Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 3

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  529.  Deputy Joan Collins  Information on Joan Collins  Zoom on Joan Collins   asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar   if he will provide details of the successful projects funded by the smarter travel project fund in 2010, including the name of applicants, the level of funding provided and a summary of each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24629/11]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly  Zoom on Alan Kelly  A short description of each of 31 projects that were approved under the Smarter Travel Project Fund early in 2010 is available at www.smartertravel.ie/Smarter-Travel-Project-Fund/Funded-projects. One further project, led by County Sligo Leader Partnership, which explores synergies and seeks opportunities to support the integration of transport services in Counties Sligo and Leitrim between the Rural Transport Programme, the Health Services Executive and the Irish Wheelchair Association, was approved later in the year and the web page is being updated to include this project.

The following payments were made in respect of projects under the Smarter Travel Projects Fund in 2010.

Grantee Project Paid 2010 €
Cork City Council Cork Walks Development 50,000.00
Dept of Economics NUI Galway Galway-Moycullen greenway feasibility 85.11
Dingle Cycling Club Promotion of cycling 4,792.00
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cycleability review 32,948.30
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Staff training 3,750.00
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council The Metals walking and cycling route 202,000.00
Dublin Cycling Campaign Bikeability map 12,500.00
Dundalk Town Council Walking and cycling to schools 21,250.01
Eircom Integrating electric vehicles into their fleet 374,937.36
Fingal County Council Skerries Balbriggan cycle route 126,389.62
Galway Chamber of Commerce Cycle parking fund 17,239.13
Galway Chamber of Commerce Workplace cycle champions 610.00
Galway Cycling Campaign Cycling in Galway 27,282.28
IHT (AECOM) Personalised Travel Plan pilot Raheen 35,000.00
Iompair Mhaigh Eo Mayo, a Smarter Travel County 25,791.76
James Leahy Now what? Remaking the modern suburb 11,955.72
Kerry Bicycle Festival 2 week festival 9,523.73
Laois Sports Partnership Ltd Laois Smarter Travel 13,000.00
County Sligo Leader Partnership Smarter Travel Sligo/Leitrim 112,553.59
Leitrim County Council Cycleways Carrick-on-Shannon 577,004.12
Longford Local Sports Partnership Cycle safe post primary training 4,290.00
Meath County Council Stamullen Cycle lane 9,982.50
Meath Local Sports Partnership Smarter Travel Meath 16,992.00
Roscommon Community Fora Access to information and services 8,650.00
Sligo County Council Modal shift visible approach 38,885.93
Tipperary Energy Agency Eco-driving in local authority fleets 17,424.00
Tipperary Institute Pro.motion plus 41,500.00
University College Cork Campus bike 11,030.45
Westmeath County Council Active Travel Mullingar 110,792.37

Question No. 530 withdrawn.

  531.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar   the extent of subventions to Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and public service obligation to all airports and other entities of any for 2010; and if not, the same for 2009. [24650/11]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Exchequer subvention paid in respect of Public Service Obligation services to the CIÉ companies for 2009 and 2010 is as follows:

2009 2010
Iarnród Éireann €170.624m €155.137m
Bus Éireann €49.365m €45.039m
Bus Átha Cliath €83.199m €75.682m

Subvention in relation to PSO air services to regional airports, as paid to the relevant contracted airline, is set out in the following table. The contract year for the PSO air service during the period in question was from 21 July to 22 July each year.

[1126]Contract Amounts, per contract year

Route Jul 08 to Jul 09 Jul 09 to Jul 10 Jul 10 to Jul 11
Galway/Dublin €3,271,344 €3,314,239 €3,430,810
Kerry/Dublin €1,750,000 €1,750,000 €546,575
Sligo/Donegal/Dublin €5,378,689 €5,639,552 €5,906,329
Knock/Derry/ Dublin €3,837,595 €4,336,272 €4,476,736
€14,237,628 €15,040,063 €14,360,450

The Sligo/Donegal and Knock/Derry routes were operated under a combined contract. The PSO Contract in respect of the Kerry/Dublin route ceased with effect from 13 November 2010.

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