27. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to fund the restoration of over 12,000 km of secondary roads deemed to be in severe structural distress by the National Oversight and Audit Commission, NOAC, and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17769/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Roads Maintenance)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I am very interested in hearing the Minister’s plans to fund the restoration of over 12,000 km of secondary roads throughout the country deemed to be in severe structural distress by the NOAC. I raise this as a Deputy who represents Dublin Fingal, which, on the face of it, is close to Dublin but which has a massive network of primary and secondary roads, some of which are in atrocious condition and will not find their way into a works programme this year or possibly next ye...

33. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will reconsider the appointment of Fingal County Council as the noise regulator for Dublin Airport in view of the response from local residents and the reliance the council has on rate-based income and the perception that the regulator needs to be seen as an independent stakeholder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17768/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Airport Development Projects)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: There have been variations on this question today and on previous occasions, but I make no apology for raising it again. I want the Minister to reconsider this issue. It is my intention to remind him of the relationship that exists between Fingal and Dublin Airport. It is a commercial relationship and the decision should be reconsidered.
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45. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeframe for Defence Forces pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53155/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: For too long, members of the Defence Forces have been treated like second-class citizens in the context of our public service workers. The Defence Forces have always been our last line in service provision. If the weather is too bad for commuting, the Army will be called in. In times past, the Army even cleared rubbish off our streets when industrial action led to environmental damage. The Defence Forces have never been treated on par with the rest of the public sector. ...

64. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there is a timetable for Defence Forces pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52900/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

70. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there will be an increase in the duty allowance or payments to Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52901/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

79. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is examining strategies to reopen barracks along the border in the event of a hard Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52904/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Army Barracks)

Deputy Declan Breathnach: The roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence include the provision of aid to the civil power, that is, providing assistance and support to the Garda Síochána when requested to do so, and assisting the Revenue Commissioners in the carrying out of their duties. We in Louth are fortunate to have Aiken Barracks and Gormanston Camp, but many of the Border counties have been denuded of Army barracks. My question refers to the need to have a Defence...

56. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will approach the dispute between Irish Rail and its workers in a different and more engaged manner than he did previous disputes with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann with a view to resolving the dispute before industrial action is taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42159/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Rail Services Staff)

Deputy Joan Collins: I wish to ask the Minister his view on the potential pending strike by railway workers in Iarnród Éireann, who are currently balloting for strike action. I want the Minister’s view on this because it has been well-flagged that Iarnród Éireann has been under serious financial strain. Since 2014 the company has been down €160 million; last year there were problems again and it had to go looking for extra funding. The Minister has on his desk a report saying that Irish Rail ...

50. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to a security system for train stations (details supplied) which is designed to replace the need for staff at train stations and comprises of a CCTV system monitored at a remote site by a security firm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21956/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Railway Stations)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I am becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of unmanned or under-staffed railway stations. The level of anti-social behaviour at train stations is increasing and the impact on disabled travellers is very serious indeed. This is not just a local issue for me. I know from speaking with other colleagues it is a real problem not only throughout Dublin but all over the country.
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68. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to implement a policy of staffed train stations throughout the country in order to improve the security at train stations and to assist persons with disabilities to avail of train services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21955/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Railway Stations)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I am becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of unmanned or under-staffed railway stations. The level of anti-social behaviour at train stations is increasing and the impact on disabled travellers is very serious indeed. This is not just a local issue for me. I know from speaking with other colleagues it is a real problem not only throughout Dublin but all over the country.
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23. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the negotiations or planning that is taking place between his Department and other Government Departments in preparation for Brexit; his views on whether the Defence Forces would be involved in controlling a hard Border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15524/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: In light of the fact that Prime Minister Theresa May initiated Brexit today, my question concerns the status of the Minister of State’s Department’s preparations for Brexit. The time is over for the Minister of State to say he is waiting to see whether Brexit is initiated. It has started. What is the Minister of State going to do about it?
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25. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of success the recent recruitment drives have had in attracting female members to the Defence Forces; his views on whether the target of 10% of the Defence Forces being comprised of female members as set out in the 2015 White Paper on Defence will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15523/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin: Before I put my question, I would like to extend my sympathy on the tragic passing of Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby. I commend the rescue services in Waterford, which helped searched for and find the body of Dave Ryan, who was tragically killed in an air accident and who was my sister-in-law’s father.
My question concerns the actions taken to address the lack of female applicants to the Defence Forces and the retention policies planned to en...

30. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress made on the national smarter travel policy given targets are due to be reached by 2020; the plans he is putting in place to reach them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39126/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Smarter Transport)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: The economic recovery will be wasted if it is retained as the only measure of the nation’s health. With sewage spilling into our rivers and seas and carbon dioxide emissions increasing year-on-year, our beautiful green island will be green no more. We need to look at our economy through a climate change lens. As the Minister is aware, transport is a vital aspect of climate change. The Minister can be a leader on this matter. I ask him to prioritise the smarter travel po...

16. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to introduce measures to ensure a larger and dedicated contribution of female Defence Forces members in peacekeeping operations, taking into account UN Resolution 1325 which acknowledges the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33973/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I am interested to hear the Minister’s response on what he will do to build a first national action plan for UN Resolution 1325, which was introduced by a previous Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the former Deputy Eamon Gilmore and former President Mary Robinson, and how the follow-up national action plan 2015-2018 is progressing.
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20. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has read the report on the Defence Forces well being entitled Your Say Climate Survey 2015; his views on the report and its findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33828/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I ask if the Minister of State has read the report to which I refer, and if he has set about implementing any of its recommendations.
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9. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of all the meetings that she has held to date with her Cabinet colleagues, with her Department, with her departmental agencies and with external stakeholders to address the challenges facing businesses in the face of Brexit and specifically in view of the decline in the value of sterling. (Question 33015/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Deputy Alan Kelly: I am sure the Minister is delighted with that. I hope the Minister will be specific in response. This question relates to the meetings that have taken place on Brexit with Ministers Cabinet colleagues at Cabinet sub-committee level, internally in her Department, with her departmental agencies and with other external stakeholders given that this is the most important topic she is likely to face during her tenure in this Department.
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5. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for implementing EU Regulation No. 598/2014; the implementations that will require legislation through Dáil Éireann; the timeline for such legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32958/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - EU Regulations)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I ask the Minister to outline to the Dáil his plan for the implementation of EU Regulation No. 598/2014. What seems to be coming down the tracks and what we heard in the Minister’s press release is very concerning not only for local residents but for the future integrity of planning decisions in this country.
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9. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to improve public confidence in the Olympic Council of Ireland after the fall-out from the Rio Olympics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32786/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Olympic Games Ticketing Arrangements)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: While our athletes at the Rio Olympics succeeded in doing our country proud, they were let down by the debacle of the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, OCI, being arrested. In light of the Deloitte report on the OCI, what will the Minister do to restore faith in the organisation?
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11. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the building of a second runway in Dublin Airport will be designed and constructed to ensure it complements the delivery of metro north and to ensure the DAA liaises with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, on an ongoing basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32783/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Airport Development Projects)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I am asking the question from the point of view of metro north, which I support, and ensuring any other major projects at Dublin Airport do not delay or impact on the delivery of metro north. With a new runway on the horizon and planning permission granted for a large hotel beside Terminal 2, there is no shortage of major works planned for Dublin Airport. I want to ensure any plans have been metro north proofed.
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24. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will lift the ban on PDFORRA membership of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, its access to the Workplace Relations Commission and its involvement in national pay bargaining arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27314/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: My question asks the Minister if he will lift the ban on PDFORRA membership of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, its access to the Workplace Relations Commission and its involvement in national pay bargaining arrangements. This has been the view of members of PDFORRA since 1995.
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48. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of refugees who have been rescued by the Defence Forces in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the humanitarian mission in the region; the length of time he envisages this humanitarian mission will go on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27102/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The operations of the Naval Service obviously have quite an effect in the Mediterranean Sea. Its deployment in the Mediterranean Sea is due to come to an end quite soon and perhaps the Minister of State will indicate if he is considering extending the current deployment or swapping the current ship with another one.
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36. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the announcement by eFlow that it is withdrawing its tag service on toll booths at a number of toll booths, including at the M1 near Drogheda, the M7/M8 south of Portlaoise and the N25 at Waterford; if he is concerned that this may cause a significant increase in delays for motorists at toll bridges here; if he has been briefed by eFlow on its decision not to renew its contract with a company (details supplied), the operator of a number of Irish motorways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22530/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Road Tolls)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I represent Dublin-Fingal, with which the Minister is familiar from the traffic report every morning, as many of my constituents who are not served by public transport or rail links converge on Whitehall and arteries into Dublin city centre from the M1. Our traffic planning is fragile and I would appreciate an update from the Minister on the announcement by eFlow that it is withdrawing its tag service from several tolling booths, including the M1 but also the M7/M8 and the ...

18. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the current recruitment programme for the Defence Forces; the stated objectives of the new campaign to recruit more women and to engage with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, minority communities and new citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17138/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: I ask this question to seek further detail from the Minister of State on his plans to recruit members of the Permanent Defence Force from the LGBT community, minority communities and new citizens and to increase the percentage of women in the Permanent Defence Force from 6% to 12%. The Defence Forces have a proud record at home and abroad and I am sure this tradition would benefit from having an increased number of members from diverse backgrounds.
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58. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the efforts he will make to address the concerns of Fingal residents living in the vicinity of the proposed north runway at Dublin Airport, specifically regarding increased noise pollution; if he discussed this with the Dublin Airport Authority directly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15833/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - State Airports)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: My question relates to the proposed north runway at Dublin Airport, which will now proceed after a long period on the shelf. The benefit of this runway to the local, regional and national economy is beyond argument and it is to be welcomed. There are valid concerns from residents in communities such as Portmarnock, Kinsealy, Balgriffin, south Swords, St. Margaret’s, the Ward and Kilreece regarding the impact the new runway will have on noise pollution. Is the Minister awa...