Dempsey, Noel

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 705 No. 2

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Order of Business.

A Navan man.More Button

If the Deputy cannot understand the answer, we will get someone to explain it to her.More Button

Read the transcript.More Button

There is a question on this matter on today’s Order Paper.More Button

It does not only apply to the water. More Button

Priority Questions - State Airports.

Was asked: the reason for the decision to terminate the facility management procurement process relating to terminal 2 at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his recent decision to allow the Dublin Airport Authority to operate terminal 2 within the benchmark set by the Commission for Aviation Regulation; the reason he initiated and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 60 together. The May 2005 Government decision on the construction of the second terminal at Dublin Airport provided for the selection of the operator of the ter...More Button

The DAA participated in the process in the sense that it was involved in consultations on standards and so on in regard to the second terminal. However, it did not participate in the tender procedure...More Button

Once again the Deputy has provided some lovely rhetorical flourishes.More Button

The decision in regard to the running of the second terminal was made prior to my time as Minister for Transport. I was required to implement the Government decision to put forward an alternative for...More Button

I cannot do so. I am not even sure I should be——More Button

The Deputy may do so if he wishes. I do not have the information.More Button

I saw the list at the time but do not have it with me. From recollection, most of the companies that are involved in this type of business were represented in the tenders.More Button

The Deputy is absolutely incorrect in his assertion. The fairest way of doing this was to get the DAA to put in its price at the appropriate time, and then give everybody else the opportunity to put ...More Button

——in any way at all. The Deputy made the assertion that this will cost taxpayers, but that is not the case. When this process was finished, CAR issued a recommendation on prices at Dublin Airport th...More Button

The DAA was going to get the opportunity to put its own best case forward. That was part of the process.More Button

It was part of the process. The consultants came forward with the proposal that it should be a two phased thing and should be benchmarked. The right to terminate the competition at the end of the fi...More Button

Priority Questions - Air Rescue Services.

Was asked: the reason he has decided to downgrade Waterford search and rescue helicopter service to a 12-hour service; the impact this will have on an emergency situation; the savings that will be made; if he...More Button

A procurement process for the Irish Coast Guard helicopter search and rescue service is currently taking place. As the process is ongoing, there are constraints on what I can say, but I will be as he...More Button

The Deputy is incorrect in stating that there will be a 12-hour service anywhere along the coast. There will be a 24-hour service right around the coast. The Waterford base could go to a 12-hour ser...More Button

The Deputy is absolutely right. It is not good enough. The UK service is not acceptable at all to me, nor is that kind of helicopter. The reason we are going for this helicopter — the newest of the...More Button

I do not care where they are being used. The helicopters we are bringing in are the best for this. They are purpose built and are safer if they have to make a crash landing. More Button

They can carry more personnel, have a longer range and are much better and more effective. More Button

The Deputy says he wants that helicopter in the UK. He should consult with his Members down there. They do not want an inferior service.More Button

I am not going to give them one. I am going to give them a better service. More Button

The Air Corps was asked about this and it does not want anything to do with search and rescue.More Button

The Air Corps, specifically.More Button

Priority Questions - Railway Safety.

Was asked: if he will publish in full all reports he has received into the collapse of the Broadmeadow railway bridge, Malahide, County Dublin; if he has met Irish Rail and the Railway Safety Commission to dis...More Button

The Railway Safety Act 2005 put in place a strong and modern legislative and regulatory framework for railway safety in Ireland. The legislation established an independent safety regulator in the Rai...More Button

I agree with the Deputy on one thing — that a very serious incident was averted by the quick thinking of the driver in question. We should all be grateful for that. I have two roles concerning rail ...More Button

From inquiries I have made, I am aware that the company has reviewed all its procedures in this respect. It has examined similar structures. The Railway Safety Commission is not meant to do the job ...More Button

I await with interest the report as to why they did not know that, if they are the experienced people in this area. More Button

Priority Questions - Weather Damage Repairs.

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed assessment of the €180 million cost for repairing damage caused by the recent weather conditions as estimated by county councils; the details of the cost involved for e...More Button

I will provide a table setting out the returns received from county and city councils. It covers the estimated cost of the response to the recent flooding and severely cold weather, and of road repai...More Button

Like the Deputy, I encourage as many people as possible to take their holidays at home. The answer to his question about whether there is any more money for local or regional roads is that I do not h...More Button

I will always be delighted to receive extra money from anybody.More Button

Other Questions - Taxi Regulation.

