Dempsey, Noel

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 640 No. 4

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Leaders’ Questions.

I did not.More Button

The Deputy should get his facts right.More Button

The Deputy got his answer on LMFM yesterday.More Button

Deputy Gilmore is still on a learner permit.More Button

Order of Business.

Why would I change my mind?More Button

I thank the Deputy.More Button

It will not be closed. The Deputy can rest assured of that.More Button

Deputy Broughan should know how to ask questions.More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2007.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Road Safety: Statements.

The events of the last few days have once again succeeded in putting the question of road safety to the forefront of people’s minds and that is welcome. I intend to take the opportunity afforded to me...More Button

He was not very generous. More Button

I thank Deputies for their contributions. With all the activity and the political statements that were made over the weekend one would have expected people to be a bit rougher. I acknowledge and tha...More Button

That is exactly what I am saying. More Button

I am just saying that this should not have come as a surprise. Nobody should have been surprised that we needed to get this in order. A number of Deputies asked about the possibility of the Joint Com...More Button

My understanding was that members of the transport committee would review the road safety strategy in conjunction with those involved in delivering it, including myself, on a regular basis. I have no...More Button

Written Answers - Search and Rescue Service.

Was asked: the status of the Malin Head and Valentia coast guard radio stations and the plans for their future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Coast Guard and Maritime Administration of my Department at present operates three manned Co-ordination Centres at Dublin, Malin and Valentia. The equipment at these locations is dated and ...More Button

Written Answers - Air Development Projects.

Was asked: if his Department’s media monitoring unit brought press reports relating to the establishment of a hub by Aer Lingus in Belfast to his attention; the response taken in each case; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: if the media monitoring staff working in his Department received any queries regarding Aer Lingus during the month of June 2007 and from whom; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 258 together. There is no Media Monitoring Unit in my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the number and distribution of park and ride facilities in the Dublin metropolitan area and in neighbouring counties; the number and distribution of such facilities to be provided in these areas unde...More Button

Transport 21 provides for the doubling of the number of park and ride (P&R) facilities in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in the period up to 2015. I am informed that there are Park and Ride (P&R) faci...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: if there are plans to upgrade the Bridgend-Buncrana road to a national primary road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have no plans to reclassify the Bridgend Buncrana road as a national primary road.More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the position regarding the 41X bus route; the date the private bus operator was granted a bus licence by his Department; the date the private service will operate its service from; if Dublin Bus will...More Button

Dublin Bus is not subject to licensing in accordance with the provisions of the 1932 Road Transport Act, as amended. However, the initiation or alteration of a bus service by the Company is subject t...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 151 of 18 October 2007, the reason that his Department was able to provide a subsidy to Lough Swilly Bus Company to provide a public bus service to the people of...More Button

The instigation of bus services in any location in the country is in the first instance an operational matter for bus operators and I have no power to direct operators to provide bus services in a par...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the estimate his Department has made of the survival chances of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle travelling at speeds (details supplied) in view of the existing research findings by other EU transport d...More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No 477 of 2006) the carrying out of research or analysis of research on road safety awareness is now a matter for the...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Insurance.

Was asked: his most recent estimate of the number of vehicles without motor insurance on the road here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The number of drivers without motor insurance is estimated by the insurance industry to be in the range of one hundred thousand drivers. This is calculated by taking the number of registered vehicles...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the estimate he has made of the change in cost to the passenger of public transport in real terms in each year since 1997, broken down by mode of transport; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

As private operators are free to set their own fares policy, I am not in a position to estimate the change in cost to the passenger of public transport since 1997. However, since 1997 Ministerial appr...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Security.

Was asked: the number of security alerts there have been at each commercial airport here in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is not the practice to comment on specific security measures or incidents at the State’s airports. However, aviation security arrangements at Irish airports are kept under continuous review by my D...More Button

Written Answers - Satellite Navigation.

Was asked: if he plans to undertake a review on the use of global positioning in-vehicle information systems; his views on all safety aspects of human-machine interface aspects of satellite navigation and other...More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006) the issue of vehicle standards on construction, equipment and use including the use of global posit...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the position regarding the upgrade of a bridge (details supplied) in County Donegal which is posing a serious hazard to the safety of motorists and pedestrians; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The provision and improvement of non-national roads, including bridges, in its area is a matter for Donegal County Council to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State grants. In August t...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the reason a licence has not been granted for Dublin Bus to operate the proposed 141 bus route from Swords to Dublin city centre via Santry, Whitehall and Drumcondra; the further reason the new Sword...More Button

Dublin Bus is not subject to licensing in accordance with the provisions of the 1932 Road Transport Act, as amended. However, the initiation or alteration of a bus service by the Company is subject t...More Button

Written Answers - Cycle Facilities.

Was asked: if, in view of the positive benefits of cycling in terms of gridlock and CO2 emissions, he will lobby to have the purchase of bicycles and electric pedlec bicycles included in the tax saver commuter ...More Button

I recognise the positive benefits of cycling and I am committed to increasing the use of cycling as a mode of transport. My Department is commissioning research on international best practice at prese...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the number of new buses it is planned to provide to Bus Éireann for services in Cork City and county in the next twelve months as part of Transport 21. More Button

In September 2006 my predecessor announced expenditure of €50 million on 160 (69 additional and 91 replacement) buses for Bus Eireann as part of Transport 21. Another €23 million was approved earlier ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if it is his intention to make the maximum permitted blood alcohol content 0.5 mg/ml in all Member States as per the European Commission recommendation of 17 January 2001 on the maximum permitted blo...More Button

The new Road Safety Strategy for the period 2007 — 2012, which was prepared by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and published last week, identifies the need to legislate for and introduce a reduction i...More Button

Written Answers - Public Private Partnerships.

