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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Road Safety Issues

Was asked: if he will outline the law in relation to cyclists wearing safety helmets.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider making the wearing of safety helmets mandatory for all cyclists.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together.More Button

At the present the Road Traffic Acts do not provide for the wearing of helmets by cyclists.  There has been much debate in recent times relating to the wearing of helmets by cyclists and whether ...More Button

Was asked: the process for the establishment of test centres as local training headquarters; the number of these headquarters that now exist; his plans for the establishment of new headquarters; and if he wil...More Button

The subject matter of this question is a matter for the Road Safety Authority, and I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my of...More Button

Was asked: the amount of money spent by the Roads Safety Authority on the bike to bike testing scheme; the number of bikes purchased for this test; the nuimber of tests that have taken place since the test wa...More Button

The subject matter of this question is a matter for the Road Safety Authority, and I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my of...More Button

Was asked: if there are any plans for a standard 30kph speed limit within town and village boundaries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Earlier this year, I announced that a review of speed limits would be undertaken and to that end, my Department established a stakeholder group to progress this work. The Automobile Association, An...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, this is a very complex issue which requires detailed consideration as it involves a broad review of general speed limits, along with the specific limits in place on...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004, allows road authorities to make bye-laws which allow the application of special speed limits on public roads within in their ...More Button

  Question No. 503 answered with Question No. 500.More Button

Cycling Facilities

Was asked: if he will provide an update in relation to the proposed public bike scheme in Galway city; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Safety Authority Staff

Was asked: the numbers currently employed as staff with the Roads Safety Authority both on the administrative and non-administrative sections of the authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the policy of the Roads Safety Authority in respects of re-hiring retired testers; the numbers currently being re-hired by the authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the amount that was paid in compensation to Roads Safety Authority testers in respect of OUTS; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 484 to 486, inclusive, together.

  The matters addressed in these questions are matters for the Road Safety Authority, and I have referred them t...More Button

Rail Network

Was asked: the current status of plans to open a rail stop at Crusheen on the Ennis to Galway line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Arrangements for the construction  of railway  stations are an operational  matter for Iarnród Éireann. I have therefore referred the question to Iarnród Eireann for direct reply. Please advise  my...More Button

Was asked: when he expects construction work to begin on the replacement of a level crossing (details supplied) in Dublin 7.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

Driving Licence Issues

Was asked: if he will consider the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under EU rules, Member States are required to move to a plastic card driver licence commencing in 2013.  There has been widespread support for this move.  The new format of licence will be more con...More Button

In parallel with this change, we are also moving from a system in which driving licences are issued through the Local Authorities to a system in which the Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be th...More Button

The new system will come on stream during 2013.  It will involve three outsourced elements, a card production facility, a front office for engaging with the customer, and a back office to process...More Button

As in any outsourcing process, the RSA must follow public procurement rules.  As a general principle, state agencies are expected to find the most cost-efficient way of doing business in order to...More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: the number of recommendations of the Taxi Review Group report that have been implemented; his plans to implement the outstanding proposals; if he will clarify in his reply whether signage on the si...More Button

Rail Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is still no online booking facility for the Galway-Limerick train service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Luas lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is an operational matter for the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) in conjunction with the Luas operator, Veolia Transport. I have referred the Deputy's question to the RPA for direct reply. Pl...More Button

Consultancy Contracts Issues

Was asked: if he will provide the actual list of the names and addresses of all the external consultees who were consulted in both the Fisher Report and the Fearon Report in relation to the Malin Head Coastal...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide copies of the various drafts of the Fisher Report to Oireachtas members in counties Kerry and Donegal.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of those consulted in the preparation of the Fisher Report.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 494, 498 and 499 together.More Button

The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) appointed Fisher Associates to carry out a review of the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) in June 2011. An element of the proposal involved Fishers ...More Button

 It should also be noted that the consultants themselves may also have engaged in discussions with stakeholders by email and telephone.  To assist the consultants the IRCG gave them an indicative...More Button

There is also a reference to a “Fearon Report”. This relates to an internal briefing note prepared by a member of the Management Board of the Department. In this case there was no formal external...More Button

Road Traffic Legislation

Was asked: if he will consider extending Statutory Instrument 695 of 2011 to include civil defence vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have received no request from the Civil Defence Board to have their vehicles brought within the ambit of SI 695 of 2011.  Should I receive such a request I will, of course, give it every consider...More Button

