Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (710)

Andrew Doyle


710. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will outline the details regarding the slippage of land near a rail line (details supplied) in County Wicklow; to outline when the events occurred and the measures Iarnród Éireann-Irish Rail are taking on the matter; if a permanent solution will be put in place by them to ensure the long-term use of rail services along that line; if it has met with the local authority to discuss this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31641/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  Matters relating to ongoing maintenance of rail lines including maintenance required arising from slippage of land between Bray and Greystones  Stations in County Wicklow is a day-to-day operational issue for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance and I have no function in such matters.

Noting this I have referred the Deputy's question to the Chief Executive of Iarnrod Eireann for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days. For the Deputy's information I should also advise that this year €90 million is being provided by my Department to Iarnroid Eireann under the Railway Safety Programme to cover essential safety related works including embankment strengthening. The identification and prioritisation of such works is a matter for Iarnroid Eireann.