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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Retention of Defence Forces Personnel: Discussion with Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (30 May 2019)

...the early mandatory retirement ages for Defence Forces personnel, I should point out that 82% of these departures were premature voluntary retirements. Numerous media publications reported recently that the unprecedented recruitment drive in 2017 yielded a single figure net increase in personnel and that €15 million was spent on induction training that year. It may shock the...

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Mark Daly: ...protection reasons and that the data could not be shared with doctors and nurses. I highlighted to the Minister's office that in reality the Minister has already shared the information held by the driving licence registry with private companies, including car companies, toll road companies, the Courts Service and many others. In fairness, the Minister came back and said that if the HSE...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Training (4 Apr 2019)

Charles Flanagan: ...na including the training of its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and operational requirements of the Garda members. This 5 level suite covers...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Regulations (13 Mar 2019)

Shane Ross: Driver testers, employed by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), must complete training as set out in a series of EU directives on driving testing and licensing, the current main directive being EU Directive 2006/126/EC. This directive sets minimum driving test standards, training and quality assurance for driver testers. Testers have to undergo continuous monitoring of the application of Driving...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Motor Insurance (24 Jan 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: ...their individual decisions on whether to offer cover and what terms to apply, insurers will also use a combination of other rating factors, which include the age and type of the vehicle, the relevant claims record and driving experience, the number of drivers, how the car is used, etc.  My understanding is that insurance companies do not all use the same combination of rating...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Defence Forces Training (12 Dec 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Seán Sherlock: 63. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there are enough instructors to train drivers of military vehicles in the Defence Forces; and if there are sufficient driving courses for all brigades. [52288/18]

Select Committee on Social Protection: Estimates for Public Services 2018
Vote 37 - Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Supplementary)
(4 Dec 2018)

Regina Doherty: ...to additional information on learning and development, savings were incurred. The Department has provided extensive training for all our staff in 2018. To date, there have been 13,416 staff attendances at instructor-led classroom training, and 2,678 staff received this training in 2018. There have been 2,447 e-learning modules and front-line serving training areas were completed in...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licensing Exchange Agreements (20 Nov 2018)

Shane Ross: ...be offered a reduced Essential Driver Training programme of only 6 lessons.  I am happy to say I have now signed into law the necessary regulations.  As there will need to be a lead-in time for the RSA and driving instructors, the new measures will come into effect from 21 January 2019.   In relation to your query regarding a driver exchange agreement with the...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Training (13 Nov 2018)

Charles Flanagan: ...training of the Garda members and staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and operational requirements of members undergoing the relevant training....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Regulations (13 Nov 2018)

Shane Ross: ...to be able to tell the Deputy that I have signed regulations into effect to deal with this matter. As the Deputy will be aware, people who take up residence in this jurisdiction and who have a driving licence which is not eligible for exchange for an Irish licence are required to go through the driver learning process in order to obtain an Irish driving licence. The reason for this is...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Regulations (18 Sep 2018)

Shane Ross: The registration of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and oversight of the ADI system are the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority. I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Data (7 Sep 2018)

Shane Ross: Details of all driving instructors (ADIs), as approved by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), can be found on the RSA website at .

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (27 Jun 2018)

Mattie McGrath: .... This is one of them. That is why we are still here ag cáint faoin mBille seo. It is not my decision or the Acting Chairman's. In Tipperary there are 1,700 people waiting to be scheduled for driving tests. That is only one county. Multiply that figure by 26. They are the people who are waiting to be scheduled. They are not the people who have been scheduled and are in the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Disqualified Drivers: Discussion (20 Jun 2018)

...in ensuring that everybody who has reached the level of competency necessary to pass the test will be given that test in a prompt manner. We will also work to ensure that people who have been driving for a period of years without taking a test, engage with a driver instructor, because they will fail the test if they come forward at this stage, having driven for such a long period of time....

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Mattie McGrath: I delighted to be able to speak on amendment No. 22, which relates to drivers with an L plate. I am disappointed, however. The Minister had an opportunity last night - he was allowed ten minutes - to respond to some of our questions but he chose not to do so. Deputy Broughan intervened as well. We have asked many questions during the course of the debate, including on Committee Stage,...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (13 Jun 2018)

Danny Healy-Rae: ...3, lines 25 to 27, to delete all words from and including “be” in line 25 down to and including “(15)” in line 27 and substitute “incur 3 penalty points and an obligation to undertake 10 driving lessons with a qualified instructor”.

Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test Waiting Lists (15 May 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Shane Ross: ...today is a real problem. It is something which is being addressed. I acknowledge as well that it is not yet resolved. The driver testing service has seen an increase of almost 20% in the levels of driving test applications over the past four years. This, coupled with the retirement of driver tester staff, has meant that the waiting times for customers for driving tests have increased....

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (8 May 2018)

Mattie McGrath: .... We are the people who live in and represent rural Ireland. I refer also to the proposal to amend the Road Traffic Act 1994 to provide for the detention by An Garda Síochána of a vehicle being driven by an unaccompanied learner driver. I have been contacted by many people over last week and the weekend. I referred in the main previously to na daoine óga, the young...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill: Report Stage (Resumed) (2 May 2018)

Danny Healy-Rae: The Minister has said that he is colour blind. I hope he told the licensing authority that because if he has not done so, he will not be insured in a car he might drive. Perhaps now that he is a Minister with his own driver, he does not care about having a licence or not, but fine for him if he does. I put it to the Minister and to all the Deputies in the Chamber that this is the most...

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