Ross, Shane P.N.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Road Safety

Was asked: the number of schools both primary and secondary that are located in 30 km/h zones and 50 km/h zones; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​My Department does not hold the information being sought by the Deputy, that is, the number of primary and secondary schools that are located in a 30 km/h and 50 km/h zone. Speed limit bye-laws, ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to set up a licensing system for car sellers to regulate the industry and put a stop to unregulated sellers who may be selling cars that are not roadworthy; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

​The question of the licencing of car sellers, which is a commercial sales activity, comes within the remit of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.More Button

My Department is concerned that a number of fatalities have occurred as a result of motorists using inexpensive and sometimes unroadworthy vehicles. However, I understand that in a number of suc...More Button

Under road traffic legislation, the NCT testing regime is designed to increase the safety of road going vehicles. Enforcement of this legislation is a matter for the Garda Síochána.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a system whereby vehicle mechanics are required to register, in order to stop unqualified personnel operating vehicle repair services; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

​Action 99 of the Road Safety Strategy 2013 - 2020 provides for a review of the options available for ensuring that the quality of work carried out by vehicle maintenance and repair services is of ...More Button

I understand that the Road Safety Authority, who have lead responsibility for this action within the Strategy, with the support of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Natio...More Button

Was asked: the measures he is taking to ensure that road safety around schools is improved and that speed limits around primary and secondary schools are reviewed and assessed; his views on whether all school...More Button

​While the Road Traffic Act 2004 sets default speed limits for national roads (both within and outside built up areas), local authorities may, in consultation with the Garda Commissioner and with t...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: if he will ensure that funding for local roads will be dramatically increased in budget 2017; if the local improvement scheme will be extended as promised in the programme for Government; and if he...More Button

The 2017 allocations for national, regional and local roads form part of the Budget announcement. While 2017 will see a modest increase in funding for roads, it will take some years yet under the ...More Button

In light of the provision in the Programme for Government indicating that, as the economy recovers, the Government will promote increased funding for Local Improvement Schemes, I will be raising ...More Button

State Bodies Property

Was asked: the costs spent by the National Transport Authority in maintaining the site formally known as the Johnstown Garden Centre, Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare, in each year, in tabular form (details su...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 r...More Button

As I think the site to which the Deputy refers was acquired in connection with a road scheme, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if yo...More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Was asked: when the sport capital programme will be announced.More Button

Was asked: when the application details for the sports capitation grants will be announced; when the decisions awarding the grants will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Licence Applications

Was asked: if he will examine the case of a person (details supplied) regarding a driver licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​​The operation of the National Driver Licensing Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority and I cannot intervene in individual cases.

  I have therefo...More Button

Cycling Facilities Funding

Was asked: the status of the capital project on the Royal Canal in Dublin 15; when the works will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the funding status of schemes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 573 and 584 together. ​More Button

The National Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).More Button

Under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme, my Department provides funding to the NTA for the seven local authorities in the GDA for the implementation of sustainable transp...More Button

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the Authority for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply with...More Button

National Roads Authority Projects

Was asked: the status of the progress of the proposed M20 Cork to Limerick motorway; his views on the importance of this piece of infrastructure to the region and the urgent need to progress this project; and...More Button

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

The Capital Plan published in September 2015 outlined proposed transport investment priorities to 2022. The transport element of the Capital Plan did provide for some targeted investment in a nu...More Button

I am conscious of the potential regional development benefits of an upgrade of the N20 and the significant interest in finding a means to at least restart planning work on a M20. While I will be...More Button

I do expect, however, that the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway project will be looked at as part of the planned Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan.More Button

Road Projects Status

Was asked: the status of the proposed western bypass of Ardee, County Louth, in view of the most recent safety and traffic congestion concerns; if he has recently discussed this matter with the national roads...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Within its annual budget the planning, design and im...More Button

The Ardee Bypass was not included in the Capital Plan published in September 2015. Decisions on the transport elements of the Capital Plan were framed by the conclusions reached in my Department...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Government proposes to undertake a Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan, which will take stock of progress and provide the Government with an opportunity to consider th...More Button

Was asked: the plans in place to complete the Enniscorthy and New Ross bypass; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Maritime Safety

Was asked: if he will direct a naval architect in the Marine Survey Office to confirm the failed stability tests carried out on a vessel (details supplied) in order to support a case being taken to the Europe...More Button

​The Marine Survey Office (MSO) in my Department acts in the capacity of Safety Regulator for the maritime industry.More Button

In relation to the vessel in question, inclining tests were undertaken and results obtained, and from these results, it was ascertained that for the load conditions set out in regulation, the ves...More Button

Cycling Policy

Was asked: the urgent need to address cycle safety here; his plans to bring forward legislation relevant to cyclist safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​My current priority in road safety legislation is the Road Traffic Bill 2016 which is focussed on measures to improve safety for all road users including cyclists. The Bill provides for roadside ...More Button

I have no plans at present to bring forward specific road traffic legislation regarding cycling safety. In my view, safety for cyclists is best addressed by way of educational and publicity camp...More Button

The current Road Safety Strategy, running from 2013 to 2020, contains measures to promote the use of personal protection equipment and high visibility clothing, which is heavily funded by the RSA...More Button

My Department is funding the development and roll-out of "Cycle Right", a new national cycling training standard which I expect will roll out nationally in 2017. Funding of approximately €37m ha...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the national cycling policy framework document 2009 and if he is following the recommendations set in the document; if he recognises the need to engage with the s...More Button

The National Cycle Policy Framework (NCPF) was launched in 2009 and sets out a vision for cycling in Ireland to 2020.

