Faulkner, Padraig

Wednesday, 1 November 1978

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 308 No. 9

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Royal and Grand Canals.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 and 6 together.More Button

I should hope to have the matter before the Government within the next couple of weeks.More Button

I cannot anticipate what will be the outcome of the Government's consideration but I think I have given the Deputy a reasonable reply.More Button

I can give the Deputy that assurance, but he will appreciate that the matter has dragged on for a long time.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Suburban Rail System.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 8 together. My Department have been examining, in consultation with other Departments concerned, proposals from CIE f...More Button

I am afraid I cannot say just when at the moment. As I said, I will have the matter before the Government resonably shortly.More Button

I think it was some time in 1977.More Button

I am well aware of the need, but the Deputy will appreciate that this is a very expensive project. Consideration had to be given to the proposals as they were presented, and also to possible alternat...More Button

It is an expensive project.More Button

The Deputy can be assured that the interests of my constituents are being well looked after by me.More Button

It does not look like that from the election results.More Button

What I meant were possible alternatives in relation to railways.More Button

It means the Government will make a decision as to what they feel will be the best possible approach towards solving the problem which faces the company.More Button

The Government have not made a decision yet, as the Deputy is aware.More Button

I have already replied to that question. I pointed out to the Deputy that when I referred to alternatives I meant alternatives in relation to the railway.More Button

It is more than £38 million. If the Deputy puts down a question relating to the point he raised I will answer it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Taxi Charges.

I am not satisfied that the particular suggestion made by the Deputy would be effective. The display of notices setting out sample fares was in fact tried by Aer Rianta at Dublin Airport some years a...More Button

The Deputy will agree that I have gone some way to meet him. I pointed out that I am asking Aer Rianta to have a fresh look at this, and I will ask them to take into consideration the points made by t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Shannon Airport Passenger Traffic.

I do not accept that there are grounds for apprehension about traffic levels at Shannon. For the first nine months of 1978 terminal traffic, which is the main base of the airport's operations, increas...More Button

Let me repeat what I said originally. I do not accept that there is cause for great concern in relation to transit traffic. My information is that North Atlantic charter traffic is estimated to have...More Button

To some extent the decline in the transit traffic was affected by the Aer Lingus strike I mentioned. It is also a fact that, because of the fares situation, scheduled flights have taken over to quite...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transport Council.

The Transport Consultative Commission which I recently established gives effect to a commitment made in the Government's pre-election manifesto. The commission's terms of reference are as follows: To ...More Button

The guidelines I gave them relate to urban passenger services, particularly in Dublin, mainline rail services, rural and long distance road passenger services and road freight haulage. They have not b...More Button

The Deputy can be assured that, under the guidelines I have given them, we will be able to formulate future policy on transport.More Button

I have not fixed a time limit, but I have suggested they might submit interim reports as the study progresses.More Button

No. The commission are very enthusiastic and very anxious to get on with the job. I have no doubt they will present their report within a reasonable time. In reply to Deputy Bruton I said I request...More Button

I do not think so. The problem is very broad and I would hope that, as they consider a variety of aspects under the guidelines I have given them, they will come up with interim reports.More Button

I do not think so. Something was gained from each of the previous reports and I have no doubt this one will work out similarly.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Goods on Car Ferries.

I have personally brought to the attention of all the State companies under the aegis of my Department the need for active and sustained support of the Government's programme for the promotion of Iris...More Button

The Deputy was Minister in my Department and he will know I have no function in respect of British Rail. Nevertheless, I have been in touch with them about this matter. I am now informed by British ...More Button

Obviously I had to be in touch with British Rail when the Deputy's question was put down, apart from other considerations.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Airlines Applications.

Membership of IATA is not a prior condition for the grant of an authorisation for the operation of scheduled air services to and from this country. A number of non-IATA carriers already operate such ...More Button

I have to concern myself about a number of aspects. Aer Lingus want to keep their fares as low as possible. That is accepted. Equally they have to make some profit. Therefore we must try to mainta...More Button

I do not know whether I would. I will have a look at the situation, but I must concern myself about Aer Lingus.More Button

Has the Deputy considered or had any examination made into the fare structure between Dublin and London, or is he repeating something which he saw in the papers?More Button

The Deputy obviously has not studied this thing.More Button

Let me give him some figures. Taking normal fares only, the Dublin-London route the fare per mile is 12.41p; the Cork-London route, 11.75p; the Dublin-Amsterdam route, 14.03p; the Dublin-Brussels rou...More Button

The Deputy should do a bit more homework before he comes in to make positive statements which are not correct. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin-London Air Fares.

I have recently authorised increases in cross-channel air fares including the Dublin-London route effective from 1 November 1978. Normal fare levels are being increased by 6 per cent and the lower pr...More Button

I have not got that information.More Button

I have not got that information.More Button

I will look that up for the Deputy.More Button

That is a difficult question to answer.More Button

With due respect, when the Deputy was Minister he did not seem to bother himself very much about it.More Button

Does the Deputy suggest that we reduce the fares on that route so as to increase them on unprofitable routes?More Button

Whatever income Aer Lingus have, irrespective of where it comes from, is used by Aer Lingus for their own development.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Bay Development.

