227. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to reinstate a facility (details supplied) in which driver licence services were previously provided in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19540/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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1228. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of Bills both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; the details of each Bill in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15356/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department has had no legislation which was either enacted or published that originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission.
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813. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost to his Department of negative interest rates on deposits held; the details of same for agencies under his aegis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11745/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): From 01 January 2017 to 31 January 2018 my Department paid €1,974 in negative interest in three current accounts. These accounts are used for the processing of payments, receipts and payroll.
The negative interest rate of -0.1% is charged on over night balances on two accounts, the third account is zero rated on a closing balance up to €10 million and anything over €10 million is charged at -0.1%.
My Department does not hold the inf...

835. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 480 of 17 October 2017, the status of plans to introduce a more streamlined and shorter assessment programme for foreign issued driver licence holders (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12055/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Driver Test)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This matter relates to the requirement for people who take up residence in this jurisdiction and hold a driving licence which is not exchangeable for an Irish licence.  
In these cases, people are currently required to undergo the full driver learning process in order to obtain an Irish driving licence, with the sole difference being that they are not required to be a learner for the usual six months before applying for a driving tes...

855. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the road classification being proposed for the A5-N2 road project (details supplied); if this route will consist of a type 2 dual carriageway, a type 3 dual carriageway, motorway standard or other road type; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12467/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Deputy will appreciate that classification issues relating to the A5 are matters for the Northern Ireland Authorities.
With regard to the N2, this is already a National Primary Road, so it is expected that no direct classification issue arise. However, should sections of the route be constructed to motorway standard, then re-designation to motorway status might arise and will be considered at the appropriate time should that hap...

856. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the road classification being proposed for the Atlantic corridor road project (details supplied); if this route will consist of a type 2 dual carriageway, a type 3 dual carriageway, motorway standard or other road type; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12468/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Atlantic Corridor project is already based on National Roads, so it is expected that no direct classification issue arise. However, where sections of the route are constructed to motorway standard, then re-designation to motorway status may arise and will be considered at the appropriate stage.
The planning, design and implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland in conjunct...

616. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the green line capacity enhancement project was not concluded at the same time as the Luas cross city, if this was planned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9510/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Light Rail Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority, NTA, has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the greater Dublin area, GDA, including the light rail network.
I have been advised by the NTA that passenger numbers on the Luas green line have increased by over 24% since the commencement of Luas cross city last December. While it is welcomed that so many new customers ...

617. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. (Question 9527/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The capital allocation for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for the years 2018 to 2022 can be found in the recently published National Development Plan 2018-2027 http://www.gov.ie/en/project-ireland-2040/
Capital Allocation

  2018  2019  2020  2021  €’000  €’000  €’000  €’000  1,327  1,643  2,058  2,526 

My budget speech 2018 listed the priorities within the programmes within my Department and how th...

284. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the income and profit on parking at Dublin Airport for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5085/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Dublin Airport Authority)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The matter raised by the Deputy in relation to income and profit on parking at Dublin Airport is an operational matter for daa which has statutory responsibility to operate, manage and develop the Airport. I am aware however that private operators also offer parking facilities in the environs of Dublin Airport and the information sought may be commercially sensitive. Nevertheless, I have forwarded the Question to daa for direct rep...

549. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4443/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department is not currently engaged in any Public Private Partnerships.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership schemes, are a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for direct rep...

1426. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received correspondence sent to him by the chairperson of a group (details supplied); if the correspondence has been replied to; his plans to meet with the group with a view to discussing the matters outlined therein; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1304/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Ministerial Correspondence)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The correspondence you refer to was received in my office on 3rd January, 2018.
Divisions in my Department are currently working on a full response to the issues raised in the letter and a reply will issue shortly.
I met with members of the West Ulster Rail Initiative Group on February 20th 2017. A further meeting request will be considered in due course, as is normal procedure for all such requests.
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417. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration has been given by his Department to establish a mechanism by which emigrants may renew their driving licences whilst remaining resident abroad in view of the ongoing plight of the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50817/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Driver Licence Renewals)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Irish driver licensing operates within a framework of EU law.  Under EU law, Member States may issue driving licences only to those normally resident in their jurisdiction.
A person may remain ‘normally resident’ if they are out of the country for fixed-term contract of work or for a fixed period of study. 
However, we cannot issue driving licences to people who have taken up residence abroad.
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540. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an earlier date can be offered for a driving test for a person (details supplied) in order to allow them to take up an offer of employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50007/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Driver Test Waiting Lists)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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542. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress being made to carry out upgrade works on the N14 route; the road class which is being proposed for this route; if costings are available for the various options being considered for this upgrade including the comparative costs of constructing a dual carriageway versus a 2 plus 1 class roadway for this route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50035/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Transport Infrastructure Ireland Projects)

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 under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a ma...

499. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an earlier date for a driving test for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be arranged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48707/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Driver Test)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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201. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to the introduction of mutual recognition of driver disqualification between the State and Britain as and from 1 August 2017, in circumstances whereby a person has been convicted and found guilty of driving offences leading to that person being disqualified from driving and forced to surrender their licence here, if such a disqualification is recognised by authorities in Britain should the conviction have occurred prior to the aforementioned date; if authorities here recognise a disqualification for driving offences committed in Britain should the conviction have occurred before said date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48575/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Mutual Recognition of Driving Disqualifications between Ireland and the United Kingdom came into effect from 1 August 2017. The Agreement underpinning that mutual recognition provides in Artice 14.3 that the Agreement shall only apply to offences committed after entry into force of the Agreement. Therefore any convictions for offences committed before 1 August 2017, in respect of covered by the Agreement, fall outside of the sco...

1042. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the names of the special advisers employed in his Department; the names of special advisers to junior Ministers in his Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current role or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the Minister to whom they were appointed; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the Government order; the date of the Government order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and-or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if any persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46476/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I appointed two Special Advisers when I took up office as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.  Following the Cabinet reshuffle in June 2017, I reappointed Aisling Dunne and Carol Hunt as my Special Advisers.  The Government Order dated 26th July 2017 re-appointed them with effect from 15th June 2017. Their current salary scale is €81,767 to €100,333 per annum, which is in line with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform ...

1056. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress made in having Quebec added to the reciprocal agreement for driving licence exchange; when he envisages it to be included; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46780/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Driver Licensing Exchange Agreements)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Irish driver licensing law operates within a framework of EU law, in accordance with which we have mutual recognition of exchange of driving licences with all other EU Member States.  In the case of jurisdictions outside the EU, we may reach bilateral agreements on reciprocal exchange of licences.
The work of reaching an agreement is not straightforward.  It depends on the relevant authorities on each side comparing the two licensing...

317. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding options available to local authorities to formally apply for moneys to construct dedicated pedestrian infrastructure projects such as footbridges should such a project represent a road safety benefit to road users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44568/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Road Safety)

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 local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 with works on those roads funded from local authorities’ own resources supplemented by State road grants. 
The economic reality of recent years has meant significant reductions in roads budgets across the board and this resulted in some gran...

352. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the contribution his Department will be making to Dublin City Council in preparation for the Euro 2020 competition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45065/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Sports Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The hosting of four matches in Dublin as part of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament is a collaborative effort between Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Dublin City Council (DCC), with the support of the Government.
The cost of hosting the matches is being shared by the FAI, UEFA, Dublin City Council and Government. The Government will contribute to the costs of a public transport programme, policing and security costs, and a prom...

480. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress which has been made to extend the number of jurisdictions with which a reciprocal agreement is in place for the purpose of driving licence exchange; if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties which are being faced by emigrants returning home from countries with which no such mutual agreement exists but where they hold a valid driving licence as issued by the competent licensing authority in the relevant jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43746/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Ireland has driver licence exchange with all other EU Member States as a part of EU law, and in addition has bilateral agreements with a number of other jurisdictions.  The list of jurisdictions with which we have bilateral agreements is available on the website of the Road Safety Authority (RSA).  
In August, I signed into effect the most recent agreement, which is with British Columbia.  This represents the fourth Canadian province...

164. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive a date for a driving test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43052/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Driver Test Waiting Lists)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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541. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has received correspondence from Donegal County Council regarding proposals to develop a dedicated greenway route on the former rail line linking Letterkenny to Burtonport; the progress that has been made to develop this proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42579/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Greenways Development)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Donegal County Council (DCC) submitted a proposal to my Department for the construction of a greenway from Letterkenny to Burtonport under the National Cycle Netork 2014-2016 funding programme. However, the Council was not successful in securing funding at that time.  I understand that since then DCC have progressed a section of the route with the support of local groups and DCC would be best placed to update the Deputy on the curre...

553. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when a decision will be made in respect of a taxi licence application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42674/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Taxi Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including the issuing of taxi licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.
I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.
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587. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received correspondence from the relevant local authority regarding the funding of a planned pedestrian foot bridge adjacent to the R257 route spanning the Clady river at An Bun Beag in County Donegal; if so, the progress that has been made to deliver this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39111/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As I explained to the Deputy in PQ 5361/17 ,the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of projects to be fun...