety of public transport workers will be supported by creating a dedicated transport police resource that would have the powers of detention and arrest.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Priority Questions numbers 2 and 5, which I answered earlier.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which bus and rail services are fully utilised and are in fact tailored to meet the requirements of the travelling or commuting public with particular reference to the need to ensure ...More Button

Was asked: the degree to which rail and bus services in County Kildare are co-ordinated in such a way as to meet in full the requirements of the commuters in the various towns and villages throughout the coun...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 and 232 together.

  The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA), in conjunction with the relevant transport prov...More Button

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

Public Transport (Continued)

They must be pleased with the fact that the Deputy's representations, the trade union's representations, their own representations and our awareness of the fact that appalling things were happening...More Button

I have been in touch with the Minister for Justice and Equality and he has been in touch with the Garda Commissioner in turn and it is being looked at very seriously. It is ultimately a matter f...More Button

Olympic Games

Was asked: his views on a recent decision by an organisation (details supplied) to suspend the boxing competition at the 2020 Olympics; and if he has made representations on this matter.More Button

Can I respond to that?More Button

The Deputy had a question for me.More Button

Was asked: his views on the recent decision by an organisation (details supplied) to suspend the boxing competition at the 2020 Olympics; and if he has made representations on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the recent decision by an organisation (details supplied) to suspend the boxing competition at the 2020 Olympics; and if he has made representations on the matter.More Button

Tender Process

Was asked: if he will report on the tendering of Bus Éireann routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I thank Deputy Coppinger for the question. The question appears to be on the tendering of Bus Éireann routes and asks me to make a statement on the matter. I will respond to the other part of the...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding relating to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day to day operations of public...More Button

It is a statutory function of the National Transport Authority, under the Dublin Transport Authority Act, 2008, and EU Regulation 1370/2007, to determine the appropriate mix of directly awarded a...More Button

In 2015, as part of the bus market opening, the NTA sought expressions of interest from public transport operators to operate bus services on certain routes in the Dublin metropolitan, Dublin com...More Button

Tender Process (Continued)

The competitive tendering that has recently been introduced by the NTA into the bus market is happening at the same time as significant growth in public transport services. The market opening will...More Button

I think Michael O'Leary would be absolutely horrified by that description. I do not think he would recognise it as being the case. I have met him a few times, but to describe him as a good friend...More Button

-----just inaccurate, and that should not be allowed to stand. I have never been in his house and he has never been in mine. I think I have met him once for a cup of coffee or a light lunch in th...More Button

I will answer the Deputy's question and some of the things she has said which are just not correct. She mentioned in her opening remark the privatisation of these companies and routes. There is...More Button

The Acting Chairman is quite correct that it was not about Mr. O'Leary, but I could not allow Deputy Coppinger's statement to be left on the record. I did not introduce the matter. To say I have ...More Button

That is a completely different area of the political spectrum, and I am sure the Greek Government believes in many of the same things as Deputy Coppinger.More Button

Thank God public transport is expanding, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus are expanding and the number of passengers travelling on them is expanding. Go-Ahead is entering a market and, I hope, doing w...More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Was asked: if the immediate installation of assault screens on all Bus Éireann services will be ensured; if his initial positive response to a union (details supplied) will be followed up; and when a Garda tr...More Button

I thank the Deputy for her question. It is a serious and worthy one and is along the lines of what we have already heard about the necessity to protect the staff, which is essential and which I ag...More Button

Bus Éireann Services (Continued)

However, their challenge remains safety-related as a result of the significant constraints arising from the design and layout of a coach cab area, the high operating speeds of coaches and the drive...More Button

Bus Éireann has further advised that the safety and welfare of employees are key priorities for it, that all assault and anti-social behaviour incidents are fully investigated and followed up wit...More Button

As a result, following representations from the NBRU regarding the establishment of a dedicated police force for public transport, my Department wrote to Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus ...More Button

I think the Minister for Justice and Equality wrote to the Garda Commissioner. I do not think he met him; I am not sure. I do not know what the outcome of that was, but I think it was quite recen...More Button

In reply to the question about what is being done, I wrote to the RSAC. In its response it recommended the establishment of a dedicated unit of An Garda Síochána to police the rail network on oc...More Button

I thank the Deputy. In addition to what I said about security screens being available on the low-floor single-deck and double-desk bus fleet, I note that according to Bus Éireann all assaults and...More Button

I do not want to make light of this problem. I agree with the Deputy that it has to be addressed. It is being addressed. It has come to the notice of the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for J...More Button

Trans European Transport Network Programme

Was asked: the status of the TEN-T priority projects for County Donegal; the timeline for these projects in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the priority TEN-T projects for County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I welcome the pupils from the school mentioned. They have a worthy representative speaking on behalf of Donegal today, who will no doubt give me and successive Ministers a difficult time if we do ...More Button

Trans European Transport Network Programme (Continued)

