Brennan, Seamus

Wednesday, 9 October 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 554 No. 5

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Written Answers. - Parking Permits.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 does not qualify for a disabled person's parking permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Article 43 of the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 182 of 1997), provides for the issuing of parking permits by local authorities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and th...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if a senior official from his Department will meet a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 who has invented a range of high visibility reflector products for children and teenagers in order that they ...More Button

My Department has no record of a request from the person concerned for a meeting. Officials from my Department will be in contact with the person shortly to make arrangements for a meeting, as request...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Openings.

Was asked: if legislation will be expedited to control road openings.More Button

Powers to control roadworks by utilities, including those under section 101D of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, are being used by urban road authorities to regulate the opening of roads. In addition, the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of driving tests held in the respective centres each year in 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002; the number of these tests which were repeat tests; the amount of revenue collected by way ...More Button

The number of driving tests for the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and up to 27 September 2002, together with numbers of repeat applicants are set out in the table below. The figures relating to repeat applic...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Safety.

Was asked: the conclusions of the inspectors' report into the derailment of Luas during its trials to date; the number of incidents to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The railway inspectorate of my Department receives weekly progress reports from the Railway Procurement Agency. No derailments of Luas trams have been reported and the Railway Procurement Agency has c...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois will receive a date for a driving test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no record in my Department of an application for a driving test from the person named.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he will investigate a constructive proposal to save children's lives by bringing up safety measures, such as requesting that all traffic stops when children are getting off school buses; and his vi...More Button

This area previously came under the remit of the Minister for the Environment and Local Government and he issued a public consultation document earlier this year entitled Safer School Buses: A Discuss...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Shows.

Was asked: if he will examine a proposal to ban air shows that show off military hardware here in view of the air show disaster that killed 78 people.More Button

The safety requirements at air shows are regulated by the Irish Aviation Authority and I have no function in the matter. More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Deregulation.

Was asked: if he will provide assurances to taxi plate holders who suffered hardship due to deregulation that failure to make a submission to the Taxi Hardship Panel will not preclude such persons from availing ...More Button

Was asked: when details of payments to be made by the Taxi Hardship Panel will be available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has received the report of the Taxi Hardship Panel; and the compensation which will be made available to those affected by the deregulation of taxis.More Button

Was asked: the progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Taxi Hardship Panel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1232, 1233, 1237 and 1242 together. On 8 February 2002 the decision to approve the appointment of a panel of three independent persons, to report in general terms on t...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Licences.

Was asked: the situation in respect of the renewal of a driving licence to a person (details supplied) in Limerick whose present licence will expire while he is travelling abroad for a three month period, and wh...More Button

Under the Road Traffic Act, 1961, and the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations, 1999 to 2001, it is a matter for the appropriate licensing authority, in this case Limerick County Council, t...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: the amount of money which was spent by Iarnród Éireann on the Westport to Dublin line; the works which are taking place in 2002; the amount of money which will be spent on it in 2002; when he expects ...More Button

Iarnród Éireann informs me that since 1997, 52 miles of the line between Athlone and Westport have been renewed at a cost of €33 million. A further 15 miles are programmed for renewal this year at a c...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: if he remains committed to the principle of providing a quality public transport service; and his plans to privatise, or consider the privatisation, of public transport companies.More Button

I remain fully committed to the provision of quality public transport services. I have no plans to privatise any public transport or any public transport companies and discussions are set to resume wi...More Button

Written Answers. - High Visibility Products.

Was asked: if a senior official from his Department will meet a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 who has invented a range of high visibility reflector products for children and teenagers in order that they ...More Button

My Department has no record of a request from the person concerned for a meeting. Officials from my Department will be in contact with the person shortly to make arrangements for a meeting, as request...More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the bodies in or under the aegis of his Department which have not to date been made subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 1997; if consideration has been given to making each of these bodies subj...More Button

The bodies under the aegis of my Department which have not to date been made subject to the Freedom of Information Act are the following: Aer Lingus Aer Rianta Bus Átha Cliath Bus Éireann Córas Iompa...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if his Department has carried out an assessment of the motorway proposals under the national development plan under the heading of value for money, with particular attention to: (i) traffic data vis-à...More Button

The national development plan, NDP, sets out a strategic framework for the development of the national roads network in the period to 2006. It is a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, within...More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Deregulation.

