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Seanad: Commencement Matters: Rail Network Safety (19 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank the Senator for bringing this matter to my attention and I take it extremely seriously. The Senator and everybody else would have read the reports over the weekend and on the surface they seem very alarming. The safety and security of passengers and staff, including arrangements to deal with anti-social behaviour on trains, is a matter, first and foremost, for Iarnród...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Rail Network Safety (19 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I recognise the urgency but I am not going to put an absolute timeline on it because that is particularly difficult, especially if it was decided, and it has not been, that primary legislation would be necessary. The Senator can be reassured that the urgency is something we have already recognised. As I told her, I have asked my Department to engage with Iarnród Éireann and the...

Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: Everything the Deputy has said is authentic and genuine and we should take what he is saying to heart. The consultation process will be extremely extensive and I think the dialogue will be successful, but that does not meant that there will not be court cases. There always are and there will be some, but I do not think we should lose sight of the big picture which is halving the time it...

Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank Deputy Rock for raising this extremely topical issue. It is unusual to get a Topical Issue matter under this heading, so I am very grateful to get one today. The Deputy represents very well the apprehension which obviously exists among a large number of his constituents and others that they will somehow be hit by this very dramatic, transformational and radical attack on...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Greenways Development (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator Byrne for making such a strong case for the inclusion of the Shannon greenway in the greenway strategy. I am pleased to tell the Senator that in the coming month, I will launch the greenway strategy which will provide a framework for the development of Ireland’s greenways and will determine the type of project to be funded by my Department over the coming decade. This...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Greenways Development (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I congratulate the Senator on trying to force me to pre-empt the selection process. I am afraid I am unable to do that but I understand the case she has made and it will not do her cause any harm, or the proposal any damage.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Road Network (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator Gallagher for bringing this matter before the House. I welcome the opportunity to speak on it again. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is a statutory function of local authorities in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on such roads are matters for the relevant local authorities to fund from their own...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Road Network (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I understand the crying need to which the Senator refers. We have tried to meet part of that need and similar demands from other parts of the country. The allocation to County Monaghan for regional and local roads increased from €7.684 million in 2017 to €9.097 million this year, which is a fair increase. I will not give the Senator the detailed figures as I am sure he is...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Vehicle Registration (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: A search of data in the archives of my Departments National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) indicates there are details available for both of the vehicle registration numbers provided. These numbers can be retained, and be inserted on the new log books of both vehicles. The individual concerned will need to go to their local motor office where they will be advised of the process, including...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Freedom of Information Data (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: My Department received 201 FOI Requests this year to 8 June. Of this amount, 44 Requests were refused, 56 were granted, 49 were part-granted and 31 withdrawn. There are 21 active requests with decisions pending. 3 Request decisions were appealed. Fee receipts related to FOI total €258.88.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Air Accident Investigations (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: The Air Accident Investigation unit (AAIU) is the independent state body responsible for the investigation of aviation occurrences in Ireland and also assists foreign states who conduct investigations into Irish registered and operated aircraft abroad. S.I. No. 460 of 2009 Air Navigation (Notification and Investigation of Accidents, Serious Incidents and Incidents) Regulations 2009,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Authority (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Data (14 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I will address the issue of tests. I accept the criticisms made by virtually every Member of this House. I also accept the case made by virtually every Member of the House that the driving test waiting list is too long. The Deputy talked about a six-month period. I think that is the highest possible one. The objective of the RSA is ten weeks and the average is around 12 to 14 weeks....

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: When I re-examined the provision on unaccompanied learner drivers which was inserted into the Road Traffic Act 2016, one matter which came to my attention was the question of what should happen to a vehicle if gardaí intercept a learner driver unaccompanied. Section 41 of the 1994 Act allows the Garda Síochána to detain a vehicle in certain circumstances. These include cases...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I move amendment No. 21:In page 4, between lines 14 and 15, to insert the following:"(2) Notwithstanding the amendment by subsection (1)(c) of section 29 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, that section shall apply as if it had not been so amended in respect of an offence committed before the commencement of subsection (1)(c).".

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I move:That the Bill be recommitted in respect of amendment No. 22.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I move amendment No. 22:In page 4, between lines 23 and 24, to insert the following:"Amendment of section 41 of Road Traffic Act 19943.Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 is amended in subsection (1)(a)—(a) in subparagraph (ii), by the deletion of "or", (b) in subparagraph (iii), by the substitution of "permit, or" for "permit,", and (c) by the insertion of the following...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I move amendment No. 19:In page 4, line 6, to delete “(f) in” and substitute the following:“(vi) in”.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Shane Ross: I move amendment No. 20:In page 4, line 10, to delete “(g) by” and substitute the following:“(vii) by”.

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