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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Ceisteanna (108, 122)

James O'Connor

Ceist:

108. Deputy James O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport if he will consider making provision for free travel pass holders to guarantee them seats on Expressway and Intercity services especially for those persons who are not computer literate and would not be able to pre-book their seats; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53660/21]

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James O'Connor

Ceist:

122. Deputy James O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport his views on the requirement of free travel pass holders to pre-book their seats for Expressway and Intercity services for those persons who are not computer literate.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53661/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 122 together.

As Minister for Transport, I am responsible for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in day-to-day operational matters. The Free Travel Scheme is a non-statutory scheme administered by the Department of Social Protection.

The query raised appears to relate to Bus Éireann's commercial service, Expressway, and intercity rail services operated by Irish Rail.

In view of the above, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to both companies for direct reply.

Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

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