241. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to review the national secondary classification of a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20253/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for the classification of roads as either National or Regional under the Roads Act, 1993.  I am empowered under Section 10 of the 1993 Act to classify any public road as a national or regional road and periodic reviews are undertaken in that regard. A public road, other than one classified by me as a national road or a regional road, is a local road. Road classific...

820. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of persons holding Civil Service positions above clerical officer grade in his Department who entered the Civil Service via a route other than through an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service or its predecessors; the grades of each; and the basis for the non-standard recruitment. (Question 11866/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): All recruitment for my Department is conducted in accordance with the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) Codes of Practice. The Commission is the principal regulator of recruitment and selection processes within the public service. It has a statutory role to ensure that appointments in the organisations subject to its remit (that is, those that fall under the authority and scope of the Commission) are made on candida...

859. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to review the traffic signs manual as published by his Department to ensure that Ireland West Airport Knock is included on all signs on the M17/ M18 and on the N17 in view its enhanced status in the recently published National Development Plan 2018-2027; and the timeframe for same. (Question 12617/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Road Signage)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Traffic Signs Manual (TSM) constitutes a Ministerial Direction to road authorities under section 95(16) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, and is available from my Department’s website. The TSM stipulates the traffic signs to be used on Irish roads, their layout and symbols, the circumstances in which each sign should be used and the rules for positioning them. Work towards updating the Manual is at an advanced stage and it is expec...

605. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the terms of reference for the proposed review of the western rail corridor phase 2 and 3; the person or body that will be carrying out the review; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9394/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The programme for a partnership Government includes a commitment to provide for an independent costing and review of the western rail corridor, WRC, phase II between Athenry and Claremorris for passenger and freight use.  The national development plan, which was published last week with the national planning framework, restates this commitment. 
As the Deputy is aware, the programme for a partnership Government also commits that no m...

606. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the definition of the phrase targeted improvements as used in respect of the N26 and the N59 on page 40 of the national development plan; the proposed timeframe for such improvements; the likely investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9395/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 to 608, inclusive, together.
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 Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budg...

607. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the recent fatality on the N5 at Swinford, County Mayo; the views of TII on the safety of this section of road in view of numerous accidents in recent years; the plans TII has to address the deficiencies on this section of the road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9396/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 to 608, inclusive, together.
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 Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budg...

608. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the plans TII has to upgrade the surface of the N5 from Rathcroghan to Tulsk, County Roscommon in view of its unstable state; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9397/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 to 608, inclusive, together.
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 Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budg...

560. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent by his Department on photography, by photographer and-or agency, public relations or communications advice external to the media officers of his Department, by agency; the use of public relations or communications advice by an agency fully funded by his Department by agency and month, in tabular form since 1 January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6756/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy in relation to photography costs is available on the Department’s website at the following link http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/photography-costs.
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to public relations or communications costs is available on the Department’s website at the following link
 http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/expenditure-external-services.
With regard to ...

260. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason for closing the M18 road on the morning of 24 January 2018; the parameters under which the road was to be closed; if this issue was identified as part of the planning and design process; the plans in place to reduce such closures into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6657/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Road Projects)

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.  The planning, design and operation of individual roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for direct reply.  Please advi...

261. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6898/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of FOIs received by my Department for the years 2013 to 2017 is set out as follows:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport - FOI Requests received 2013 to 2107
 -       2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   Total 84 95 242 302  344 Monthly Average 7.0 7.9 20.2 25.2 28.7 

My Department does not have data readily available in relation to the average time ...

511. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of road projects that are being assessed by An Bord Pleanála by county, in tabular form; the date on which each project was referred to An Bord Pleanála; his views on whether there are unreasonable delays in assessing road applications; and if he has had discussions with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government on the issue. (Question 2784/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Road Projects Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 and 512 together.
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 implementation of individual projects, including the submission of project applicat...

512. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of road projects that have been refused by An Bord Pleanála since 2011 by county, in tabular form; the moneys spent on each project up to the time of refusal; the status of each project as of 15 January 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2785/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Road Projects Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 and 512 together.
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 implementation of individual projects, including the submission of project applicat...

513. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding discussions with a company (details supplied) in relation to long-term funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2786/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Regional Airports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Exchequer funding to support the smaller regional airports, including Ireland West Airport Knock, IWAK, is made available under my Department’s Regional Airports Programme. This Programme provides support towards safety and security related projects and activities at these airports. 
In respect of the current year, requests were recently issued by my Department to the airports inviting them to submit their 2018 project proposals fo...

514. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the airports he has visited here since taking up office; the airport management or boards he has met since taking up office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2787/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - State Airports)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Since assuming office I have met with representatives of airport authorities, or officially visited airports, as per the table below:
 Date Airport Venue Purpose 13/11/17 Dublin Airport Authority Department Offices, Leeson Lane Met Chair of daa, Padraig O’Riordan to discuss North Runway Project and daa Board issues 27/10/17 Dublin Airport Authority Department Offices, Leeson Lane First meeting with new CEO of daa 18/...

272. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason for the €6 million in capital underspend in his Department as outlined in the fiscal monitor for December 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2497/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The gross total  allocation for my Department in the Revised Estimates 2017 was €1.8bn. This is made up of €680m Current and €1,130m Capital. There was capital carryover from 2016 of €10.96m. We received a Technical Supplementary Estimate of €12.5m and had a carryover to 2018 of 10.95m.  Apart from the carryover of €10.95m to 2018 for specific projects, the revised outturn is €99.8% of the budget.
Capital investment was carried out...

273. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the metro north project; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2522/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

274. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the DART underground project; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2523/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

275. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the DART expansion programme; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2524/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

276. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the Dublin city centre resignalling programme; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2525/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

277. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the reopening of the Phoenix Park tunnel; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2526/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

278. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to the central traffic control centre for commuter and intercity rail; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2527/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

279. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation both from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to safety and efficiency maintenance of the rail network; the amount that has been spent to date; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the timeframe for the completion of the project; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2528/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

280. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a feasibility study has been implemented in accordance to the capital plan to examine options for expanding freight on the railways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2529/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Transport Infrastructure Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department is reviewing how it intervenes in the various freight modes of road, rail, maritime and air, to identify how we can best support all involved in the logistics chain, including producers, retailers, importers, exporters and transport providers. The proportion of freight in Ireland moved by rail is low at present, at a little over 1% of total domestic freight tonnage. However, there has been some growth in recent years wi...

281. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the capital plan to the acquisition of replacement buses; the amount that has been spent; the number of buses acquired; the estimated expenditure on replacement buses over the life of the capital plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2530/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...

282. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and from other sources under the capital plan to upgrading quality bus corridors; the amount that has been spent to date; the number of bus corridors upgraded; the estimated capital expenditure to be spent over the remaining life of the capital plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2531/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together.
The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’ published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035’. Followi...