Thursday, 26 September 2019

Ceisteanna (163)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

163. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has sought approval for the purchase of an additional 41 railcar carriages by Iarnród Éireann; if so, the outcome of same; if not, when he will seek approval for the capital expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39101/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Deputy is aware that all public expenditure must comply with the Public Spending Code which sets out the requirements to which sponsoring agencies and sanctioning authorities must adhere, including the requirement that any project with an expected cost of €100 million or more must obtain specific approval from Government.

I can confirm that my Department has now received a business case from the National Transport Authority-Iarnród Éireann in relation to the proposed purchase of 41 InterCity Rail Cars. In line with the Public Spending Code, that business case is currently being considered by my Department and once that consideration is complete I will seek Government's decision in relation to same.