Was asked: when the Commission for Taxi Regulation will be incorporated into the National Transport Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The National Transport Authority was established on 1 December last. In accordance with the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009, the Commission for Taxi Regulation will be subsumed...More Button

Over the last couple of years I have met representatives of the Irish taxi industry — the established representative bodies which have been there for some time, some of which are unions or members of ...More Button

The Deputy is not reflecting the views of the established taxi organisations on the current process. The taxi advisory council, whose letter I quoted and which represents these organisations, is sati...More Button

I have no function in negotiating any changes.More Button

Yes, and I have appointed by law — in an Act passed by this House — the Commission for Taxi Regulation to regulate the industry. It has established extensive consultative processes that can be used b...More Button

There is no way we can respond to bully-boy tactics from anybody.More Button

Other Questions - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: when the Road Traffic Bill 2009 will be enacted; when the reduced blood alcohol limits will be introduced; his views on the Road Safety Authority survey that stated that one in three drivers believe...More Button

The Road Traffic Bill 2009, which is currently before the Dáil for Second Stage consideration, provides for the lowering of the legal blood alcohol concentration to 20 mg per 100 mL for learner, novic...More Button

I agree with the Deputy and it is my intent to continue to support the RSA in its education profile. It is a good example of at least one area where across parties people have been constructive and p...More Button

The process involving the testing, tendering and purchase of machines started on the day I put the Bill into the public domain. I did this in order to cut at least six months off the normal time take...More Button

That is something which has exercised everybody on all sides of the House. The impairment tests are being legislated for.More Button

Gardaí can also form an opinion and do a test later. We are working with the EU to see if we can get a roadside testing kit that would assist in the issue. I assure the Deputy that we will pursue th...More Button

Other Questions - State Airports.

Was asked: if he is currently examining proposals for the development of any new aircraft maintenance or engineering initiatives at Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports; if he has been briefed by an airline (detai...More Button

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Dublin Airport Authority and an airline (details supplied) regarding hangar 6 at Dublin Airport; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the contact that was made to him in relation to the proposals to create 500 jobs at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 66, 76 and 94 together. I have not received proposals for the development of new aircraft maintenance or engineering initiatives at Dublin, Shannon or Cork airports. ...More Button

No, I was not briefed by Ryanair at any stage. I did not seek a briefing in respect of the hangar 6 issue, nor did I receive one. I was, however, fully briefed by the then Tánaiste and Minister for ...More Button

Yes. I also had meetings with officials in my Department and their counterparts from the then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Furthermore, I had brief discussions with representative...More Button

I am only stating facts. I have the utmost regard for the achievements of Ryanair, which has created jobs, brought down the cost of air fares, etc. I have no difficulty acknowledging that. Ryanair ...More Button

The matter to which the Deputy refers has been the subject of discussions at the LRC and is now the subject of a ballot among staff. I hope there will be a positive outcome for the company and for th...More Button

At least Deputy Reilly’s supplementary was somewhat related to the matter under discussion. I do not know the answer to Deputy Broughan’s question on the former employees of SR Technics and the globa...More Button

I accept that. I will take the matter up with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation to see if something could be done for those involved. The Deputy also referred to the difficulties at A...More Button

I agree with the Deputy that it is wonderful to have an airline as commercially big, powerful and strong as Ryanair. I have no difficulty accepting that and stating that it is a good thing which has ...More Button

Other Questions - Rail Accidents.

Was asked: the discussion he has had with Irish Rail over failed safety monitoring systems prior to the collapse of the viaduct at Malahide, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps taken to ensure safety on our railways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 79 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question No. 62, answered today.More Button

I hope and expect, and by law I know, we will get the report from the railway accident investigation unit, which is independent of, but part of, the Railway Safety Commission. I agree with the Deputy...More Button

Will the Deputy provide me with a note on what he has raised? I do not want to give a commitment that I will be able to give the Deputy that particular report because as I understand it the report ma...More Button

The Deputy is being unduly harsh on the Railway Safety Commission, if he does not mind me saying so. We have had an excellent record up to this particular incident, which I agree could have been a hu...More Button

Everyone should be fully accountable for actions or lack thereof in particular areas within this company or any other. However, the normal manner in which this is done is within the company. The boa...More Button

I reiterate it is my understanding that apart from the separate investigations to be conducted by the Railway Accident Investigation Unit, RAIU, Irish Rail also conducted its own internal review and r...More Button

Other Questions - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: his views on whether national road safety has been compromised after 18,000 drivers who had committed road safety offences got away without a single penalty point being applied to their licences; th...More Button

It is important to state at the outset that more than 70% of fixed charge notices are paid within the statutory prescribed 56-day period and that penalty points, where appropriate, are applied as a co...More Button

This is being done jointly with the United Kingdom and at present we await a report from the United Kingdom’s authorities in this regard. The United Kingdom is the lead authority on this issue as we ...More Button

As I stated in my response to the previous question——More Button

In that regard, we await a progress report from the United Kingdom authorities.More Button

Road Traffic Bill 2009: Second Stage (Resumed).

