162. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if correspondence in relation to a project (details supplied) in County Cork will be provided. [46942/19] Amharc ar fhreagra
The Department has, on an ongoing basis, extensive communications with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Local Authorities. The subject of this PQ therefore requires extensive searches of Departmental records. In these circumstances additional time is required over and above the normal timeframe for answering this PQ. It is noted that Standing Order 42A makes provision for such circumstances. It is therefore proposed to provide more detailed information to you within ten working days.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
Under the Roads Act, as amended, TII has specific statutory responsibilities, in conjunction with local authorities, regarding the operation, construction, maintenance and improvement of the national road network. TII is therefore responsible at an operational level for management of the network and this gives rise to extensive communication between the Department and TII covering a broad range of issues on a continuous basis.
With regard to the N72 Mallow Northern Relief Road specifically, the Department has corresponded with TII in connection with matters of Democratic Process e.g. Parliamentary Questions, Topical Issues, Oireachtas Committee Briefings etc. In addition, correspondence received by the Department, for example from Members of Oireachtas and members of the public, regarding national roads is referred to TII for response. TII in turn copies its replies to Parliamentary Questions and general correspondence to the Department.
TII also regularly briefs the Department on progress with individual National Development Plan schemes, including the N72 Mallow Northern Relief Road, via Single Summary Sheets, Capital Tracker Updates and Capital Programme Updates. TII also publish an Annual Report on their website. These updates are sometimes used to inform Ministerial Briefings, DPER Briefing Requests and other miscellaneous briefing requests. Cork County Council and TII have also corresponded with the Department with regard to the initial Project Appraisal Plan (PAP) and scheme appraisal including the approval of the PAP by the Department in September 2018.