Cullen, Martin

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 633 No. 1

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Written Answers - Harbour Authorities.

Was asked: the situation with regard to the future of Bantry Harbour and the harbour board; if there is a timeframe in place for any such plan; if his attention has been drawn to local feeling; if the issue wil...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the successful rail freight service being operated by Irish Rail for a company (details supplied) from Ballina to Waterford; if his attention has further been drawn...More Button

In the course of my response to Dáil Question No. 76 on 21 February, 2007 I referred to a failed earlier attempt by Iarnród Éireann to provide freight service for Norfolkline. This was a reference to...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: if legislation to reform the Transport Act 1932 will be published by the end of this Dáil session; the details of this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the Dublin Transport Authority will be responsible for regulating and awarding bus licences in the greater Dublin area; if this requires reform of the existing Transport Act to enable same to occu...More Button

Was asked: the way it is proposed that bus licensing and regulations outside the greater Dublin area will be reformed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 403 to 405, inclusive, together. As previously announced the Government has decided that the regulation of the bus market in the Greater Dublin Area will be the respon...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: his views on whether public transport subventions should be based on the operator’s ability to attract increased passenger numbers; if he will reform the existing criteria for granting such subventio...More Button

The public service obligation payment to each of the CIÉ companies in respect of public transport services is currently administered by means of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between each of the co...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the way digital tachograph offences are detected in relation to foreign registered drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The detection of digital tachograph offences is a matter for the Road Safety Authority and the Gardaí.More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: if the introduction of barrier free tolling on the M50 requires a legislative basis; the details and purpose of such legislation; when same will be published; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

While existing legislation is adequate to facilitate the introduction of Barrier Free Tolling on the M50, it is essential that the enforcement provisions relating to non-payment of tolls be strengthen...More Button

Was asked: the capital and annual cost of the new barrier free tolling regime on the M50; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads, is vested in the National Roads Author...More Button

Was asked: the location of the new barrier free tolling gantry on the M50; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Issues relating to tolls on national roads are a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) in accordance with Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000). Th...More Button

Written Answers - Aviation Agreements.

Was asked: when he will negotiate a reformed or new bilateral aviation agreement between Ireland and the United States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that, following difficulties on the US side last year, negotiations on an Open Skies Agreement resumed in January 2007, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to the goa...More Button

Written Answers - Integrated Transport Services.

Was asked: the reasons the Government made no submission to the September 2005 staff working paper (details supplied); the reasons the National Development Plan does not make any reference to ongoing and deepen...More Button

The Metro North project is not a dedicated rail link to Dublin Airport in the way that the non-stop Heathrow Express is between that airport and central London. Metro North will terminate at Lissenhal...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the work carried out by the CIÉ restructuring division within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no longer a CIE Restructuring Division within my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if HGV drivers over 70 years of age will be restricted or prohibited from driving resulting from the introduction of digital tachographs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Matters relating to the digital tachograph are now dealt with by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided to Iarnród Éireann in each of the past five years. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table. Iarnród ÉireannMore Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty with transferring some HGV drivers to a digital tachograph system as a result of deficiencies in the National Driver File; when this problem will be ...More Button

Matters relating to the digital tachograph are now dealt with by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: if he will reconsider his decision not to carry out an economic impact study on Shannon Airport and the wider region to assess the effects an Open Skies aviation policy would have on the area’s touri...More Button

This matter has been raised in the House before and I have indicated that Open Skies will be good for Irish tourism, aviation, business links and the economy generally. For Irish airlines, Open Skies ...More Button

Was asked: further to his confirmation by way of reply to Parliamentary Question No. 222 of 9 March 2005 that a scheme was prepared in the late 1960s showing restrictions relating to runways 05/23 and 18/36 at ...More Button

Dublin Airport Authority has informed me that both of these runways (and their red zones) were withdrawn from service in the late 1960s. The inclusion or removal of red zones from County Development ...More Button

Was asked: further to his confirmation by way of reply to Parliamentary Question No. 264 of 28 October 2004 that the former north east to south west runway at Dublin Airport was withdrawn from service in 1990; ...More Button

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has informed me that Dublin County Council was advised of the permanent withdrawal from service of Runway 05/23 (and its red zones) as part of the County Development...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: the grants or financial incentives available from his Department for adapting diesel cars in order that they can use biofuels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Transport has recently funded a scheme to convert 50 selected vehicles to run on pure plant oil (PPO), which is being carried out under the aegis of the German-Irish Chamber of Indus...More Button

Written Answers - Garage Network.

Was asked: if he will request the Road Safety Authority to take steps to ensure there is an adequate network of garages around the country capable of dealing with motorists’ problems which may impair their safe...More Button

Neither I nor the Road Safety Authority have any role in this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Legislation.

Was asked: the situation in respect of protected exclusion zones around Croke Park on match days for resident-only parking; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Legal advice has been sought on this matter from the office of the Attorney General. The provisions of road traffic legislation are being examined in my Department at present in the light of that advi...More Button


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