Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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233. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for additional services on the Tralee to Killarney rail line to facilitate work commuter and cyclists looking to use the forthcoming Tralee to Fenit greenway or outdoor enthusiasts accessing Killarney National Park and persons availing of hospitality services in both towns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62884/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.

Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public transport services in respect of services that are socially necessary but commercially unviable, by way of public services obligation (PSO) contracts with operators such as, in this case, Iarnród Éireann.

I have, therefore, forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days


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