Dempsey, Noel

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 693 No. 3

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 24 be agreed to.”
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National Asset Management Agency Bill 2009: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

Amendment put.
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Question: “That the amendments set down by the Minister for Finance and not disposed of, with the exception of amendment No. 42, including those in respect of which recommital would in the normal cour...
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Priority Questions - Railway Procurement Processes.

Was asked: his views on the Baker Tilly report on procurement processes and fraudulent activity at Iarnród Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The report referred to by the Deputy, which was commissioned by Irish Rail, raises serious concerns about procurement practices in Irish Rail. My initial reaction to the report is that the weaknesses...More Button

All that rhetoric is very nice, but any objective analysis will confirm that it is difficult for a Minister to seek a report from a company if he does not know it has been commissioned and is with the...More Button

As I said to the Deputy in my initial reply, I have asked for a full report on the circumstances that gave rise to the report, which was commissioned by Iarnród Éireann. I am also keen to learn more ...More Button

I am not sure that Deputy O’Dowd asked a question.More Button

I have told the Deputy twice that I have asked for a report on the measures being taken to ensure adequate controls in areas of expenditure that were not covered by the Baker Tilly report. The report...More Button

Priority Questions - Rural Transport Services.

Was asked: if he will confirm that he will maintain the level of funding as set out in budget 2009 for the rural transport programme in view of the level of anxiety among passengers on the rural transport netwo...More Button

There are commitments to the rural transport programme in the national development plan, Towards 2016, and in the Department of Transport’s sectoral plan under the Disability Act 2005. The renewed Go...More Button

Deputy Broughan is being very unfair because he was not present at our meeting in Athlone, at which this was one of the two major issues raised by the backbenchers of the Fianna Fáil Party——More Button

——to let me know exactly how important this was. Nobody in the House needs to lecture a Fianna Fáil Minister on how important the rural transport network is because a Fianna Fáil Government initiated ...More Button

The roll-out of the speed cameras and the signing of the contract are a matter for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. I ask him about it every day, as he will probably confirm. I am ...More Button

Very soon.More Button

Priority Questions - Rail Network.

Was asked: the additional resources he has given to CIE to repair the viaduct at Malahide, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Earlier this year, my Department allocated €404 million to Iarnród Éireann for investment in the development of the rail network and railway safety. Of this, €90 million was allocated to the railway ...More Button

I agree with the Deputy that safety must be of paramount importance. The safety procedures in place should be adhered to at all times by Iarnród Éireann and the rest of the companies in the CIE group...More Button

I agree. If there are checks to be carried out, they should be carried out. I do not want to say very much more about this until the Railway Safety Commission makes its findings known and we have al...More Button

The role of the Minister in this matter is to ensure that legislation is in place and that finance is available to implement the railway safety programme. The first railway safety programme, which co...More Button

Priority Questions - Road Safety.

Was asked: when he will legislate for mandatory alcohol testing at road accidents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have included provision for the mandatory testing for alcohol of drivers involved in road traffic collisions in the new Road Traffic Bill, which was published on 30 October 2009. The proposal is th...More Button

In recent years, in line with a commitment made by this and previous Governments, the number of members of the Garda traffic corps, which was specifically set up to target road traffic offences, has b...More Button

Given the current economic circumstances the Garda overtime bill, which is not a matter for me — so I will not comment on it — has been reduced. There is no doubt about that. In the current circumst...More Button

Was asked: the progress made in implementing the commercial vehicles testing review report in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006, SI No. 477 of 2006, the Road Safety Authority, RSA, has responsibility for matters relating to vehicle testing, including ...More Button

That is not correct. Ministers are not supposed to get involved in industrial relations, IR, issues within Departments. The report was presented to and was approved by the Government. It was consid...More Button

The Deputy is being rather unfair. I was talking about the administration of this system. The Deputy is conveying the impression that no testing is taking place or there is a lack of testing.More Button

That would be unfair. It is illegal for somebody to retrospectively change vehicle testing certificates. If the Deputy has knowledge of that——More Button