I assure the Deputy I will make his views known to the TII. I will make sure they are passed on. He should not underestimate the cost of the project, which is €400 million. It is split approxima...More Button

The TEN-T projects in Donegal form part of the designated comprehensive network. The Deputy will be familiar with the TEN-T regulation targets from his time at the European Parliament. In Doneg...More Button

The most important point the Deputy made - and I do not in any way suggest the others were not important - was the fact that Donegal, as are other Border counties, is looking on the arrival of Brex...More Button

The Deputy has made a good case. The situation with TEN-T funding is something upon which we cannot depend but irrespective of the funding mechanism, every opportunity will be taken to access an...More Button

  Question No. 7 replied to with Written Answers.More Button

Ports Development

Was asked: the position regarding development plans for Rosslare Europort; if his Department is in contact with the CEO of the port regarding its future development; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Rosslare Europort is unique among the State-owned ports, as it is not a commercial company operating under the Harbours Acts but is instead operated as a division of Iarnród Éireann.More Button

Iarnród Éireann recently completed a detailed report on Rosslare and a €15 million plan to transform Rosslare Europort has been approved by the board of Irish Rail. Investment in the port is a m...More Button

The Deputy will be interested to know that there is also ongoing engagement between my Department and the port on Brexit. The efficiency of Ireland's logistics sector has been built up over many...More Button

The OPW, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Health, supported by my Department and other Departments, are working together with Ro...More Button

The Deputy may recall that I visited Rosslare Europort earlier this year at the invitation of my ministerial colleague, Deputy Paul Kehoe, and was briefed by the europort's management on its comm...More Button

The Deputy probably put his finger on it when he mentioned Brexit as being such a sword of Damocles over so many places. However, it might also provide opportunities for Rosslare. The advent of B...More Button

I am sure the Deputy is aware the process of agreeing the future trade relationship between the UK and EU, including Ireland, is at a sensitive stage as we speak. Clearly the outcome of the proc...More Button

Ports Development (Continued)

Departmental meetings with Rosslare Europort and Irish Rail in the context of Brexit are ongoing. Most recently, the Department, as the Deputy will know, met the CEO of Iarnród Éireann and the gen...More Button

It is unfair of the Deputy to say that no preparations are in train. All contingencies are being prepared for in the event of Brexit. It would not be correct to spell all of them out here in publ...More Button

My Department has been engaging with Rosslare Europort not just about Brexit but also about the land bridge and how that will affect that port as well. The Irish Maritime Development Office, in ...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the amount sanctioned by his Department or the agencies under the remit of his Department to date in 2018 for the development of greenways and dedicated cycling facilities, respectively; the amount...More Button

I thank the Deputy for his question. There are two separate sources for funding of cycling infrastructure within my Department. The tourism development division provides funding for greenway cons...More Button

I have secured a substantial increase in funding for all forms of cycling and walking infrastructure investment over the coming years. This includes €110 million specifically dedicated to cycling...More Button

I am also providing €53 million to support the development of new greenways up to 2021 in more rural areas, in line with the greenways strategy published earlier this year.More Button

As can be seen, these are multi-annual capital expenditure programmes which will positively assist with the better development and provision of cycling and walking infrastructure across the State.More Button

In addition to these infrastructure measures, my Department also provides funding to the NTA in relation to behavioural change programmes and to Cycling Ireland to develop the national cycle trai...More Button

In relation to cycling facilities specifically, the NTA has statutory responsibility to secure or provide cycling infrastructure in the State. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question t...More Button

With regard to the funding provided from my tourism development division, in 2018, €3,650,000 was allocated for greenways. As there was no open funding call at the time, and there were no new pr...More Button

I do not know whether the Deputy was listening to my reply-----More Button

-----but I quoted a figure which I would have thought he and others in this House would greet with a great deal of glee and salute the fact that the Government is making a very large commitment to ...More Button

Greenways in Mayo and Waterford have been a great success.More Button

Congratulations. Well done. More power to the Deputy.More Button

More power to him on that also.More Button

Departmental Funding (Continued)

The figure quoted of €3.65 million, which the Deputies had an answer to already, does not recognise the number of authorities which have committed to applying for greenway funding. I repeat for De...More Button

Public Service Obligation Services

Was asked: his views on amending the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 to provide that no direct award of public service contracts for public transport passenger services in excess of 10% will continue in v...More Button

It is a statutory function of the NTA, under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 and EU Regulation 1370/2007, to award PSO contracts and to determine the appropriate mix of directly awarded and...More Button

As I mentioned in an earlier response, the PSO programme represents a significant expenditure of taxpayers' money and has increased by 35% in the past three years. Some €285 million in funding h...More Button

International experience indicates that introducing competitive tension into our PSO bus market, that is, a mixture of direct award and then competitively tendered contracts, should allow us to c...More Button

It is well-recognised that good public transport is a key enabler of both social inclusion and economic progress and opening up the bus market forms part of the Government's commitment to improvi...More Button