Was asked: if a compensation payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who pays ?880 per month for a taxi plate on a 15 year basis, ?360 per month for the car, and ?2,200 per year insuranc...More Button

The courts have clarified on a number of occasions since 1992 that there can be no legal duty on the State to compensate taxi licence holders in relation to open market values of licences. This positi...More Button

Written Answers. - International Agreements.

Was asked: Ireland's involvement to date with the proposed international registry for aircraft; the commitments Ireland is required to honour as part of the Unidroit Convention on International Interests in Mobi...More Button

The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment were adopted a...More Button

Written Answers. - Bus Lanes.

Was asked: if he will introduce regulations that will allow bus lanes to be used at the discretion of each local authority by scooters and hackney cars; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce regulations to allow hackneys use bus lanes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1244 and 1245 together. The primary purpose of bus lanes is to facilitate and promote bus based public transport. Existing regulations generally limit the use of bus l...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: the plans Irish Rail has to reopen rail lines; the cost of each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to promote the movement of freight by rail; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the plans Irish Rail has to downgrade and upgrade existing rail lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the strategic study launched by his predecessor on the future development of the rail service will be completed and published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the Limerick to Athenry and Claremorris train line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if EU funding is available for the re-opening of passenger and freight services with a view to re-opening railway lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the information he has received regarding the rumoured closure of some rail lines, particularly the Manulla to Ballina line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1246, 1247, 1250, 1252, 1284, 1286 and 1305 together. Earlier this year my Department engaged consultants to undertake a strategic study of the railways. The primary p...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Signalling System.

Was asked: the current status of the mini-CTC signalling system; the cost of completing the project; the estimated time scale for completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by Iarnród Éireann that the mini-CTC system on the Galway line is due to be completed in June 2003 with the Waterford, Tralee and Sligo lines due for completion in August 2004, March 200...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Safety.

Was asked: the number of investigations carried out by his Department's railway inspectorate in the past five years; the reason for the investigation and the conclusions drawn; the measures which have been imple...More Button

The railway inspectorate carries out routine inspections and monitoring of railway operations in accordance with its statutory duties. However, it can only carry out a formal investigation into a rail...More Button

Written Answers. - Integrated Ticketing System.

Was asked: the status of his Department's proposals for integrated ticketing; when this will be put in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Railway Procurement Agency, RPA, has been given statutory responsibility for the implementation of an integrated ticketing project for the Dublin area and funding for this is being provided by my ...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Openings.

Was asked: his plans to restrict road openings during business hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Any proposals to restrict road openings during business hours are a matter for road authorities. Section 101D of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, empowers prescribed road authorities to give directions to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Safety.

Was asked: if he has considered the possibility of an order to set a maximum number of passengers to be carried on carriages on Iarnród Éireann trains; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has received a report from the rail inspectorate regarding the overcrowding on Iarnród Éireann trains; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1254 and 1273 together. The imposition of a limit on the number of passengers to be carried in carriages on Iarnród Éireann's trains is an operational matter for the c...More Button

Written Answers. - Airport Safety.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the adequacy of security at Aer Rianta controlled airports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am generally satisfied with the security arrangements at the State airports. The security standards for civil aviation in Europe have been agreed informally on an intergovernmental basis for some ti...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Was asked: his plans to provide additional rolling stock, including carriages, on the mainline rail network; the type of new carriages to be provided; when they were ordered; the numbers and costs involved; and ...More Button

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the executives of CIE and Iarnród Éireann to discuss the upgrading of locomotives and rolling stock; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the additional carrying capacity he intends to provide on intercity mainline routes under the national development plan; the timescale involved; the projected costing; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1256, 1257 and 1291 together. I understand that CIE will be submitting to me in the coming days proposals to acquire new rail carriages for mainline rail services. I a...More Button

Written Answers. - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: the financial penalties which can be imposed if the company awarded the contract to run Luas does not operate the service satisfactorily; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The terms and conditions of the contract for the operation of the first light rail lines were negotiated and concluded by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) with CGEA Connex. The contract was formal...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: if he will appoint a regulator to oversee bus competition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government consultation paper, A New Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Public Transport, published in September 2000, set out proposals for institutional and regulatory reform of the publ...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Services.

