Header Item Written Answers Nos. 236-239
 Header Item State Airports
 Header Item Driver Licences
 Header Item Penalty Points System Offences
 Header Item Tourism Project Funding

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 831 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 236-239

State Airports

 236. Deputy Seán Crowe Information on Seán Crowe Zoom on Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the total number of US troops that passed through Shannon Airport in 2012 and in 2013. [8430/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I am advised by Shannon Airport Authority that 101,108 US troops passed through the airport in 2012 and 69,840 in 2013.

Driver Licences

 237. Deputy Jerry Buttimer Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the progress being made on the mutual recognition of driving licences between Canada and Ireland; if he will detail any developments regarding Ontario; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8404/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is engaging with provincial authorities in Canada - who are the driver licensing authorities in their respective jurisdictions - with a view to reaching mutual recognition and driver licence exchange agreements.

The RSA has advised me that it is satisfied following discussions with Ontario, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador, that agreement can be reached with those provinces on the exchange of driver licences. The next step will be to conclude a formal agreement with each province (a type of Memorandum of Understanding). When this is done, I will sign the necessary regulations to give effect to the arrangements.

It was decided from the beginning to prioritise Ontario, due to the large number of Irish residents there. I expect it to be one of the first provinces with which we formalise an agreement.

Penalty Points System Offences

 238. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar further to Parliamentary Question No. 288 of 13 February 2014, if he will provide a breakdown on an annual basis since the introduction of the penalty points system of the number of drivers who have obtained the maximum 12 penalty points in each of those years; the number of drivers who have obtained the maximum number of penalty points in each of those years but their disqualification from driving is pending; and the number of disqualified drivers who received the maximum number of penalty points each year from 2002 who were provisional licence holders or learner drivers.  [8538/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar All drivers referred to under the 1961 Road Traffic Act, although pending, are already serving non-penalty points related disqualifications under Part III of that Act.

  The remainder of drivers pending from 2008-2013 do not have current driving licences and are therefore not eligible to drive on our roads.

  However, the 17 licences pending for 2014 are currently undergoing the statutory 28 day countdown period before disqualification commences.

  The following tabular statement provides the information requested;

  Penalty Points Disqualifications 2002 - 2014

---Disqualification PendingDisqualification Pending
YearNo.  Disqualified Drivers (Penalty Points)No. Provisional/ Learner Permit HoldersTotalServing Disqual. under 1961 RTA
20020000
20030000
200417100
200530400
20061002900
20071845500
200831510132
20093448963
2010307681410
2011255662219
2012263612017
2013242573627
2014296170

Tourism Project Funding

 239. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if funding will be provided for a new tourism venture (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8601/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I have no direct role in the provision of business supports to individual enterprises as this is a matter for Fáilte Ireland and accordingly I have referred the question to the agency for direct reply. Please contact my private office if a response is not received within ten working days.

It should be noted that Fáilte Ireland does not generally fund enterprises or individuals except in respect of tourism capital infrastructure and such funding is, in any case, generally contrary to EU State Aids rules.  However, local enterprise offices can assist microenterprises, including in the tourism sector, and the individual concerned may wish to contact his local office.


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