125. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach the status of the Narrow Water Bridge project linking counties Louth and Down; the funding for this project; and if there have been any design changes. (Question 34966/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Cross-Border Projects)

The Taoiseach: Under “A Fresh Start - Stormont House Agreement” the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government have agreed to undertake a review of the Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North-South Ministerial Council. 
The Narrow Water Bridge project was discussed at the NSMC in July where it was agreed that work should continue on identifying options to progress the project and that a further update on...

62. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since included the date it became vacant for State boards or governing bodies under his control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a shortlist provided to him by the Public Appointments Service, PAS; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under his control that are not subject to the PAS system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26091/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

The Taoiseach: I make appointments to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and the National Statistics Board (NSB) in accordance with the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006, S.I. No. 603 of 2010 - National Economic and Social Council (Alteration of Composition) Order 2010; and Section 18 of the Statistics Act 1993.
In the case of the NESC, I appoint 20 members specifically on the basis of nominations from organisations or interests set out in the Act, up to 6 pub...