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Donohoe, Paschal

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Public Transport Provision

I thank the Deputies for raising this matter.More Button

Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, as amended by the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009, the National Transport Authority is responsible for determining fares on publicly funded bus...More Button

The maintenance of subsidy funding for public transport in 2015 at current levels has enabled the NTA to moderate the fare increases necessary in order that the operators can, as far as possible,...More Button

Before the end of the year the NTA will introduce a second-journey discount on Dublin Bus Leap card fares. This will be further rolled out to cover all PSO operators in 2015. This will reduce t...More Button

Public Transport Provision (Continued)

I understand that for people who are paying cash fares, this represents an increase, and I understand that we are asking people to pay more in a time when they have less income available to do th...More Button

There is a broader picture in this regard, which Deputy Flanagan touched on. To consider the issue from the point of view of Irish Rail alone, it has accumulated losses on its balance sheet of ove...More Button

A point I want to make very clearly in response to the different issues that have been raised with me is my hope that, due to the current economic growth, we will see our public transport compani...More Button

There is signalling work that needs to be done, and some of that work will take place next year. However, if we get ourselves to a point at which revenue is going up because of an improving econom...More Button

An objective we must have is that, as we encourage more people to use public transport, two things must happen. The first is that it must be affordable, and the second is that we have to deliver...More Button

National Roads Authority Funding

Was asked: the amount of funding provided by his Department to the National Roads Authority for accommodation works on the M9 near Kilcullen, County Kildare; if he will provide details of the procurement proc...More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roa...More Button

Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects, such as the motorway service area project near Kilcullen is a matter in the first instance for the NRA in acco...More Button

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

Driver Licence Applications

Was asked: if, and when, a provisional or other driver's licence may issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway whose application has been refused on foot of their residency status; and...More Button

The operation of the National Driver Licensing Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority, and I have no power to intervene in individual cases.    &nb...More Button

National Roads Authority Projects

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the progress of the proposed M20 Cork to Limerick motorway; 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.  The planning, design and implementation of individual ...More Button

In relation to projects of the scale of the M20, it is not feasible given current and future projections that the State would be in a position to build this from its own resources. Rather, it wou...More Button

The scope for progressing projects such as the M20 Cork to Limerick project will be very much dependent on the availability of funding in the future.  More Button

Smarter Transport

Was asked: further to the recent publication of the draft policy document, Investing in our Transport Future: A Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport, if the target of reducing the total share ...More Button

The Smarter Travel Policy was developed in the context of the unsustainable levels of economic growth in the period to 2008. For example, it projected growth in car ownership from 1.92m in 2008 to ...More Button

Although such rapid growth in demand is not likely to occur, it is recognised that with renewed economic growth challenges for the transport sector with regard to congestion and climate change ar...More Button

Road Projects

Was asked: the estimated time for delivery of the southern distributor road in Athy, County Kildare.More Button

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 section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993. Work...More Button

Earlier this year the Government approved a  €1m allocation to Kildare County Council to carry out design works on the Athy Bypass and prepare its submission to An Bord Pleanála. My predecessor M...More Button

Given the issues that are involved in the planning process, it is not possible for me to be definitive on timelines at this particular point. This is the case for all major road projects.More Button

Departmental Information

Was asked: if he will provide information on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department does not have any information on the matter referred to by the Deputy.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide the details of the average cut paid by his Department and those bodies under its aegis to recruitment and temporary employment agencies, that is the proportion of the fees paid f...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an annual breakdown of the fees paid to recruitment and employment agencies by his Department and those bodies under its aegis.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 263 together.

  The table below contains information in relation to accountancy services provided to my Department. These are total fees ...More Button