It is important to note that neither Dublin Bus nor Bus Éireann is being privatised. Competitive tendering is not privatisation, as nothing is being sold, services are not being deregulated and ...More Button

We are placing passengers at the centre of our public transport policy and the recent arrival of Go Ahead into the bus market introduces competitive tendering, not privatisation, and encourages e...More Button

I remind the Deputy that all public transport services, whether they are provided by direct award contracts or through competitive tender, will continue to be regulated by the NTA in order that L...More Button

The NTA has the statutory responsibility to award PSO contracts and to determine the appropriate mix of directly awarded and competitively tendered PSO services. Under the law, this is not an ar...More Button

I do not have an ideological position on this.More Button

It is quite obvious that I do not have an ideological position on this. I keep being accused by Members of having some sort of privatisation agenda. What is happening here is that there has been ...More Button

I do not disagree with much of what the Deputy said. Some of it is a matter of language and rhetoric.

  The passengers and those who have a social need for a transport system ne...More Button

The PSO subvention increased in 2016, 2017 and again this year. Over three years, PSO subvention will have increased by 36% in total. That is a projection and it is correct. In 2018, €285 millio...More Button

Transport Policy

Was asked: the steps he will take in 2019 to increase the uptake of climate friendly travel, including cycling and public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to promote the use of natural gas as a fuel source for the transport sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A transition away from conventional fuels to cleaner alternatives is a necessary step change if Ireland is to begin to decarbonise the transport sector. In transport, natural gas can offer a clean...More Button

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is an established source of transport fuel predominantly suited to larger vehicles, such as trucks and buses, travelling short to medium distances. Liquified natural ...More Button

As outlined in the National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport, which my Department published in May 2017, natural gas, particularly CNG, is envisaged as a key alter...More Button

Under the Programme for a Partnership Government, a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Taskforce was established to consider the range of measures and options available to Government to accelerate the ta...More Button

It is also important to note that a number of valuable measures are already in place to encourage uptake of gas vehicles in Ireland. In Budget 2015 the excise rate for natural gas and biogas as ...More Button

Finally, Gas Networks Ireland has received funding from the European Commission, under the CEF Transport Fund, to install 14 public CNG refuelling stations (including a station at Dublin Port whi...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department continues to evaluate the transport system, road and rail, public and private to ensure the development of efficient and effective transport in all areas througho...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, earlier this year Government launched Project Ireland 2040 which sets out both the planned spatial development and investment framework for the coming years.

 ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which commuter rail services are available to the majority of towns and villages throughout the country, the residents of which may commute to larger centres with obvious greater job ...More Button

The issue raised is a 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.  Please advise my...More Button

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

Transport Policy (Continued)

As the Deputy is probably aware, in budget 2019 I secured funding of almost €790 million for sustainable mobility measures. This allocation will be invested in public transport infrastructure and ...More Button

The framework for this significantly enhanced level of funding is of course the national development plan, which outlines a number of significant measures designed to support sustainable mobility...More Button

In 2019 we will see expanded PSO bus fleets through the provision of around 65 additional buses to the bus fleet in Dublin alone, while we will also see around 85 older buses replaced by more mod...More Button

Next year will also see consultations continue on the BusConnects Dublin programme with a second round of public consultation on the proposed new bus network and consultations continuing all thro...More Button

I do not expect that the Deputy expects me to agree with that. Of course I do not.More Button

We have made some really significant and environmentally friendly decisions, some of which I have already explained to the Deputy. On electric vehicles, the Deputy is quite right that they have be...More Button

On the other points, the Deputy has not given the Government due credit. BusConnects, MetroLink, the DART expansion, the work on the Royal Canal and the Dodder, and the greenway from Clontarf, n...More Button

The Deputy is correct that we have work to do. We have a lot of catching up to do. I do not make any bones about that. I spelt out in my initial response the plans we have to do what we have to ...More Button

I want to sit down to facilitate Deputy Peadar Tóibín.More Button

Rail Network Expansion

Was asked: when a rail line from Dublin to Navan will be provided in view of the fact that the commuting situation is deteriorating.More Button

I thank the Deputy for the question. I believe it was raised before. I wish the Deputy well in his new venture. I welcome the fact that he has not lost sight of the home base while doing what he...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Navan corridor, or M3 corridor, is currently served by a commuter rail service that commences at M3 Parkway and serves Dunboyne before continuing through to Docklands....More Button

In 2016, the NTA published its statutory transport strategy for the greater Dublin area, in which the issue of a rail link to Navan was considered. The strategy states that based on current popu...More Button

Late last year, Bus Éireann announced new services along the M3 corridor, known as the NX service, which starts in Navan and is scheduled to operate every 20 minutes during the day. While I ackn...More Button

Meath County Council, in collaboration with the NTA, is currently progressing the development of a bus hub as provided for by the transport strategy. Importantly, the transport strategy clearly ...More Button

Was asked: the role of his Department in the decision-making process and consideration of the final route of the MetroLink project on the south side of Dublin city; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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 responsibil...More Button