It was to allow one to build up a thirst.More Button

That is why it is so beautiful.More Button

We will have time to do that on Committee Stage.More Button

I listened to his contribution in my office——More Button

——and I came into the Chamber to hear the Deputy’s contribution. More Button

I thank Deputy Dooley and Deputies opposite for their co-operation. I am grateful to all 34 Deputies who contributed to the Second Stage debate. The large number of contributions demonstrates the le...More Button

——provided there are not too many on the one stretch of road, or whatever. Flexibility in that area would be useful. Regarding the plastic driving licences mentioned by a number of speakers, we have ...More Button

Tourism Industry: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 75 of 10 February 2010, if he will provide details of the employment packages and benefits provided to the chief executives of agencies under his aegis; and if h...More Button

In my response to Question number 75 of 10th February, I indicated that I had asked my Department to provide the information in tabular form. I understand that this has since been provided to Deputy O...More Button

Written Answers - Road Tolls.

Was asked: if he will amend the Roads Act 2003 to compel the National Roads Authority to seek toll decreases in line with the consumer price index on roads controlled by private investors; and if he will make a...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 Authori...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Transport.

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

The provision for the rural Transport Programme in 2010 is being maintained at €11m, reflecting the Government’s continued commitment to the programme, which plays an important role in combating socia...More Button

Written Answers - Search and Rescue Service.

Was asked: the reason he has decided to downgrade Waterford search and rescue helicopter services to a 12 hour service; the impact this will have in an emergency situation; the savings that are being made from ...More Button

Was asked: if he will review his plans to downgrade the coast guard and marine search and rescue helicopter service for the south east region; the examination that has been carried out on the safety implication...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 97 together. There has been much ill informed comment about the proposed new SAR contract. Because we are in the “standstill” period of the procurement process ...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: the amount spent by his Department in the tendering process for terminal two at Dublin Airport which has now been abandoned; when the tendering process began; if the Department’s tender document reco...More Button

The consultants appointed by my Department to advise and organise a procurement process relating to the operation of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport have undertaken their work in two phases. In the 1st ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if he will report on the new mutual recognition of disqualified drivers that is now in operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; if he will give a progress report on the moves t...More Button

Bilateral arrangements between the UK and Ireland, under Article 15.4 of the 1998 EU Convention on driving disqualifications, came into operation on 28th January 2010. As the system only came into ef...More Button

Written Answers - Airline Restructuring.

Was asked: his views on the restructuring plans of Aer Lingus; the discussions he has had with the board on its proposed job cuts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government is satisfied, from all of the information available to it, that a major restructuring of the Group’s cost base is essential if Aer Lingus is to return to profitability and growth. The c...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if he has been briefed by Bus Éireann on the second round of cutbacks to services and routes that will be implemented from 28 March 2010; his views on the impact of a further reduction of public bus ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions 78, 86 and 119 on 10 February, which sets out the position relating to Bus Eireann’s service changes as part of its cost recovery plan. The level of Exchequ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the action he plans to take to address the abuse of the penalty points system by those not holding an Irish or UK driving licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Road Traffic Bill 2009, which is currently before the Dáil for Second Stage consideration, amends driving licence provisions to ensure that penalty points and disqualifications can be applied to n...More Button

Written Answers - State Bodies.

Was asked: if he is undertaking a further review of the governance structures at a company (details supplied); if he has been briefed by this company in this regard; if he has liaised with the Department of Jus...More Button

I have responded to priority questions relating to the corporate governance of Shannon Foynes Port Company in the House on 9 December and 9 February last. My Department carried out a review of corpora...More Button

Written Answers - Weather Damage Repairs.

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed assessment of the €180 million cost for repairing damage caused by recent weather conditions as estimated by county councils; the cost involved for each county council; ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question 63, answered today.More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: his preferred options for the future development of air transport with particular reference to Dublin Airport; the extent to which he sees airlines (details supplied) and or other carriers operating ...More Button

The whole trust of our aviation policy is based on promoting maximum competitiveness and connectivity. We do this by promoting regular, safe cost effective and competitive air services linking the cou...More Button

Written Answers - Traffic Signs Manual.

