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Donohoe, Paschal

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Fixed Period for the Duration of Dáil Éireann) Bill 2015: First Stage (Continued)

The Deputy looks at them. How much did he spend on them?More Button

Financial Resolution No. 5: General (Resumed) (Continued)

As the Minister for Finance said yesterday, the previous few budgets have been hard, but they have made it possible for Ireland to exit the bailout programme, move the economy and society into a re...More Button

The overwhelming priority of this year’s budget, which is ambitious but is also sensible, is to sustain the recovery and keep things going in such a way that more communities and people across th...More Button

Just as was the case with the recent capital plan published by my Department, the budget contained many measures people supported but there were many more things absent from it that people wanted...More Button

My Department seeks to make a further contribution to the positive change under way in the country. The budget for 2016 will allow for a total expenditure by the Department of Transport, Tourism...More Button

There will be an increase of €47 million in current funding to bring the total current spend to just under €722 million. This increase in funding includes an additional €28 million or a 14% increa...More Button

As for capital expenditure, there will be an increase of €78 million to provide funding for the maintenance of the existing road and rail network and to allow for an increase in capital funding t...More Button

On taxation, yesterday the Minister for Finance announced a €43 million plan with regard to the commercial motor tax system for heavy goods vehicles. This will reduce, and have a positive effect...More Button

Yesterday's budget also included a freeze in the special tourism-related VAT rate of 9%. As with previous years, this will be subject to review to ensure that visitors to Ireland continue to ben...More Button

Turning to spending, I will outline a few important priorities. I already have outlined the increase of €28 million to support increased public transport services. This is a significant develop...More Button

I was not aware of that.More Button

I certainly can wrap up quickly.More Button

I wish to emphasise one other important priority in respect of sport, which is to recognise that for 2016, there now is an overall sports allocation, in current terms alone, of €47 million for Sp...More Button

As for the final portfolio within my Department pertaining to tourism, I wish to continue all the great work that is under way and I am allocating a further €2 million to Tourism Ireland and Fáil...More Button

Road Signage

Was asked: if he will ensure the National Roads Authority provides sufficient signage for the amenity park in Moate in County Westmeath as was previously promised.More Button

​I understand the amenity park referred to by the Deputy is the Dun na Si park, located on the Athlone road, off the R446 and near to the town of Moate, Co. Westmeath and he is referring to the pro...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 ...More Button

TII has an established strategy, developed in consultation with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority,  regarding the provision of signage on national roads for major tourist...More Button