If he has personal knowledge of that, he should report it to the Garda or to me, and I will report it.More Button

The Deputy should give me the details.More Button

Those are cases that were detected. Deputy O’Dowd is making the case that this is still happening——More Button

The RSA vehicle inspectorate participated in 225 roadside checks in 2008, an increase of more than 100% on 2007. Roadside checks were completed on 3,252 vehicles. These checks revealed that 1,350 of...More Button

The RSA is very diligent in ensuring both the roadside testing and the visits to centres continue.More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the potential and planned spending cuts across his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on the proposals regarding the transport sector by the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes’ recommendations in relation to transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6, 12 and 16 together. The report of the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes recommended full year savings of €127 million in my Departm...More Button

It is obvious Deputy Bannon did not listen to my initial reply. I was asked specifically about the recommendations and I outlined the nature of those recommendations. I concluded by stating that dis...More Button

This is typical of what we are obliged to deal with.More Button

The Government is continually castigated by the Opposition for not taking the necessary actions to restore the economy. For the past five to ten years we have been criticised in respect of all the mo...More Button

That is despite the fact that the Opposition called on us to spend even more money. No area of Government expenditure will escape cuts or will not have changes made to it. The Department of Transport...More Button

That is what Deloitte——More Button

I am not.More Button

The Deputy should allow me to answer the question.More Button

The Deputy was seeking 300 buses for Dublin Bus.More Button

No, the Deputy was seeking them for Dublin Bus. The Deloitte report shows that we can increase the efficiencies in Dublin Bus. The company has accepted that and has put in place the necessary change...More Button

It is possible to quote statistics in support of any argument. I do not believe the Deputy is being fair in that regard. Deputy Broughan has a point in respect of this matter. I do not know the exa...More Button

Services did not change to meet the demands. We must rectify that failure and provide services in places where people work and live.More Button

Other Questions - Transport 21.

Was asked: if he will publish a full report on every Transport 21 project including each current estimated commencement date, date of conclusion, the estimated cost of each project and the likely outcomes down ...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether all aspects of the Transport 21 plan will be completed by the 2015 deadline; his further views on capital transport investment projects as a means to restore lost economic compet...More Button

Was asked: the degree to which the objectives set out in Transport 21 have so far been achieved; the full extent of changes made to the original proposals; the extent to which these targets have been affected b...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7, 23 and 42 together. Information on the completion dates, projected outcomes and costs of major Transport 21 projects that have been completed or are at an advanced ...More Button

It is no secret that the current economic circumstances will make it difficult to deliver on all projects. The renewed programme for Government, published a couple of weeks ago, specifically states, ...More Button

I presume what the Deputy is seeking from CIE is information on the top ten tenders?More Button

I will ask CIE to provide that information for each of the three companies.More Button

On the Leinster outer orbital route, this project is not included in this phase of the national development plan or Transport 21. It will be considered in the context of renewal of the programme post...More Button

If the Deputy puts down separate questions on the individual projects, I will try and be as helpful as I possibly can be. The issues he has raised are included in the planning and design process. Mo...More Button

We will try and get some of them in before the election. That would be more beneficial. With regard to the question on the mayor, it is envisaged that the directly elected mayor of Dublin will have ...More Button

Other Questions - National Cycle Policy.

Was asked: the position regarding the cycle ways that have been approved for funding including Carrigaline to Crosshaven in County Cork and the cross Dublin cycle route; the cycle ways which are awaiting fundin...More Button

Since announcing the national cycle policy framework in April, I have indicated my intention to provide financial support to exemplary, demonstration, cycling infrastructure projects in the following ...More Button

I do not have the full accurate figures before me for the projects I mentioned, but next year’s expenditure, which will bring most of them to a conclusion, will be approximately €11 million. The tota...More Button

He did not. Some €3 million will be spent on that project and he will provide €1.5 million of that, which I appreciate greatly. I wish to acknowledge Councillor Montague’s contribution to the cyclin...More Button

We must use our imagination in this area. The canals offer an extensive cycle and pedestrian way. The Royal Canal will be completely open next year. The railways are similar, some of the projects I...More Button

Other Questions - Haulage Licences.

