Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
236. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether there will be increased opportunities for Ireland to be eligible for TEN-T designations and funding for the transport corridors due to the fact that Ireland will no longer be linked by land to any part of the EU, including ports such as Rosslare and connecting rail lines, such as Dublin to Rosslare Europort. [2033/17]
As part of my Department's analyses of the impact of the exit of the UK from the EU, it is assessing both risks and opportunities that may arise. This includes potential risks and opportunities under TEN-T. However, the current TEN-T regulations and the infrastructure designated as part of the Comprehensive Network, such as Rosslare Port and the connecting rail lines, will remain as part of the this network until such time as they have reached the minimum threshold for Core infrastructure as set out in the underlying planning methodology .
My officials are preparing for, and will monitor, the Article 50 negotiations and will be keeping under review any potential opportunities that may arise.