Roadworthiness Testing

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (170)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of large public service vehicles which failed the commercial vehicle roadworthiness test on their first inspection by county and year since 2017. [16848/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have responsibility for the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the RSA for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Motor Tax

Ceisteanna (171)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

171. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a car which has been off the road since 2013 can be reinstated without the owner having to pay road tax for all of the intervening years; and if provision is made to assess vehicles which have been quite clearly out of use for an extended period. [16859/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act came into effect on 1 July 2013.  The primary purpose of the Act is to replace the system whereby a vehicle was declared off the road retrospectively with a system under which the vehicle must be declared off the road in advance.   The system of making retrospective declarations had become a means of evasion of motor tax estimated to have cost the taxpayer some €50m annually.

The Act provided for a three month transition period from 1 July to 30 September 2013 to allow vehicle owners to bring their motor tax status up to date, allowing for both a retrospective and prospective declaration where a vehicle that had been off the road was going to remain so following the end of the transition period.

There was extensive public notice of the Act’s coming into force and widespread awareness-raising of the new arrangements from before the start of the transition period.  Advertisements giving notice of the proposed changes were run in national and local newspapers in the first week of July 2013 and again in the second week of September 2013.  Local radio advertisements were run over the course of a week in July 2013 and both national and local radio advertisements were again run over the course of a week in mid-September 2013.  The changes were also highlighted in a number of media articles over the course of that period.   Relevant organisations, such as farming bodies, vintage vehicles associations etc., were also notified of the proposed changes.

The revised arrangements have been fully in force  since  October 2013.  Given that vehicle owners who did not avail of the transition arrangements have had to pay arrears and the necessity generally of maintaining a consistent approach in the application of the legislation, exemptions are not provided for in individual cases.  Allowing an owner to declare a vehicle off the road after the expiry of a disc or previously made declaration of non-use could potentially be a move back to the system of retrospective declarations, thereby undermining the overall objective of the legislative change.

Driver Licensing Exchange Agreements

Ceisteanna (172)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

172. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a holder of a British driver licence can retain C1E and D1 and D1E categories when the holder transfers over to an Irish driver licence; the procedure by which this is done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16867/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

A UK driving licence can be exchanged for an Irish licence while the UK continues to be a Member State. 

Under EU law, an application for a truck or bus licence (categories C's and D's) must be accompanied by a completed medical report. If a person with the relevant truck or bus category on their UK licence attends at a National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) Centre without the relevant medical report, they will be given the option to sign a form stating that they do not wish the categories to be exchanged. The applicant can request the categories be re-instated on their Irish licence by presenting a medical report.

Some UK categories known as ‘National Categories’ [similar to our W Tractor] only apply in the UK and they are not exchangeable. For example, in the UK if a person passed their test for category B (car) before 1 January 1997, their licence would show entitlement to C1 and C1E (trucks) and D1 and D1E (bus) categories. These categories are given with restrictions identified by codes.

The C1E category with a restriction code 107 on it entitles the driver to drive a C1E vehicle provided the combined weight of the trailer and the towing vehicle does not exceed 8.25 tonnes/kg. In Ireland the combined weight of the C1E is 12 tonne/kg. Therefore we do not have an equivalent to exchange this category for. The D1 and D1E categories with a restriction code like 101 or 119 only allow the driver to drive a vehicle if it is not for hire or reward. We do not have the corresponding category so cannot exchange it.

Roads Maintenance

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (173)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

173. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address a matter in relation to a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16891/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the maintenance and improvement of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Public Transport Expenditure

Ceisteanna (174)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

174. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital expenditure on public transport for each year since 1992. [16925/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Historical information on public expenditure, including public transport investment, is available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Databank website at:  http://databank.per.gov.ie/.

Road Projects Expenditure

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (175)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

175. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital expenditure on new road infrastructure, including public private partnership expenditure, for each year since 1992 by national, regional and local roads. [16926/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, construction and maintenance of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

Noting the above position, I have referred your questions to TII for a direct reply in relation to the period since 1994.   Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. 

Information relating to payments under the regional and local road grant programmes are set out in the regional and local road grant payment booklets which are available in the Oireachtas Library. My officials are checking if this information is available in the library for the full period requested by the Deputy. 

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Central Statistics Office Data

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (176)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

176. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the average travel distance for journeys to work or education in each year since 1992. [16927/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The figures for the average travel distance travelled to work or education are primarily determined using Census Data and National Travel Survey data that is compiled on a periodic basis by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The CSO have published several reports on commuting to work and education over the period in question based on Census data, including the presentation of statistics on average distances travelled, and these reports may be found on the CSO’s website (www.cso.ie). Over the period covered by the Deputy’s request, Census data on average distance travelled to work or education was compiled in 1996, 2002 and 2006, based on a question which asks citizens to supply an estimate of their usual distance travelled to work, school or college. In 2011 and 2016, this question was not asked in the Census.

