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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance Funding (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.   The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with the relevant transport operator and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Network (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: 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 the national road network is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Noting the above position, I...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance Funding (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 309 together. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cruinnithe an Aire (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: Bhí teagmháil agam le Cumann na nÁitritheoirí maidir le drochbhail Bóthar Derrartha le linn cuairt a thabhairt ar Ghaillimh Dé hAoine 2ú Feabhra. Is féidir liom a dhearbhú go raibh teagmháil níos mó ag an ngrúpa liom le déanaí agus cé nach bhfuil mé in ann bualadh leo thug mé nuashonrú don...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Services (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  However, I am not involved in the day to day operations of public transport, nor decisions on the issue of rail fares in any part of the country.  Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA is the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport Data (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 to 315, inclusive, together. The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the collection and publication of statistics relating to public transport and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Éireann Services (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. Expressway services are operated by Bus Éireann on a commercial basis in a similar fashion to any other commercial licensed bus service. Commercial licensed bus services do not receive any taxpayer funding, in contrast to those socially necessary but...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Noise Pollution (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The work carried out since the Government decision at the beginning of the year has involved officials - from my Department and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government - working on Draft Heads of a Bill.   That work, which I am advised has been very detailed and technical in nature, is primarily focusing on the interaction between the Noise...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance Funding (19 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local...

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: He was picking up the pieces in the situation in which he had been landed and had to make cuts-----

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The Deputy cannot possibly suggest-----

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The Deputy cannot possibly suggest that at the time the then Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar, wanted to make decisions of that sort.

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The reality was that the then Minister was forced to make decisions of that sort because there was absolutely no money left for him to spend on projects of the sort proposed by the outgoing Fianna Fáil Government.

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: If the Deputy is going to raise political hares-----

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: If Deputy Lisa Chambers is going to raise political hares, she must accept the reasons we were in that position-----

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: -----and that decision had to be made.

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank Deputy Lisa Chambers for raising this issue. I acknowledge the presence of the Deputy who spoke last, whose name is not mentioned because he is completely out of order.

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: The trans-European transport network, TEN-T, is a Europe-wide network of roads, rail lines, ports, airports and rail-road terminals throughout the 28 EU member states. It comprises the comprehensive network and a subset called the core network. The core network is required to be completed by 2030. It is the most strategic part of this European transport network, with the objective of TEN-T...

Topical Issue Debate: Trans European Transport Network Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank the Deputy for going back to those questions. I find it difficult to answer the political charges she made because I was not in office at the time.

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