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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Taxi Regulations

Darren O'Rourke

1. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport to set out the efforts he is making to ensure the sustainability and viability of the taxi sector; if he will abandon or extend by five years the ten-year rule; if he will relax constraints preventing the transfer of plates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46549/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Rail Network

Peadar Tóibín

2. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport if his Department has conducted an assessment of the benefits of a rail line from Navan to Dublin. [46130/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Darren O'Rourke

3. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport the way in which he intends to address poor service standards, including no-shows and poor punctuality, on many bus routes operated by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46550/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Michael Collins

4. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Transport the number of new routes that have been connected in south-west County Cork since Connecting Ireland was first announced; and the location of these routes. [46555/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Thomas Pringle

5. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport his plans in relation to the expansion of the rural transport scheme operated by Local Link; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47160/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Transport Policy

Catherine Connolly

6. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Transport further to Parliamentary Question No. 299 of 26 July 2022, the composition of the promised specialist team which will assist the National Transport Authority in conjunction with Galway City and County Councils, in undertaking the work to update the Galway Transport Strategy; the details of the process for the appointment of members of the specialist team; the status of the appointment process for the members of the specialist team; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46314/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Rail Network

Niamh Smyth

7. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Transport if he will conduct a feasibility study to investigate the reopening of the Navan to Kingscourt rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45990/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Traffic Management

Christopher O'Sullivan

8. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport the status of traffic calming measures in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46255/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

James Lawless

9. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Transport his plans to tackle reliability issues on bus routes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45999/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Greenways Provision

Peadar Tóibín

10. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport the status of the development of the Boyne greenway; and when the greenway will be built. [46284/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Departmental Expenditure

Brendan Smith

11. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport the total capital funding provided for his Department in 2022; the expenditure profile at the end of August 2022; if there is likely to be an underspend in any particular area, if so, if additional funding will be provided for the non-national road network; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46316/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Emer Higgins

12. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Transport if he will adjust the eligibility for the 19 to 24-year-old Leap card to include third-level students who are 18 years old given that many private operators now charge more for a child ticket than a young adult ticket under the newly introduced scheme, resulting in 18-year-old college students who use private operators not being eligible to avail of the intended saving for third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46187/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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School Transport

Richard Bruton

13. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Transport the progress to date with the safe-routes-to-school initiative, the best exemplars which have emerged; and if there shall be a new call for participation. [45647/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Duncan Smith

14. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Transport his plan for fare reductions on public transport in Budget 2023; if he has met with public transport service operators with regard to fare reductions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46105/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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School Transport

Darren O'Rourke

15. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport his plans to increase funding to the safe-routes-to-school programme to improve cycling infrastructure on the approach to schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46321/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Duncan Smith

16. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Transport the date on which the North County Dublin Irish Rail services will receive new carriages for train services in the Greater Dublin Area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46103/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Bríd Smith

17. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport the position in relation to new BusConnects routes and scheduled implementation of same in Dublin given the difficulties in recruiting and retaining drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45703/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

18. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport if new and extra train carriages will be provided for the Dublin to Waterford line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45996/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Rail Network

Marc Ó Cathasaigh

19. Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding the All-Island Strategic Rail Review in order to progress the delivery of improved rail infrastructure and services to help achieve connectivity for the regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46271/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Peadar Tóibín

20. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport the number of towns with a population of over 1,000 persons that do not have a daily commuting bus service. [46286/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Aviation Industry

Cathal Crowe

21. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the date on which he will commence work on a new national aviation policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46097/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Marc Ó Cathasaigh

22. Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh asked the Minister for Transport his views on the need for later train services from Dublin to the regional cities and major towns on train lines in order to accommodate diverse working schedules and to improve the connectivity to the regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46272/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Departmental Expenditure

Brendan Smith

23. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport the total funding provided in 2022 for the non-national road network; if he will ensure that increased funding will be provided for this road network in 2023 due to the need for an increased investment in these roads in areas such as counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46315/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Rail Network

Éamon Ó Cuív

24. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport the amount allocated by his Department for the development of the rail line from Limerick to Foynes; when it is expected this expenditure will be incurred; if it is intended to complete the connection of Foynes to freight centres along the west coast such as Ballina and Westport by re-opening the rail line from Athenry to Claremorris; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46273/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Rail Network

