536. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if accommodation will be made available for families of deceased taxi plate owners (details supplied); if there is discretion for individual cases; if the NTA will undertake a publicity campaign to highlight the importance of this form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14105/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taxi Regulations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.
As the Deputy may be aware, section 15 of this 2013 Act (as amended) provides for the transfer of a SPSV licence in the event of death.  Accordingly, a person that has been nominated by the licence holder, before his or her death, can apply to the NTA to contin...

557. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the powers he has delegated to the Ministers of State in his Department; the date on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the position prior to 14 June 2017; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42788/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Functions)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I refer the Deputy to Dáil Question 174 of the 27th September 2017. 
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353. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the mechanism in place for a person (details supplied) who is trying to replace a registration book for a vintage car whereby the tax office do not have the records for the car due to the documents being mislaid or lost. (Question 11120/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Vehicle Registration)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department’s offices in Shannon issue Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRC) in lieu of all change of vehicle ownerships; and where an application is made for a replacement VRC at a motor tax office, for a vehicle registered after 1 January 1993. Applications for replacement documents (old style log book) for vehicles registered prior to this date can only be made by the vehicle owner to their local motor tax office.
Any subsequ...

640. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding allocated to the Cork North-Central constituency for tourism and hospitality skills training in 2015 and 2016 by his Department; the agency or government body which has oversight and responsibility for hospitality and tourism skills development policy here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5685/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Tourism Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 625, 630, 632, 633, 637, 640 and 643 together.
With regard to policy oversight, the Department of Education and Skills has lead responsibility for skills development policy generally across all sectors, including hospitality and tourism, and delivers the required education and training through the mainstream higher and further education and training sectors.  The Gover...

423. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in view of regulations that travel agency and tour operator bonds are only used when a company is unable to meet its commitments, either when the company has no funds to pay its commitments, or when the company refuses to pay its commitments and the Commission for Aviation Regulation insist payment is due, if it is the case that these are the points when the bond can be called upon by the Commission for Aviation Regulation. (Question 23241/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 428 together.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents.
The questions raised are operational matters for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy...

424. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the procedures followed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation if existing travel agency and tour operator companies do not apply for a licence. (Question 23242/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents. The question raised is an operational matter for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Commission for direct reply. Pleas...

425. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if, and when, there is a dispute between the Commission for Aviation Regulation and an agent operator, since the commission is answerable to the Houses of the Oireachtas, does it consult with another body before making a decision on how to proceed. (Question 23243/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents.
The questions raised are operational matters for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Commission for direct reply. Please ...

426. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the Commission for Aviation Regulation can exercise its authority for the issuing or non-issuing of a travel licence to a tour operator or travel agent and the criteria set down in legislation or guidelines to obtain such a licence. (Question 23244/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Section 6 of the Transport (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Act 1982, as amended by section 28 of the Package Holidays and Travel Trade Act 1995, sets out the general criteria for the granting of a tour operator or travel agent licence. Those general criteria relate to the financial, business and organisational resources of an applicant for such a licence, as well as the fitness of that person to carry on business as a tour operat...

427. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason it might be necessary for the Commission for Aviation Regulation to request additional funds, on top of the prescribed fee, for a travel agent or tour operator who is renewing their existing licence; if the operator is subsequently asked by the commission to provide additional funds in order to renew their licence; the circumstances where this applies, when all necessary documentation and other criteria have been submitted; and in a scenario where no licence is issued, if a refund of those fees would be given to the operator; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23245/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents.
The questions raised are operational matters for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Commission for direct reply.  Please ...

428. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of bonds that have been exercised by the Commission for Aviation Regulation over the past five years; and the details of the circumstances of each case. (Question 23246/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 428 together.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents.
The questions raised are operational matters for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy...

429. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applicants that have applied for travel agent licences; the number of persons that applied for tour operator licences; the amount each was charged, gross figure and broken down per charge or fee levy, giving reason for each payment; the number that were declined per category and breakdown provided stating reason for refusal highlighting if they were new applicants or existing, in tabular form, for the past ten years. (Question 23247/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Travel Trade Sector)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Commission for Aviation Regulation was established under the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to regulate certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, and its functions include the licensing of tour operators and travel agents. The questions raised are operational matters for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Commission for direct reply. Please...

765. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if in his new role as Minister he intends to revisit the decision to remove the derogation of 42-tonne weight for five-axle vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21082/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Haulage Industry Regulation)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The derogation permitting a maximum weight laden limit of 42 tonnes for 5 axle (2 axle tractor unit towing a 3 axle semi-trailer) articulated vehicles expired on 30 June last. Under the Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 5 of 2003), the upper weight limit for these vehicles was set at 40 tonnes with a derogation, which was incorporated in those Regulations, to permit such vehicles to continue ...

655. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide funding to the University of Limerick arena in Limerick city to replace the boom to enable it to host some of the top national events on the Swim Ireland calendar. (Question 45208/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Sports Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The works referred to by the Deputy are not funded under my Department’s Sports Capital Programme and the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme is not open for applications. I would advise the Deputy that while I have received a number of representations on behalf of the University of Limerick swimming pool, the University of Limerick has not expressed any concern about this matter to me.
​Sport Ireland, which is funded by my...

632. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the subvention paid to Córas Iompair Éireann for 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43823/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Public Transport Subsidies)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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584. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the noise mitigation measures that are being taken by Transport Infrastructure Ireland to prevent noise pollution or disruption for the residents of housing estates (details supplied) in County Cork; if due consideration will be given to the erection of sound barriers in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39097/15 asked on 10 Nov 2015 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On the basis of the location of the housing estates referred to by the Deputy, I presume that the noise pollution issues in question concern the M8 motorway. ​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 t...

585. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the proposed Cork North Link Road that was proposed to go from Glanmire to Ballincollig; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39106/15 asked on 10 Nov 2015 - Road Projects)

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 (such as the Cork North Link Road) is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within its capital budget, th...

274. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the full costs expended, including consultancy fees, in the merger of the Railway Procurement Authority and the National Roads Authority as well as the savings generated annually to date from the merger and projected savings for the years ahead. (Question 38498/15 asked on 04 Nov 2015 - Departmental Agencies Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was established on 1 August 2015 through the merger of the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Railway Procurement Authority (RPA).
I understand the costs expended at agency level in the merger process, including consultancy fees, since 2013 amounted to €275,000. My Department expended €2,320 on the engagement of a third party facilitator to aid discussions on HR issues that arose durin...

752. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the upgrading of the Cork-to-Limerick N20 road will be facilitated in the upcoming budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34151/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Road Network)

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 (such as the N20) is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) formerly the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Earlier this we...

845. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when his Department’s annual report for 2014 will be published. (Question 30220/15 asked on 16 Jul 2015 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​My Department’s Annual Report for 2014 was published on 30 April 2015 and can be found at www.dttas.ie/corporate/publications/english/annual-report-2014.
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910. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will confirm that driving licences are free for persons over 70 years of age; the circumstances in which a person over 70 years of age would be charged in relation to a driving licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28508/15 asked on 14 Jul 2015 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​Applicants for a driving licence who are over 70 must renew their licence every 3 years, subject to medical certification of their fitness to drive.  There is no driver licence fee for people over 70 years of age.
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874. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding driving tests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14346/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Driving Test Regulations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​The operation of the driver theory test is a matter for the Road Safety Authority, and I cannot comment on 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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979. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding is available from any public source to support a women’s rugby team (details supplied) who are travelling to Spain to take part in an international competition. (Question 11610/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Sports Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): ​The Irish Sports Council, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, including the allocation of funding to the National Governing Bodies of Sport. In the case of rugby, funding is allocated to the IRFU.
I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Irish Sports Council for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a r...

985. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of occasions since the start of 2014 in which the secretary general of his Department has been involved in the clearing or approval of material for release under Freedom of Information legislation. (Question 11807/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Freedom of Information)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Minister is empowered under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 to delegate functions of the Act to staff of the Department. Generally, staff at Higher Executive Officer and above are delegated with functions, including in relation to granting or refusing access to records in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Requests when received are assigned to a delegated individual (a decision maker).  
In delegating funct...

617. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department or State bodies or agencies under the aegis of his Department use solicitors’ firms (details supplied); the amount paid to these solicitors each year from 2011 to 2014 by his Department or State bodies or agencies under the aegis of his Department; the date until which his Department or State bodies or agencies under the aegis of his Department are contracted to use these solicitors firms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9202/15 asked on 03 Mar 2015 - Departmental Legal Costs)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The details requested by the Deputy regarding my Department can be found on my Department’s website at the following link http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/expenditure-external-services. The awarding of contracts by agencies is a matter for the agencies themselves; I will forward your query to the agencies under the remit of my Department for direct reply to you.  
Please contact my private office if you do not receive a r...

994. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for the provision of a motorway between counties Cork and Limerick; the current status of these plans; when will commencement of works take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49718/14 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I recently responded to a similar question (Parliamentary Question No. 663 of 16 December 2014) regarding the M20 but will clarify the position again.   
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and 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 R...