Was asked: his views on the Farrelly report into the issuing of road transport haulage operators’ licences by his Department; when he will publish the promised legislation to enhance the regulatory regime gover...More Button

I initiated a general review into the criteria for granting road transport licences in April 2009 in the aftermath of the drug case referred to by the Deputy. Mr. Jimmy Farrelly was engaged to review...More Button

The Deputy has the sequence of events incorrect, I commissioned the Farrelly report on foot of the specific case raised. All of the matters that arose as a result of that case have been dealt with. ...More Button

Adjournment Debate - ICT in Schools.

As a former Minister for Education and Science, I am delighted to respond to this Adjournment matter on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Education and Science, Deputy Batt O’Keeffe. I thank t...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Health Service Staff.

I am replying to this Adjournment matter on behalf of my colleague the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Mary Harney. The Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar provides an extensive range of a...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Schools Building Projects.

I am replying to this Adjournment matter on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Education and Science. Scoil Bhríde has a principal plus 19 teachers and four learning-resource teachers. In Septe...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Hospital Services.

I am replying to this Adjournment matter on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Mary Harney. I welcome the opportunity to set out the current position on cancer servic...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: his strategies to make CIÉ financially more self-sufficient; his plans to reduce subvention to CIÉ; the amount of public money given in both capital and public service obligation payments to CIÉ sinc...More Button

In the period 1997 to 2009 over €3.03 billion in Exchequer subvention has been paid to CIÉ towards the operational cost of loss making socially and economically necessary services. The allocation of ...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: if he has been briefed by the Directors he appointed to the board of Aer Lingus on proposals by Aer Lingus management to cut annual costs by around €97 million up to 2011 including the possible loss ...More Button

I was not briefed by the State appointed directors on the Board of Aer Lingus Group plc on the company’s cost restructuring plan. A representative from the company briefed officials from my Department...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: if the new chairperson and chief executive officer designate of the Dublin Transport Authority will become the chair and CEO of the new National Transport Authority; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the reason regarding the establishment of the Dublin Transport Authority; the way the new proposals to transform the DTA into a National Transport Authority will affect progress on making the DTA ope...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 51 together. I recently announced the appointment of Mr. John Fitzgerald as chairperson and Mr. Gerry Murphy as chief executive designate of the Dublin Transpor...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: his contingency plans in the event of wide scale strikes at major airports here; if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 173 of 15 October 2009, he has had further communications with Aer Lingus; t...More Button

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports and as such the preparation of a contingency plan in the event of a str...More Button

Written Answers - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: the contacts that he has had with the Department of Finance regarding the Metro North project; when he expects a decision on commitment to the Metro North project; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Metro North; when a decision will be made between the two final bidders; the estimate of funding that will be allocated to Metro North under Budget 2010; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: if capital funds will be made available in 2010 for the Metro North line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 33 and 127 together. An Bórd Pleanála adjourned the Oral Hearing into the Railway Order application for Metro North in April this year, to allow consideration of f...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the progress made to date in the implementation of the Deloitte Report dealing with bus market reform; if he has set a timeframe for Dublin Bus to achieve certain goals; his views on whether CIÉ is c...More Button

Dublin Bus has reported good progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the Deloitte report on the cost and efficiency review of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. In line with the recommendat...More Button

Written Answers - Vehicle Testing.

Was asked: the progress made in implementing the 2007 report on Commercial Vehicles Testing Review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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) has responsibility for matters relating to vehicle testing, includin...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when the proposed new Road Traffic Bill will be published; the way this Bill will deal with drug driving; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his proposals to improve the fixed charge processing system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the implementation of the Road Safety Strategy 2007-2012 including the rollout of the national speed camera programme, the closing of a series of loopholes in the penalty point...More Button

Was asked: the way the field impairment testing for drug driving, as proposed in the forthcoming Road Traffic Bill, will be implemented; the way this test will differentiate between prescribed medication and il...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 28, 43 and 53 together. I published the Road Traffic Bill 2009 on Friday 30 October 2009. It provides for the lowering of the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (B...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Transport Services.

