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Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Five or ten years.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: It will be at least ten years before there will be 100% coverage.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Achieving wheelchair accessibility on public transport services will take ten years, given current funding levels. I appreciate that the National Transport Authority is not in charge of the funding it receives. My last question concerns Leap cards. How many are there?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Is it true that by the end of next year there will be more Leap cards in existence than people living in the State?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: How and why could that happen? I do not have a Leap card.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Ms Graham is right, I have to get with the programme. I should have one.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: I am just wondering how there could be 4.3 million cards. How could there be more Leap cards than people in the State by the end of next year? Are people getting two and three cards?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Anyone lucky enough to receive an invitation to Mr. Gaston's home has free travel.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: I am sure it is not vast. What is the increased cost to the National Transport Authority of so many cards not being used?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: Would it be better if everybody just had one card?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Financial Statements of the National Transport Authority (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: That is fine. I thank the witnesses.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Overcrowding (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: 18. To ask the Minister for Health the measures being taken to alleviate overcrowding in Sligo University Hospital in which the figures recorded in September 2019 were the worst recorded for September since an organisation (details supplied) commenced keeping records; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41230/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Delays (10 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: 76. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the large increase in the numbers waiting more than 18 months for an outpatient appointment in Sligo University Hospital since May 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41229/19]

Financial Resolution No. 3: Stamp Duties - Section 126AA Bank Levy (8 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: I said I was not voting for it.

Financial Resolution No. 3: Stamp Duties - Section 126AA Bank Levy (8 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: In facilitating this budget under the confidence and supply agreement, it was crystal clear to us that some measures did not give adequate cognisance to the impact on people. We will support Financial Resolutions Nos. 3 and 5, which we view as technical adjustments to, respectively, maintain the €150 million yield on the bank levy and fill a loophole so that companies being sold or...

Financial Resolutions - Financial Resolution No. 1: Tobacco Products Tax (8 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: In supporting Financial Resolution No. 2, as my colleague has said, I want to raise a point in the context of coming from rural Ireland and the fact that mitigating circumstances exist for the dependency on fossil fuels in that area. Thought should be given in future legislation to those mitigating circumstances. I suggest that the Government is in breach of the National Oil Reserve...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Trade Missions Data (8 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: 365. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the expenditure relating to a promotional trip by Bord Bia to China in May 2019; the name of private sector companies included on the trip; the number of persons who travelled from each company; if the companies contributed to the cost of the trip; if so, the details of same in tabular form; and if he will make a...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (3 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: I was going to raise it anyway. It is ironic that we had written to it and this correspondence came back. I understand the 100-day storage issue that we had. Does the Comptroller and Auditor General audit this agency?

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (3 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: The 2007 Act provides that the agency can get its money from a levy of 2 cent per litre on petrol, diesel and home heating oil. It is a bit more complicated for aviation fuel. The Act is prescriptive in that the agency should raise this levy for its running costs. Running costs of the agency are about €80 million to €90 million a year. I am told that there is somewhere in...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (3 Oct 2019)

Marc MacSharry: It has been hinted in dispatches that it may be possible to use this money for this, that and the other. It seems that next week's budget will hit consumers with additional carbon taxes. If that happens, so be it because it is a matter for policy or whatever. If we are hitting consumers for 2 cent a litre for the specific purposes of the oil reserve that we require and that we all support,...

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