As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. As the Deputy is aware the National Transport Authority (NTA) has a statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area.
Under the Public Spending Code there are certain Government approvals required of certain projects with an expected cost of €100million or more. In line with the requirements of the Code, Government recently approved the National Train Control Centre project and noted the roles of the National Transport Authority as Sanctioning Authority and Iarnród Éireann as Sponsoring Agency responsible for delivery of the project.
Noting the NTA's responsibilities in the matter raised, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.