Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2476, 2478)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

2476. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the spend on PSO in 2018 and to date 2019. [33955/19]

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Imelda Munster

Ceist:

2478. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the spend on each of the CIÉ companies, Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, in 2018 and to date in 2019. [33957/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2476 and 2478 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport in Ireland. The Exchequer allocates funding from the Department's Vote to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for the purposes of both capital and current expenditure, to provide public transport services and infrastructure.

In Budget 2019, I secured €287m in Exchequer funding for Public Service Obligation (PSO) service delivery in 2019. Since 2010, the PSO subvention is no longer paid directly by my Department to transport operators. The award and subvention of PSO contracts now falls under the statutory remit of the NTA. The allocations to the transport companies are decided by the NTA in exercise of its statutory mandate and in accordance with the various contract arrangements that it has in place with PSO service providers. 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.