Was asked: the progress to date on the rescue plan for Aer Lingus; his plans for the future ownership of the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that steps taken to date sufficiently safeguard the future of Aer Lingus, with particular reference to routes available, passenger carrying capacity and overheads; and if h...More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made to date in identifying an investor for Aer Lingus and the restriction in the shareholding which he is imposing on a new investor and in the longer-term future; and if ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1260, 1261 and 1288 together. I am pleased to note that, barring some unforeseen events, Aer Lingus is on track to make a profit of around €40 million this year compar...More Button

Was asked: when it is expected the second terminal will be constructed at Dublin Airport; if a decision has been taken on the management of the terminal; the total estimated cost of the project; and if he will m...More Button

The concept of a second, independent or competing terminal at Dublin Airport has been mooted by a number of interests in recent years and the new programme for Government provides for an examination o...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself regarding the adequacy of Dublin Airport to meet passenger requirements and at the same time maintain adequate safety standards; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Following the completion earlier this year of the new terminal extension, Dublin Airport now has capacity to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum. This compares with an estimated throughput of...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Safety.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that adequate safety standards apply in respect of commuter and provincial rail services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Iarnród Éireann has a statutory responsibility to operate its railway safely. The company has assured me that all railway operations on its network operate to strict standards which are in place to en...More Button

Written Answers. - State Aid.

Was asked: the payments which have been made by the European Commission to Ireland in relation to applications made for compensation following the 11 September 2001 atrocities; if the full amount requested has b...More Button

I would like to clarify that there was never any question of compensation being paid by the European Commission.More Button

Written Answers. - Air Services.

Was asked: if he favours the improvement and expansion of facilities and services at Cork Airport; his proposals in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the investment programme for the upgrading of Cork Airport, including a timescale for the development; his views on whether the downturn in the airline industry will have any effect on this proposed d...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1266 and 1292 together. It is recognised by Aer Rianta that Cork Airport needs significant investment to cater for the growth in traffic through the airport in recent ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Was asked: the percentage increase in DART capacity in recent times; the developments over the next number of months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the daily estimate of commuters using the DART services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress to increase commuter capacity on DART services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department is examining the possibility of opening new DART stations in the Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1267 and 1275 to 1277, inclusive, together. Iarnród Éireann has informed me that, over the past two years, a total of 38 new DART carriages have been delivered and are...More Button

Written Answers. - Regional Airports.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the upgrading of Waterford Regional Airport is progressing satisfactorily; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the regional airports measure of the national development plan, a sum of €1.895 million has been allocated to assist with necessary infrastructural upgrades and improvements at Waterford Regiona...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Was asked: the Government's policy in relation to Córas Iompair Éireann and Iarnród Eireann's business plan for the rail freight sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Future policy in relation to the rail freight sector is being considered as part of the strategic rail study which is being undertaken by consultants on my behalf. I expect to receive a report in that...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Services.

Was asked: the Government's policy regarding low cost airlines; the measures the Government is putting in place to enable and to encourage such airlines to operate to and from Ireland; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The Government's policy is to have as many airlines as possible, including low cost airlines, providing as many air services as possible to and from our airports, in the interests of tourism and trade...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: if work on the upgrading of the railway line from Waterford to Dublin is on schedule; when works are expected to be completed; his views on the safety level of the line; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Iarnród Éireann informs me that under the rail safety programme work on the upgrading of the Dublin-Waterford line is on schedule and the final nine miles of track is programmed for completion in the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Entitlements.

Was asked: if he has received a recent report regarding the grievances of the Retired Aviation Staff Association; if he will meet with the association with a view to resolving its members' pension grievances; an...More Button

The case made by the retirees' association was forwarded by my predecessor, Senator O'Rourke, for consideration to the Minister for Finance who has overall responsibility for pension matters in the pu...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultants' Report.

Was asked: if he will publish the consultants' report into Córas Iompair Éireann's surplus property portfolio; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The consultants' report into CIE's surplus property forms part of the ongoing discussions between my Department and CIE regarding maximising the utilisation of property assets to generate capital fund...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Was asked: the extent to which the rail passenger carrying capacity of the commuter route serving Kilcock, Maynooth, Leixlip and Confey, County Kildare has increased; the measures needed to improve the situation...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which it is possible to facilitate the provision of extra rail carriages to meet increased demands on the western commuter route serving Kilcock, Maynooth, Leixlip and Confey, County Kil...More Button

Was asked: when the Kilcock, Maynooth, Leixlip commuter rail service will have achieved its potential as anticipated under the re-development programme; if further extensions, embellishments or improvements are ...More Button

