Varadkar, Leo

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 735 No. 2

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Death of Member: Expressions of Sympathy

I join the Taoiseach, party leaders and other Members in extending my condolences to Patricia, Tom, Clare and the rest of the Lenihan family on their sad loss. I extend my condolences to the Fianna F...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network

Was asked: his views that the National Roads Authority has not prioritised support for the N56 Bonagee link bypassing Letterkenny; his further views that this decision is consistent with ensuring the people of ...More Button

Was asked: if he will meet with the National Roads Authority to establish if it is synchronising plans for the N56 Bonagee link bypassing Letterkenny and a dual carriageway on the N14 from Manorcunningham round...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 650 and 651 together. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, desig...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: if he will indicate his position in relation to the inclusion of air transport in the EU emissions trading system; if he or any Government colleague has discussed this matter with the Irish airlines;...More Button

The decision taken in 2008 to include the aviation sector in the EU emissions trading system followed an extensive process of discussion, widespread consultation and negotiation. EU Directive 2008/10...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers

Was asked: if he is currently considering any plans or proposals for an area (details supplied). More Button

Foynes Port is owned and operated by Shannon Foynes Port Company, a commercial State company established under the Harbours Act 1996. Under the Act the company is responsible for planning and develop...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the auditors currently employed by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has no role in relation to the appointment of auditors. Under Article 33 of the Constitution, the Comptroller and Auditor General is defined as the person...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Was asked: the number of drivers who have been refused a public service vehicle licence for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport

Was asked: the number of times Luas, Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann have applied for permission to increase their fares for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011; the reason for each fare ...More Button

Prior to 3 December, 2009, Ministerial approval was sought for increases in standard single fares by CIE and by the Railway Procurement Agency(RPA) in the case of Luas fares. In October 2007, the CIE ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network

Was asked: his views on the progress of and funding being made available for the N11 upgrade works, which are to provide road widening between Rathnew and Arklow, County Wicklow, and link both towns’ bypasses. More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: his plans to develop Waterford and the south east region to enable it to maximise its potential to attract more tourists to the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the Deputy’s Question to the agency for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply wit...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Transport Services

Was asked: the increasing uncertainty to the rural transport service if he will make a firm commitment on the future of same. More Button

Was asked: the fact that this State rightly provides free transport to the elderly and the disabled with an assistant and further in view of the fact that this State subsidises private companies to provide the ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide proper and adequate funding to ensure the future of the rural transport programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will maintain funding to all 36 rural transport programme companies beyond the end of June 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 659, 660, 663 and 665 together. As the Deputies may be aware, there is a recognition within the Programme for Government of the importance of the Rural Transport Progr...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: the amount given by him to Fáilte Ireland over the past five years to encourage international students to study here; the markets that were targeted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Fáilte Ireland is only responsible for strategic development and promotion of the English-language education sector, supported by Tourism Ireland through its offices overseas. Enterprise Ireland, wh...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Was asked: his plans to review the rules in which a taxi driver seeking renewal of his licence requires a vehicle that is less than nine years old; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Access to Sporting Facilities

Was asked: the grants available to assist active retirement groups to provide sports activity for their members as part of a better health maintenance programs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: if he will consider a project (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will meet directly with the promoters of the project to familiarise himself with same or will he arrange for Fáilte Ireland...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not r...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Was asked: if he will explain the role of the National Transport Authority in the strategic development, maintenance and control of a network of taxi ranks by local authorities; if the NTA has any role in this ...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Development Projects

Was asked: his plans for the upgrading of Donegal International Airport; and if he will continue the public service order for the operators at the airport. More Button

Grant aid for urgently required safety works at Donegal Airport including replacement of the airport’s localiser system (instrument landing system) and the reconfiguration and overlay of the airport’s...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport

Was asked: if he will provide the financial details of Bus Éireann’s expressway services; and if this service is making a profit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The audited 2010 Annual Report and Financial Statements for Bus Éireann have recently been placed in the Oireachtas Library and are also available on the CIÉ website, www.cie.ie. The annual accounts ...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network

Was asked: if he will implement the plan to extend the DART to Drogheda as announced in 2009 under the Transport 21 initiative. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Government recently announced a comprehensive review of capital spending which is now under way. The review will examine capital proposals across all sectors of the econom...More Button

Written Answers - Sport and Recreational Development

Was asked: his plans to bring sports policy formation back to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when he will publish the national sports facilities strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: if community groups can apply for national lottery funding through his Department to open a community centre; if application forms are currently available; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Was asked: his views regarding a submission on small public service vehicles (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport

Was asked: the policies in place in his Department to encourage the use of public transport by staff travelling to and from work; the policies in place to encourage staff to use public transport when travelling...More Button

My Department has a range of policies in place to encourage the use of public transport, walking and cycling by staff travelling to and from work. I understand that 79% of my Department’s staff trave...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the costs that are borne by his Department relative to his constituency office and home such as telephone, IT services and so on; if the lease or rent of a constituency office is paid or part paid fo...More Button

The Department pays €116.97 per month rental for telecommunication services in respect of my constituency office. To date, no bill for usage charges has been received. The Houses of the Oireachtas p...More Button

Written Answers - Road Signage

Was asked: if he will ask the National Roads Authority to provide directional signs for a location (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as a matter of urgency; 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. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network

Was asked: if he will provide funding to deal with the road traffic issues at Johnstown, County Kilkenny, arising from the completion of the M8 Cullahill to Cashel road improvement scheme; and if he will make a...More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on ...More Button

Was asked: if is satisfied with the way Kilkenny County Council has spent the funding granted to date by him for the roads project at a location (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if he will confirm the amo...More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and implementation of individual national roads proje...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the future plans for the upgrading of the Killarney to Cork road, particularly via Baile Bhuirne and Macroom, in view of the fact that it is of paramount importance ...More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads...More Button

Written Answers - Railway Stations

Was asked: the fact that Killarney, County Kerry, is the tourism capital of Ireland, the steps he will take to ensure that staffing levels are kept at a level in the train station there to recognise the amount ...More Button

The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten work...More Button

Written Answers - Air Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Air Asia is looking for tenders (details provided) from airports for a route network expansion in Europe; if he will engage with the tender process wi...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy falls within the operational responsibilities of Dublin Airport Authority. I have referred the question to the company for direct reply. I ask the Deputy to contact m...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all the organisations offered funding in 2011 by the festivals and participate events unit within Fáilte Ireland, including all organisations funded under the national an...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the Deputy’s Question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not r...More Button

Written Answers - Traffic Regulations

Was asked: when legislation, due under the programme for Government, will be forthcoming to regulate the vehicle clamping industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The programme for Government contains a commitment that this government “will legislate to regulate the vehicle clamping industry.” In fulfilment of this commitment, my Department is considering the ...More Button


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