Was asked: when he will push the revised traffic signs manual; the reason there is such a delay in publishing this updated manual which had publication deadline of the third quarter of 2006 and for which the Na...More Button

Work on the comprehensive review and updating of the Traffic Signs Manual is continuing. This work involves a number of working groups deliberating under the guidance of my Department and the NRA and...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: if he will list the bodies under the aegis of his Department for which freedom of information legislation does not apply; when he expects the legislation will be extended to include these agencies; a...More Button

The information requested cannot be provided at this time due to Industrial Action. More Button

Written Answers - Marine Transport.

Was asked: the support his Department has provided to the new Cork Swansea passenger ferry service; the steps that he is taking to enhance national marine connectivity; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The Irish market for shipping services is highly competitive and provides a diverse range of maritime links into and out of the State. This is vital to facilitate trade and tourism. As for any new ven...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to ensure that the 33 agencies and bodies operating under the aegis of his Department perform in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible and that they provide val...More Button

There is a wide range of oversight mechanisms and reporting arrangements in place to ensure that the agencies and bodies under the aegis of my Department operate efficiently and cost-effectively. It i...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: his views on the recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the Road Safety Authority driver testing service; his further views on the consistency of testing in view of the divergent r...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 - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: his views on the development of light rail systems in Galway, Cork, Limerick and Waterford; if he has been in contact with Galway City Council on the publication of a feasibility study for the Galway...More Button

The Programme for Government of 2007 made a commitment to conduct feasibility studies into Luas-type light rail systems in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. I subsequently asked the local authori...More Button

Written Answers - Marine Transport.

Was asked: if he will report on the new guidelines for accessible maritime passenger transport that he published in conjunction with the National Disability Authority; if he will be bringing forward legislation...More Button

The “Guidelines for Accessible Maritime Passenger Transport” were drawn up by my Department in conjunction with the National Disability Authority (NDA), on foot of a recommendation in the Report of th...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Relations.

Was asked: if he has met Aer Lingus senior management and staff in the context of current industrial relations problems; his views on the staff and salary cutbacks that are being considered for Aer Lingus cabin...More Button

Industrial relations at Aer Lingus are entirely a matter for the board, management and staff of Aer Lingus. The industrial relations machinery of the State remains available to assist the parties wher...More Button

Written Answers - Procurement Practices.

Was asked: the steps that he has taken to oversee the implementation of the recommendations which were contained in the CIE-commissioned report on alleged irregularities in the procurement process at Irish Rail...More Button

The implementation of the recommendations of the Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon report into procurement practices in Irish Rail is a matter for the Boards and management of CIE and Irish Rail. However I sou...More Button

Written Answers - Transport 21.

Was asked: the extent to which the objectives he set out in the context of Transport 21 have been achieved to date; the degree to which it is intended to meet the proposals contained therein in full within the ...More Button

Was asked: his preferred options for spending on major road development projects in each of the next five years; if the proposals are likely to be hit by the current economic situation; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the various projects identified by his Department in the context of the national development plan are on time and within cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the degree to which investment in roads, as anticipated by him in his commencement of Transport 21, is likely to remain the target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department intends to provide capital funding of the National Roads Authority and the local authorities over each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: his plans for investment in national and commuter rail services over the next five years in the context of Transport 21 or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92, 130, 133 and 141 to 143, inclusive, together. Very substantial progress has been made on Transport 21 and the National Development Plan: the five major inter-urban...More Button

Written Answers - Vehicle Safety.

Was asked: the number of cars that have been recalled by all Irish-based car manufacturers due to faults or design flaws; if he has met or been briefed by the management of companies (details supplied) or any o...More Button

When a vehicle is subject to a recall due to a defect which could endanger safety, manufacturers and distributors endeavour to contact all registered owners with the assistance of data from my Departm...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if he will report on the rolling out of integrated ticketing and real time information systems on bus services across the greater Dublin area; when both of these systems will be fully in place and op...More Button

Was asked: when the integrated ticketing project will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 103 together. The Integrated Ticketing project is being introduced in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) on a phased basis, based on smartcard technology. A progress...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he has received submissions from road safety campaigners on the current provisions in law for the mandatory testing of all drivers involved in road collisions; if he has reviewed the legal provisi...More Button

I recently received a submission from PARC relating to the sections of the Road Traffic Bill 2009 dealing with drink driving and in particular, the testing of drivers at collision sites. My officials,...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: if he will report on the €240 million allocation for regional and local road maintenance and upgrade for 2010; if the regional and local road allocation has been cut by €200 million since the origina...More Button

The total Exchequer provision for regional and local roads in 2010 is €412 million, compared with a provisional outturn for 2009 of €451 million. The original Budget 2009 allocation was €607 million.More Button

Written Answers - Parking Regulations.

