1389. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will request the NTA and TII to prepare a report on the placing of rubber infills on sections of the new Luas line that would enhance the safety of cyclists crossing the tram lines at busy junctions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55052/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Road Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy may be aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), including the Luas Cross City Green Line Extension.
I am informed by the NTA that trials abroad for installing a rubber insert, or similar, into rail grooves have not been successful, with the material becoming ripped and...

80. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the actions and statements of the IAA and CAR in respect of the cancellation of services by a large airline operator; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49283/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Air Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The actions and statements of the CAR and the IAA in relation to the cancellation of services by the airline operator are matters for the agencies concerned having regard to their respective regulatory functions. I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to each agency for direct reply.  Please advise my office if you have not received a reply within 10 working days.
On the basis of my contacts with both agencies, I am satisfied that t...

1008. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the DART expansion to Hazelhatch and the LUAS to Lucan plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45873/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).   
The NTA’s Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 provides a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure in the GDA over the next two decades. The strategy proposes implementation of the DART Expansion Programme involving electrificati...

1009. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe for the opening of the Kishogue train station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45874/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Railway Stations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) given the Authority’s statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area. I have forwarded the Deputy’s question 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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34. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the NTA’s decision to tender out 10% of Dublin Bus routes to a company (details supplied) will improve bus services in view of the fact that in a written reply to a question the agency cited studies that are over ten and 16 years old to support their case for competitive tendering; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42138/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I refer the Deputy to my reply to question number 9 which I answered earlier.
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40. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the future of Bus Éireann following the recent crisis and closure of several routes is best served by a policy of competitive tendering for 10% of its existing network; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42139/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Bus Éireann Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I was pleased that both the Company and the Trade Unions accepted the recommendation issued by the Labour Court last April.  The implementation of the Recommendation is a matter for the Company and the trade unions. I believe implementation of that recommendation can provide for a successful and sustainable future for Bus Éireann.
Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 it is a statutory function of the NTA to determine the app...

1408. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount the conversion to automated stations including all ancillary works on the DART line will cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36395/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area. This would include the automation of stations and works on the DART line.
Noting the NTA’s responsibility in the matter, I have referred your question to the NTA for reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days
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386. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the planned automation of Greystones DART station; the impact on staff and passengers, including those with disabilities and tourists that often look to staff for help and information; the health and safety implications; his plans to lease Greystones station for commercial use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33198/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The issue raised is a matter for Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the Company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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283. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the final outcome of the review of national cycling policy framework, NCPF, implementation which was at an interim stage in 2013; his proposals for completing the implementation of the 19 objectives and 109 actions of the NCPF, having regard to the NCPF criteria for success (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31186/16 asked on 20 Oct 2016 - Cycling Policy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Cycle Policy Framework was published in 2009 and included a range of objectives and actions to be achieved and implemented over the period to 2020.  Implementation of the various actions falls to a wide range of public bodies including local authorities, transport agencies, my Department and other Government Departments. In 2013 and 2015 the Department asked local authorities and other stakeholders for an update on prog...

897. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will reverse the recent decision by the NTA to cut funding for cycleways, including segregated cycle paths; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26914/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Cycling Facilities Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). 
Under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme,  my Department provides funding to the  NTA for the seven local authorities in the GDA for the implementation of sustainable transport projects such as cycling/walking infrastructure,...

619. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will intervene with Athletics Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland with regard to the non-selection of a person (details supplied) to the three-man marathon team to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14359/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Sports Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): The selection of team members to represent Ireland in athletics events at the Olympic Games is a matter for Athletics Ireland as the National Governing Body for Athletics.  All National Governing Bodies of Sport are independent, autonomous bodies and are responsible for their own governance procedures and competition rules for their sports.  I have no role in relation to team selection by Athletics Ir...

634. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason pigeon racing is not recognised as a sport here, given the popularity of pigeon racing and the positive aspects of keeping pigeons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14643/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Sport and Recreational Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport in Ireland. This includes responsibility for the recognition of sporting bodies as National Governing Bodies of sport. I have no role in the recognition process. I have referred the Deputy’s question to Sport Ireland for direct response. I would ask the ...