O'Rourke, Mary

Tuesday, 20 March 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 532 No. 4

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Written Answers. - Radiological Protection.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland has adequate resources to monitor the use of radioactive sources.More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland has the necessary resources to monitor and implement the radiological protection legislation.More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: if any safety deficiencies were found on the Limerick to Foynes railway line; and if the line is currently in use for commercial traffic to and from the port in Foynes, County Limerick.More Button

The safety of the Limerick to Foynes railway line and any other railway line is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann and I have, therefore, no function in the matter. However, I understand from I...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if she will list, in respect of County Kerry for each of the years 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, the grants, projects or schemes funded by her Department, or any agency under the aegis of her Department;...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following schedule. ScheduleMore Button

Written Answers. - Travel Cost Refunds.

Was asked: the details of contacts made between her Department and a company (details supplied) in relation to a refund being paid to passengers intending to fly to Wales for the cancelled rugby match of 3 March...More Button

On 2 March 2001 my Department wrote to the company mentioned by the Deputy urging it to adopt a flexible policy both in relation to refunds and to the rescheduling of travel booking during the current...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: if she will report on the progress of work on the Dublin-Sligo railway line; and the timetable for completion in this regard.More Button

Iarnród Éireann has informed me that all the track between Dublin and Carrick-on-Shannon has been renewed with continuously welded rail and the final section to Sligo will be completed over the next t...More Button

Written Answers. - Information Technologies.

Was asked: if she will outline the access that Ireland has to digital satellite communication systems; the extent of this access; the cost in this regard; if she has any proposals to extend this capacity in futu...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, I am totally committed to the comprehensive utilisation by Ireland of leading edge data and information technologies, including satellite. I will continue to make this a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.

Was asked: the plans she has arising from the e-Europe action plan defined by the Feira Summit in June 2000 that each citizen should have access to broadband communication facilities by the end of 2002; if this ...More Button

The provision of telecommunications services including broadband services, is a matter in the first instance for the companies which now operate in a fully liberalised market. My responsibility is for...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: if consideration will be given towards the upgrading of the rail line to Portlaoise, County Laois, in the context of the extension of the Arrow commuter service; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

The national development plan provides for the quadrupling of track between Hazelhatch and Sallins to allow for improved commuter services into Heuston Station. This project is at design stage and wil...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a railway bridge on the Dublin/Cork railway line between Portarlington and Monasterevin in the townland of Kilmullen and known as Hope's Bridge, is in ...More Button

The safety of the railway bridge known as Hope's Bridge and any other railway bridge is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann and I have, therefore, no function in the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Entitlements.

Was asked: if she rejected proposals in relation to Dublin Gas pensions and a modest £20 per week widows and orphans pension to be paid to surviving pensioners of Dublin Gas after they had been accepted by the b...More Button

Written Answers. - Computer Security.

Was asked: if her Department's computer system or web site has been hacked or if an attempt to hack it has occurred in the past three years; if so, when such an incident took place; the measures which have been ...More Button

As far as my Department is aware, there have not been any attempts by hackers to breach its internal computer systems in the past three years. The Department has in place a wide ranging security polic...More Button


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