 The following table sets out the average distance travelled to work or education for the 1991–2006 period.

  Average distance travelled (in km) by workers, school children and students, usually resident and present in the State on Census Night, at each Census since 1991

 

1991

1996

2002

2006

Children at school aged between 5 and 12 years

3.38

3.54

3.99

3.98

Students at school or college aged between 13 and 18 years

7.08

7.41

7.97

7.63

Students at school or college aged 19 years and over

10.86

12.30

13.21

12.93

Population aged 15 years and over at work

11.13

12.36

15.84

15.82

Source: CSO Census data.

For the remaining years of period under consideration in the Deputy’s request, the National Travel Survey, also carried out by the CSO, provides estimated distance travelled for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. In contrast to Census data, the survey is only administered to persons aged 18 years and over. For this reason and due to the survey’s reduced total sample size and the methodology used in collating the survey, caution should be used when interpreting NTS results or when comparing them to other data such as Census data, especially if extrapolating them to annualised results.

The following table sets out the average distance travelled to work or education for the 2012–2016 period, as determined from National Travel Survey data.

National Travel Survey data for average distance travelled (in km) to work or education by persons aged 18 years and over.

 

2012

2013

2014

2016

Work

17.9

17.4

16.5

18.0

Education

11.0

11.8

11.7

9.0

Source: CSO National Travel Survey data.

 The Deputy may also wish to note that the CSO are currently preparing, with input from my Department, another iteration of the National Travel Survey in Q4 2019, with publication of results expected in 2020.

Noting that the National Transport Authority commissioned a Household Travel Survey in 2012 and 2017, I have referred your question to the National Transport Authority. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Rail Services Provision

Ceisteanna (177)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

177. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of completing the restoration of the western rail corridor. [16928/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, both the 'Programme for a Partnership Government' and Project Ireland 2040 commit to an independent review of the costings for a proposal to extend the existing Western Rail Corridor (WRC). 

In this regard, Iarnród Éireann has appointed consultants to prepare a financial and economic appraisal in relation to the proposed extension of the WRC and, as detailed in the published tender documentation, the expected duration of the consultants’ work is 20 weeks.  This will involve appropriate consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

The findings of this  review will advise as to the business case for an extension of the WRC.  Project Ireland 2040 states that if the findings of the review are approved by Government, the project will be prioritised during the lifetime of the National Development Plan.

Rail Services Provision

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (178)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

178. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of completing the restoration of the Dublin to Navan railway. [16929/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the issue of a potential extension of the existing Dunboyne / M3 Parkway line was considered by the National Transport Authority (NTA) during its development of the statutory Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035.  

While the Strategy stated that based on current population and employment forecasts, the level of travel demand between Navan, Dunshaughlin and various stations to the city centre was insufficient to justify the development of a high-capacity rail link at that current time, it proposed an enhanced bus service along the corridor which I understand Bus Éireann has introduced, and the development of a bus hub in Navan which Meath County Council, in collaboration with the NTA, is currently progressing, as provided for by the Transport Strategy.

Importantly, the Transport Strategy clearly states that the issue of a rail link to Navan would be kept under review and considered again as part of the statutory review of the current Strategy which the NTA is required to undertake before the end of 2021.  

A cost estimate for the  completion the Navan to Dublin  rail line, could only be developed following the completion of  any design work on the project.

In light of their statutory responsibilities on the matter I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please contact my office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days. 

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Rail Network Expansion

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (179)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

179. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of the DART interconnector. [16930/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, as part of Project Ireland 2040 the funding priority in relation to the DART Expansion Programme is to ensure delivery of the non-tunnel elements of the programme over the next ten years.

The initial sequencing of investment will therefore focus on -

- electrification of the Northern Line to Drogheda

- electrification of Kildare Line to Hazelhatch

- electrification of Maynooth Line to Maynooth and M3 Parkway 

- better utilisation of the Phoenix Park Tunnel

- purchase of additional bi-mode rail fleet

- other measures such as re-signalling and junction/station changes.

The DART Expansion Programme's remaining element is the DART Underground Tunnel or DART Interconnector as referred to by the Deputy.  Project Ireland 2040 commits toward establishing the route of the DART Underground Tunnel and ensuring its protection to allow for its future delivery.  The cost estimate for the delivery of such a project would only be developed following the completion of  any design work on the project. 

