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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.

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

Shane Ross: ​I understand that the suggestion to rename Dublin Airport as Seán Lemass Airport has arisen a number of times in the past and that previous Ministers decided against such a change.  I concur with my predecessors and can confirm that I have no plans currently to change the name of the principal gateway airport to Ireland.

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

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1050 and 1111 together. 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 and I do not have a direct role in relation to the...

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

Shane Ross: ​I met with Commissioner Bulc briefly at Transport Council on 7 June 2016 and again at Transport Council  on 8 June 2017. At the latter meeting, I discussed issues relating to the European Commission's proposals on the aviation package and the mobility package, and also on the range of implications for Ireland arising from Brexit.

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

Shane Ross: ​While I did not attend Transport Council in December 2016, I had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Bulc while at the Transport Councils of 7 June 2016 and 8 June 2017. At the latter meeting, the Commissioner expressed an interest in visiting Ireland later this year.

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

Shane Ross: Ease of access is an important consideration for visitors from developing tourism markets. Tourism into Ireland has benefitted from initiatives such as the visa waiver scheme and the British Irish Visa Scheme. In respect of Brexit, one of the priorities from a tourism perspective is that joint visa arrangements with the UK are maintained.  My Department has emphasised...

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

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1054 and 1055 together. As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy in relation to roads.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects on national roads are a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction...

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

Shane Ross: Following consideration of proposals from the National Transport Authority (NTA) and legal advice which I received, I am proceeding with the drafting of Heads of a Bill to provide for a new Part to be inserted to the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 exclusively for the regulation of rickshaws. The approach will, amongst things, ensure that the relevant interactions with the existing legislative...

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

Shane Ross: The most recently available audited financial accounts for Iarnród Éireann is for 2015 and shows that Rosslare Europort division made a surplus after tax of €2.345m.In relation to the future of the port, the Deputy is aware that Rosslare Europort is unique among the State owned ports as it is not a commercial company operating under the Harbours Acts, but is instead...

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

Shane Ross: The regulation of the small public service vehicle industry, including issues relating to enforcement, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. I have therefore referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

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

Shane Ross: I understand that the Deputy is referring to convictions for offences relating to small public service vehicles (SPSVs) arising from enforcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA). As the regulation of the SPSV industry, including issues relating to enforcement, is a matter for the NTA under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, I have referred your question...

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

Shane Ross: ​The information requested by the Deputy relating to State Boards is available on my Department's website  at the following link www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/state-board-members hip-and-approved-fees.

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

Shane Ross: ​I understand that an HGV apprenticeship is currently in development; however development and expansion of apprenticeships are a matter for the Apprenticeship Council and Department of Education and Skills.

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