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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Road Maintenance

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that repair works to a fallen bridge on the border of south Tipperary and Waterford is being delayed until August-September by the Inland Fisheries; if h...More Button

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

Driving Licence Renewals

Was asked: the current processing times for driver licence renewals nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following a Government Decision of May 2011, responsibility for the driver licence service is being centralised under the Road Safety Authority as and from 12 January this year. Noting this, I hav...More Button

Official Engagements

Was asked: if he will provide an itinerary of his official engagements in the United States over the recent St. Patrick's Day holiday as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs Promote Ireland programme. More Button

Minister of State Alan Kelly, represented the Government at St Patrick's Day events in New York and New Jersey.  Details of his itinerary are set out as follows.   

Wedne...More Button

Dublin Airport Authority Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money spent by the Dublin Airport Authority in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013 on planning enforcement issues including all associated legal and consultancy fees; and if he will ...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy in relation to the amount of money spent by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) on planning enforcement issues falls within the operational responsibilities of the DA...More Button

Cycling Facilities

Was asked: the economic impact of a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driving Licence Applications

Was asked: if photographs from local photo kiosks are still accepted for new driving licence applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 12th January 2013, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) became the driver licensing authority for the State and has responsibility for the introduction of the plastic card driver licence. The RSA has...More Button

As part of the procurement process for the customer interface contract, all bidders opted to provide photographic images through digitally captured photographs.More Button

The contractors will be fully mobilised to provide the required services later this year. In the meantime, motor tax offices will continue to accept driver licence applications, including paper pho...More Button

Tourism Promotion

Was asked: the reason meetings of the Mayo North Tourism Committee have not been convened by Fáilte Ireland since last September notwithstanding all The Gathering events which have been organised for the regi...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 contact my private office if a reply is not receive...More Button

Public Park Access

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 676 of 23 April 2013, if he will further elaborate on the legal position in respect of the wide-spread use of quad bikes by young persons specifically in publi...More Button

As I indicated in my reply given on 23 April 2013 'public place' for the purposes of road traffic legislation means any public road, and any street, road or other place to which the public have acc...More Button

Public parks come under the management and control of either the Office of Public Works or the local authority in the area concerned and are covered by separate statutory provisions.  If the park...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the position regarding a sports capital grant application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Agencies Expenditure

Was asked: if Tourism Ireland pays rent on any of their offices outside Ireland; if so the amount paid per year; and the length of time remaining on the lease in each of the offices. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is published every year in the annual report and accounts of Tourism Ireland Limited, and the 2011 Report and Accounts may be found in the Oireachtas Library.More Button

Dublin Bus Services

Was asked: when Dublin Bus will receive their 80 extra buses that funding has been agreed for in 2013.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 Author...More Button

Rail Network

Was asked: if he will request the Chief Executive Officer of Iarnrod Éireann to carry out the following works at (details supplied) in County Dublin at the earliest opportunity.More Button

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

Light Rail Project

Was asked: the total amount of taxpayers’ money allocated to the LUAS transport system for each year from 2007 to 2012.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

Departmental Transport

Was asked: the total costs involved in ensuring transport for Ministers and Government Officials for the years 2007 to 2012.More Button

The total expenditure for my Department on travel and subsistence for the years 2007 to 2012 and the portion that relates purely to transport are set out in the table.

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Road Network

Was asked: the up to date position regarding the proposed development of the N2 Clontibret to the Border road scheme and the A5 road project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

At the North-South Ministerial Council plenary on 18 November 2011, it was noted that Irish Government would provide £25 million per annum in 2015 and 2016 towards the A5 road project. This is furt...More Button

The Northern Ireland Road Service had planned to start construction of the two approved sections of the A5 in autumn last year. However, following publication of the necessary statutory Orders in...More Button

On 12 March 2013 the Northern High Court rejected the majority of the applicants’ grounds of challenge.  One of the applicants’ grounds was, however, upheld as the judge found that an appropriate...More Button

The project was discussed at the North South Ministerial Council Transport Sectoral on 17 April and the Minister for Regional Development now plans to undertake the environmental assessment requi...More Button

With regard to the N2 Clontibret to the Border road project, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads pro...More Button

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

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