The Deputy is aware that there is a statutory Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. That Strategy was subject to a full public consultation, appropriate environmental assessment and app...More Button

The Strategy provides a comprehensive and integrated framework for the development of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area out to 2035 and details the measures to be taken across all modes...More Button

That Strategy noted and explained the required development of what it then termed as New Metro North and also what was then termed as Metro South. Under the National Development Plan these projec...More Button

As noted in the Strategy, capacity on the current Luas Green Line will not be sufficient to deal with the forecasted growth in housing and employment along the corridor. The ongoing Luas Green Li...More Button

Implementation of the Strategy’s various projects is a matter for the NTA, in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) as appropriate; however, all public expenditure is of course ...More Button

The NTA and TII have already published an 'Emerging Preferred Route' for public consultation earlier this year and a further round of public consultation will take place in early 2019 on a 'Prefe...More Button

I look forward to the development of the Metrolink project by the NTA and TII, as provided for by the Transport Strategy and in accordance with the requirements of the Public Spending Code and th...More Button

Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Order for Second Stage

I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."More Button

Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Second Stage

  Question proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."More Button

I thank the House for the opportunity to introduce the Bill, the main purpose of which is to implement EU Regulation 598/2014, which came into effect in June 2016. This regulation sets out the rul...More Button

It may seem unusual that I am implementing this regulation through primary legislation, even though an EU regulation has direct effect in member states. Typically, I would implement such a regul...More Button

I propose to bring the House through the key elements of the Bill and explain the policy rationale underpinning it. As a first step, EU Regulation 598/2014 requires all member states with a majo...More Button

Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Second Stage (Continued)

The competent authority also decides on the appropriate noise mitigation measures that must be put in place by airport operators, up to and including operating restrictions to mitigate an identifie...More Button

Under the Bill, Fingal County Council is designated as the independent noise regulator for the purposes of EU Regulation No. 598/2014. I believe, given the complex issues we are dealing with, th...More Button

The extensive policy and legal examination of the regulation which I mentioned earlier made it clear that there is a significant overlap between the EU regulation, the planning process and enviro...More Button

Fingal County Council is one of the largest local authorities in the country. It has a highly skilled staff complement. It has existing relevant expertise and it has the wherewithal to develop ...More Button

All local authorities have a wide range of statutory-based regulatory functions, including environmental quality control, planning permissions, development planning, public lighting, road buildin...More Button

Local authorities charge what is needed to cover service costs, and in the context of its new noise regulation functions, Fingal will do the same. Fingal County Council has a track record of per...More Button

It is clear that the proposal relating to the implementation of EU Regulation No. 598/2014 is wholly aligned with the long-established multi-functional role played by local authorities. Moreover...More Button

I will be clear about the resourcing of this new function, which is a legitimate concern that has been expressed by a number of colleagues. It is true that Fingal County Council will have to bui...More Button

With regard to how the process set out in the Bill is intended to work, Fingal County Council has responsibility for noise assessments under the 2002 environmental noise directive. This Bill, in...More Button

This analytical framework is called the balanced approach and it is set out in regulation No. 598. It has been developed at the UN's ICAO as the best way forward to ensure that airports can deve...More Button

Having completed its analysis under the balanced approach, the noise regulator will come to a draft regulatory decision regarding the noise mitigation measures and operating restrictions, if any,...More Button

The Bill also inserts new sections into the Planning and Development Act, to put in place a framework for the application of regulation No. 598 requirements within the planning process. The purp...More Button

In both these circumstances, the planning authority is not permitted to make a final decision on the planning application until the noise regulator has completed its work. This work will involve...More Button

It is well documented that DAA views the operating restrictions attached to the permission for the second runway as overly restrictive. On completion of construction of the second runway, those ...More Button

Once it examines any application to review the operating restrictions attached to the second runway project, the noise regulator will come to a determination. It may decide that no change is nee...More Button

The Bill sets out, in a detailed way, how the noise regulation is to dovetail with the planning process. This is important because it means that airport use and airport development will be subje...More Button

To that end, the Bill provides that the planning authority must first consult with the noise regulator in regard to development at the airport that may have a noise dimension. This will facilitate...More Button

A further requirement of EU Regulation No. 598/2014 is the designation of an appeals body to provide for an appeals mechanism to a decision of the noise regulator. To provide for alignment with ...More Button

Another aspect of the Bill relates to monitoring and enforcement powers. There will be an onus on the airport authority to ensure that it adheres to any decision of the noise regulator and that ...More Button

The Bill also outlines other consequential amendments to the Planning and Development Act. One such amendment is the declassification of airport development as strategic infrastructure developme...More Button

Ultimately, EU Regulation No. 598/2014 is intended to ensure that major European airports are developed in a sustainable manner and that they are subject to oversight and scrutiny not just in ter...More Button

While I fully understand that there are local concerns, I am equally confident that this new regime will come to be seen as a positive step forward. The Bill, therefore, sets out a noise regulat...More Button

