Cullen, Martin

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 626 No. 4

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Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the spend on national roads in the Border Midland Western region as against the planned spend to June 2006 under the National Development Plan. More Button

Was asked: the spend on national roads in the southern and eastern region as against the planned spend to June 2006 under the National Development Plan. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together. The original forecast of expenditure under the National Roads priority relate to calendar years only and for the period 1st January 2000 to 31st ...More Button

Written Answers - Traffic Management.

Was asked: the measures he is taking to improve the traffic situation in the Greater Dublin Area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Investment in public transport is a critical element of Government policy on transport for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). Transport 21 is designed to inject a large amount of additional capacity into ...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Safety.

Was asked: the reason a foreign flagged tanker (details supplied) which in early 2006 was involved in a collision with potentially serious consequences while in the process of transporting hazardous oil product...More Button

Was asked: the status of vessels servicing oil platforms on the Corrib Field as regards holding Irish loadline certificates as required by law. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 484 and 485 together. Ships, within the definition of the International Load Line Convention, when engaged on international voyages are required to hold International ...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Accidents.

Was asked: if an investigation was conducted by his Department into an incident whereby a foreign flagged tanker (details supplied) was involved in a collision with potentially serious consequences while in the...More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to a vessel, which was involved in an incident in December 2005 in Galway. Following this incident the ship was inspected by Port State Control Officers from...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: the function he has in issuing directions to bodies or agencies which report to him regarding the levels of aircraft noise while on the ground and over-flying residential areas; and if he will make a...More Button

Under Statutory Instrument 645 of 2003 (Air Navigation and Transport Rules and Procedures for Noise Related Operating Restrictions at Airports) the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is the Competent Auth...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo can expect a reply from the Secretary General of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand that a letter issued from the Secretary-General of my Department to the persons concerned on 3 October 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Vehicles.

Was asked: if a scheme exists to allow for the testing of imported vehicles before registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As a consequence of the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006) the Road Safety Authority is now responsible for vehicle standards including vehicle t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount expended on photographers by his Department for events and publicity leaflet production in his constituency and the constituency of each Minister of State of his Department in the years 20...More Button

The amount expended on photographers by the Department of Transport for events and publicity leaflet production in my constituency and the constituency of Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher in the years ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: his plans to provide additional buses to serve the Clonmellon to Dublin bus service; if his attention has been drawn to plans of Bus Éireann to increase the frequency of this service; and if he will ...More Button

The provision of public bus services on specific routes is a commercial and operational matter for bus operators. However, there is a requirement on the State bus companies to notify my Department of ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: the policy directions he has given to the National Roads Authority since January 2005; the basis on which he provides funding to the NRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have not issued any policy directions to the National Roads Authority during the period referred to by the Deputy. Funding is provided to the NRA in accordance with the provisions of Section 24...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: if he will grant improvement for the improvement of the Irish airlines superannuation scheme; his views on whether the scheme is out of line with appropriate standards and provisions in comparable em...More Button

The pension scheme in question, the Irish Airlines (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme, is a multi-employer scheme in which the Dublin Airport Authority, Aer Lingus and SR Technics participate....More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the regulations in force governing the setting down of double yellow lines in estates not taken in charge by the local authority; the regulations which allow parking infringements in such circumstanc...More Button

I have no remit in relation to the regulation of parking on roads that have not been taken in charge in private residential estates. The road traffic statutes and regulations provide for the applicat...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that students from the village of Ratoath in County Meath must use separate Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus tickets to get to college in Dublin; and the action ...More Button

Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann currently have in place a range of integrated fares and tickets which allow transfer between their services. In addition, there are also integrated fares which allow transfe...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Insurance.

Was asked: the obligation that rests on the users of motorised wheelchairs to have insurance cover when they use roads, footpaths and cycle-ways; his views on whether it is advisable that such road users should...More Button

Motorised wheelchairs fall within the definition of a mechanically propelled vehicle, under section 3 of the 1961 Road Traffic Act. This means that Section 56 of that Act which requires compulsory th...More Button

Written Answers - Regional Airports.

Was asked: the estimated cost of the proposal he has received from the board of Waterford Regional Airport to extend the runway at the airport; when he will announce a decision on the application; and if he wil...More Button

My Department’s Capital Expenditure Grant Scheme for the regional airports which was launched earlier this year involves a planning and implementation framework extending to 2010 and a budget of 65 mi...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of all proposals for capital investment he has received from the six regional airports under the capital expenditure grant scheme in respect of the period up to the end of 2010; if...More Button

The capital expenditure grant scheme for the regional airports which was launched earlier this year involves a planning and implementation framework extending to 2010 and a budget of 65 million Euro o...More Button

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with a view to securing funding for Waterford County Council for the upgrade of the approach road to W...More Button

I have had no discussions with the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on the issue of funding this roadway, I have however written to the Minister for the Environment, Health L...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if he has received an application from Dublin City Council for funding towards park and ride facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand from the Dublin Transportation Office that it has not received any applications from Dublin City Council for a grant towards the cost of the development of park and ride facilities within...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: his views on the proposed hostile takeover of Aer Lingus by Ryanair; the action he is taking to prevent this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I do not consider that the Government’s strategic objectives would be best served by a takeover of Aer Lingus by Ryanair. It is my firm belief that Ireland’s economic interests are best served by the...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: the timetable for the construction of the western rail corridor from Ennis to Athenry and from Athenry to Claremorris; his views on the ESRI report which calls for a new evaluation on infrastructural...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 244 of 28th September which sets out the timetable for this project. All projects within Transport 21 are being, and will be, evaluated in accordance wi...More Button


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