29. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated costs of the establishment of the competent authority under EU 598/2014; the amount spent to date; and if funds have been or will be paid to Fingal County Council or other organisations in 2018. (Question 17724/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - EU Regulations)

Deputy Clare Daly: A number of months ago, to the surprise of the community and many of its representatives, the Minister announced that he would appoint Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanála as the competent authority and appeals body for the implementation of EU Regulation 598/2014. What is the status of that? What is the budget? How much has been spent? What progress has been made? We have not received much information since the announcement.
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45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the planned metro north for Swords; if problems have been identified; the way in which he plans to conduct the consultation process with residents; and if it will be delivered within the announced timeframe. (Question 17726/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 45, 62 and 65 together.
As the Deputies are already aware the recently published National Development Plan (NDP), which was launched earlier this year by Government as part of Project Ireland 2040, brings together the Metro North and Metro South projects, as envisaged by the NTA’s GDA Strategy, into one project called MetroLink.
MetroLink will provide Dublin with a high capacity, high frequency cross-...

59. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe regarding planned legislation to establish the competent authority under EU 598/2014. (Question 17723/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Noise Pollution Legislation)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Since the Government decision in January this year to designate Fingal County Council as the Competent Authority for EU Regulation 598/2014, my Department, in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, has been drafting primary legislation.  That work, which I am advised has been very detailed and technical in nature, is primarily focusing on the interaction between the Noise Regulation, the EU Environ...

66. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 20 of 15 February 2018, if the internal review by his Department of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 has concluded; and if so, when the report will be published. (Question 17725/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The review of the 1973 Order seeks to identify the options available for updating various aspects of the Order. It is examining the Statutory Instrument primarily from an administrative and legal perspective. There is no proposal to change the long-standing Government policy of permitting civil aircraft used by the defence forces of various nations to transit through Irish airspace and airports, subject to appropriate terms and condi...

89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 28 March 2018, his views on the appropriateness of appointing Fingal County Council as the competent authority under EU 598/2014 with responsibility for airports outside Dublin; the bodies with which he consulted in this regard both nationally and at EU level; and the nature of this consultation. (Question 17722/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Airport Policy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): In January of this year, I made a recommendation to Government that Fingal County Council be appointed as Competent Authority for the purpose of Regulation 589/14. The Government approved that recommendation. 
As advised in response to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 28 March 2018, EU Regulation 598/2014 only applies to airports with more than 50,000 civil aircraft movements per calendar year, and therefore in Ireland it only app...

1226. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 538 of 27 March 2018, the legal basis upon which the DAA is permitted to withhold public information from residents, namely, the longitudinal data which have long been outstanding that are being withheld on the basis of pending litigation. (Question 15304/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Airport Development Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the daa has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin Airport, including the North Runway project.  
As previously stated, the legal proceedings in question are not, in fact, completed. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment further on issues to which these proceedings relate.  I will be happy to arrange for the provision of any information that is appropriate to release whe...

243. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reasoning for his decision to appoint Fingal County Council as the competent authority in relation to the implementation of EU Regulation 5981/4; the way in which the local authority will play that role in Shannon, Cork and all the other regional airports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14316/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - State Airports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Once it was clear that the option of designating the Irish Aviation Authority as the competent authority was no longer available, the decision was taken - following extensive discussions - that Fingal County Council was best suited to undertake the role.  Fingal County Council already has responsibilities under the EU Environmental Noise Directive which encapsulates responsibilities relating to noise caused by conurbations and major ...

244. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the senior management person or persons designated by the DAA to act as community liaison representatives in view of substantial changes to the management team; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14318/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - State Airports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I assume that the context of this question relates to the North Runway project at Dublin Airport, which is the responsibility of the daa. 
The duties assigned to members of the senior management team at daa in relation to this project are a matter for the company, and as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have no function in this matter. 
However, in order to be of assistance, I have forwarded the Deputy’s query to daa for a...

538. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 45 of 10 May 2017, in the context of this litigation being completed, if he will request that this documentation to be furnished to the residents without delay. (Question 14119/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the daa has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin Airport, including the North Runway project.
I am advised that the the legal proceedings in question are not, in fact, completed. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment further on issues to which these proceedings relate.  When the litigation is concluded, I will of course be happy to arrange at that point for the provis...

262. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the release charges under section 15(2)(a) of the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 fixed at €100 has been changed by legislation; and the charges that apply to private companies managing clamping at train station car parks (details supplied). (Question 13508/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Vehicle Clamping)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015, and with my consent, made Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 421 of 2017 relating to vehicle clamping and clamping signage on private property, although elements of the Regulations apply to all places where clamping takes place, including public roads.  
The S.I. came into effect on October 1st 2017 and the maximum clamp release...

808. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and a risk assessment carried out regarding same would be a basis upon which an existing one hundred year old right of way could be lawfully extinguished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12371/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Children First Guidelines)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): A local authority may extinguish a public right of way under section 73 of the Roads Act 1993, once it follows the procedures set down in that section.
Where it proposes to extinguish the public right of way, the local authority must publish notices, in a local newspaper or newspapers and at the right of way itself, informing the public that submissions may be made in relation to the proposed extinguishment, and must then consider an...

809. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legislative basis upon which a right of way can be extinguished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12372/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Rights of Way)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): A local authority may extinguish a public right of way under section 73 of the Roads Act 1993, once it follows the procedures set down in that section.
Where it proposes to extinguish the public right of way, the local authority must publish notices, in a local newspaper or newspapers and at the right of way itself, informing the public that submissions may be made in relation to the proposed extinguishment, and must then consider an...

596. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of US troops who passed through Shannon Airport in 2017, by month. (Question 9337/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Air Navigation Orders)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 596 to 599, inclusive, together.
The functions of the Minister under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, relate to munitions or weapons of war. 
I have no function in relation to the transport of troops by air and on this basis my Department does not have records of the number of troops transiting through Shannon Airport.
Sha...

597. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the munition of war permits requested between 1 September and 31 December 2017 under Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973; the date of each request; the aircraft operator in each instance; the locations they were flying to and from; the goods being carried that required the permit; if the permit was granted; if permit requests were refused in that period, the name of the aircraft operator; and the basis for refusal of the permit request. (Question 9338/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Air Navigation Orders)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 596 to 599, inclusive, together.
The functions of the Minister under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, relate to munitions or weapons of war. 
I have no function in relation to the transport of troops by air and on this basis my Department does not have records of the number of troops transiting through Shannon Airport.
Sha...

598. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the munition of war permits requested between 1 January and 31 December 2016 under Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973; the date of each request; the aircraft operator in each case; the locations they were flying to and from; the goods being carried that required the permit; if the permit was granted; if permit requests were refused in that period, the name of the aircraft operator; and the basis for refusal of the permit request. (Question 9341/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Air Navigation Orders)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 596 to 599, inclusive, together.
The functions of the Minister under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, relate to munitions or weapons of war. 
I have no function in relation to the transport of troops by air and on this basis my Department does not have records of the number of troops transiting through Shannon Airport.
Sha...

599. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the munition of war permits requested between 1 September and 31 December 2015, under Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973; the date, the aircraft operator, the locations they were flying to and from; the goods being carried that required the permit; if the permit was granted; if permit requests were refused in that period, the name of the aircraft operator; and the basis for refusal of the permit request . (Question 9342/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Air Navigation Orders)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 596 to 599, inclusive, together.
The functions of the Minister under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, relate to munitions or weapons of war. 
I have no function in relation to the transport of troops by air and on this basis my Department does not have records of the number of troops transiting through Shannon Airport.
Sha...

603. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason €320 million has been put aside in the national planning framework for the runway at Dublin Airport which the daa was due to finance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9366/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Airport Development Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This national development plan sets out the significant level of investment, almost €116 billion, which will underpin the national planning framework and drive its implementation over the next ten years. €91 billion in Exchequer funding for public capital investment has been allocated and will be supplemented with substantial investment by commercial State owned enterprises. 
Commercial State-owned enterprises are a significant tool ...

20. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the internal review by his Department of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 has concluded; and if so, when the report will be published. (Question 7737/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 24 together.
The purpose of the ongoing internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, is to identify the options available for various aspects of the Order. The internal review will be completed in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Convention, which is the main international treaty governing the operation of civil aviation, states tha...

24. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications for exemptions for the carriage of munitions of war through Shannon airport received by his Department in 2017; the number of such applications that were granted; and the number that were refused. (Question 7736/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 24 together.
The purpose of the ongoing internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, is to identify the options available for various aspects of the Order. The internal review will be completed in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Convention, which is the main international treaty governing the operation of civil aviation, states tha...

32. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason he is satisfied that Fingal County Council has the requisite expertise in environmental impact assessments, noise, aviation and other matters to fulfil the function of competent authority under EU Regulation 598/2014 as proposed by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7738/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 32, 73 and 77 together.
The Government has recently approved my proposal to designate Fingal County Council as the Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport in order that Ireland fully complies with EU Regulation 598/2014, which came into effect in 2016.  
As the Deputies will be aware, an earlier proposal was that the Irish Aviation Authority would be designated as the Noise Regulator for the purpose of EU ...

54. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the metro north project; and the expenditure to date on same. (Question 7740/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 76 and 88 together.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsiblity for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) including new Metro North.
Funding of over €700 million has been allocated under the Government’s present Capital Plan 2016-2021 for planning, design and beginning construction of ...

77. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason his Department formed the view that the measures that would be necessary to safeguard independence in the conduct of the competent authority functions under EU Regulation 598/2014 by the IAA would render the assignment of those functions to that body impractical. (Question 7739/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 32, 73 and 77 together.
The Government has recently approved my proposal to designate Fingal County Council as the Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport in order that Ireland fully complies with EU Regulation 598/2014, which came into effect in 2016.  
As the Deputies will be aware, an earlier proposal was that the Irish Aviation Authority would be designated as the Noise Regulator for the purpose of EU ...

581. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to an incident on 5 February 2018 when a number of hounds from a club (details supplied) ran onto the M3 resulting in the death of four dogs and creating a significant danger for motorists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7326/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Road Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Article 49 of the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations 1997 (as amended) states that a person in charge of an animal which is being conducted along or on to a road shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that the animal does not obstruct traffic or pedestrians. Enforcement of the Regulations is a matter for An Garda Síochána. 
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544. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to a number of recent High Court cases in regard to the legality of reducing employees’ entitlements (details supplied) in view of the reductions to pensions in payment to persons brought about by the State Airports (Shannon Group) Act 2014. (Question 5789/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Irish Airlines (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme (IASS) is currently the subject of on-going legal proceedings by retired members of daa, Shannon Airport Authority, Aer Lingus and the former SR Technics.  Those proceedings began in July 2015.  
As this matter is sub judice I am unable to comment any further on the issue.
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545. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) that are working in his Department. (Question 5842/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): There are currently no secondees from the companies listed working in my Department. 
I have asked the State agencies under the aegis of my Department to provide the Deputy with the information requested directly. If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within ten working days, you should advise my private office.
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