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Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Fergus O'Dowd: I thank the staff of the committee, especially Mr. Paul Kelly and Ms Etaoine Howlett, who helped in the preparation of the report. Without their help it would not have been the success that it clearly has been. I will thank those who spoke in the order in which they spoke. I thank the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, and the Minister of State at the Department of...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Question put and agreed to.

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

The Dáil adjourned at at 7.40 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Catherine Byrne: On behalf of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, I thank all who spoke on the motion for their thoughtful and considered contributions on all of the issues raised. I will bring their comments and concerns to the Minister and I hope that we can put some of the recommendations into action. I thank the Chair of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Brendan Ryan: It is absolutely imperative that we support the actions recommended in this report to fix the barriers to accessibility within Ireland's transportation system. At present, those in the disabled community are being treated as second class citizens. Due to the fact that public transportation has not been made accessible for their use, their freedom has been limited and many have been forced...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

John Lahart: I join Deputy Brendan Ryan in commending our colleague from the other place, Senator John Dolan, for his sterling work on behalf of a number of bodies in this space. I also thank our signers this evening for communicating our contributions to those outside. I welcome the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on accessibility of public transport for people...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Bernard Durkan: We have very little time left.

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Imelda Munster: I will be very brief. He raised the issue of the new transport fleet in Waterford. Last July Senator Dolan raised issues concerning the specifications and dimensions of these vehicles, which were not accessible. These are silly things that were flagged up in advance and which are now causing problems. This sort of thing needs to be rectified. It was brought to my attention by Mr. Michael...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Bríd Smith: I welcome the report and thank the committee for all its work. I have been looking over the recommendations. Some of them are very good and they are all very relevant. However, since I have come into this Dáil we have been through several strikes and disputes with Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and the Luas. These have usually related to pay claims by the workers or, in the case of Bus...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Imelda Munster: This report came out of a series of hearings of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport where the committee heard from interest groups, charities, transport providers, disability activists and transport service users about the challenges of, and possible solutions to, the serious issues faced by people with mobility issues and disabilities in accessing transport. I...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Fiona O'Loughlin: Like my colleague, I commend the committee and its Chairman on the very important work on this report. There is no doubt that people with all types of disabilities, including physical, intellectual, learning, hearing, sight, mobility, speech, deafness and mental health issues, do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others who do not have a disability. It is important that we...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Thomas Pringle: I welcome the report of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, which sets out a number of recommendations to improve accessibility to all public transport services for people with disabilities. The recommendations will go some way to improving access but they may not go far enough in improving the situation for people with disabilities living in rural Ireland. The number one...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Tommy Broughan: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak on the report. I commend the Chairperson, Deputy O’Dowd, and the rest of the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on their work in holding hearings on accessibility to public transport and presenting us, as Deputy O’Dowd noted in his introduction, with the "experiences of disadvantage, exclusion and unequal treatment" endured...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Robert Troy: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. I acknowledge all of the people who made submissions, particularly those who made presentations to the committee. Some of the people who made presentations to the committee did so at some discomfort and inconvenience to themselves. They shared very personal stories and first-hand experience with us as committee members, which...

Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Motion (21 Feb 2019)

Shane Ross: Before I do anything else, I echo Deputy O'Dowd's words of gratitude to Senator Dolan for the unique perspective he has brought to the Oireachtas on the disability issue. He and his assistant, Mr. Ciarán Delaney, have highlighted and made all of us far more aware of the disability issue in recent times. The fact that the report has been issued is a tribute to Senator Dolan and his...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Light Rail Projects (21 Feb 2019)

Shane Ross: I am very happy to express my own views to the National Transport Authority, NTA, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, about Government policy. I have noticed that all the Deputies here, quite understandably, have been representing their own constituencies in this area and that is absolutely fine. I must, however, look at it on an overall basis. I will not comment on any particular...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Light Rail Projects (21 Feb 2019)

John Lahart: Yet they want to run a bus every four minutes on it.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Light Rail Projects (21 Feb 2019)

Shane Ross: I am happy to tell the Deputies this and comment on that route because that was their finding and I am being as open as possible about it. In response to Deputy O'Rourke I cannot tell him any more than this because he is asking me to publish a route at this stage, which of course I have no intention of doing. The NTA and TII will shortly publish a preferred route. This will reflect the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Light Rail Projects (21 Feb 2019)

John Lahart: Would the Minister tolerate two years?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Light Rail Projects (21 Feb 2019)

Shane Ross: Two years is too long also. I have made this absolutely clear. That would be a major issue in a capital city, or any other city, and it must not happen.

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