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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 346 and 347 together. My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily 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...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Ministerial Travel (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​I did not travel abroad as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: State Bodies Code of Conduct (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 354, 364 and 366 together. My Department informed the agencies of the revised code of practice for the governance of State Bodies in September 2016. It is the agencies responsibility to inform the board members.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities Provision (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The matter raised by the Deputy is primarily a matter for the daa and the planning authorities. Accordingly, I have forwarded the Question to the daa for direct reply. If the Deputy does not receive a reply within ten working days, please advise my Private Office.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Harbour Authorities (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 356 and 357 together. Drogheda Port Company is one of eight State commercial port companies established and operating pursuant to the Harbours Acts 1996-2015. The Minister for Transport ,Tourism and Sport is the principal shareholder in the port company and his relationship with the company is governed by both the Harbours Acts and the Companies Act.  As...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​As Minister I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme, the planning, design and implementation of individual national road projects (including the N59) is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with Galway County Council. As the Deputy is aware, I facilitated a meeting...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Transport Authority Remit (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to answer Questions 359 to 361, inclusive, together.​ The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the regulation of the bus market in Ireland.  Responsibility for the licensing of public bus passenger services transferred from my Department to the NTA in 2010 under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act, 2009.  Accordingly, my...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Cycle Network (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: Under the Capital Plan €100m is committed to smarter travel and carbon reduction measures, which includes funding for the development of greenways and other cycling infrastructure.  The last National Cycle Network funding programme was for the period 2014-2016 and some remaining claims under that programme will be paid this year.  However, it is not intended to issue a...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: State Bodies (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​Shareholder expectation letters are only issued to the Chairpersons of commercial State Bodies under the aegis of my Department. They were issued to the CIE Group, daa, Irish Aviation Authority and Shannon Airport Authority. Letters to the remaining commercial State Bodies will be issued shortly.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Information and Communications Technology (13 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: The annual allocation over the lifetime of the plan for information technology infrastructure across the Department is currently €​2.2 million per annum.  To date, each years allocation has been fully spent, and good progress has been made. This progress includes projects that have been advanced in various sectors including Maritime, Irish Coast Guard and the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cross-Border Projects (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: Under the Fresh Start Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC). Discussions have been underway at senior official level with the Northern Ireland authorities regarding...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Marine Accidents (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) was established in June 2002 to carry out investigations into, and report on, marine casualties in Irish waters or involving Irish registered vessels including those in the commercial fishing sector. The MCIB on its establishment also completed a number of investigations covering the period 1992-2002. Information on fatalities can...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roadworthiness Testing (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 345 together. Directive 2014/45/EU on the periodic roadworthiness testing of motor vehicles and their trailers, requires Member States, from May 2018, to introduce compulsory testing for tractors with a maximum design speed exceeding 40 km/h which are being used for commercial road haulage purposes. There is no requirement on Member States to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Regional Road Network (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I presume the roads in Kerry being referred to by the Deputy are regional and local roads, the improvement and maintenance of which is the statutory responsibility of Kerry County Council, 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...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Air Corps (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 342 and 343 together. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in Ireland under the provisions of the Irish Aviation Authority Act, 1993. It does not have a role in the regulation of military aviation - including aircraft operated by the Irish Air Corps - or in the testing of Air Corps pilots, or in the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: While I cannot comment on individual cases, I would be happy to explain the legal position and address the more general issue. Under international road traffic conventions, a person who is not the holder of an Irish driving licence may drive in this jurisdiction for up to a year on a visitor basis. An individual who is resident in the USA and holds an American driving licence may...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Traffic Data (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​In recognition of the growing body of evidence emerging of increased travel demand across the Dublin region in particular, my Department's Economic and Financial Evaluation Unit has undertaken a research project to estimate the cost of aggravated congestion across Ireland's transport system. Aggravated congestion occurs when the number of vehicles on a part of the network is higher...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cross-Border Projects (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport does not at present have any potential funding streams available for the activities described by the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (12 Apr 2017)

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 implementation of individual road projects (including proposed works on the N2) is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (12 Apr 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in Cavan is the statutory responsibility of Cavan County Council, 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...

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