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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - Rail Network

Was asked: if he will clarify a matter (details supplied) regarding the Dublin metro; 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. Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (...More Button

Obviously, the procurement process for the project would have to be re-run in the future and, depending on whether that would be a conventional or Public Private Partnership (PPP) process, the cost...More Button

Large scale projects such as Metro North were not affordable within current funding constraints for inclusion in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme 2012-2016 — Medium Term Ex...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that funding will be made available for the building of a new bridge between Cabra and Finglas at the point locally known as Reilly’s Bridge; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. In the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), funding for the implementation a...More Button

Noting this I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don’t receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: the work he is undertaking to ensure that grants from the national lottery are available to sporting organisations and to improve the knowledge of and availability of grants for sporting organisati...More Button

I recently announced that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will be advertising two new rounds of the Sports Capital Programme between now and 2016.More Button

I am currently making the necessary arrangements to launch a new programme. When the terms and conditions have been finalised, full details will appear on my Department’s website and in the ...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Industry

Was asked: the standards in place for tour guides offering free tours here; if there are any regulations in place for the operation of foreign companies and personnel in the tour guiding sector here; and if a...More Button

Was asked: if the Government body for educating tour guides will continue in this role and if not, whether it is proposed that some other body will take its place; and his views of the possibility of introduc...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 555 and 556 together.More Button

There are no legislative provisions governing operations and standards in the tour guiding sector in Ireland. Like the provision of any other service, the consumer is protected by consumer protecti...More Button

Fáilte Ireland operates a number of Tour Guide Training Programmes — A National Tour Guide Training programme certified by HETAC at Level 7 and a Dublin and Environs Tour Guide Trainin...More Button

I am satisfied that these programmes and the qualifications awarded are sufficient not only to provide participants with the communication and information skills necessary to offer a quality touris...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the role of the aviation regulator; and the role, if any, it plays with regard to consumer complaints. More Button

The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established in 2001 under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001. The principal functions of the Commission are the regulation of airport charges at Dublin Air...More Button

Other regulatory functions include the licensing of air carriers, travel agents and tour operators, the approval of ground handling operators at the State airports and the implementation of certain...More Button

In addition, the Commission is designated as the National Enforcement body in Ireland for EU rules under:More Button

and as such the Commission deals with consumer complaints arising from infringements of rights under these Regulations.More Button

The Deputy may wish to refer to the Commission’s Annual Report for 2010 which gives a more detailed account of the Regulator’s activities in the area of consumer complaints during 2010 ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network

Was asked: if and when he intends to proceed to construction of the Limerick northern distributor road; if his attention has been drawn to the significant local opposition to the project; and if he will make ...More Button

Firstly, I would like to explain that the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of se...More Button

There are two phases to the Limerick Northern Distributor Road. Phase 1 relates to the Coonagh Knockalisheen Road around Moyross. This project is a crucial component of the Limerick Regeneration ...More Button

In relation to Phase 2 of this project, it is my understanding that the emerging Preferred Route Corridor was presented at a public consultation in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick, on Wedn...More Button

In respect of regional and local roads my priority is to maintain the roads network. Due to the current financial circumstances, priority is being given to providing funding for projects which are...More Button

However, I understand this project is part of a long term plan for the economic development in for Limerick City and its environs within County Clare. Completing the route selection stage will ena...More Button

It should be noted that this project was proposed by the local authority concerned, Clare County Council and is supported by Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council. As Clare County Coun...More Button

Was asked: the number of motorcycles, private cars, vans, coaches buses and so on that used each tolling plaza for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads is vested in the NRA under Part V of...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport

Was asked: the reason the Bus Éireann Navan bus service cannot use the port tunnel. More Button

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Authority for direct reply. Please inform my private office if you do not rec...More Button

Was asked: the timescale for licensing the Bus Éireann Navan bus service to use the port tunnel. More Button

The responsibility for the licensing of Public Bus Passenger Services was transferred under Statutory Instrument No. 566 of 2010 from my Department to the National Transport Authority (NTA) with ef...More Button

In the circumstances, I have forwarded your correspondence to the NTA for its attention and direct reply. If you do not receive a reply within ten working days please notify my private office.More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences

Was asked: his views regarding the evasion of speed detection by motorists whose registration plates are obscured by the accumulation of weather-related material; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Enforcement of speed limits, including any evasive actions taken by motorists to avoid detection, is a matter for the Garda Síochána. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: if a building (details supplied) in County Kerry is up for lease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the Deputy’s Question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services

Was asked: if he will contact Irish Rail regarding staffing at a ticket office (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply. Please inform my private office if you do not receive ...More Button

Was asked: the fact that Iarnród Éireann has in recent times stopped taking freight, if a cost benefit analysis has been done to justify this move; if a cost benefit analysis has been done regar...More Button

Contrary to the Deputy’s suggestion, I understand from Iarnród Éireann, that rail freight is in fact a growing part of its business. I have referred the Deputy’s question...More Button

Was asked: the fact that Iarnród Éireann has in recent times stopped taking freight, if a cost benefit analysis has been done to justify this move; if a cost benefit analysis has been done regar...More Button

Contrary to the Deputy’s suggestion, I understand from Iarnród Éireann, that rail freight is in fact a growing part of its business. I have referred the Deputy’s question...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: the additional steps being taken in France and Germany to attract additional visitors to come to Ireland in 2012; the budget allocated to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matter raised is an operational one for Tourism Ireland Limited as the body responsible for promoting the island of Ireland as a visitor destination overseas. I have referred the Deputy’...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports

Was asked: the number of persons working for the Dublin Airport Authority earning more than €100,000 but less than €150,000; the number earning more than €150,000 but less than €200,000; t...More Button

Other than the Chief Executive Officer, the salary levels of employees of the DAA, which is a commercial Semi-State Body, are a matter for the DAA and I have no function in the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons working for the Dublin Airport Authority earning more than €100,000 but less than €150,000; the number earning more than €150,000 but less than €200,000; t...More Button

Other than the Chief Executive Officer, the salary levels of employees of the DAA, which is a commercial Semi-State Body, are a matter for the DAA and I have no function in the matter.More Button