  Wide consultation with stakeholders and members of the pub...More Button

Cycling Facilities Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that inappropriately designed and constructed cycle lanes can result in fatal outcomes for users; his plans to rectify this issue; and if he will make a ...More Button

While I have overall responsibility, as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, for policy and funding in relation to roads and traffic, the design and construction of cycling infrastructure in ...More Button

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the amount of funding that has been cut by the National Transport Authority for the provision of pedestrian and cycle schemes; his plans to reverse these cuts; hi...More Button

​The National Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).More Button

Under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme, my Department provides funding to the NTA for the seven local authorities in the GDA for the implementation of sustainable trans...More Button

I am advised by the NTA that with the technical resource requirements available to the Council, not all the desired projects can be progressed simultaneously. The NTA and Dublin City Council hav...More Button

Bus Éireann Staff

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a section in Bus Éireann's articles of association that does not allow for a transfer of staff to another company; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​I have not had my attention drawn to, nor am I aware of, any such section in the Articles of Association of Bus Éireann.

  Matters relating to Bus Éireann's Memorandum and Artic...More Button

Was asked: the rationale for not providing Bus Éireann drivers in County Cork with a hepatitis C vaccination when bus inspectors are provided with such a vaccination despite a number of assaults on drivers re...More Button

​The issue raised is a matter for Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 wo...More Button

Bus Services

Was asked: the reason the bus service (details supplied) from Callan, County Kilkenny, to Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, has discontinued; his plans to provide an alternative service.More Button

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receiv...More Button

Electric Vehicles

Was asked: his plans to allow electric vehicles to use bus lanes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bus lanes were introduced, at some expense to the Irish people, to provide on-street priority for bus-based public transport. They are intended to make bus transport faster and more reliable, ther...More Button

In addition to buses, taxis are permitted to use bus lanes, as they are available for on-street hire by the general public. The emergency services are also entitled to use bus lanes, as are cycl...More Button

My Department has received many requests over the years to allow other classes of traffic access to bus lanes. These have included hackneys, limousines, motorcycles, multi-occupancy cars, and an...More Button

All of these requests have been rejected as allowing additional categories of traffic to use the lanes would undermine their efficiency for their original purpose, which is to facilitate bus tran...More Button

Keeping bus lanes for small and large PSVs and vulnerable users such as cyclists ensures efficient use of road space, a better quality public transport service and, accordingly, plays an importan...More Button

I therefore have no plans to allow electric vehicles to use bus lanes.More Button

Public Transport Initiatives

Was asked: his plans to extend the use of the Leap card on Irish Rail outside Dublin. More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development, operation and maintenance of the Leap Card system.

  Noting this I have referred the Depu...More Button

Was asked: the number of times he has met Transport Infrastructure Ireland to discuss the metro north project since he became Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

​I had a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on 8th August 2016 to discuss a range of issues under their remit, including new Metro North.

  TII and the National ...More Button

Was asked: the status of the new metro north project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

​Funding has been made available under the Government's Capital Plan "Building on Recovery Infrastructure & Capital Investment 2016-2021" for planning, design and construction ...More Button

Car Theft

Was asked: his plans to make vehicle trackers mandatory to ensure stolen vehicles can be recovered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​While the offence of taking a vehicle without the lawful authority of the owner is provided for in Road section 112 of the Traffic Act 1961, matters relating to the investigation and conseq...More Button

Public Transport

Was asked: when he expects the heads of the planned bill on the regulation of rickshaws to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will recall, that in response to some concerns - primarily of a safety nature - both Dublin City Council (DCC) and the NTA obtained legal advices in relation to their respective powers t...More Button

My Department is now engaged with the NTA to clearly frame the policy to guide any detailed legislative drafting, with passenger safety the key focus.  I will consider the legislative proposals w...More Button

Olympic Games Ticketing Arrangements

Was asked: the projected timeline of the State's inquiry into the Rio Olympic ticketing scandal; when the inquiry is due to begin; and when it is expected to conclude.More Button

The non-statutory inquiry to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the distribution of tickets for the Rio Olympic Games and related matters commenced on 19 September 2016.

 &nbs...More Button

Road Network

Was asked: his plans to improve the N25 road network; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for TII in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act.More Button

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Was asked: if he will address an issue with regard to the lay-by areas on motorways (details supplied); 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 ro...More Button

Noting this I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.More Button

Tourism Funding

Was asked: the supports and resources, both human and financial, provided by the State to the south east to support tourism as an economic driver; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider an application for funding by a group (details supplied) which has applied for funding under the Fáilte Ireland major capital grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: when the Fáilte Ireland major capital scheme will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 602 and 603 together.

