Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 751 No. 4

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Private Members’ Business - Local Authority Public Administration Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

Question put: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.”
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Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: if funding will be provided by him to local authorities to cover applications that were approved and qualified under the local improvement scheme prior to the recent budget 2012 announcement. More Button

It is the practice with this, and similar schemes, that any funding allocated to individual projects be expended in the year in which the funding is allocated. In 2011, this Department provided fundin...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network

Was asked: if consideration is been given to the upgrade of the rolling stock on the Sligo to Dublin railway line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. Matters relating to rolling stock on individual railway lines are day...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Was asked: if taxi and hackney drivers have the option of displaying their names in English and or Irish in accordance with the Official Languages Act 2003; if display of their name in Irish has to be prior not...More Button

Was asked: the rationale for the issuing of new taxi information cards to licence holders; and the rationale for them being printed in the English language only. More Button

Written Answers - Railway Network

Was asked: the position regarding proposals to construct railstops at Crusheen, County Clare and Oranmore, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Funding has been provided for the construction of both Oranmore and Crusheen stations along the Western Rail Corridor in the Exchequer Capital Investment Framework 2012-2016 published last November. S...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the position regarding payments in respect of an organisation (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Integrated Ticketing

Was asked: the reason the new integrated public transport ticketing system, Leap card, does not function along specified travel time periods, measuring an individual’s cumulative travel time as opposed to issui...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the new integrated public transport ticketing system for the greater Dublin region, Leap card, does not offer any financial incentives to commuters wh...More Button

Was asked: if the National Transport Authority will be making efforts to simplify ticketing systems and zones across Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and the Luas to increase the efficiency and appeal of the...More Button

Written Answers - Road Network

Was asked: the reason County Meath residents are being forced to pay twice for the M3 firstly, through the increased toll on the M3 and secondly through income taxes that help service the subsidy paid to the pr...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. However, the implementation of individual national road ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: if he will list the number of public bodies under his auspices in which members of the board, employees, staff and other persons are required to complete forms under the ethics in public office rules...More Button

A list of the public bodies which are subject to the Ethics in Public Office provisions is set out in the relevant legislation. Also listed are the staff in those bodies and in my Department who are ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the total cost of lump sums paid to staff and the number of staff involved who retired in 2011 in his department and in respect of each organisation under his auspices; the total annual estimated pen...More Button

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was established on 9th March 2011. A total of €1,550,964 in lump sums was paid to 21 staff from 9th March to the end of 2011. The total annual estimated ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the amount of funding that the National Transport Authority has received from the State in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in tabular form; the policy objectives behind this funding; if these objecti...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding which has been allocated by the National Transport Authority for areas (details supplied) in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in tabular form; the reasons that this fun...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 527 and 528 together. The National Transport Authority (NTA) was established on 1 December 2009. In accordance with the Dublin Transport Authority (DTA) Act 2008, th...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider introducing greater flexibility for local authorities into the way funding provided by the National Transport Authority can be spent in view of the financial pressures which many ...More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is required to operate within the statutory remit set out in the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 and the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 in allocating f...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the total allocated budget for his Department in 2011; and the actual outturns in each of his Department subheads at the end of 2011. More Button

The total allocated budget for my Department is available in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2011 (REV) which was published in July, 2011. The provisional outturn for 2011 will be available...More Button

Written Answers - Olympic Games

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the arrangements for the torch relay route here for this year’s Olympics; the role envisaged for sporting groups to participate in the event, particularly those in the...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network

Was asked: his plans to proceed with a pilot proposal to provide for access to rail passengers at Woodlawn Station, County Galway. More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. Matters relating to improvements and to services at individual rail...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Was asked: if he and the agencies responsible for tourism under his remit will examine the way to utilise the opportunity presented by the staging of the closing ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway as a ...More Button

In relation to the organising of The Gathering in 2013, Fáilte Ireland has established a Project Board to oversee its planning and delivery. As the Deputy may be aware, Fáilte Ireland is also a spons...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Industry

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growth in unofficial tourist offices; and his views on the implications these may have for the perception in and standard of service provided by the official St...More Button

I have noted the increased number of unofficial tourist offices. In that regard, I should point out that it is open to any individual to open a Tourist Information Office. Tourist Information Offices ...More Button


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