I commend the Bill to the House. More Button

Aviation Policy

Was asked: the status of his plans to create a single national aviation regulator; and when the legislation and logistics of this plan are expected to be introduced.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Government has approved a proposal to separate the Irish Aviation Authority’s air navigation service provision functions from its aviation safety and security regulatory...More Button

As regards the current status, I can advise the Deputy that a high level project management board has been established, comprising senior officials from my Department, the Chief Executive Officer...More Button

The overall approach to the reform is wholly in accordance with established practice for structural reform processes within the Irish public sector. There will be appropriate staff consultation ...More Button

Recognising that such reform has a number of complex components, I am mindful of the need to manage the transition to the proposed new arrangements for aviation regulation in a careful and method...More Button

This is an important project for the future of aviation regulation in Ireland. While the changes involved may be complex they also provide a new opportunity for enhancing existing provisions. Thr...More Button

  Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, answered orally.More Button

Driver Licences

Was asked: his views on whether a greater emphasis should be placed on disqualified drivers surrendering their licences and the enforcement of same by the Road Safety Authority; the reason there are so many d...More Button

The requirement for a disqualified driver to surrender his or her licence is set out in the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 537 of 2006). Failure to comply with the ...More Button

Drivers who are disqualified are required to return their licences to the Road Safety Authority, however, very few do. This is completely unacceptable, but it is not correct to give it the impor...More Button

I do not believe that the non-return of licences, unacceptable and illegal though it is, is the central issue. The number of disqualified drivers not returning their licences is not a proxy for ...More Button

The penalty for driving while disqualified is fine up to a maximum of €5,000 and or a prison term of up to 6 months. The penalty for non-return of a driving licence is the general penalty under ...More Button

The Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division (DVCSD) of my Department manages the computer records of all vehicles and drivers in the State, referred to collectively as the National Vehicle ...More Button

I am aware that Garda authorities are working to improve communication so that detail of specific drivers who are disqualified are readily available to the Garda on the ground and I understand t...More Button

Military Aircraft Landings

Was asked: his views on the recently released figures which show that there has already been an increase in applications to allow civil flights carrying weapons to land in Irish airports; his further views on...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport my functions in relation to the use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace are limited. Questions relating to Irish foreign policy, including Ireland's p...More Button

In accordance with the provisions of S.I. No 224/1973 - Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods)Order- my Department operates a procedure under which airlines wi...More Button

My Department publishes statistics on its website summarising the number of applications processed on a monthly basis. I am not aware of any reasons as to why the number of applications may have...More Button

An internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989, is currently being finalised by my Department.More Button

Was asked: his views on reports that 423 planes carrying munitions have landed in Shannon Airport in 2018; if these reports are accurate; and if his Department retains such data.More Button

Exemption permits for the carriage of munitions on board civil aircraft in Irish airspace are granted by the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport in accordance with the provisions of the Air Nav...More Button

I can confirm that my Department recently released the figure that the Deputy is referring to on its website. This relates to the number of munitions of war applications granted to aircraft landi...More Button

My Department publishes statistics on its website summarising the number of applications processed on a monthly basis. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 72 of 6 November 2018, the number of applications related to the transport of munitions of war categorised as dangerous goods, that is, munitions of war that c...More Button

Up to the end of November 2018, my Department has processed 43 applications for an exemption to carry munitions of war which were also classified as being 'dangerous goods' under Annex 18 of the Ch...More Button

Rural Transport Services Provision

Was asked: the status of the delivery of rural transport nationally; the way in which the existing system can be expanded and enhanced; 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. I do not have responsibility for the day-to-day operations of pub...More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrate...More Button

Public transport in rural areas of the country is primarily provided by bus and coach services, as well as rail and small public service vehicles (SPSV) services, which include Taxi, Hackney and Lo...More Button

The bus and coach services include Public Service Obligation (PSO) services operated by Bus Éireann and other operators, Bus Éireann Expressway services, licensed services provided by commercial ...More Button

These services comprise conventional fixed services with regular routes, stopping places and timetables and Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services which respond to local demands and which const...More Button

I am committed to the further development of bus services in rural areas and that is why funding has been increased over the past number of years, for both PSO and Local Link services in rural ar...More Button

The increased funding has enabled the introduction of 66 new commuter services into the Local Link network, operating five, six or seven days per week, as well as demand-responsive services. Key ...More Button

Furthermore, as the Deputy will be aware, following my engagement with key stakeholders last year, I tasked the NTA to examine how to extend existing Local Link services to provide additional ser...More Button

The NTA is continually working with Bus Éireann to provide improvements on its contracted services across both its urban and non-urban networks. Changes already implemented this year or planned f...More Button

More generally, the Programme for a Partnership Government undertakes to examine how best to improve integration of services in the rural bus network within regions. This matter is being examined...More Button

Road Projects Status

Was asked: the status of the Bonagee link road project in County Donegal; when the project will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Firstly, I would like to explain that, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. However, un...More Button