Noting the National Transport Authority's statutory responsibilities in relation to the delivery of public transport infrastructure including the DART Expansion Programme, I have directed the question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please contact my Office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Light Rail Projects Expenditure

Ceisteanna (180)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

180. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of the Metro West proposal. [16931/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, there is a statutory, long-term strategic plan for the future development of transport in the Greater Dublin Area as required under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008. The strategy is known as the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035 and is available to view on the website of the National Transport Authority, www.nationaltransport.ie  

The Transport Strategy contains a number of proposed light-rail/metro projects for the GDA over the next 20 years or so, these are -

- A Metro from the city centre to North County Dublin

- Upgrade of the Luas Green Line in advance of the switch to Metro

- A Metro from the city centre to South County Dublin (along the Luas Green Line)

- Luas Cross City

- Extend the Luas Green Line to Bray

- Extend the Luas Cross City to Finglas

- Extend the Luas Red Line to Poolbeg

- New Luas to Lucan

Metro West is not included in the National Transport Authority's (NTA) Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 - 2035 and its potential development did not form part of any deliberations informing the development of Project Ireland 2040.

From the list provided above, Luas CrossCity is now complete and operations began in December 2017.

Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations toward the development of MetroLink and the Luas Green Line Capacity Enhancement Project, while it is also provides indicative allocations toward the appraisal, planning and design of Luas network expansion to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and Poolbeg. 

Light Rail Projects Expenditure

Ceisteanna (181)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

181. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of the Cork light rail proposal. [16932/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware a draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy is currently being finalised by Cork City Council and Cork County Council, in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA). The strategy will provide a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services across the Cork Metropolitan Area, for the period up to 2040. 

The draft strategy will contain proposals relating to all  modes of transport including - 

- a BusConnects Cork type programme;

- enhancements to the commuter rail service, including additional stations;

- a future light rail or bus rapid transit corridor to serve the increased population growth out to 2040 as envisaged by the National Planning Framework; and

- a number of bus and rail-based  park & ride sites.

I understand that the draft strategy will contain indicative costings in respect of implementation.

The draft strategy will shortly be published for public consultation.  The purpose of this consultation process will be to elicit feedback on any issues or concerns arising in relation to the various proposals. The strategy will then be finalised in light of feedback received.

Road Projects Expenditure

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (182, 183)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

182. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of each of the road infrastructure projects contained in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. [16933/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

183. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the stage of development and anticipated timescale for each of the road infrastructure projects contained in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. [16934/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 182 and 183 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme under the National Development Plan (NDP).  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

Noting the above position, I have referred your questions to TII for a direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  Each local authority is the contracting authority for the purpose of implementation of regional and local road improvement projects. 

Under the National Development Plan, my Department is committed at present to providing grant funding towards the cost of 12 capital road improvement schemes.  The status and current estimated cost for each of these schemes is set out in the table below.

The Deputy will be aware that the principal mode of public transport in Ireland, as in most countries, is buses and that consequently appropriate investment in roads infrastructure, as outlined, is crucial if we are to encourage more use of public transport and reduce our carbon and other emissions. 

Name of Project  

Total Cost of Project €m

Brief Description of Current Status of Project

Project Completion Date

R407 Sallins By Pass

57

At Construction.

2020

Coonagh to Knockalisheen

52

At land acquisition stage & preparation of tender documents

2022

Athy Southern Distributor Road

34

At land acquisition stage and advance works

2023

Shannon Crossing/Kilalloe Bypass/R494 Upgrade

62

At land acquisition stage, site investigation and detailed design

2023

Eastern Garavogue Bridge and Approach Road (DTTaS element)

20

Land acquisition, advance works and preparation of contract documents.  

2022

Adamstown & Nangor Road Upgrades

18

At Construction stage

2019

Sligo Western Distributor Road (DTTaS element)

15

At Construction stage

2020

R498 Latteragh realignment

15

At planning stage

2022

Tralee Northern Relief Road

11

At Detailed Appraisal

2021

Portlaoise Southern Distributor Road

7

At Construction

2019

Laytown to Bettystown Link Road

5

At planning stage

2020

Dingle Relief Road

4

At Construction stage

2019

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

National Development Plan

Ceisteanna (184)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

184. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the stage of development and anticipated timescale for each of the public transport infrastructure projects contained in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. [16935/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The information sought by the Deputy is available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's online "Investment Projects and Programmes Tracker" at:

www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Investment-Projects-and-Programmes-Tracker-2018-Revised-version-8th-March-2019.xlsx. 

Traffic Management

Ceisteanna (185)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

185. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the annual cost of traffic congestion to the economy. [16936/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

In July 2017 my Department published a report, The Costs of Congestion - An Analysis of the Greater Dublin Area. The full report can be found on the Departmental website. For ease of reference, I include a link here:

www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/corporate/english/cost-congestion-main-report/cost-congestion-main-report.pdf.

The report focuses specifically on the direct impact, in terms of the monetary cost of increased travel time, on road users in the GDA. The figures contained in the report relate to the base year of 2012 - which was at the time the most recent year for which sufficient data was available - and projections for the year 2033. Congestion levels were projected to increase at a moderate rate until the year 2025, beyond which it was projected to increase sharply.

