70. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for the roll-out of a strategy for the future development of greenways and rural cycling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17719/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Greenways Development)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I expect to be in a position to publish the National Greenways Strategy before the end of Q2 2018. 
The Strategy will provide a framework for the development of Ireland’s greenways ensuring the best possible return for State investment. Furthermore, the Strategy will determine the type of project that will be funded over the coming decade by my Department and will set out guidance and options for project promoters in relation to th...

88. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the inclusion of persons with disabilities on the boards of public transport companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17718/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Since becoming a Minister, I have been particularly struck by the personal experiences related to me in my meetings with people with disabilities who use public transport.
As a result of wide consultation with members of the disability community and with disability bodies striving to make an impact, I have decided that the State-owned public transport companies under the auspices of my Department should have at least one board member...

48. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans for the roll-out of the strategy on the future development of greenways and rural cycling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7519/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Greenways Development)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Strategy for the future development of Greenways will assist and expedite the strategic development of Greenways in key locations around Ireland.  The strategy will also ensure that Greenways are constructed to an appropriately high standard in order to provide a quality experience for all users. The Strategy will focus on Greenways rather than cycling infrastructure in the wider sense. 
Following publication of the Strategy my D...

51. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the 2018 sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7518/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Sports Capital Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) closed for applications on the 24th February. By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received. In November and December last, Minister Ross and I announced €60m in allocations to a record 1,800 projects under the 2017 round of the SCP. Full details of all these allocations are available on my D...

265. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of capital sports grants allocated to local authorities and all sports capital grant payments to local authorities since 2006, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3313/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme, including those referred to by the Deputy, are published on the Department’s website www.dttas.ie.  Details of all payment made since 2008 are also published on the Department’s website. Payments prior to 2008 are contained in the Appropriation Accounts published by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General www.audgen.gov.ie.
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724. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the decision of the UK to leave the EU results in the funds that the Government has pledged to the construction of the A5 in Northern Ireland not being required, whether those funds will be ring-fenced for road projects here, including the proposed bypass for Ardee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37122/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Commitments in relation to the A5 are governed by the Stormont House Agreement and Implementation Plan - A Fresh Start which reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to provide funding of £50 million for the A5 project and committed an additional £25 million to ensure that Phase 1 of the project (Newbuildings to north of Strabane) can commence as soon as the necessary planning issues have been resolved by the Northern Ireland authorit...

1716. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the timeframe for reintroducing the community involvement scheme, CIS, for Louth County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26067/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Community Involvement Scheme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities’ own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.
There has been a longstanding provisio...

1721. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason his Department has removed the derogation that allowed five-axle articulated vehicles to operate at 42 tonnes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24381/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Haulage Industry Regulation)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1721 and 1743 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 765 of 12 July on the ending of the 42 tonne derogation for five axle articulated vehicles which outlines the reasons for the removal of the derogation.
I believe that Deputy Pringle is referring to the Roughan O’Donovan report “Weight limit for Motor Vehicles and Trailers in Ireland: Impact of an Increase in Vehicl...

796. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason a person (details supplied) is unable to obtain a D1 driving licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23580/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Driver Licence Applications)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The operation of the National Driver Licensing Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority, and I have no role in individual cases.  I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
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840. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the sports capital programme will be opened for applications in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22469/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Sports Capital Programme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): No decision has been made on the timing of any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.
Any interested group should register online now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie  as this portal will be the only way to apply under any future rounds of the Programme.
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847. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to include the Ardee bypass N52 on the list of priority projects for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22619/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Within its annual budget the planning, design and implementation of individual road projects, such as the Ardee Bypass is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
The Ardee By...

849. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Narrow Water Bridge project in view of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22709/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - North-South Implementation Bodies)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​As Minister for Transport, my role is to liaise with my counterpart on the implementation of the commitments agreed between the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government in the Fresh Start Agreement. My Department is represented on the Senior Officials Group overseeing the implementation of the infrastructure related commitments in the Agreement and this fruitful co-operation under the aegis of the North South Ministerial Counc...

586. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project following the meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15936/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - North-South Ministerial Council)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​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).  The NSMC meeting scheduled for June 2016 was postponed but it is expected that the matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the Council.
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625. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on correspondence (details supplied) with regard to operation of the 100X bus route servicing Dublin Airport to Dundalk; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14526/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Bus Éireann Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The issue raised is a matter for Bus 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 reply within 10 working days.
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1147. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to re-examine the proposed N52 bypass for Ardee in County Louth particularly given that the N2 is one of the busiest routes in the country and Ardee is a traffic bottleneck at peak times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10382/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Road Network)

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.  Within its annual budget, the planning, design and implementation of individual road projects, such as the Ardee Bypass, is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Noting the ...

509. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the proposed Narrow Water bridge project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7334/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Cross-Border Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The ‘A Fresh Start - Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan’, concluded in November 2015 indicates that the Government remains committed to the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge. Under the Agreement, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government have agreed to undertake a review of the project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council in June...

510. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the proposed western bypass of Ardee, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7335/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Road Projects Status)

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.  Within its annual budget the planning, design and implementation of individual road projects, such as the Ardee Bypass is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
The...

536. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to improve the quality of service of the driving licence centre in Drogheda, County Louth by either extending the opening hours on Saturday or opening one or two late evenings to facilitate those who work full-time and cannot avail of the service during the week (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6814/15 asked on 17 Feb 2015 - National Driver Licensing Service)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The operation of the National Driver Licensing Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority. I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
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648. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will extend the timeframe for the national car test penalty system due to the backlog; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47941/14 asked on 16 Dec 2014 - Penalty Points System)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 648, 650, 662, 670 and 673 together.
Changes to the penalty points regime which came into effect on 8 December last were legislated for under the Road Traffic Act 2014.  Those changes relate to a range of measures, including the National Car Test (NCT) system, which contribute to making our roads safer for all users and I do not propose to revisit them.
It has, for some years, been an offence to ...

228. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if Irish driver licences have been approved in Canada. (Question 14429/14 asked on 26 Mar 2014 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which is responsible for the National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS), has been engaging for some time with the driver licensing authorities in Canada with a view to reaching mutual recognition agreements on driving licences between Ireland and Canada. Agreements of this kind can be complex, and involve detailed studies of the driver licensing regimes on both sides in order to satisfy both sides t...

41. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will confirm that some services provided by Louth Linx who are funded by his Department under the National Development Plan 2007 - 2013 are to be suspended, specifically the Carlingford to Dundalk bus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15240/13 asked on 27 Mar 2013 - Rural Transport Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Since 1st April 2012 responsibility for managing the Rural Transport Programme has been assigned to the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of new arrangements for integrated local and rural transport approved by Government in January 2012. Currently, the Programme is administered by Pobal in conjunction with the NTA as part of the Programme transition. Thirty-five groups covering thirty-six geographi...