Was asked: if discussions have taken place with regard to the future of the rural transport programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans for the rural transport initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 39 together. There are commitments to the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) in the National Development Plan, Towards 2016 and the Department of Transport’s Secto...More Button

Written Answers - Motor Insurance.

Was asked: his views on the implications for road safety of proposals by motor insurers to increase motor insurance costs by 10% even though motor insurance prices increased by 15% over the past year according ...More Button

Third Party motor insurance is required by law for the use of all mechanically propelled vehicles in a public place. Motor insurance is provided by private companies in an open and competitive market...More Button

Written Answers - Ports Security.

Was asked: if he is reviewing security at ports here in view of the recent seizure of 120 million contraband cigarettes at Greenore Port, County Louth; his proposals to enhance the security in all of the nation...More Button

The seizing of contraband cigarettes is a matter for the Customs and the Garda Síochána. My Department is responsible for the implementation of International and EU security requirements at Irish por...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when he will introduce the Sustainable Travel and Transport Bill to the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Preliminary work is underway in my Department on the identification and development of possible measures to be included in a Sustainable Travel and Transport Bill. Bearing in mind the priority legisla...More Button

Written Answers - Road Haulage Industry.

Was asked: if he will explain the changes to his policy on the employment of a full time transport manager for road haulage companies with 50 or less vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Every licensed commercial road transport business, both haulage and passenger, must have a transport manager, who holds a Certificate of Professional Competence. A consultation paper was issued to al...More Button

Written Answers - Travel Projects.

Was asked: if he has established a fund to support innovative sustainable travel projects, which can help in changing travel behaviour or reducing environmental impacts; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

I launched two funds this summer, to support innovative sustainable travel projects, the Smarter Travel Project Fund, and the National Competition for Smarter Travel Areas. The Smarter Travel Project...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: if he has met or been briefed by representatives of the travel and tourism industry in view of continuing falling volumes of passengers especially in the aviation sector; his plans to enhance the tra...More Button

While I have not recently met with or been directly briefed by representatives of the travel and tourism industry, I am fully aware of the negative impact that the current difficult economic situation...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport Safety.

Was asked: if he has received any of the reports by the Department of Transport, An Garda Síochána, the Railway Safety Commission, Dublin Bus or Veolia Transport into the series of collisions involving public t...More Button

The investigation of collisions on the road is a matter for An Garda Siochana. Neither my Department nor the RSA have a function in this area and I have no plans to change that. Road traffic accident...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: the reason he has requested the National Roads Authority to take over the management functions of the non-national road network on a non-statutory basis; the functions this new role will entail for t...More Button

The National Roads Authority has not taken over management responsibility for regional and local roads. They remain the statutory responsibility of the local authorities. From 1st September last, the...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Industry.

Was asked: his views on the recent reforms announced by the Commission on Taxi Regulation; his plans to incentivise the purchase of wheelchair accessible taxis in the industry in view of the current economic pr...More Button

The regulation of the taxi industry is, in accordance with the Taxi Regulation Act 2003, a matter for the Commissioner on Taxi Regulation and the Minister for Transport has no role in relation thereto...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: the status of all leases of port company lands; if all of the chairpersons of the ten State commercial port companies have replied to the request for this information; and if he will make a statement...More Button

As I indicated during the Dáil debates on the Harbours (Amendment) Act 2009, I wrote to all ten chairpersons of the State commercial port companies requesting details of all leases of port company lan...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport Safety.

Was asked: if a departmental review of the systems for checking and monitoring safety across the whole transport sector is taking place in view of the number of potentially fatal collisions involving public tra...More Button

The regulatory and investigatory regime in place governing rail safety, administered by the Railway Safety Commission and the Railway Accident Investigation Unit under the Railway Safety Act, 2005 as ...More Button

Written Answers - Port Development.

