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Varadkar, Leo

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Penalty Points System Offences

Was asked: the number of drivers who have obtained the maximum 12 penalty points in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 who are now disqualified from driving; and the number of drivers who have obtained the maximum...More Button

The number of drivers who have obtained 12 penalty points in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 and  consequently were disqualified from driving for a period of six months under Section 3 of the Road Tr...More Button

Public Service Obligation Services

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Dublin Bus routes that will be publicly tendered under the PSO contract will be obliged to offer full ticketing integration with both Dublin Bus and the Leap card; and i...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Dublin Bus routes that will be publicly tendered under the PSO contract will be obliged to offer full wheelchair accessibility; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Dublin Bus routes that will be publicly tendered under the PSO contract will be obliged to accept bus passes as per the present arrangements; and if he will make a state...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 to 291, inclusive, together.

  The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have referred the Deputy's ques...More Button

Road Toll Operators

Was asked: the dividends paid out to each of the partners involved in the East Link Bridge for each of the past 29 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The East Link toll bridge was opened in October 1984.  It was built on foot of an agreement between Dublin City Council and NTR and therefore my Department was not a party to the agreement. &n...More Button

Rural Transport Programme

Was asked: the progress made to date in reforming rural transport; the integration of the various schemes, including school bus, Bus Éireann and Health Service Executive transport schemes; and if he will make...More Button

Visa Waiver Programme

Was asked: the list of countries that have been included in the visa waiver programme; the tourism numbers from those countries that have already been included; the potential numbers that are being projected ...More Button

The short-stay visa waiver programme falls within the responsibilities of my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality.  The programme, which was launched in 2011, allows visitors or business...More Button

Road Safety

Was asked: if he will request the National Roads Authority to examine the bend in the road on the N11 as it enters Donnybrook to see what measures can be put in place to reduce the speed of vehicles as they c...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide emergency funding for raised traffic lights on the N11 at the existing pedestrian crossing by Leinster’s Donnybrook rugby grounds in view of the speed at which vehicles approach ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 and 296 together. 

  The road mentioned by the Deputy no longer forms part of the N11 but was re-designated as a regional road. &nb...More Button

Parking Provision

Was asked: when he plans to introduce regulations permitting local authorities to introduce by-laws that would designate electric vehicle charging points on public roads as electric vehicle parking only, as w...More Button

Draft regulations to provide for charging points for electric vehicles and for on-street parking spaces for car clubs are currently being finalised by the Office of the Attorney General. These regu...More Button

Cycling Facilities Provision

Was asked: if the National Transport Authority has completed its consideration and approval of the detailed designs for the S2S; and, if not, when same is expected to occur. More Button

The development of the Sutton to Sandycove, or S2S, route and all other cycling facilities within the Greater Dublin Area is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with ...More Button

Public Transport Initiatives

Was asked: the terms of reference of the consultation for the bus rapid transit corridor and swiftway system which commences on 17 February 2014; with whom will the final route decisions rest; and the role of...More Button

The NTA has statutory responsibility for developing public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects. More Button

I understand that the NTA is commencing a non-statutory public consultation on 17th February 2014 in relation to the proposals that it is developing in respect of a possible BRT service for Dubli...More Button

The NTA has advised that the development of each BRT corridor will require the preparation and publication of an environmental impact statement and its submission to An Bord Pleanála for determin...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of funding provided by his Department for upgrading bus lanes and QBCs on the north side of 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.  Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (...More Button

Noting this I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Was asked: his views on rapid bus plans for Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The NTA has statutory responsibility for developing public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Preparatory planning work is being overseen ...More Button