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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (22 Sep 2022)

Richard Bruton: As people recount their woes in getting here on a wet morning, and I cycled in, which was grand, spare a thought for commuters on the north side of Dublin who are experiencing the growth pangs of BusConnects and the cycle network, which is of course welcome. It will, however, take a year and a half and will be a challenge. Last week, the Taoiseach told me, and it was very welcome, that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 15 together. In March 2021, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Deputy Naughton, and I launched the safe routes to school, SRTS, programme, which aims to support walking, scooting and cycling to primary and post-primary schools and to create safer walking and cycling routes within communities, through the provision of infrastructure...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Bus Services (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: We will look at the various options. I will make a general point. There is bad weather today, the schools are back and offices are busier midweek than they otherwise might be. Many people will have seen that the traffic this morning was very heavy. The problem is that we do not have enough public transport. The solution to these problems is increased public transport and providing the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Bus Services (22 Sep 2022)

James Lawless: Will the Minister ask the NTA to look at that? If people know it is coming, they will wait.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Bus Services (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Yes.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Greenways Provision

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 10. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the development of the Boyne greenway; and when the greenway will be built. [46284/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: The Boyne greenway has the ability to become the most important greenway in Ireland. It is internationally recognised for having a large concentration of very important heritage sites. The Boyne Valley has Brú na Bóinne, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It has Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara and the site of the Battle of the Boyne. There are dozens of smaller important...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: It is a sightly complicated greenway. It is different from some of the others. I understand that Meath County Council is progressing the greenway as a joint greenway and river navigation restoration project. We are only responsible for the greenway part. However, the council put the schemes together, which makes it slightly complicated and different from other greenway projects. My...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Sometimes I feel that there are two understandings of the word "time". There is how citizens understand it in their normal lives.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I can tell the Deputy there are approximately 20 such understandings.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: There is a different understanding of time in the context of how the administration of this country works. I passed a motion almost 14 years ago at council level for this particular project and it still has not come into being in any real way. It is amazing. The tourism potential of this project is massive. The Minister knows that cycling and walking tourism are taking off around the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I mentioned the river navigation aspect because my officials said to me that it slightly complicates matters. That is an issue that Meath County Council must consider. However, that should not stop us. I agree with the Deputy that the time it takes us to deliver transport projects is too long and deeply frustrating. We often engage in public consultation and then it is only years later...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Trim and Drogheda.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: That is an important link. With e-bikes and so on, people would be able to use that as a real connection. I agree that we need to speed things up. The Deputy should address with Meath County Council why it is dealing with the project in that way.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Unfortunately, tourism in Meath at the moment consists of a coach tour from a Dublin hotel to visit Newgrange and Trim Castle,before returning to a Dublin hotel for dinner. There is little left for Meath in terms of income. Walking tourism allows for people to stay within a location for five, six, seven or eight days. Their visits can include bed and breakfast accommodation, hotels and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: I have previously raised this matter with the Minister. There is considerable potential in this project. The Minister has put his finger on the issues. I and the Mayor of Navan, Councillor Eddie Fennessy, have met Meath County Council about this matter. It a Gordian knot of complexity because of how the greenway is linked with the navigation project. The environmental piece and the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Greenways Provision (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: TII has a key role here. It is very good at delivering infrastructure. It has been doing it for several decades. It has delivered motorways and other programmes. It is systematic in its approach. Deputy Tóibín is correct that we should extend the route from Trim to the Royal Canal greenway, which would result in mesh networks. Many people will go for a 60 km, 70 km, 80 km or...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Expenditure (22 Sep 2022)

Brendan Smith: A project that I have discussed with the Minister previously is the proposed east-west route from Sligo to Dundalk, via counties Fermanagh, Cavan and Monaghan. Parts of that road have been upgraded. It carries a large volume of traffic. It is an important artery in the Border region and the northern half of our country. I sincerely hope that dedicated funding can be provided in 2023 to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Expenditure (22 Sep 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I recall the Deputy and I having several conversations on that. The prioritising of roads is something that TII has a central role in. It does all work in this entire capital budget. There is not too much negotiation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on the capital side, because the figures are set out in the national development plan. The approach to take in investment...

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