Was asked: his views on the Dublin Port National Development Plan Study conducted by Indecon Consultants for his Department; his views on his favoured scenario for the development of Dublin Port; and if he will...More Button

In August 2009 the final report of the Dublin Port National Development Plan Study carried out by Indecon was published on my Department’s website, www.transport.ie. I commented at the time that the r...More Button

Was asked: if he has been briefed on the recent postponement of the An Bord Pleanála hearing into plans by the Dublin Port Company to infill 52 acres in Dublin Bay; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The Minister for Transport is a “prescribed body” for the purposes of Dublin Port Company’s planning application under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. Accordingly, th...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Rail.

Was asked: his views on the recently published and CIÉ commissioned Baker, Tilly, Ryan, Glennon Report on alleged irregularities in the procurement process at Irish Rail; the action he will take or has taken in...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to priority Question No. 1 of today.More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Communications Systems.

Was asked: the reason he has not signed up for the new EU-wide in-car emergency communication system, eCall that could save up to 2,500 lives a year on the roads across the EU; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Ireland is one of 12 Member States, including the United Kingdom and France, that has not yet given a commitment to develop eCall on a voluntary basis, by way of signing a Memorandum of Understanding....More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the status of his road safety strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The overall objective of the Road Safety Strategy 2007-2012 is to save lives and prevent serious injuries, through a combination of education, enforcement, engineering and other actions, thereby bring...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: when construction of the DART underground will begin; the action being taken to compensate inner city communities for the disruption caused by the proposed works; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Construction of the DART Underground comes under the remit of Iarnród Éireann and I understand that an application for a Railway Order for the DART Underground will be submitted by Iarnród Éireann to ...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the alleged operation of the direct bus service by a company (details supplied) between Dublin and Galway without a licence; the number of other bus services which are under inve...More Button

I can confirm that there are 3 licensed operators on the Galway-Dublin City/Airport route offering a range of multi stop and non stop services. Only one of these operators is licensed to operate a non...More Button

Was asked: his plans for capital spending in the transport sector for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; if he is preparing a submission on transport capital spending for Budget 2010; the recommendations he has made to...More Button

The capital funding allocation for my Department for the coming years will be determined as part of the 2010 Budget process and discussions are taking place between officials of my Department and the ...More Button

Written Answers - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: if he will clarify the status of LUAS line E; if it will be included in Vision 2030; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Feasibility Study on a possible Luas line connecting Dundrum to the City Centre via Rathfarnham, Terenure, and Harold’s Cross was published in May 2008. This Study is a first step in a process o...More Button

Written Answers - Port Development.

Was asked: the position regarding the development of Bremore Port, County Meath; if he has reviewed the recent viewing arrangements for key planning applications at Bremore; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Drogheda Port Company, together with their partners Castlemarket Holdings, are continuing to progress their plans to develop a deepwater port facility at Bremore. I understand that pre-planning consu...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: if he will undertake a review of the performance of the Railway Safety Commission and Irish Rail safety procedures in view of the collapse of the Broadmeadow Bridge railway line, County Dublin, and t...More Button

I understand from the Railway Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU) that it is conducting an independent investigation into all aspects of the collapse of the Malahide Viaduct. The Railway Safety Commiss...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the timescale for the implementation and full operation of plans for an automatic vehicle location system, real time information system and integrated ticketing system in Dublin Bus and other public ...More Button

I understand from Dublin Bus that the AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system has been developed and that the installation of on-bus equipment across the PSO fleet has been completed on 350 buses. The...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: the full extent of funding provided by his Department and spent by each local authority on the county roads structure on a local authority basis annually over the past five years to date in 2009; the...More Button

I have set out the details regarding regional and local road grants provided by my Department to local authorities from 2005 to 2008 in the table below together with the road grant allocations made by...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he will report on his meeting with Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister at the North South Ministerial Council Meeting in terms of moves to harmonise blood alcohol levels for drink driving in t...More Button

