Written Answers - Official Travel

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 735 No. 2

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  541.  Deputy Michael Healy-Rae  Information on Michael Healy-Rae  Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae   asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  Information on Frances Fitzgerald  Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald   the policies in place in her Department to encourage the use of public transport by staff travelling to and from work; the policies to encourage staff to use public transport when travelling on departmental business; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15622/11]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald  Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald  Staff engaged on official travel are required to avail of public transport where possible and to use taxis and private transport only where no suitable public transport is available. My Department will encourage the use of public transport by staff travelling to work by facilitating the Travel Pass Scheme (through which staff purchase annual public transport tickets, paid for by salary deductions) which is available to all staff who wish to avail of it. We also encourage staff to cycle to work by facilitating the purchase of suitable bicycles under the ‘Cycle to Work’ Scheme.


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