I propose to take Questions Nos. 2396, 2452 to 2458, inclusive, and 2461 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which now operates under the Local Link brand.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter I have forwarded your questions to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.