556. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation for road maintenance and repair to Cork City and County Councils in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6697/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Roads Maintenance Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant County or City Council, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council’s own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.
As regards State grants for regional...

559. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he or his officials have met the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment or his officials regarding the condition of roads in view of the recent audit report on same and the impact it is having on road safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6699/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): No; neither I, nor my officials, have met with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment in relation to any such report.  
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257. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he, his officials or advisers have had meetings with the strategic communication unit since it was set up; the issues that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6533/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Strategic Communications Unit)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Since the establishment of the Strategic Communications Unit there have been a small number of bilateral meetings between officials and/or advisors from my Department and officials from the Unit. 
These discussions, including the one such meeting which I attended, discussed general issues relating to the role and function of the Unit in improving cross-Governmental communications strategies. 
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504. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expected date for delivering the new M20 Cork to Limerick road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2963/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects i...

507. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the meetings he held in respect of the Rugby World Cup bid. (Question 41380/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I have had a number of meetings over the last year to progress Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.  I am glad to say that the outcome has been the submission of a compelling bid to World Rugby.  
Most recently, on 25 September, together with An Taoiseach, I led the delegation presenting a world class proposition to host the Rugby World Cup tournament on the island of Ireland in 2023.  The delegation also included Dick ...

1329. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Narrow Water bridge project; if reports of it being in jeopardy are accurate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35786/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1329 and 1330 together.
Under the Fresh Start Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC).
Following on from consultation with stakeholders, I understand that an options paper is being pr...

1330. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Narrow Water bridge project; if under planning law, reports of it being in jeopardy are accurate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35787/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1329 and 1330 together.
Under the Fresh Start Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC).
Following on from consultation with stakeholders, I understand that an options paper is being pr...

231. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress on the Narrow Water Bridge project, in view of the fact there was a commitment given in this regard in the programme for Government. (Question 25631/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​As the Deputy is aware, under the Fresh Start Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC).
​Following on from consultation with stakeholders, I understand that an options paper is being prepared for consideration by the...

1886. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason for the exclusion of the Seven Heads peninsula, including Courtmacsherry, Butlerstown and other villages and town lands from the southern leg of the Wild Atlantic Way; and if he will request Fáilte Ireland to reconsider this decision in view of the fact it is redirecting visitors away from this very picturesque and interesting coastal route and unfairly and unnecessarily disadvantaging local tourism businesses. (Question 28857/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Wild Atlantic Way Project)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions 1886 and 1895 together.
My Department’s role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects, such as the Wild Atlantic Way.  This is an operational matter for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland.
Accordingly I have referred the question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. Please contact ...

623. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the programme for Government commitments on public transport; and the status of implementing same. (Question 17835/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for Government contains a number of commitments relating to public transport. The Programme commits to a review of public transport policy. To advance this commitment, the Deputy might also be aware that I recently announced my intention to establish a Stakeholder Dialogue on the issue of Public Transport. It is vital that stakeholders have the opportunity to voice their opinions on publi...

1308. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if capital investments are planned at Cork Airport in each of the years 2017 to 2020; his views on whether extending the runway at Cork Airport would generate additional route opportunities; if applications for runway extension funding have been made by the airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19193/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - State Airports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, statutory responsibility for the ownership, management and development of Cork Airport rests with the daa which operates to a fully commercial mandate and any proposals in relation to infrastructure and facilities at the Airport are a matter for the company.  I have forwarded the Question to daa for direct reply.  If the Deputy does not receive a reply within 10 working days, please advise my Private Office.
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668. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the commitment in the programme for Government on rural transport. (Question 4119/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Rural Transport Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme funded by my Department.
The NTA is preparing a report for my Department, in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, examining the way in which existing routes can be made more sustainable and accessible to the public and the potential for new routes. I anticipat...

600. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he has taken to ensure implementation of Ireland’s commitment within the Fresh Start agreement to improve cross-Border rail services. (Question 39917/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Rail Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Northern Rail Line plays an important role in linking communities North and South of the Border.  I met with Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, on Monday the 12 December under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council.  This provided an opportunity to further develop co-operation between our respective Departments on strategic transport priorities.  The rail link between Belfast and Dublin was am...

315. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status on resolving the issue that arose earlier in 2016 whereby refresher courses provided by the National Maritime College of Ireland were not recognised by the Marine Survey Office, while they were recognised in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34204/16 asked on 10 Nov 2016 - Maritime Training)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Particular issues have arisen in relation to certifications purportedly provided under the authority of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. These matters have been the subject of correspondence between my Department and, inter alia, the UK authorities. Arising from the correspondence, which remains open, and its consideration in my Department, a number of meetings with interested parties have taken place, most recently on 17th Oc...

273. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the attempts he and his departmental officials have made to encourage the parties involved in the Dublin Bus dispute to try to find a resolution to the dispute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27952/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Industrial Disputes)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I have clearly and consistently made known my view in this dispute that these issues will only be resolved by both employer and employees engaging in open and constructive dialogue and agreeing upon a reasonable solution. I have been equally clear that as Minister I have no role or function in the discussions required to end this pay dispute between the employer and its employees. 
As with all commercial State companies under my rem...

269. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce Cork-to-Boston flights with Norwegian Airlines; if and when the licensing process in the United States of America will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21386/16 asked on 13 Jul 2016 - Air Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 269 and 270 together.
As I have previously stated, I and my Department fully support Norwegian Air International and the introduction of the proposed Cork to Boston route. On the 15th of April 2016 the US Department of Transportation published a tentative decision to grant Norwegian Air International the foreign air carrier permit required to operate the proposed Cork to Boston route.  A public consu...

270. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has discussed the outstanding licensing issue in the United States of America regarding the Cork-to-Boston flights provided by Norwegian Airlines with the European Commission; if it has implications for the European Union and United States of America open skies agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21387/16 asked on 13 Jul 2016 - Air Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 269 and 270 together.
As I have previously stated, I and my Department fully support Norwegian Air International and the introduction of the proposed Cork to Boston route. On the 15th of April 2016 the US Department of Transportation published a tentative decision to grant Norwegian Air International the foreign air carrier permit required to operate the proposed Cork to Boston route.  A public consu...

748. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has had discussions with business leaders in the United States of America or Norway regarding the proposed Cork to Boston flights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20672/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Air Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 748 and 756 together. ​
​On 23 May last the US Department of Transportation concluded a public consultation on its tentative decision to grant the Irish licensed airline Norwegian Air International a foreign air carrier permit. The airline requires such a permit to operate the proposed Cork to Boston route and other routes from Europe to the US. 
It is now a matter for the US authorities to decide ...

756. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his proposals for the Cork to Boston flights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20673/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Air Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 748 and 756 together. ​
​On 23 May last the US Department of Transportation concluded a public consultation on its tentative decision to grant the Irish licensed airline Norwegian Air International a foreign air carrier permit. The airline requires such a permit to operate the proposed Cork to Boston route and other routes from Europe to the US. 
It is now a matter for the US authorities to decide ...

1592. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will publish the environmental impact statement in respect of the Bloomfield interchange-N28 area affecting Maryborough Heights, Douglas, County Cork, which was due for publication in quarter 1 of 2015; the reason for the delay in providing this report to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30643/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Environmental Impact Statements)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NRA for di...

1593. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the action the National Roads Authority has taken in relation to the noise levels to which the residents of Maryborough Heights, Douglas, County Cork are subjected enduring from the Bloomfield interchange-N28 area, since it monitored the noise levels in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30644/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), also known as the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Noting the above position, I...

1594. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will confirm that noise monitoring carried out in 2014 in relation to the Bloomfield interchange-N28 area affecting residents of Maryborough Heights, Douglas, County Cork showed noise levels in excess of European Union accepted levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30645/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), also known as the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Noting the above position, I...

231. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in tabular form the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26707/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​I am arranging to have this information collated for the period back to July 2014, when I came into office, and it will be forwarded to the Deputy within the next week.
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904. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in tabular form the number, name and date of Bills initiated in his Department that have been subject to the pre-legislative scrutiny procedure in the Oireachtas. (Question 23647/15 asked on 16 Jun 2015 - Legislative Process)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 904 and 905 together.
The information in relation to Bills initiated in the Dáil or Seanad since September 2013 is contained in the table below. In addition, there are a number of draft pieces of legislation which have yet to be initiated in the Dáil or Seanad but have already gone through the pre-scrutiny process (i.e. proposed Harbours Bill and a Road Traffic Bill).
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905. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in tabular form the number, name and date of Bills initiated in his Department since September 2013. (Question 23673/15 asked on 16 Jun 2015 - Legislative Process)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 904 and 905 together.
The information in relation to Bills initiated in the Dáil or Seanad since September 2013 is contained in the table below. In addition, there are a number of draft pieces of legislation which have yet to be initiated in the Dáil or Seanad but have already gone through the pre-scrutiny process (i.e. proposed Harbours Bill and a Road Traffic Bill).
 Bill Name Date Pre...