Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Departmental Agencies

8:00 pm

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 566: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if the Railway Procurement Agency and the National Roads Authority are to be merged; if so, the timeframe for the merger; when the process will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17567/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I am currently finalising proposals for the merger of the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA).  A public consultation on the proposal closed at the end of May 2011 and my Department is currently examining the submissions made as part of that consultation process with a view to submitting proposals to Government.  It is envisaged that implementation of the merger would take a period of at least 12 to 18 months following a Government decision to proceed and depending on the time required to secure Oireachtas approval for the necessary legislation. 

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 567: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the way the skilled professionals of the Railway Procurement Agency will be integrated into the National Roads Authority if the proposed merger between the two agencies goes ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17568/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I propose to have these issues relating to the merger of the National Roads Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency examined by a merger implementation team drawn from both bodies.  I do not wish to anticipate the outcome of the work to be undertaken by the yet to be established implementation team. 

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 568: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the way salaries and conditions of staff will be protected if the proposed merger between the Railway Procurement Agency and the National Roads authority goes ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17569/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I propose to have these issues relating to merging the National Roads Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency examined by a merger implementation team that will be drawn from both bodies.  I do not wish to anticipate the outcome of the work to be undertaken by the yet to be established implementation team. 

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 569: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the way the critical work of the Railway Procurement Agency including overseeing the LUAS system, planning of new LUAS infrastructure and Metro will be prioritised and carried out in the context of the proposal to merge the RPA with the NRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17570/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Overseeing the LUAS system, planning of new LUAS infrastructure and Metro will be undertaken by the new merged body as determined by the management structure put in place after the merger is implemented.  This will be an operational function of the merged body.

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 570: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if staff at the Railway Procurement Agency and the National Roads Authority and their representatives including the Transport and Salaried Staffs Association have been consulted in any way on the proposed merger of the two agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17571/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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During the work of the Steering Group on the merger of the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) which reported in October 2010, and which included both CEOs and another board member from each organisation, minutes of the Steering group meetings were circulated to staff of both the NRA and the RPA.  I have held a public consultation on the Regulatory Impact of the proposed merger of the NRA and RPA which closed on 24th May 2011.  Submissions were received from staff interests.  A meeting was also held with my officials and a representative of SIPTU in August 2010.

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