Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Transport Policy

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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263. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps he is taking to encourage active travel modes to and from work in his Department and public bodies and agencies that operate under this remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17377/22]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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In line with Healthy Ireland, the national framework for improved health and wellbeing 2013-2025, the Department of Foreign Affairs is committed to promoting increased physical activity among its staff including how they travel to work. This has predominately been achieved through the promotion of the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ Scheme, which is a tax incentive scheme to encourage employees to cycle to work. Under the scheme an employer can pay for a new bicycle (including bicycle accessories) and the employee then repays the cost in regular instalments from their gross salary. Since its inception and up to the end of 2021, 498 Department staff had availed of the scheme. This scheme has been further supported by the Department through additional investment in bike racks, lockers, drying rooms and showering facilities.


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