Written answers

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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102. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied); his views on the concerns raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15818/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy may be aware, the Oral Hearing in relation to MetroLink began on the 19th February and ran until the 28th March. This process allowed planning authorities, prescribed bodies, elected representatives and observers to share their views on the project. TII continues to engage constructively with all parties. Where possible, following engagement, TII has provided An Bord Pleanála with conditions agreed by both parties aimed at addressing their specific concerns.

Currently the MetroLink Railway Order website has information submitted by TII to An Bord Pleanála as part of the Oral Hearing process. During the Oral Hearing process, the Inspector confirmed the requirement to re-advertise relevant material following the conclusion of the Oral Hearing. TII will make all relevant information will be made publicly available as required.

In relation to your specific query, as Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including MetroLink, in conjunction with TII.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.


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