Was asked: the status of the progress of the A5; the details of his engagement with his counterpart in Northern Ireland on this project; the funding that will be made available for this project; and if he wil...More Button

The planning and implementation of the A5 upgrade project is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland authorities. In this context it will be for the Northern Ireland authorities to consider how...More Button

The current funding arrangements in relation to the A5 are governed by the Stormont House Agreement and Implementation Plan - A Fresh Start. This Agreement reaffirmed the Government's commitment ...More Button

The funding allocated to my Department as part of the Capital Plan Review last year includes financial provision for meeting the Government's commitment regarding the A5 in three tranches over th...More Button

In the absence of the Northern Ireland Executive, the Deputy will be aware that I currently do not have a counterpart and the North South Ministerial Council has not been meeting. However, the S...More Button

Was asked: when he plans to commence the upgrading of the N4 route from Roosky to Boyle in County Roscommon; 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. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design a...More Button

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

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

  Question No. 41 answered with Question No. 6.More Button

Was asked: the status of the N5 bypass from Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue; 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. However, under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning,...More Button

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

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

Integrated Ticketing

Was asked: his plans to expand the use of the Leap card nationwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to allow for commuters to use the Leap card to avail of discounts on journeys on expressway services which fall within a Leap card travel zone; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 45 together.

As the Deputy is no doubt aware the Leap Card is currently available on Public Service Obligation, or PSO, services in Dublin, Cork, Ga...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which integrated ticketing continues to be successful; if further expansion is planned; 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

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply.  Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10...More Button

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

  Question No. 232 answered with Question No. 227.More Button

Public Service Vehicles

Was asked: the status of the ongoing review of small public service vehicles; and if he will consider changing regulations in order to permit executive hire vehicles to use bus and taxi lanes.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, under the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, the NTA is the independent regulator of the taxi, hackney and limousine sector. Technically, these are known under the legislation...More Button

Road Network

Was asked: if discussions have taken place in his Department on providing funding for the east-west link road and rural roads in general; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposals to deliver an upgraded East-West route linking Dundalk to Sligo, taking in Cavan, involve linking elements of the national road network and regional roads along as direct a route as possi...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to facilitate necessary upgrading of major transport routes such as the M50 and M4, which are perceived to be incapable of dealing with the volume of traffic; when th...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, desi...More Button

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

Was asked: if funding will be considered for the extension of the M3 motorway to Cavan town and the east west link which are urgently needed in the north west; 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.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design a...More Button

The National Development Plan (NDP), which has been developed by Government to underpin the successful implementation of the National Planning Framework, provides the strategic and financial fram...More Button

The N3 Virginia Bypass scheme is included amongst a number of major national road schemes that were identified for development during the period of the plan.   In that context, when my Department...More Button

In relation to the East-West link, proposals to deliver an upgraded East-West route linking Dundalk to Sligo, taking in Cavan, involve linking elements of the national road network and regional r...More Button

As regards the regional road aspect of the proposal the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of local authorities in accordance with the pro...More Button

My Department provided funding to Cavan County Council (acting as lead authority with Monaghan and Louth County Councils) with over €2m in the period 2007-2014 to progress the regional road eleme...More Button

This year I gave an allocation to Cavan County Council to enable the Council to undertake a preliminary appraisal, in line with the current requirements in the Public Spending Code and the Capita...More Button

Public Transport Fares

Was asked: the policy of his Department on equitable fare structures on publicly subsidised transport across the country; if it is policy as part of the national planning framework implementation to maintain ...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether it is advisable that public transport fares are increased in view of Ireland's obligations under climate change agreements and the need to see an increase in the number of pers...More Button

Was asked: if his Department has modelling on the impact on demand for public transport of fare increases; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the decision of the NTA to sanction a fare increase in public transport; his views in relation to same; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that c...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the recent changes to the fare structures in Dublin Bus which means that the shortest trip of 1-3 stages has increased to €3; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 22, 24, 36 and 56 together.

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

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

Public Transport Provision

Was asked: the discussions he has had with either Iarnród Éireann or Dublin Bus on the reduction in service to north County Dublin; 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. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transpo...More Button

  Question No. 22 answered with Question No. 20.More Button

Traffic Calming Measures

Was asked: if electronic speed signs will be put in place in villages in local authority areas to measure effectiveness and changing driver behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads (including the provision of signage) is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Sectio...More Button

Each year the Department invites applications from local authorities for safety improvement schemes. Under this programme it is open to local authorities to seek funding for works (including elec...More Button

In relation to national roads as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1...More Button

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

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

Was asked: when variable speed limits will become operational on the M50; the progress to date on this issue; the remaining issues and associated timeline to complete the project; and if he will make a statem...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, operatio...More Button

(a) the relevant road authority (i.e. local authorities in whose functional area a road development is situated) in relation to local and regional roads, or More Button

(b) Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned, in relation to national roads. More Button

