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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 February 2021

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Questions (25)

Bríd Smith


25. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport if there are plans to retrofit windows on Irish Rail trains given the evidence-based role of fresh air ventilation during the pandemic; if Irish Rail will ensure there is a sufficient number of personnel to monitor the required and correct wearing of face coverings by passengers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6070/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Continued operation of the public transport sector is important, and public transport has been designated among the essential services that have carried on during the COVID-19 crisis. 

A number of measures have been introduced across the system, guided by public health advice, to ensure the continued operation of services safely during the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning regimes and social-distancing measures across the network.

The Government is committed to ensuring that essential transport services, and passengers utilising these services, are protected and supported.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) continues to be guided by public health advice regarding safety measures across the public transport system and is working closely with transport operators with regard to the implementation of specific measures.

I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 51