Was asked: the number of additional rail cars which will be deployed on the Maynooth suburban rail line in 2002; the increased capacity resulting; and when the rail cars will be deployed.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1278 to 1280, inclusive, and 1318 together. In order to address the increased demand on the Maynooth line, Iarnród Éireann, with EU and Government funding under the na...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: the amount of money which has been set aside in 2002 for the development of the metro system for Dublin; the amount which was drawn down; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Subhead C8 of my Department's 2002 Estimates provides €13 million for the expenses of the Railway Procurement Agency, RPA. The allocation covers the cost of salaries and overheads as well as expenditu...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if his Department has carried out a further investigation into the possibility of upgrading the existing underground tunnel network in Dublin city in order that it could be the central axis of an unde...More Button

The Dublin Transportation Office strategy for transport in the Greater Dublin Area for 2000 to 2016, A Platform for Change, is an integrated strategy comprising the upgrading of existing suburban serv...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Services.

Was asked: his views on the European Court of Justice ruling in relation to existing bilateral agreements on air transport between European countries and the United States of America; and if he will make a state...More Button

The European Court of Justice has not yet ruled on this matter so I cannot give my views on the court's ruling. I will be happy to deal with this issue in due course. Question No. 1284 answered with Q...More Button

Written Answers. - Airport Services.

Was asked: his plans for the future of Aer Rianta and the development of the airports under the control of Aer Rianta; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he favours private sector participation in Aer Rianta; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1285 and 1294 together. As provided in the programme for Government, we will seek to secure a viable long-term future for our State companies without any ideological p...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the future viability of Shannon Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Significant investment has been made in developing Shannon Airport and passenger facilities at the airport in recent years. With the completion of the terminal upgrading at Shannon Airport in 2000, th...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: his policy in relation to the provision of wheelchair accessible buses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is my policy that all bus and rail public transport operators, and in particular the State owned transport companies, should provide the highest possible degree of accessibility within the overall ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: the meetings or briefings he has had concerning the possible reopening of the rail link to Midleton, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following proposals put forward in the Cork area strategic plan, Iarnród Éireann is currently undertaking an in-depth feasibility study into the prospects for the development of commuter rail services...More Button

Written Answers. - Privatisation of State Companies.

Was asked: the State or semi-State companies currently being considered for privatisation; the discussions he has had with management and staff in the bodies concerned; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Following the crisis in Aer Lingus which ensued after the events of 11 September 2001, the previous Government decided to facilitate private sector and staff investment in the company to support its f...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Was asked: the provision he has made to support the development of quality bus corridors or green transport routes outside of Dublin city; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has been supporting the development of quality bus corridors or green transport routes in the main cities outside of Dublin through the provision of very significant investment, under th...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: his views on whether the spur rail link from Clonsilla to Dunboyne, envisaged by the Dublin Transportation Office to be completed by 2006, will be completed by that date; if not, the reason therefore;...More Button

The Dublin Transportation Office strategy for 2000 – 2016, entitled A Platform for Change, recommends the construction of a new rail line off the Maynooth line near Clonsilla via Dunboyne to Navan. Th...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the individual non-governmental organisations funded or grant aided under the various schemes run by his Department; the amount provided; and the purpose for which it was provided, in the last full ye...More Button

The only such scheme is the rural transport initiative RTI, which is administered by Area Development Management on behalf of my Department. The purpose of the RTI is to promote and support the develo...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if, in line with the Government White Paper. Supporting Voluntary Activity, he has appointed a voluntary activity unit responsible for his Department's co-operation with voluntary and community organi...More Button

My Department has very limited involvement in funding voluntary and community sector activity.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if, following the successful legal case against South Dublin County Council, he intends to amend the regulations governing speed ramps; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994, empowers road authorities, in the interests of the safety and convenience of road users, to provide such traffic calming measures as they consider desirable i...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Services.

Was asked: following the incident off the south west coast in November 2001, the action he intends to take to improve the standard of air traffic control; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will note that my Department's air accident investigation unit carried out a comprehensive investigation of and report on this serious incident on 10 November 2001 and made six safety recom...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Haulage Industry.

Was asked: the measures he intends to take to address the issue of unlicensed hauliers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The programme of action for the road haulage industry, published by my predecessor in February 2001, provides for a number of specific measures to be taken by various State agencies to improve the lev...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: his plans to introduce revised regulations covering the use of mobile phones in cars; when these will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised recently by the Attorney General that the current regulations prohibiting the use of mobile phones by drivers, and which are based on the Road Traffic Act, 1961, are open to challe...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Accidents.

