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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing or providing public transport infrastructure in the State in relation to bus stops, bus shelters, bus stations, bus stands and bus fleets. Noting this, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme. All of the 2,320 applications received are being assessed by officials in my Department.  Given the number of applications received and the detailed information submitted, it will take a further number of weeks to complete this...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Funding (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: Presently, the Department provides a small number of annual grants (22 in all) to certain designated land and maritime entities that are known as 'declared resources' which can immediately be tasked by an appropriate state agency in a search and rescue incident. Where maritime declared resources are concerned, the Department provides an annual grant of €5,000 to 12 community boat...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Funding (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects.  These are operational matters for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland.  While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland to develop tourism offerings, it does not have...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Railway Stations (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The Deputy is presumably aware that staffing at train stations is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann and not one in which I have any statutory function.I understand that the Company is keeping staffing under review as there have been changes in customers' purchasing preferences. Overall, only 17% of revenue is now via the traditional booking office, and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Investigations (22 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The cost of investigations undertaken in human resources and industrial relations matters in my Department was €22,386 in 2015 and nil costs in 2016. In relation to the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department, I have asked the agencies to provide the Deputy with the information requested.  If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within ten working...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Aviation Industry (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 243 and 244 together. In 2013 the Irish Aviation Authority was designated the Appropriate Authority for the purpose of European aviation security regulations EU 300/2008, as provided for under Statutory Instrument 551 of 2012, the European Communities (Civil Aviation Security) (Amendment) Regulations 2012. This involves responsibility on the IAA for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme. All of the 2,320 applications received are being assessed by officials in my Department.  Given the number of applications received and the detailed information submitted, it will take a further number of weeks to complete this...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Waiting Lists (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: The operation of the driver testing service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority, and I have no role in individual cases.  I have therefore referred the Question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Administration (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: All of the 2,320 applications received under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme are being assessed by officials in my Department.  Given the number of applications received and the detailed information submitted, it will take a further number of weeks to complete this process. I expect that an announcement regarding allocations will be made in September. 

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​This is an administrative matter for the National Driver Licensing Service, for which the Road Safety Authority has statutory responsibility.  I have therefore referred the Question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Contracts Data (21 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: The information requested by the Deputy is available on my Departments website at the following link External Expenditure. This information is updated twice yearly, the first 6 months of 2017 will be available on the website early in the coming weeks. With regard the agencies under my Department's remit, I will forward your question to the agencies for their direct reply to you. If you do...

Topical Issue Debate: Parking Regulations (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank the Deputy for his response. I know that he is disappointed. I am disappointed myself that I cannot do this at this stage. The overriding criterion is mobility. Until we change that criterion, to grant it to other cases, however deserving - I do not dispute for one moment how deserving they are - would be changing the criteria back to when they were changed to their current form...

Topical Issue Debate: Parking Regulations (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank the Deputy for his kind remarks. I congratulate him on bringing forward this subject. I am sympathetic. I am not going to grant his wish today, but I think he has made a good case for what he has put forward. The matter is probably somewhat more complicated than the Deputy has said but I take it that the issue is brought up a sincere fashion and the case the Deputy has made is...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme. All of the 2,320 applications received are being assessed by officials in my Department.  Given the number of applications received and the detailed information submitted, it will take a further number of weeks to complete this...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Staff Data (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The information requested by the Deputy regarding the number of staff employed in my Department is outlined in the table below as at 31st May 2017. County  Staff Numbers Dublin 347 Clare  66 Donegal 17 Galway 13 ​Limerick ​1 Cork 9 Kerry 44 In relation to the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department, I have asked the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The National Transport Authority (NTA) recently launched the BusConnectsinitiative which proposes a radical transformation of the bus system in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) that will involve, inter alia, the development of a network of 'next generation' bus corridors and a complete redesign of the network to be accompanied by a network of bus-based park and ride sites...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Traffic Legislation (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​Ireland does not have a nationwide system of rules for when heavy good vehicles (HGVs) may use roads.  Some EU Member States do apply certain nationwide restrictions on times of use of HGVs, such as barring HGVs at certain hours at weekends. Under the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations 1997 (S.I. No. 182 of 1997), as amended, local authorities may restrict access...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme. All of the 2320 applications are being assessed by officials in my Department.  Given the number of applications received and the detailed information submitted, it will take a number of months to complete the assessment process with...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (20 Jun 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

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