Marine Safety

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed new coastguard station in Killybegs, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the budget for the building of a new coastguard station at Killybegs, County Donegal.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 496 and 501 together.More Button

The OPW is currently building a combined sea pollution response base and volunteer stationhouse on Killybegs pier for the Coast Guard. The Stores and Maintenance Base will house the national sea ...More Button

Was asked: the projected costs for the purchase and fit out of the proposed new Marine Rescue station proposed to be built in Dublin close to the existing station.More Button

Was asked: the projected costs for the purchase and fit out of the new station proposed by management as part of the coast guard station review which will be built separately from the existing station in Dubl...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 500 and 503 together.More Button

There are currently no plans to purchase or fit out a new Marine Rescue station in Dublin. The Irish Coast Guard was the subject of a recent report from Consultants Fishers Ltd, U.K. The report ...More Button

All matters relevant to the Coast Guard will be examined including what is best application of resources to ensure the most effective response from the maritime emergency services.  Within that c...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide a full breakdown of costs for the recently completed refurbishment of Malin Head Marine Rescue Sub Centre, County Donegal.More Button

The breakdown of the costs of the refurbishments at Malin Marine Rescue Sub Co-ordination Centre, County Donegal is as follows:

Building Renovation       ...More Button

  Questions Nos. 498 and 499 answered with Question No. 494.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: when successful applicants under the sports capital grants scheme will be notified; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects to complete his Departments validation of applications made under the Sports Capital Programme 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a sports grant in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry.More Button

Fáilte Ireland Funding

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of Fáilte Ireland funding allocated to North Dublin each of the past five years and to date in 2012, including financial supports under capital programmes, festivals ...More Button

The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the question to Fáilte Ireland for directly reply.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received withi...More Button

Ministerial Correspondence

Was asked: when this Deputy may expect a response from him to the correspondence emailed to him on 31 July 2012 appealing to the him to take responsibility for ensuring that the young trainee pilots and their...More Button

I regret the delay but a response has now issued to the Deputy on the matter.More Button

Dublin Bus Services

Was asked: if he will provide a bus service from an area (details supplied) to the main reception of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of bus services is an operational matter for Dublin Bus, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, and not one in which I have any role. l  have referred the Deputy's ques...More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Was asked: if he will consider retaining Bus Éireann's route 2 service (details supplied) to areas such as Inch and Ballincor; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is an operational matter for Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and not one in which I have any role.  I have referred the Deputy's question to the company for di...More Button

Smarter Transport

Was asked: the objectives of the sport active travel towns funding scheme; the grounds on which an application for funding under the scheme by an organisation (details supplied) was turned down; the scheme's ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Was asked: if he will amend Statutory Instrument No. 242 of1945 arising from the Section 44 of the Transport Act 1994 which governs the terms of the occupational pension scheme of the CIE group of companies p...More Button

The terms and conditions of the pension schemes for Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) employees are a matter in the first instance for the Board of CIÉ.More Button

I have been informed by CIÉ that the rules of the Córas Iompair Éireann Pension Scheme for Regular Wages Staff allow staff members to join the scheme before their 50th Birthday.  The benefits to ...More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to address the dispute between the workers of Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority and former SRT workers and the relevant employer organisations arising from the difficultie...More Button

The question refers to the Irish Airlines (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme (IASS) which is a multi-employer scheme involving Aer Lingus, the Dublin Airport Authority and SR Technics.
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Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: if his Department still grants leave of absence; and if not, the reason this is not considered as a neutral cost saving exercise; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department grants leave of absence in accordance with 'Circular 18/1998: Special leave without pay for Career Break', which is available on the Government website More Button

Driving Licence Renewals

Was asked: if it is necessary when renewing your driving licence to provide an eye sight certificate if you continue to wear corrective lenses that is wore corrective lenses on previous driving licences; and ...More Button

It depends on the age of the applicant.  Applicants for a first learner permit must provide an eyesight report.  If that report indicates that they must wear corrective lenses then this is noted on...More Button

Applicants for renewal of a driving licence who are over the age of 70 are required to produce an eyesight report at each renewal.  This is common practice internationally, and is based on the re...More Button