Thursday, 3 May 2018

Ceisteanna (220)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

220. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of his engagement on the proposed plans for free InterRail; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19561/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The proposal for free InterRail referred to by the Deputy is a European Commission initiative. I understand that the Commission has allocated €12m for the provision of free travel passes for up to 15,000 18 year olds from across the European Union in 2018.

The passes are to be allocated by means of a competition details of which are due to be announced by the Commission shortly. Those who avail of the pass will be able to travel up to a maximum of 30 days and visit up to 4 different country destinations between July and September of this year.

18-year-olds here in Ireland who are interested in availing of this commendable EU initiative should regularly check the EU's online European Youth Portal, where details of the competition and the application procedure will be announced. Information will also be disseminated through the European Youth Facebook page and the European Youth twitter account .