Ross, Shane P.N.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Road Signage

Was asked: his plans to ensure that Fáilte Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, adhere to an agreement reached with representatives of the golf course industry to erect motorway signposting for ...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 operation of individual roa...More Button

TII has, therefore, overall responsibility for signposting on the national road network and TII's 'Policy on the Provision of Tourist and Leisure Signage on National Roads' publication provides d...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

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the names of the clubs and organisations in Dublin 24 that applied for sports capital funding in 2017.More Button

Was asked: the status of a sports capital funding application by a club (details supplied); when funding announcements will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Invasive Plant Species

Was asked: if funding will be provided to Kerry County Council to allow it to carry out treatment of Japanese knotweed along regional and local roads (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on...More Button

My Department has not sought applications from local authorities for grant assistance in relation to the treatment of Japanese Knotweed on the regional and local road network and has no record of...More Button

Ports Traffic

Was asked: the volume of activity at Waterford Port in terms of goods in and out for each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Central Statistics Office publish Statistics of Port Traffic on their website cso.ie. http://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/transport/....More Button

Was asked: the volume of activity at Rosslare Europort in terms of goods in and out for each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Deputy is aware that Rosslare Europort is unique among the State owned ports as it is not a company operating under the Harbours Acts, but is instead operated as a division of Iarnród Éireann.<...More Button

Ports Development

Was asked: his plans to deepen the ports of Waterford or Rosslare; if a feasibility study has been done regarding costs and benefits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Port of Waterford operates as an independent commercial company under the Harbours Acts and the planning of infrastructural requirements is an operational matter for the port.More Button

I am aware that Waterford Port is in the process of developing a Masterplan to meet the future trading needs of the Port. That plan will inform whether there will be a requirement for deepening ...More Button

Rosslare Europort is unique among the State owned ports as it is not a company operating under the Harbours Acts, but is instead operated as a division of Iarnród Éireann and any plans to deepen ...More Button

I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's questions to Iarnród Éireann for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: his plans for the ports of Rosslare and Waterford in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Irish ports operate as independent commercial companies and planning and preparations in the context of Brexit are operational matters for the ports. I have therefore forwarded the question to the...More Button

The impact of Brexit on shipping and on Irish ports will be dependent on the outcome of EU-UK negotiations. Ports are aware of the possible negative implications Brexit may have on the movement ...More Button

My Department held a Workshop in April on the impact of Brexit on maritime transport, regulation and on the sectors on which this impacts. Stakeholders, including Rosslare Europort and Waterford...More Button

In addition, my Department, in conjunction with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), is commencing a study into the use of the UK Land bridge by Irish importers and exporters. The purpo...More Button

My officials will continue to work with the maritime sector and with other stakeholders to identify and plan for the implications of Brexit.More Button

Rugby World Cup 2023

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the bid for the Rugby World Cup was weaker than other bids due to the lack of broadband infrastructure; if broadband access was discussed at any poi...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the bid for the Rugby World Cup bid was weaker due to the lack of delivery of the N20; if this road infrastructure or other infrastructure weaknesse...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 232 together.

  I was disappointed and surprised by the recent findings of the Rugby World Cup Board which has made a recommendation for ...More Button

Road Safety

Was asked: if the Medical Bureau of Road Safety formally informed his predecessor regarding a matter (details supplied); if not, the reason therefor; if the bureau has formally informed him since taking offic...More Button

One of the statutory functions of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS), as laid down in the Road Traffic Acts 1968 –2016, is the approval, supply and testing of equipment or apparatus for indic...More Button

In the summer of 2014, the Director of the Bureau verbally informed my Department of his concerns in relation to the lack of demand from An Garda Síochána for the purchase of replacement mouthpie...More Button

The full extent of the issues with the Garda Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) statistics only became known to my Department as a result of the Garda announcement on this issue on 23rd March 2017.More Button

As the role and functions of the MBRS are clearly set out in legislation and do not include operational oversight of An Garda Síochána, the question of disciplinary action does not arise.More Button

Rail Network

Was asked: when the rail review will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Iarnród Éireann report on the Rail Review was published in 2016. 

  Since then, the NTA has held a public consultation on the Review. ...More Button