Thursday, 23 June 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
185. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he plans to develop a policy to ensure that as far as possible patrons of large sporting events will be able to travel to these events on public transport; the discussions that he has had with the sporting bodies and the National Transport Authority in relation to this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33436/22]
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 operations of public transport.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally and for the scheduling of those services in conjunction with the relevant transport operators.
In light of the Authority's responsibility in this area, I have forwarded the Deputy's question regarding the provision of adequate public transport for patrons travelling to large sporting events including any discussions the NTA may have had with sporting bodies in this regard, to the Authority for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.