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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ports Development (28 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: In regard to the free zone, Rosslare Europort is seeking the creation of such a zone at the port to facilitate and encourage the development of businesses. The port has been engaging with Wexford County Council on this matter. Among the business opportunities the port wishes to pursue in the context of a free zone is the creation of a facility to service the growing offshore wind industry....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Licences (28 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy. I agree the number of people waiting for appointments is at an unacceptably high level. I believe a further extension of the licences is the correct approach to deal with the issue. The extension is subject to EU approval and my officials have contacted the EU in that regard. We will also be prioritising work on the legislation required to get the online system up and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ports Development (28 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. Rosslare Europort continues to work closely with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and other Government Departments and offices in preparing for the border controls and other impacts that will arise from Brexit. The port's border inspection post, on a 16 acre site 1 km from the port, is ready for operation and additional staff have...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Licences (28 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy for raising this very important matter. The National Driver Licence Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority and is provided under contract. The NDLS processes applications for learner permits and driver licences. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the provision of services, as the Deputy has outlined. As a result, a number of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Football Association of Ireland (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: A nominations committee was formed by the FAI to appoint independent directors to the board of the FAI in line with one of the key recommendations of the governance review group report. Sport Ireland was invited by the FAI to nominate two independent persons to the committee. Its nominees were Olive Loughnane and Peter McLoone. Amrop, a world-leading executive-search firm, was appointed as...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Football Association of Ireland (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. Further to the comprehensive statement provided by the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, last Thursday on the memorandum of understanding with the FAI, I am pleased to provide additional information in response to the Deputy's query. At its meeting on 30 January the Government authorised the then Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Road Improvement Schemes (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy for his question. I wish to explain that, once funding arrangements have been put in place through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Overall, TII is...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Road Improvement Schemes (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I will explain how national roads projects are identified for development. The NDP identifies two categories of national road improvements. The first includes projects to advance to construction, subject to satisfactory outcomes of the project appraisal and development consent approval processes. The second includes projects at pre-appraisal and early planning stages that are being...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputy for his question. I have been engaging with the airline sector over the past week and will continue to do so next week. I am very concerned about the aviation sector, including the consumers involved and the vindication of their rights. It is something I have been working on in my Department. I have also met representatives of travel agents but I will continue to engage...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I will come back to the Deputy with a comprehensive response to his query.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Marine Casualty Investigations Board (14 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputies for raising this matter. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was established as an independent body in 2002 under the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000 to investigate marine casualties and publish reports of such investigations involving Irish-registered vessels worldwide and other vessels in Irish territorial waters and inland...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Marine Casualty Investigations Board (14 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I have heard clearly what the Deputies stated. The Department is examining the judgment and has sought legal advice on this in terms of the next steps we will need to take to address the concerns of the Commission. Any proposed new policy approach will be the subject of a future submission for the consideration of the Cabinet. The Deputies can be assured that every effort is being made to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Road Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: Once funding arrangements have been put in place through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Overall, TII is responsible for the delivery of the national roads programme in accordance...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Road Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: As I outlined previously, once funding arrangements have been put in place through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for TII in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the public spending code guidelines and the necessary statutory...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (8 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I have listened very carefully to what the Deputies said. I take all their comments on board, particularly those concerning the Shannon Heritage sites. As somebody who represents the west of Ireland and whose home is only 40 minutes down the road from Shannon Airport, I completely understand its strategic economic and social importance to the region. I propose to undertake a thorough...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (8 Jul 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputies for raising this very important matter with me. As an island nation, Ireland is particularly dependent, both socially and economically, on air connectivity. Aviation plays a critical role in our economy. More than 140,000 jobs are supported by the air transport sector in Ireland. The air transport industry, including airlines and industry supply chains, is estimated...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Screening Programmes (9 Jun 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: 350. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department or the HSE has conducted a risk assessment in relation to the indefinite postponement of breast and cervical screening due to Covid-19; if such an assessment has been conducted; if so, if it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9882/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Jun 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: 894. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some insurance companies consider the erection of Covid-19 protective screens in vehicles as vehicle modification thus warranting the loss of cover; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that a directive from the National Transport Authority would negate this difficulty; if...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Communications Market Regulation (3 Jun 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: 823. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the volume of complaints about the customer service of a company (details supplied) during the Covid-19 crisis; if he has discussed the matter with the Commission for Communications Regulation; his views on whether prompt customer service regarding broadband is particularly important...

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