Was asked: the representations he has had from Dublin City Council regarding the possibility of permitting parking on pavements under certain strict criteria; the action that was taken on foot of any representa...More Button

I have received correspondence from Dublin City Council, city councillors and others regarding partial footpath parking. While all such representations were considered carefully within my Department,...More Button

Written Answers - Weather Damage Repairs.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to provide the necessary additional funding to county councils to ensure that the damage caused to roads as a result of the recent weather conditions is rectified and that the ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question 63, answered todayMore Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: his views on plans by Irish Rail to withdraw the critical Waterford to Rosslare commuter rail service; if he has been briefed by Irish Rail management on this matter; his further views on the Waterfo...More Button

Irish Rail recently briefed me on the deterioration in its financial position due to declining demand and revenue and increased costs. The company is implementing a wide-ranging cost recovery plan to...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if the cross-Border pilot project on enforcing toll charges and parking fines has begun; the details of the pilot project; the cost of same; the length of time it will run; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The non-payment of tolls and penalties arising from road traffic offences incurred by out of State vehicles has been a matter of concern for some time. To address this issue in a North/South context, ...More Button

Was asked: if he is preparing legislation to introduce specific penalties for heavy goods vehicle-related road offences; the Department or agency that is responsible for invigilating and monitoring the European...More Button

The Road Traffic and Road Transport Acts already provide for heavy goods vehicle-related offences and respective penalties on conviction in court for such offences. However, the Road Traffic Bill 2009...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the western rail corridor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Services between Limerick and Galway will commence on 30 March, marking the completion of Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor. Iarnród Éireann will now carry out a detailed evaluation of Phase 2 and ...More Button

Written Answers - Ports Security.

Was asked: if he is reviewing any new procedures or updated security arrangements for our national ports in liaison with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Garda in view of the surge in ...More Button

I wish to refer the Deputy to the replies to similar Parliamentary Questions on Thursday 5th November 2009 (Dáil Question No. 22) and Wednesday 10th February 2010 (Dáil Question No. 91) which set out ...More Button

Written Answers - Weather Damage Repairs.

Was asked: his views on the implications for national public road safety if local authorities are unable to undertake the amount of road works necessary to repair the damage caused by the recent weather conditi...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question 63, answered today.More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he has received any requests or submissions from Dublin City Council or any other local authority for the urgent introduction of updated speed laws; his views on these requests; if he is preparing...More Button

I have not received any requests or submissions from Dublin City Council or any other local authority for the urgent introduction of updated speed laws. The Road Traffic Act 2004 establishes default s...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if he has given consideration to highlighting road speed cameras or traffic control vans as is the case in other jurisdictions arising from which it appears to achieve a greater compliance with speed...More Button

Enforcement of speed limits and the use of speed detection equipment is a matter for the Garda and my colleague the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.More Button

Was asked: the number of penalty points imposed for various offences in each of the past five years to date in 2010; 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) this is a matter for the Road Safety Authority.More Button

Was asked: the number of drivers who have lost their licences arising from incurring the maximum number of penalty points; the number whose licences have been restored or renewed since the introduction of the r...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 - Airline Restructuring.

Was asked: his views on whether the current restructuring at Aer Lingus is likely to affect any of his projections set out in Transport 21; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the action he has taken in the current restructuring plan for Aer Lingus in view of the likely impact of recent developments on his air transport policy as announced previously; and if he will make a...More Button

Was asked: the way his shareholding in Aer Lingus is being utilised to influence policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he plans to make any intervention or positive suggestion in the current situation at Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has any concerns that current restructuring plans at Aer Lingus, including those affecting cabin crew, pilots and ground staff, are likely to have a particular impact on the airline with partic...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 137, inclusive, 139 and 140 together. The implementation of the cost restructuring plan at Aer Lingus is entirely for the Board, Management and Staff of the com...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: the degree to which costs, including landing fees, at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports, or other airports, compare with other EU locations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As I have previously informed the Deputy, the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) regulates airport charges levied at Dublin Airport. CAR’s detailed report of 4th December 2010 on the Dublin Airp...More Button

Written Answers - Transport Policy.

Was asked: the extent to which his plan for air, rail, road and sea transport conforms to the institutional concept of an integrated transport policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The multi-annual strategy statement of the Department of Transport is a comprehensive and forward looking document that sets out the key goals, objectives and related strategies of the Department at t...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: when his proposals to redress the issue of non-Irish registered drivers who fail to pay tolls will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The non-payment of tolls and penalties arising from road traffic offences incurred by out of State vehicles has been a matter of concern for some time. To address this issue in a North/South context, ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if there is an Irish and European international minimum level of strength needed to drive a manual car following a traffic accident when such a driver gets tired easily and may not be able to drive ...More Button

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


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