Brennan, Seamus

Tuesday, 4 March 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 562 No. 4

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Written Answers - State Liability for Damages.

Was asked: the international conventions which exist for the State having liability for intentional damage caused to civilian and military aircraft by an individual, or grouping of individuals.More Button

There are no international conventions concerning State liability arising from intentional damage caused to civilian aircraft by an individual, or grouping of individuals. The question of damage to mi...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

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

An appointment for a driving test has been arranged for the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be offered a driving test in view of the fact that this person is under serious threat of losing their employment in Dublin and finds it increasin...More Button

An appointment for a driving test has been arranged for the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: if it is standard procedure to abandon a test when same was completed; when, and the reason, a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be required to resit same in the Naas test centre; and i...More Button

In this case the driving test was not completed as it had to be abandoned because of severe traffic congestion on the test route. A further test has been arranged for the person concerned.More Button

Written Answers - Bilateral Air Transport Agreement.

Was asked: if preliminary contact has been made with US authorities with a view to renegotiating the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement with the United States; the Government's current policy on the Shannon stopo...More Button

No contact has been made by my Department with US authorities in relation to renegotiating the Irish Bilateral Air Transport Agreement with the United States. In accordance with that agreement, airlin...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Security.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that American based international airlines have expressed concern regarding security at Shannon Airport and to the concern locally that civilian passenger t...More Button

I am satisfied that the security authorities of the State have taken, and will continue to take, whatever steps are deemed necessary to ensure that all airlines who wish to use Shannon airport may con...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: his legislative priorities for 2003 and for the remainder of the 29th Dáil.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 345 and 156 on 4 and 5 February.More Button

Written Answers - Park and Ride Facilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there will be considerable concern in Tallaght, which now awaits the arrival of Luas, at suggestions that commuters will be charged for park and ride f...More Button

Was asked: the action he intends to take to prohibit Irish Rail from placing car park charges in the vicinity of DART stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 359 and 362 together. It is my view that charging for parking at DART stations would be contrary to Government policy of encouraging commuters to use public transport....More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Hardship Panel.

Was asked: the actions proposed in respect of the taxi hardship panel; if assurances will be given to those awaiting compensation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 17 December 2002 the Government approved the implementation, on a phased basis, of the recommendations of the taxi hardship panel in accordance with An Agreed Programme for Government. Any payments...More Button

Written Answers - Park and Ride Facilities.

Was asked: the role his Department has in encouraging the provision and use of park and ride facilities to encourage the public to use public transport and to leave their cars at the train station or bus termina...More Button

Park and ride tax incentives are provided for in the Finance Act 1999 and the Finance Act 2001. The qualifying period for the incentives was extended to June 2004 in the Finance Act 2002. In August 19...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Instruction Regulation.

Was asked: his plans to introduce statutory registration for driving instructors; the timescale envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Driving Licences.

Was asked: the measures which he intends to put in place to address the issue of lapsed driving licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 445 on 11 February which refers to the position regarding lapsed driving licences.More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the measures he intends to put in place to deal in the interim with provisional licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to priority Question No. 80 on 5 February which refers to reform of the provisional licence system. More Button

Written Answers - Regional Airports.

Was asked: the value of the marketing budget for 2003 for each regional airport; when these funds will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision for current expenditure in relation to the regional airports in my Department's estimates for this year is €22.4 million. These funds will be used to subvent the PSO regional air service...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Accidents.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 776 of 29 January 2003, if he has received the report in question and the conclusions drawn from the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that consultants for the Dublin Port Tunnel contractors investigated the cause of the subsidence incident in December last on the Dublin-Belfast railway line at Fairview. These consultant...More Button

Written Answers - Semi-State Bodies.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the widespread belief among employees of Dublin Bus that they face job losses in the event of a privatisation of same; if he will reassure these men and women that t...More Button

I have made it clear on a number of occasions that I have no plans to privatise Dublin Bus. There is, therefore, no threat to jobs in the company in that regard. As regards proposals for the introduct...More Button

Written Answers - Dublin Port Tunnel.

Was asked: the estimated cost for the Dublin Port Tunnel at the time when the current route was first selected; the original tender price; his latest estimate of its cost; the predicted completion date; the amou...More Button

The estimated costs, tender price and predicted completion date for the Dublin Port Tunnel are a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, and Dublin City Council. However, I am informed by the NR...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: if he has, or if his attention has been drawn to, a plan or proposal to privatise any aspect of railway operations, including the management and maintenance of railway lines; and if he will make a sta...More Button

I have no plans or proposals to privatise Iarnród Éireann, and Iarnród Éireann has not brought to me proposals to privatise any aspect of its operations.More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: his plans for public transport from Dublin city centre to Dublin Airport; the progress he has made to date in implementing these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As indicated in the Report of the Public Transport Partnership Forum of June 2002 on short-term measures for improved public transport access to Dublin Airport, public transport services, including ta...More Button


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