This project falls under the remit of TII and noting the above position, I have forwarded the question to TII for a direct reply to you on an update on operational progress and timeline. Please ...More Button

I can advise, however, that appropriate legislative provisions will be required to implement and enforce the introduction of variable speed limits (VSL). The regulatory provisions needed to allo...More Button

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

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the status of applications received from County Kildare for the sports capital programme; when he expects allocations to be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when successful candidates (details supplied) will be notified; and the status of same.More Button

Traffic Management

Was asked: if he has considered the promotion of car sharing technology to reduce gridlock in Dublin city; and the policies he will implement to incentivise the take up of such technology.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area is the statutory framework for the development of public and sustainable transport in the Greater Dublin Area out to 2035 ...More Button

The Strategy states that the National Transport Authority will support the implementation and expansion of car club schemes, car-pooling and car sharing. The NTA supports the development of car-p...More Button

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of the Transport Strategy, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you ...More Button

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

Road Traffic Legislation

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation in order to permit the use of CCTV to monitor the usage of bus lanes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The use of CCTV to monitor the use of bus lanes, both during their hours of operation and otherwise, for traffic flow purposes is entirely a matter of the local authorities in whose functional area...More Button

  Question No. 36 answered with Question No. 20.More Button

Legislative Reviews

Was asked: the date on which the review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders 1973 and 1989 will be published.More Button

The internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989, is currently being finalised by my Department. Work on the review was r...More Button

Civil Aviation Regulation

Was asked: the consideration given to the possibility of the Commission for Aviation Regulation being selected as the competent authority in relation to EU 598/14; and when that consideration took place.More Button

The Commission for Aviation Regulation was considered along with other options late last year when it became clear that the Irish Aviation Authority was no longer a viable option, for reasons which...More Button

The Commission for Aviation is primarily an economic regulator, with some additional licensing functions related to the travel industry and some consumer rights responsibilities. It is a small p...More Button

I understand that officials of my Department shared some briefing material with you and other members of this House last week, among which was a summary assessment of the merits of the various op...More Button

I know that the Deputy has objections to the appointment of Fingal County Council as the noise regulator on a point of principle, and I respect the Deputy's position in that regard. However, I a...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for carriage of munitions of war refused after the exercise of ministerial discretion following a Departmental recommendation that permission be granted; and the air carr...More Button

During 2016, I exercised my ministerial discretion to refuse 10 applications made by Atlas Air, Inc. for the carriage of munitions of war through Irish sovereign airspace. Further statistics relati...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: his plans for investment in the road infrastructure in County Meath.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads (RLR) is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 19...More Button

Details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to local authorities (including those for County Meath) are outlined in the regional and local road grant booklets which are ...More Button

In relation to national roads as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1...More Button

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

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

Carbon Budget

Was asked: the projects supported and the amount spent by his Department to date under the available €5.5 million carbon reduction programme; the progress being made on trials for alternative low-emission bus...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Carbon Reduction Programme in my Department was allocated €5.5m in Budget 2018 to support measures which work towards decarbonising the transport sector. Funding is sour...More Button

Following recommendations made by the Low-Emission Vehicle Taskforce ahead of Budget 2018, I launched two financial incentives this year to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles. More Button

- The Electric Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) Scheme offers a grant of up to €7,000 or €3,500 towards a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) respectively ...More Button

- Under the Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive Scheme , battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles qualify for 50% and 25% toll reductions respectively up to a maximum €500 annual threshold for private vehi...More Button

The alternatively fuelled bus trials referred to by the Deputy began this week, with support from multiple agencies including the National Transport Authority, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. The fir...More Button

Finally, funding is also being allocated to researching new and innovative mitigation measures. My Department is co-funding three research projects (two with the Sustainable Energy Authority of I...More Button

Some projects did not generate the expected overheads in 2018; however, carried over expenses will be incurred in 2019 for projects including: the purchase of a limited number of alternatively fu...More Button

Rail Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to dangerous congestion levels on DART and commuter trains which stop at all stations in north County Dublin; his plans to address the issues; and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: if he has been in contact with Irish Rail regarding dangerous congestion levels on DART and commuter trains which stop at all stations in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 59 together.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 responsibility for e...More Button

Public transport passenger numbers have increased in recent years reflecting broader economic and employment growth. In rail, passenger numbers have similarly increased across the network and in...More Button

These increases are welcome; however, clearly they place pressure on the capacity of the network and the NTA and Iarnród Éireann have made, and are continuing to make, service and infrastructure ...More Button

In light of the NTA's responsibility on this matter, I have referred the Deputies' questions to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply w...More Button

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

Search and Rescue Service Provision

Was asked: if he was requested to provide costings for an air search and rescue service; his plans to increase the capacity of the Air Corps to provide such a service; and the timeframe for same.More Button

The aeronautical search and rescue service for Ireland is managed by the Irish Coast Guard, which is a Division of my Department. The service is currently delivered under a contract with CHC Irelan...More Button

