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 ...

709. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason for the discrepancy in accessing gross and net income for the medical card applicants, whereby over 70s are accessed on gross income and under 70’s are accessed on net income. (Question 29244/14 asked on 08 Jul 2014 - Medical Card Eligibility)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White) (Deputy Alex White): I propose to take Questions Nos. 673 and 709 together.
Applications for persons aged 70 years and older can be assessed both on the basis of the standard national assessment guidelines and on the basis of the guidelines for persons aged 70 years or over. 
Under the Health Act 2008, automatic entitlement to a medical card for persons aged 70 and over ended on 31 December 2008. Under the arrangements effected b...

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...