Written answers

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Transport

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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148. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the public transport spend per capita per county for each of the years 2016 to 2021 inclusive (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26217/22]

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; however, I am not involved in day-to-day operations of public transport services. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the collection and publication of statistics relating to public transport.

Therefore, I have forwarded the Deputy’s questions, in relation to the public transport spend, to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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149. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the public transport spend per capita for each of the electoral divisions in County Clare for each of the years 2016 to 2021 inclusive in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26219/22]

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.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which operates under the TFI Local Link brand.

In light of the NTA's responsibilities for TFI Local Link services, including public transport spend for County Clare, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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150. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department if a transport police project will be piloted in County Cork. [26275/22]

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

The safety and security of public transport passengers and staff are matters for the individual public transport companies in conjunction with, as appropriate, An Garda Síochána. Decisions regarding a dedicated transport police unit and the allocation of Garda resources are matters for the Minister of Justice and the Garda Commissioner.

I am also given to understand that the views of An Garda Síochána are that effective local community policing can meet the policing needs of the public transport network and that the Garda authorities do not propose to establish a specialist or dedicated transport policing unit at this time.

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