Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Ceisteanna (395, 396)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

395. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the residents of Griffith Avenue and the surrounding district were denied their statutory entitlement to a six week consultation on the proposed intervention shaft that will have a permanent above ground footprint in the south-west corner of Albert College, the details of which were only provided less than seven days before the closing date for submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22573/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

396. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason Transport Infrastructure Ireland did not release information in relation to the planned ventilation shaft for the south-west corner of Albert College in the MetroLink project until two working days before close of consultation with a quality of drawing so poor as to question its value thereby denying residents their right to a six week consultation; if there will be an extension of the timeframe accordingly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22574/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 395 and 396 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 the planning and development of public transport infrastructure including MetroLink.

The Deputy will be aware that the NTA's recently concluded consultation process in relation to MetroLink, and its previous consultation process held last year, are not statutory consultation processes. Those recent consultations are completely separate from any later statutory consultations that will be required by the planning authorities once an application for a Railway Order has been made. I am informed that such an application is expected to be made around Quarter 2 of 2020; therefore, the formal, statutory consultation process will take place following that.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my private office if she does not receive a reply within 10 days.

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