In accordance with their 1978 revised five year development plan Dublin Port and Docks Board propose to carry out within the next five years development consisting of reclamation of about 24 hectares...More Button

Would the Deputy put that Question down?More Button

The Minister will answer any questions that are asked if they relate to the question on the Order Paper.More Button

It would appear that quite a number of people in the area have a good knowledge of what is likely to happen.More Button

I have been noted for my courtesy in replying to questions in this House.More Button

Consideration has been given to these matters in the development plan. I will look into the matter referred to by Deputy Quinn.More Button

It is not a question for me. I understand that the board are revising their application in relation to this matter.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Broadcasting Legislation.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to answer Questions Nos. 16, 17 and 18 together. Under existing legislation only RTE can be given a licence to operate a broadcasting station. W...More Button

I am not committing myself to anything. I am simply saying that I am examining the whole area.More Button

It would not be proper to give my view now. Ultimately, I will give my view to the Government and they will come to a decision.More Button

I have no idea.More Button

In relation to pirate stations?More Button

I have carried out all necessary consultations. The Bill will be discussed in the Dáil.More Button

It would not be right to commit myself in relation to a matter which is being studied. The Deputy referred to the type of music being played by pirate stations. To some degree Radio 2 will make prov...More Button

Not in relation to pirate radio stations. It has been impressed upon me by Deputies and many others that this matter should be dealt with urgently. I have considered every aspect of the matter and I...More Button

I have not excluded anything but that does not mean that I have come to any decision in the matter. (Interruptions.)More Button

I did not say that. What I referred to were consultations with other Departments, and within my own.More Button

I have already given permission to RTE to provide a second national channel.More Button

That it will not refer to introducing licences for outside bodies?More Button

I accept that there is a demand and this is one of the things I am taking into consideration. I pointed that out in my original reply.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - RTE Extension of Services.

As I said in a reply just now, I am giving consideration to a number of aspects of broadcasting. These include RTE's proposals for providing local radio services in certain areas.More Button

As I have said, I am concerning myself with every aspect and when I have completed my examination I will come to a decision on the matter.More Button

I have not come to any final decision on it.More Button

I have said that I am considering every aspect of broad-casting. Until then, I do not propose to commit myself.More Button

I am considering all aspects.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telephone Service.

I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 20 and 21 together. I regret that the standard of telephone service is much below what it should be. It has been seriously...More Button

As the Deputy has said, this is a long standing problem. The reorganisation claim was first made in 1972. I inherited the problem, I inherited the strike, but it goes back much farther than that. O...More Button

I have left it completely open.More Button

He can recommend whatever he likes. That is a different matter, because the Government will make the decisions.More Button

I believe we are on a sound foundation. Of course that does not mean to say that everything is perfect in so far as equipment is concerned, but in the main the equipment is good and I believe we are ...More Button

I do not accept what the Deputy has said.More Button

The Deputy can see for himself in Letterkenny that very considerable improvements are being effected.More Button

The Deputy knows perfectly well what I am referring to—the new exchange.More Button

As I pointed out to the House some time earlier, quite a number of circuits are still out of order——More Button

The fact that a number of circuits are not in operation is one of the basic problems. It is not the operator's fault and I want to make that clear. In fact, I should like to take this opportunity o...More Button

Written Answers. - Shipping Incidents.

The compilation of the detailed information requested by the Deputy would involve a very considerable expenditure of public resources. However, if the Deputy wishes to repeat the question in about th...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Pollution Treatment Compensation.

Details of the costs incurred in connection with the Christos Bitas incident by the various Irish authorities concerned are being assembled with a view to pursuing a claim for compensation.More Button

Written Answers. - Shipping Monitoring System.

Any effective system of monitoring the movement of vessels on the high seas would require a wide measure of international agreement and co-operation. The Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Orga...More Button

Dangerous goods, including dangerous chemicals, loaded on board ship in Ireland, Britain and elsewhere are subject to the requirements in relation to dangerous goods of the International Convention on...More Button

Written Answers. - Oil Tanker Accident.

The Irish authorities concerned have been in close and continuous contact with the British authorities from the very early stages of the casualty and there has been a regular flow of information throu...More Button

I would refer the Deputy to Question No. 13 of 26 October 1978.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Shipping Inquiries.

The Merchant Shipping Acts provide that, when a shipping casualty occurs inside Irish territorial waters, the circumstances may at my direction be made the subject of a preliminary inquiry to be carri...More Button

Written Answers. - Coastguard Service.

I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 472 and 473 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Nuclear Waste.

As far as the Windscale plant is concerned, the Deputy will be aware that there has been contact at official level between the appropriate Irish and British authorities. In this connection, I would r...More Button

Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

(a) 100; (b) August 1976; (c) 45; (d) One; (e) In about a year's time.More Button

I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 476 and 477 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Auxiliary Postmen.

The information is not readily available in the form requested by the Deputy and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, the following information may be useful. There are about 1,25...More Button

Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

A kiosk at Pullathomas will be provided as soon as agreement has been reached with the local authority on a suitable site and the necessary consents obtained.More Button

In about three years.More Button

Written Answers. - Relaying of TV Signals.

The answer is no.More Button

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