This report estimated the cost of aggravated congestion in the GDA at €358 million in 2012. This was forecast to rise to over €2 billion per year in 2033.

My Department has not yet produced similar reports for other Irish cities, however we plan to do so once the development of the National Transport Authority’s transport strategies for each of the five cities are completed.

School Transport

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (186)

Eugene Murphy

Ceist:

186. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the LocalLink transport service can be used to transport primary and secondary school students to and from their destinations. [16977/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

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 referred the Deputy's Question to the NTA for direct reply in relation to Local Link services. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

I would like to advise the Deputy that matters relating to the School Transport Scheme come under the remit of the Minister for Education and Skills.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Departmental Schemes

Ceisteanna (187)

Pat Deering

Ceist:

187. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of money allocated from schemes (details supplied) by county from 2016 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16779/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

In order to provide the data requested, I am arranging for the funding allocation information in relation to the amount of money allocated from the schemes referred to, on a county by county basis from 2016 to 2018, to be forwarded to the Deputy.

Railway Stations Upgrade

Ceisteanna (188)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

188. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if European regional funding will be available under rural community funds or under the BMW regional fund to enable refurbishment works be carried out at the railway station at Thomastown, Killucan, County Westmeath to enable it to be reopened to facilitate the passengers who wish to utilise the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16789/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The question of reopening any railway station is a matter for Iarnród Eireann in the first instance, and I am aware that the Deputy has raised the issue of Killucan station with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the past.

I understand that the regional fund the Deputy is referring to is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as delivered through the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Operational Programme.

Policy responsibility for the ERDF comes under the remit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, while the BMW Regional Operational Programme is managed by the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. My Department has no role in relation to these funds and I would refer the Deputy directly to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform or the Regional Assembly for further information in this regard.

As far as my own Department is concerned, funding might potentially be available through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) or the LEADER Programme, depending on the exact nature of the investment required.

The RRDF supports ambitious and strategic projects which have the potential to transform rural economies and communities. The Government has committed €1 billion over 10 years to the Fund.

The Fund operates on a competitive basis and it would not be appropriate for me to give a view on the merits or otherwise of any individual project which may seek support from the Fund.  I am currently considering the focus of the second call for proposals under the Fund and I hope to make an announcement on this shortly. Full details on the RRDF can be found on my Department’s website at: drcd.gov.ie/about/rural/rural-regeneration-development-fund/.

LEADER is a multi-annual programme covering the period 2014-2020 which is delivered through Local Action Groups (LAGs) in each of the 28 LEADER sub-regional areas around the country. Funding can be provided under a broad range of themes, including enterprise development and social inclusion. In order for a project to be eligible for LEADER funding, it must be compatible with the actions outlined in the approved Local Development Strategy for the relevant LEADER area, and it must comply with the Operating Rules and EU Regulations in place for the programme. 

It is unclear from the information provided if the proposed project would be eligible for funding under the LEADER Programme.  I would advise the Deputy to contact the Local Action Group in Westmeath in the first instance, through its Implementing Partner, Westmeath Community Development Ltd., to discuss the specific details of this case.

The contact details for the Implementing Partner are as follows:

Address: Westmeath Community Development Ltd,

Mullingar E.T.I. Centre,

Mullingar Business Park,

Mullingar,

Co Westmeath.N91 X012

Phone: 044 934 8571

Email: info@westcd.ie

Dormant Accounts Fund Grants

Ceisteanna (189)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the name and location of all organisations which received funding from the dormant accounts fund since 2016 enabling them to purchase both small or large public service vehicles with such funding. [16844/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

While my Department has responsibility for the overall administration of the Dormant Accounts Fund, individual Departments are responsible for the administration of their own measures.

With regard to my own Department, since its establishment in 2017, the relevant measure is the Social Enterprise measure which provides funding to increase the impact of social enterprises by enhancing their capacity to deliver services and generate traded income. The funding is used to cover capital costs such as machinery, specialised equipment, refurbishment costs and vehicles, and has enabled the following organisations to purchase Public Service Vehicles since 2017:

Year of approval

Organisation

Funding approved

2017

Community of Lough Arrow Social Project (Co. Sligo)

€21,600

2018

Galway Centre for Independent Living

€73,920

2018

Lucan Disability Action Group

€35,109

2018

Vantastic (Dublin)

€50,880

The 2018 projects were approved in December and their plans to purchase public service vehicles are subject to the finalisation of funding contracts.

Details of all projects funded under the 2018 Dormant Accounts Fund Social Enterprise measure are available on my Department's website at: https://drcd.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/20180628-Action-Plan-2018.pdf.