Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

National Transport Authority

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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94. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure the NTA does not award routes to companies on the basis of lower labour costs in the future under its competitive tendering processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2378/23]

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 the day-to-day operations of public transport. Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 it is a statutory function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) to procure public transport services by means of Public Service Obligation (PSO) contracts.

In light of the Authority's responsibility in this area, I have forwarded the Deputy's specific question in relation to future competitive tendering processes 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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