I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 109 together.
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport in Ireland. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the regulation of fares in relation to public passenger transport services. In view of this, the issues raised by the Deputy concerning the taxsaver initiative are matters for the relevant transport operators in conjunction with the NTA.
I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working