Niamh Smyth

25. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Transport the status of the East West Link; the engagements made by his Department on this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45989/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Departmental Schemes

Darren O'Rourke

26. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport his plans to reform the EV grant scheme to target grant support as persons that need it most; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46319/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Greenways Provision

James Lawless

27. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Transport the status of the Royal Canal Greenway between Leixlip and Clonsilla; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45998/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Holly Cairns

28. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Transport the steps his is taking to provide public transport options for people with disabilities living in rural areas. [46043/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Haulage Industry

Pádraig O'Sullivan

29. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport if he has met with an industry (details supplied) in advance of Budget 2023; if additional supports will be offered in view of the significant pressures on the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46201/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Gino Kenny

30. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport whether the difficulty by bus companies in recruiting and retaining staff will delay or hinder plans to improve public transport and to reach climate targets; if his Department plans to deal with staffing levels specifically on public service obligation services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45984/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Motor Fuels

Michael Fitzmaurice

31. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Transport if he has outlined the opportunity that exists in relation to the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil to members of county councils and the Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46191/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Motor Industry

Darren O'Rourke

32. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport his plans to introduce a scrappage scheme for the oldest and most polluting lorries to help hauliers transition to more environmentally friendly engines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46318/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Robert Troy

33. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport the progress that has been made on connecting rural Ireland; if the roll-out of new routes is on target; and if any modifications could be made to accelerate the roll-out. [46000/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Legislative Measures

Neasa Hourigan

34. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Transport when he expects legislative measures to be introduced to facilitate the deployment of red-light cameras. [46324/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

James O'Connor

35. Deputy James O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport if his Department has undertaken any work to address the current lack of bus drivers; if consideration is been given to temporarily increase the maximum age limit for school bus drivers to alleviate the pressure on bus companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46335/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Mark Ward

36. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Transport to report on the delivery of service by a company (details supplied) including cancellations of buses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45994/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Pádraig O'Sullivan

37. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport if he will retain the reduced public transport fares to help with the cost of living in 2023; if his Department has considered reducing the public transport fares even further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46200/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Transport Policy

Colm Burke

38. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide an update on stakeholder engagement on the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan; if he will outline the implementation of the plan going forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46182/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Bernard Durkan

39. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport the extent to which passenger capacity is being or can be improved on the north Kildare commuter lines such as Naas-Sallins, Hazelhatch, Kilcock, Maynooth, Leixlip and Confey; if park-and-ride facilities are likely to be provided or extended on these very busy routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46363/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Haulage Industry

Robert Troy

40. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport the progress that is being made in addressing shortages of HGV drivers; his plans to extend driving licence recognition to additional non-EU countries; and the timeframe for the recognition of Ukrainian licences. [46001/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Darren O'Rourke

41. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport his plans to extend the short-hop zone to more train stations to help reduce the cost of public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46320/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Emer Higgins

42. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Transport his views on the feasibility of extending the age limit for school transport drivers to 72 years of age to allow older drivers who are in possession of a full public service vehicle licence, a full driving licence and who are certified as medically fit to drive, and to assist with the current shortage of school transport drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46186/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Bríd Smith

43. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport if he will detail the shortfall in bus driver numbers in all public service obligation service providers including Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Go Ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45694/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

44. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport the improvements planned for Carlow town bus links; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45997/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Aindrias Moynihan

45. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport the status of the rollout of Connecting Ireland for the persons of Cork North West; the timelines for the new bus routes; extended bus routes to be rolled out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46252/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Duncan Smith

46. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Transport if his Department has had meetings with Transport for Ireland with regard to expanding the TFI 90-minute €2 fare to include more towns in Dublin such as Skerries and Balbriggan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46107/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Public Transport

Duncan Smith

47. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Transport the engagement he has had with public transport service providers (details supplied) with regards to public safety and security on public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46104/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Departmental Schemes

Peadar Tóibín

48. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport the grants that have been put in place to support the transition to electric vehicles. [46128/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Éireann

Gino Kenny

49. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport his concerns that the working conditions and pay of drivers in Bus Éireann may be affecting the staffing levels needed at the company; if he will meet with the National Transport Authority to examine whether their contracting and tendering model is fit for purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45985/22]

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Thu, 22 Sep 2022

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Bus Services

Thomas Gould

50. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Transport if BusConnects in Cork will be a cashless system. [46245/22]

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