  The primary role of my Department in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly...More Button

Rail Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to increase capacity for a train service (details supplied); his plans to upgrade the rail line from Greystones to Bray from a single track to a double track in order to improve connectiv...More Button

​As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding for public transport.  The day to day operations of our heavy rail system, including rolling stock r...More Button

Noting the responsibilities of Iarnród Éireann in this regard, I have forwarded your reply to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my office if you have not received a reply within 10 wor...More Button

Roads Maintenance Funding

Was asked: if he will consider providing funding for the road to Aranmore Island lighthouse, Tory Island lighthouse and the Aranmore Island ring road in recognition of their importance to the tourism infrastr...More Button

​I understand the roads in question are local roads, the improvement and maintenance of which is the statutory responsibility of Donegal County Council in accordance with the provisions of Section ...More Button

  Works on those roads are funded from the local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants.  In January this year, Donegal County Council was allocated €20m in respect of the reg...More Button

The selection and prioritisation of works to be funded each year under the Restoration Maintenance, Restoration Improvement and Discretionary Grant programmes is a matter for the local authority ...More Button

Health and Safety Regulations

Was asked: the health and safety framework of each commercial and non-commercial State agency; when the health and safety policy of each was last reviewed; when the safety statement of each was last reviewed;...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is a matter for the Agencies.  I have forwarded the Deputy's question to them for direct response.  If the Deputy does not receive a reply within 10 working ...More Button

Departmental Agencies Staff Data

Was asked: the gifts or hospitality given to employees to attend overseas sporting or musical events during 2015 in respect of all commercial and non-commercial agencies; the locations of such visits; and if ...More Button

​The matter of the receipt of gifts or hospitality by employees of the commercial and non-commercial agencies under my Department's aegis, is a matter for the State Bodies themselves.  I have forwa...More Button

  Question No. 599 answered with Question No. 571.More Button

Dublin Airport Authority

Was asked: the daa's growth incentives for 2017; when these will be notified; the reason for the delay in revealing these incentives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issues raised by the Deputy in relation to the daa's growth incentive scheme are operational matters for the daa which has the statutory responsibility for the management, operation and develop...More Button

  Therefore, I have forwarded the question to the daa for their attention and direct reply to the Deputy.  If the Deputy does not receive a reply from the daa within ten working days, please advise...More Button

Airport Development Projects

Was asked: the reason for the 30% rise in the projected cost of the second runway at Dublin Airport; if the planned length of the runway is necessary for the demand anticipated; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

​The issues raised by the Deputy in relation to the proposed second runway at Dublin Airport are operational matters for the daa which has the statutory responsibility for the management, operation...More Button

  Therefore, I have forwarded the question to the daa for their attention and direct reply to the Deputy.  If the Deputy does not receive a reply from the daa within ten working days, please advise...More Button

Was asked: the nature of his engagement with Waterford Regional Airport since his announcement to commit extra capital funding to the airport; if the extra funding is dependent on the airport securing a new c...More Button

Was asked: if any of the €800,000 capital funding announced by his Department for Waterford Airport can or is being used to extend the runway at the airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 604 and 605 together.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, since VLM Airlines ceased its services to Birmingham and Luton earlier this year, there have been no scheduled air services at Waterford Airport.  Securing routes and...More Button

Last month I announced €2.7 million in funding support for the four regional airports, including €870,000 for Waterford, for safety and security projects under the Regional Airports Programme 201...More Button

None of the funding earmarked for Waterford will be used to extend the runway at that airport. Funding supports for capital expenditure under the Regional Airports Programme are confined to assi...More Button

Haulage Industry Regulation

Was asked: his plans to sign the 42 tonnes derogation on vehicle weights for five axle articulated vehicles into legislation in line with France and other countries; if his attention has been drawn to the fac...More Button

​I refer the Deputy to my reply to PQ 21082/16 of 12 July on the ending of the 42 tonne derogation for five axle articulated vehicles which outlines the reasons for the removal of the derogation.More Button

The report dealing with the ending of the 42 tonnes / 5 axles articulated vehicle combinations, which is referred to, has been made available and has already been examined by the Irish Road Haula...More Button

Ports Development

Was asked: the marketing strategies or programmes in place to support Waterford and Rosslare ports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Port of Waterford Company is a State owned commercial company and as such my Department has no involvement in the day to day operations of the company.  The Company is directly responsible for ...More Button

  Iarnród Éireann is responsible for the management and operation of Rosslare Europort and as with any commercial business that includes developing marketing strategies and programmes which might d...More Button

Greenways Development

Was asked: the status of the development of the west Clare railway greenway from Ennis to Lahinch in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

​Clare County Council was awarded funding of €400,000 under the 2014 Government Stimulus Package for infrastructural development to construct Phase 1 of the West Clare Greenway from Ennis to Ballym...More Button

I understand that it is the intention of the Council to deliver this greenway in four phases as funding permits.More Button