Was asked: the annual cost and termination year of each public private partnership and private finance initiative contract with his Department and its agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. As the Deputy is aware, the implementation of indivi...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Security.

Was asked: the recent assessment he has carried out into the length of delays at airports here as a result of changes to security measures introduced in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Management of security practices and procedures at Irish airports is a day-to-day operational matter for the relevant airport authority. These practices and procedures are subject to monitoring by my ...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Licences.

Was asked: the statistics for the years 2001 to 2006 for the number of driving licences issued for class A, B, C, D and E; and the number of provisional driving licences for cars only differentiating between fi...More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No 477 of 2006) the Road Safety Authority has now responsibility for the issue of all classes of driving licences for...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Safety.

Was asked: the legally required ratio of passengers to crew on ferries sailing between the mainland and the islands. More Button

Was asked: if his Department has received complaints detailing breaches of the legally required ratio of passengers to crewmen on board ferries sailing between the mainland and the islands in the past twelve mo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 277 together. The number of crew members required to be onboard passenger ships operating to the islands of the state takes account of the number required to e...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: if he will designate and identify the R352 road from Tulla, County Clare to Whitegate, County Clare to be a strategic route as it is the main arterial route through east Clare which provides access t...More Button

In accordance with Section 10 of the Roads Act 1993, public roads may be classified as national roads, regional roads or local roads. There is no statutory classification of strategic road or route. ...More Button

Was asked: the allocation per kilometre for each local authority for non-national roads for each of the past five years. More Button

The total grant allocated to each local authority in each of the years 2003 to 2007 for non-national roads is set out in Table 1. The only grant categories which are calculated by reference to length ...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: the reason his Department did not inform the Shannon Airport Authority as a statutory body formed under the State Airports Act 2004 of the Aer Lingus intention to end the Shannon-Heathrow route when ...More Button

An official of my Department had contact with the Dublin Airport Authority on 13 June 2007 in order to determine the performance, in terms of passenger numbers and load factors, of the Shannon Heathro...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: if the Freedom of Information Act 1997 will be extended to cover the Dublin Airport Authority, Shannon Airport Authority and Cork Airport Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Responsibility for the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1997 rests with the Minister for Finance. However, I can inform the Deputy that my Department recently expressed the view, in reply to a query f...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: if his attention was drawn by the Department of the Taoiseach’s media monitoring unit or his own Department's media unit to the decision of Aer Lingus; if so, when; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The circumstances in which I was informed of Aer Lingus’s decision on the Belfast hub and its implications for Shannon are already on the record of the House and are set out in the report completed by...More Button

Was asked: if he had discussions or meetings with the former executive chairman of the Shannon Airport Authority regarding the decision of Aer Lingus to cease the Shannon-Heathrow service; the details of such d...More Button

As soon as I became aware of the decision of Aer Lingus to discontinue its Shannon Heathrow service, I had discussions with the former executive chairman of the Shannon Airport Authority. I expressed ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: his views on introducing on to his Department’s website an interactive rules of the road section. More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006) the Road Safety Authority (RSA) the publication and distribution of the Rules of the Road is a matte...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the funding allocated towards the roll-out of green routes and quality bus corridors (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

My Department has been providing funding for a number of Green Routes (bus priority routes) in Cork over the past number of years. The Carrickaline/Ringaskiddy Route, which includes a Donnybrook Hill...More Button

Was asked: the details of a licence issued by his Department to Bus Éireann for a planned new bus route (details supplied) in County Cork including number of services per day and details of the commencement of ...More Button

Bus Éireann is not subject to licensing in accordance with the provisions of the 1932 Road Transport Act, as amended. However, the initiation or alteration of a bus service by the Company is subject ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount that was spent by his Department on official hospitality in the past 12 months. More Button

The total amount spent by my Department on official entertainment and catering costs in the past 12 months has been €136,612. This amount covers such items as catering costs in relation to staff meet...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: if he will confirm that the airport coordinator, as defined by Council Regulation 95/93 and amended by EC 793/2004, has a veto on transferring routes to second airports. More Button

Was asked: if the airport coordinator can reject a route change on the basis that the proposed change would be detrimental to the vital interests of the region from which the route would be transferred. More Button

Was asked: if the airport coordinator or Aer Lingus is required to carry out an impact study on the Shannon region to assess the affects of the proposed transfer. More Button

Was asked: if grandfather rights adhere to the airline or the route in view of the fact that Regulation 790/2004 states that the system provides for the reallocation of slots with established precedence to incu...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 288 to 291, inclusive, together. The EU regulation to which the Deputy refers is of no relevance to the decision of Aer Lingus to discontinue its Shannon to Heathrow s...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will provide clarification on the new regulations within the school transport scheme that may come into effect from September 2008, in relation to the pull test; if it will result in prohibitiv...More Button

In June 2006, as part of public policy to enhance the safety of bus occupants, changes to the compulsory annual roadworthiness test for vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats fitted with safety bel...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Facilities.

Was asked: the number of buildings within his Department that have a canteen or hot food service for staff; the location of each building; the country of origin for beef, pork, chicken and lamb sourced for each...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is as follows:More Button


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