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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The MetroLink project is currently at Decision Gate 1: Approval in Principleunder thePublic Spending Code. The key document at Decision Gate 1is the Preliminary Business Case and a draft Preliminary Business Case was submitted to my Department for initial review in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code. I understand an updated Preliminary Business Case will be resubmitted...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. It is the National Transport Authority (NTA) that 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 management of the Rural...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: Louth County Council is the statutory planning and road authority for its area of responsibility. It is, therefore, a matter for Louth County Council to consider options regarding the development of the proposed Drogheda Northern Cross Route (PANCR) scheme. My Department met with the Council earlier this year to outline the Public Spending Code project appraisal requirements for any...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Network (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I agree that issues such as those raised by the Deputy should be taken into account when considering the development of any future rail freight terminal at Limerick Junction. In relation to the N24 specifically the National Development Planincludes the proposed N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project, which includes a bypass of Tipperary Town. This scheme is among several proposed major...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Government’s policy regarding the increased usage of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is primarily driven by the Climate Action Plan which sets a target of 945,000 EVs by 2030. Home charging is considered the primary method of charging for the majority of EVs in Ireland and is a convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly means of charging, especially when using night rate...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: Providing a sustainable, low-carbon transport system is a key priority of my Department. The Programme for Government commits to 7% average annual emissions reduction to 2030; ultimately, the goal is for a zero-emission mobility system by 2050. Electrification will be key to achieving this objective in the transport sector. Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most prominent transport mitigation...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (16 Dec 2021)

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 the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including the provision of bus stops and bus shelters. Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Park-and-Ride Facilities (16 Dec 2021)

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 the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including Park and Ride facilities. Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, and their previous reply, I have referred the Deputy's...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: Providing a sustainable, low-carbon transport system is a key priority of my Department. The Programme for Government commits to 7% average annual emissions reduction to 2030; ultimately, the goal is for a zero-emission mobility system by 2050. Electrification will be key to achieving this objective in the transport sector. Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most prominent transport mitigation...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. In that regard I have ensured very strong policy commitments have been made in relation to transitioning our publicly subvented bus fleets to zero emission vehicles, expanding electrified commuter rail services and using the Strategic Rail Review to identify an appropriate pathway...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Investigations (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 326 of 2012), only make it an offence to place on the market, sell or distribute any ‘specified fuel’ within a Low Smoke Zone (LSZ), and to burn specified fuel in a private dwelling or public house within a LSZ. It should be noted that new Regulations to provide for...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Prices (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 180, 184, 185, 194 and 195 together. The Government agreed on 14 December to provide a once off payment of €100 to every domestic electricity account holder through their electricity supplier in 2022 as part of a range of measures to help mitigate the impact of rising electricity costs. The scheme will become operational in quarter 1 2022...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: State Bodies (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the number of State Boards under the remit of the Department and the number of members of each State Board is available at www.stateboards.ie. Further information is also available on the Department’s website at gov.ie - State Board Membership (www.gov.ie). Under Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005 there is a requirement for public...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Wind Energy Generation (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Government considers citizen engagement to be at the heart of Ireland’s energy and climate transformation. Local coastal communities will be central to the decision-making processes of community engagement initiatives as part of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy journey. The Maritime Area Planning (MAP) Bill, which has been passed by Dáil Éireann and is...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Wind Energy Generation (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: My Department has just this month completed a public consultation on the draft terms and conditions for the first offshore wind auction under the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme, ORESS 1, which will support the first phase of offshore wind development in Ireland. The submissions are now being considered in preparation of a formal response early next year. Ireland's ambitious...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Generation (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As set out in the Climate Action Plan 2021, the 5GW of offshore electricity generation capacity that is being developed over the coming years, in combination with the indicative 8GW onshore wind capacity and 1.5-2.5GW solar PV capacity, aims to meet electricity demand in Ireland and the objective of up to 80% of Ireland's electricity being met from these renewable sources by 2030. As well as...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Production (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The pending introduction of a Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff represents the first phase of a comprehensive enabling framework for micro-and small-scale generators in Ireland. This will allow all renewables self-consumers, including farmers, to receive remuneration from their electricity supplier for all excess renewable electricity exported to the grid, reflective of the market value of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for the development of public transport policy and its funding. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day management and operational aspects of public transport. That is the responsibility of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with public transport operators, in this case Dublin Bus. I have, therefore, forwarded the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (16 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I am responsible for the policy and overall funding of public transport. The National Transport Authority is responsible for the day-to-day operations of public transport in conjunction with the public transport operators. The Regulations for the mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport were introduced under Health legislation on 10 July and came...

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