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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: EU Meetings (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: Awaiting reply from Department.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Flexible Work Practices (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department achieved the Government-mandated public sector remote working target of 20% on 18 July 2023. All staff in my Department were working remotely full-time from late March 2020 due to the pandemic with the transition to remote/blended working starting on a phased basis from 21 March 2022. Of the 692 staff members in my Department, 96% currently...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is a matter for the local authority. My...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the method of payment accepted for food, tea, and coffee on trains is a matter for Irish Rail. Therefore, I have referred the Deputy's question to Irish...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally and for the scheduling and timetabling of these services in...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: In accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993, each local authority has statutory responsibility for the improvement and maintenance of their regional and local roads. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources and are supplemented by State Road grants. Of these grants, the vast majority (approximately 90%) are targeted at the maintenance and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: In accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993, each local authority has statutory responsibility for the improvement and maintenance of their regional and local roads. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources and are supplemented by State Road grants. Of these grants, the vast majority (approximately 90%) are targeted at the maintenance and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: EU Meetings (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As noted in the Programme for Government, the Government is committed to placing Ireland at the heart of Europe. Membership of the European Union has been transformative for Ireland and its people and I believe that it is in Ireland's best interests to pursue an active and engaged membership by working with our colleagues across the Union. Details in relation to the meetings of The Council of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Flexible Work Practices (12 Jun 2024)

Eamon Ryan: In accordance with the Civil Service Blended Working Framework, published on 31st March 2022, my Department has published its own Blended Working Policy. Since the 1st July 2022, my Department has facilitated flexible blended working arrangements for all eligible staff members, on a pattern of up to a maximum of 5 days over a fortnight period on a 2 days / 3 days alternating pattern for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Sector Pensions (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: The case in relation to the rules governing the 1951 scheme are currently subject to ongoing legal proceedings before the Commercial Court. The Hearing commenced on 24 May 2022 for 4 days. While original indications were that a judgement would be expected in the Autumn of 2022, the matter was deferred on multiple occasions, with the judgment being delivered on 19 April 2024. In his...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Tolls (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 144, 147 and 148 together. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Tolls (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 and 146 together. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Therefore,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the number of tickets sold on the Limerick to Galway train line is a matter for Irish Rail. Therefore, I have referred the Deputy's question to Irish Rail...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the annual cost of operating the Limerick to Galway train line is a matter for Irish Rail. Therefore, I have referred the Deputy's question to Irish Rail...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the annual revenue collected from the Limerick to Galway train line is a matter for Irish Rail. Therefore, I have referred the Deputy's question to Irish...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the cost of monthly tickets for students and adults, and the cost of an adult single one-way ticket on the Limerick to Galway train line is a matter for the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally and for the scheduling and timetabling of these services in...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Greenways Provision (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to Greenways. Project-level funding is administered through the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) who, in partnership with local authorities, have responsibility for the selection and development of specific projects in each local authority area. Noting the role of the TII in the matter, I...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (30 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. The NTA also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including TFI Local Link and the Connecting...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Strategic Infrastructure (29 May 2024)

Eamon Ryan: The Government approved and published the Energy Security in Ireland to 2030 report last November, which concludes that Ireland’s future energy will be secure by moving from a fossil-fuel based energy system to an electricity-led system that maximises our renewable energy demand flexibility and is integrated into Europe’s energy systems. Ireland needs to enhance its resilience...

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