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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Report into Ticketing at Rio Olympic Games: Discussion (17 Aug 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank the joint committee for giving me the opportunity to address it. I am joined by the Minister of State with responsibility for tourism and sport, Deputy Brendan Griffin. I am also joined by the departmental officials Mr. Ken Spratt, Mr. Peter Hogan and Mr. James Lavelle from the sports division and the Department’s legal adviser, Mr. Michael Dreelan. I thank Mr. Justice...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Report into Ticketing at Rio Olympic Games: Discussion (17 Aug 2017)

Shane Ross: I will deal with Senator John O'Mahony's questions first and then proceed in chronological order. The disappointment the Senator expressed about non-co-operation is felt by everybody. This time last year many expressed their willingness to co-operate, but they fell gradually one by one. The Senator is right that this leaves some questions unanswered. I will answer the question about...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Report into Ticketing at Rio Olympic Games: Discussion (17 Aug 2017)

Shane Ross: I will come to that issue in a second. There was no communication beforehand. I have never met the judge and never spoken to him on the telephone. From time to time he applied for extensions and my official got in touch from time to time with the solicitor there. That is how the communication worked. The judge would come back to say he wanted an extension and I might have asked for what...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Report into Ticketing at Rio Olympic Games: Discussion (17 Aug 2017)

Shane Ross: I do not have an answer to that question yet. It is a fair question, but I think the matter would have to be resolved satisfactorily before we would resume funding it. What we need is a clear line of correct and acceptable behaviour and a code of governance in place which does not reflect, in any way, anything that has happened in the past and is totally different. That is a problem for...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Greenways Development (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: It is nice to be here even if it is to take four Commencement matters in a row, which is probably a record for the Seanad. I hope my record will never be beaten. I thank Senator Craughwell for bringing this matter to the House and giving me an opportunity to address same. I know that he is, as I am, a great believer in both the railways and greenways. He has been a champion of both but...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Greenways Development (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator Craughwell. I will do that shortly. I would be delighted to be taken around by Deputy Canney, who is a colleague of mine, and also if Senator Craughwell wants to come himself or if any of the local councillors want to come to meet me there when I will see for myself what the problem is.

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Shannon Airport Facilities (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator Gavan for bringing this important matter to the attention of the House. I will answer it as comprehensively as I can.A large number of people have derived an enormous amount of amusement from quoting things I have said in the Dáil when in opposition, which they think I will find difficult to reconcile with what I am doing in government. I understand that. I will do my...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Shannon Airport Facilities (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I do not really have very much to add; I am sorry about that. I cannot comment on whether a matter is coincidence or not. It really is a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Road Network (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator Gallagher for raising this matter this morning.I have already addressed the issue of the N2 a number of times this year on Topical Issue matters, Commencement matters and in reply to parliamentary questions. I am pleased to reiterate these points this morning and to share the Senator's concern about the collisions and the number of fatalities, of which the Senator said there...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Road Network (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: Senator Gallagher has made a fine case. I will ask my Department to look into the collisions aspect of what he said.

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Air Safety (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I thank Senator John O'Mahony for raising this issue which, as he will be aware, is both topical and sensitive. I will try and address the individual matters which he referred to. I do not know the answer to the question pertaining to Achill Island, but I will try to get it for the Senator, if that is appropriate.

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Air Safety (20 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: I reassure the Senator and the aviation community that the issue of charts has been addressed adequately. I understand the public alarm that has been raised by various media reports on recent events. It is useful that the media cover such incidents, but it is also important that I reassure people on matters, as they stand. While I understand the general background to the matter raised, it...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Drug and Alcohol Testing (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: ​Since the introduction of prelimary testing of drivers for drugs last April, there has been some misreporting of what is involved, which has caused unnecessary worry to some people. I made clear on the launch of these measures that people should always take their medication as needed.  At the same time, if that medication causes side-effects which might impair their driving,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Dublin Airport Authority (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The daa has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin Airport, including the North Runway Project.  I have therefore forwarded your question to daa for their attention and direct reply to you.  If you do not receive a reply within 10 working days please contact my private office.

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

Shane Ross: ​As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads is a statutory matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. My understanding...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Consultancy Contracts Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: ​The information requested by the Deputy is available on my Departments website at the following link .  The information is updated every 6 months. It is currently being collated for the period January 2017 to June 2017 and will be published as soon as this process is complete.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Railway Stations (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: ​As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport. The operation of the rail network and stations on the network are a matter for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance. Iarnród Éireann remains in a challenging position financially and has limited resources of its own available to fund new...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Services for People with Disabilities (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: My Department is involved in improving supports and services for persons with disabilities in the areas under its remit through a number of strategies.  Transport Access for All, my Department's Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act 2005, guides policy in relation to access to transport services for persons with disabilities.  My Department is also involved in the Government's...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Expenditure (13 Jul 2017)

Shane Ross: Meath Co Council were awarded funding of €1,971,000 in July, 2016 to construct a greenway along the section of the Royal Canal within Meath. Details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to Louth County Council and Meath County Council are outlined in the regional and local road grant allocation and payment booklets which are available in the Dáil...

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

Shane Ross: I met with representatives of the company in question on 30 June 2016 in my Department. They requested the meeting for the purpose of presenting to me the company's views on opportunities for the small public service vehicle sector in Ireland, including using new technology and their ideas on potential new business operating models.

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