Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ceisteanna (71)

Brendan Ryan


71. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his primary budgetary priorities in advance of budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39946/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As part of the 2020 estimates process, my Department is currently engaging with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to funding in 2020. When my Department's allocation is confirmed in the Budget, decisions will be made regarding the appropriate level of funding for all programmes under my areas of responsibility. Foremost in 2020 will be the ongoing consideration of the Government's commitment to the climate change agenda and how that is reflected in the spending at my Department.

In broad terms, my ongoing priorities will be to ensure that my Department has the necessary resources to deliver on strategic priorities in a number of areas. In broad terms these are:

- Continued investment in public transport, including further progression of the key BusConnects and Metrolink projects; continued investment in the public transport fleet; and the further development of sustainable cycling and walking facilities

- Ongoing significant investment in the national roads network, which entails completing some road projects currently under construction, due for delivery in 2020, as well as commencing construction of new routes in Transport Infrastructure Ireland's project pipeline

- Continuing the ongoing key maintenance programmes for National Roads, Rail and Regional and Local Roads

- Investment in the Tourism Sector to ensure that the sector continues to deliver a quality product, as well assisting the sector in mitigating the effects arising from Brexit, under different Brexit scenarios

- Continued investment in sport, including the ongoing allocation of the very successful capital grants scheme, and supporting planned major events, such as the 2020 European Championships, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.