Was asked: the information he has received on railway derailments; the number and location of such derailments, particularly in the west; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In accordance with statutory requirements, Iarnród Éireann must report to me any goods trains, mineral trains or engines leaving the rails on a running line, or any passenger train, or any part of a p...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Was asked: the extent of the 10 mph speed limit on the State's railways for safety reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Iarnród Éireann has advised me that there are seven locations throughout the network where there are temporary speed restrictions of 10 mph or less. These are related to works in renewing track and si...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: if his Department will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo and waive the computerised test for their driving licence in view of the fact that this person has attempted t...More Button

Under the Road Traffic Act, 1961, and the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations, 1999 to 2001, it is a matter for the appropriate licensing authority, in this case Sligo County Council, to d...More Button

Was asked: when the criteria for obtaining a driver's licence to drive a van were changed whereby those who had a standard licence covering private cars found that their entitlement to drive a van was removed; a...More Button

The criteria for obtaining a driver's licence to drive a van have not changed. The Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations, 1999 to 2001, provide that the category of vehicle which may be driv...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Was asked: if he was briefed by the National Monuments Service of Dúchas in relation to the Carrickmines Castle site and the current National Roads Authority and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council proposals f...More Button

With a view to finding an agreed way forward which would preserve extensive areas of the historic and archaeological site at Carrickmines, while allowing the south eastern motorway to proceed, I had d...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way in which spending in the first nine months of 2002 compares to the budgeted profile for spending for each major programme of his Department's spending; and his forecast for year-end overruns.More Button

I understand that the Deputy's question refers to the former Department of Public Enterprise. The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following table. At present, it is anticipated...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: his Department's legislative programme for the remainder of 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is set out in the following two tables. Department of Transport Table 1: Primary Legislation ProgrammeMore Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount of funding for consultant and related study contracts which has been approved as part of the 2002 departmental Estimates and the budgets in each organisation and agency falling within his D...More Button

I understand that the Deputy's question refers to the former Department of Public Enterprise. As the Deputy is aware, the Department of Public Enterprise Vote is in the process of being restructured. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the appointments made by him to boards, agencies or committees operating under the aegis of his Department from 17 April 2002 to date.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy, including appointments made by my predecessor, is outlined in the following table. More Button

Was asked: the solicitors or barristers who were appointed since July 1997 as members or chairpersons of any board or committee or other body, advisers, consultants, or as holders of any other position or office...More Button

The specific appointments of persons with legal qualifications made since July 1997 are as follows. This includes information in relation to the Department of Transport but not in respect of functions...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Advisers.

Was asked: the amount paid since July 1997 to date in 2002 in fees, salary, allowances including delegates' allowances, expenses and other payments to any person in or under the aegis of his Department who is or...More Button

An amount of €341,139.04 has been paid by way of salary to Mr. Richard Moore as press adviser since July 1997 to 6 June 2002. His travel and subsistence expenses amounted to €26,879.75. An amount of €...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

The information requested by the Deputy, including expenditure under the former Department of Public Enterprise Vote up to June 2002 and for the Department of Transport subsequently, is contained in t...More Button

Written Answers. - Legal Fees.

Was asked: the amount paid in legal fees by his Department in 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002; the persons to whom payment was made; and the amount of payment in each case.More Button

Expenditure in respect of the Department of Public Enterprise to June 2002 and the Department of Transport subsequently in relation to legal fees in 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002 is as follows...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Accidents.

Was asked: the number of times the Luas has been derailed during the trials of the Luas to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Railway Procurement Agency that there have been no derailments during trials of the Luas to date. Question No. 1318 answered with Question No. 1278.More Button

Was asked: if his officials have received a final report in relation to the collapse of bridge structures on the Maynooth suburban rail line on 9 April 2002; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the ...More Button

Iarnród Éireann has advised me that its internal inquiry is still ongoing into the collapse of beams onto the railway at Collinstown on 9 April 2002 during the construction of a new bridge. I am aware...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to increasing capacity on the Arrow line serving Celbridge, Sallins and Newbridge; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Iarnród Éireann informs me that it is planned to increase capacity on suburban rail services on the Dublin to Kildare line by 130% by end 2003 through: the deployment of new diesel railcars, the first...More Button


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