Road safety is a regular agenda item on meetings of the Transport Sector of North-South Ministerial Council, including blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels for intoxicated driving. Both I and my...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: the position regarding the collapsed Broadmeadow railway bridge, County Dublin; when the bridge will re-open and services will return to normal; if he has received any report from Irish Rail on bridg...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to priority PQ 3 of today.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the reason he has decided to amalgamate the Commission for Aviation Regulation and the regulatory functions of the Irish Aviation Authority into the proposed new National Transport Authority; when th...More Button

I announced my intention to amalgamate the Commission for Aviation Regulation and the regulatory functions of the Irish Aviation Authority with the planned new National Transport Authority on 1st Octo...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: if he has liaised with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on all proposals to establish a successor business at the SR Technics plant in Dublin Airport; if he has been briefed on any ...More Button

Officials from my Department have maintained regular liaison with the Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment on proposals to establish a successor business at the SR Technics. My colleague, the ...More Button

Written Answers - Cycle Facilities.

Was asked: the status of plans for a new cycle path in Dublin city; if these plans will include works to provide cycle paths along the Grand Canal in the city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Dublin City Council has developed plans for an off-road cycle route via the Grand Canal, the new Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Royal Canal to provide a link from Portobello to Fairview Park. I unders...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: the marketing campaign or strategies which have been rolled out to promote Shannon Airport as a customs and border protection facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Responsibility for marketing the Preclearance Service at Shannon Airport is a matter for the Shannon Airport Authority and I have no statutory function in that regard.More Button

Written Answers - Air Services.

Was asked: if progress has been made in regard to issues raised by an association (details supplied) in a recent submission relating to group bookings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress made following his meeting with the management of Aer Lingus at which he was due to discuss issues raised by an association (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 125 and 129 together. Commercial arrangements of this nature are entirely a matter for Aer Lingus. However, the issues raised by the Association have been brought to t...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if he has had consultations with the European Commission in relation to the planned stakeholder consultation to be held in October with regard to a planned overhaul of consumer rights for holiday mak...More Button

In 2007 the European Commission commenced a consultation process for the review of the Package Holiday Directive (Council Directive No. 90/314/EEC), which sets out consumer rights in the package trave...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of funds already spent on the Metro North project. More Button

The expenditure incurred, including legal fees, on Metro North, to end September 2009 is €133.5m.More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network Property.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that toxic railway sleepers have been illegally sold into the domestic garden market (details supplied); the steps he has taken to identify the culprits; i...More Button

The manner of disposal of railway sleepers by Irish Rail is a day to day matter for the company.More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: the funding provided by his Department for national, primary or minor roads directly to the National Roads Authority or the various local authorities here in each of the past five years and to date i...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. The construction, improvement and maintenance of i...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: if consideration has been given to the provision of a spur to provide extension to rail services at Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 273 answered on 17 February 2009. The position remains the same.More Button

Written Answers - Airport Charges.

Was asked: the extent to which airport charges at the various airports here compare with charges at other airports throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) regulates airport charges levied at Dublin Airport. Charges at Cork and Shannon are set by the airport authority. Passenger charges levied at the six reg...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the total number of road traffic accidents reported in each of the past five years and to date in 2009; if an accident report was completed in each case with particular reference to fatalities or inj...More Button

Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No 477 of 2006) this is a matter for the Road Safety Authority.More Button

Written Answers - Transport 21.

Was asked: the degree to which the objectives set out in Transport 21 have been achieved to date or are more likely to be so achieved in accordance with the original predictions; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to similar Question No. 7 of today’s date.More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: the anticipated date for the further augmentation of commuter rail facilities to and from Dublin in the context of the national development plan or in the interim; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

As set out in Transport 21 and the National Development Plan, the next augmentation of commuter rail services will be the Kildare Route Project which entails the quadrupling of a critical section of t...More Button


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