Sports Funding

Was asked: if he will be taking guidance or direction from organisations (details supplied) in respect of the funding of organisation related applications under the large scale sport infrastructure fund by in...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Administration

Was asked: the extent to which he proposes to make further provisions under the sports capital programme to facilitate the ongoing needs of communities nationally in both urban and rural areas having particul...More Button

Was asked: when the recent round of sports capital grants results will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: when he will visit Navan as promised on 30 November 2016 to discuss the Navan, County Meath rail project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I will consider a visit to Navan as part of my Ministerial itinerary in 2019.More Button

  Question No. 56 answered with Question No. 20.More Button

Sports Organisations

Was asked: the funding provided to initiatives to increase women’s participation in sport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Parliamentary Questions Data

Was asked: the number of parliamentary questions his Department has processed in the past three years to date; the number of questions answered directly; the number of questions referred to bodies or agencies...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is voluminous in nature and will take time to collate. Accordingly, a full reply to this PQ will issue within 10 working days.More Button

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A

  I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 209 for answer on 12 December 2018. The information requested i...More Button

Public Transport Initiatives

Was asked: if funding will be provided to Dublin Bus in order to provide off-vehicle ticketing services on buses.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 responsibil...More Button

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply.  Please contact my p...More Button

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

Anti-Social Behaviour

Was asked: the number of anti-social behaviour incidents that have been reported on Luas lines to date in 2018.More Button

The safety and security of passengers and staff including arrangements to deal with anti-social behaviour on the Luas is a matter for the transport operator (Transdev) in conjunction with, as appro...More Button

I have forwarded the Deputy's question to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), who have contracted Transdev to operate Luas, for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not re...More Button

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

Brexit Issues

Was asked: the extent to which his Department is making provision for the eventuality of Brexit with particular reference to its implications for air and sea travel in view of the necessity to ensure easy tra...More Button

Brexit and its potential implications for Ireland are being managed on a whole-of-government basis. The Department is represented on all relevant cross-Departmental coordination structures, and an ...More Button

Contingency planning in relation to Brexit at both a national and an EU level is focused on preparing for two scenarios - a no-deal scenario or “disorderly Brexit” and on a central case scenario,...More Button

Access to and from Ireland is wholly dependent on our maritime and aviation networks. Any disruption to current access arrangements would have major implications for Irish businesses and for the ...More Button

For persons travelling to continental Europe via the UK, the European Commission's Contingency Action Plan, published last month, outlines that it plans to propose measures to ensure that disrupt...More Button

The Draft Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the EU and the UK published recently foresees a comprehensive partnership between the EU and the UK a...More Button

Recreational Facilities Provision

Was asked: his future plans for investment in recreational infrastructure such as swimming pools, community centres and other sporting facilities; the extent to which he has identified a budget in this contex...More Button

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment t...More Button

Rural Transport Services

Was asked: the extent to which his Department has continued to evaluate rural transport requirements with a view to bringing transport to persons rather than forcing persons to converge on towns and villages ...More Button

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

As I advised the Deputy in response to his identical Question on 06 November, 2018 (ref no 45347/18) the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision...More Button

Noting this, I forwarded the Deputy's previous Question to the NTA for direct reply. I am advised that the NTA replied to the Deputy on 06 November last.More Button

Tourism Industry

Was asked: the full extent of growth within the tourism sector with particular reference to the number of persons employed; the scope for further development resulting in employment; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the areas in the tourism sector that have shown the greatest potential for future development and expansion both internally and externally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 229 together.More Button

There has been significant growth in tourism in recent years with 2018 expected to be another record breaking year for the sector in Ireland.More Button

In 2014, prior to the publication of the Government's national tourism policy "People, Place and Policy: Growing Tourism to 2025", Fáilte Ireland estimated total revenue generated by tourism at €...More Button

All parts of Ireland have seen the benefits of this growth in tourism and it is one of our largest indigenous industries and a vital employer in the regions.  It is deeply rooted in the fabric of...More Button

While the industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years, there is always scope for development and expansion on a sustainable basis. In terms of our tourism offering,  the main area...More Button

Tourism Ireland undertakes marketing campaigns in more than 20 overseas markets with priority markets being Mainland Europe, North America, Britain and fast-growing Emerging Markets such as China...More Button

Overall, therefore, the tourism sector is well placed for further development. I will shortly publish a Tourism Action Plan for the period 2019-2021 which will set out a  number of actions to ena...More Button

Sports Events

Was asked: the extent to which his Department continues to liaise with the various sporting organisations with a view to facilitating the use of Ireland as a venue for worldwide competitions in sport; and if ...More Button

Transport Costs

Was asked: the extent to which he continues to have discussions with his EU colleagues with a view to ensuring that transport costs here are competitive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cost competitiveness is a key consideration for Ireland as an open export-oriented economy and transport is one of the many factors influencing that competitiveness.

  The Govern...More Button