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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Department of Transport

Last week
26th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
New plan revealed to avoid travel chaos at Dublin Airport this summer
The 15 point plan will see 400 additional seats introduced, and will aim to see most passengers get through security in less than 20 minutes.
This year
# back on track
Review of Ireland's rail network set to propose restoring old lines in place of greenways
The All Island Strategic Rail Review is expected to be published in the coming months.
The review was jointly commissioned by governments north and south in 2021.
Draft proposals are understood to involve long-dormant lines in the west and southeast being returned to use.
A line between Letterkenny and Derry is believed to also figure, although the plan's implementation will require the return of Stormont.
# Dublin Airport
Ministers meet aviation officials and gardaí over repeated drone disruption at Dublin Airport
Illegal drone activity at the airfield once again brought operations to a halt yesterday.
# Irish Coast Guard
Coast Guard tells volunteers they are now 'explicitly included' under whistleblowing law
It follows several years of disputes within the organisation.
# virgin orbit
Ships urged to stay out of area off Cork and Kerry coast tonight due to possible rocket debris
Several satellites are set to be blasted into space from Cornwall at 10pm.
Last year
# Shipwrecked
Ravaged farmland and nightime scavengers: Locals at breaking point over impact of MV Alta
Locals told The Journal their lives had been changed for the worse by the presence of the ship.
# Lightning
'No impact on the grid' after wind turbine catches fire during lightning storm off Wicklow coast
A vessel reported seeing a wind turbine on fire at around 12 noon yesterday.
# airport chaos
Dublin Airport: Defence Forces to come off 'standby' and DAA has not sought extension to deal
Members have been trained to assist with security but have not yet been called in.
# Cork
French military exercises due to take place off south-west coast brought forward to tonight
Minister Coveney has said his department is in contact with French authorities.
# safety warning
Warning for Irish seafarers as major French military exercise planned off south-west coast
French authorities have advised it will be a missile and rocket firing operation.
# Public Transport
Cost of taxsaver tickets to be reduced by 20% in April as part of cost of living measures
A full 20% reduction in public transport costs is set to be implemented in May.
All time
# Asylum Seekers
Asylum seekers can now apply for a driving licence in Ireland
It follows a High Court ruling that asylum seekers in Ireland meet the residency requirements to apply for a licence.
# Irish Aviation Authority
Irish Aviation Authority accuses air traffic controllers of 'an act of sabotage'
Senior managers claimed that air controllers were seeking to undermine the international reputation of the IAA.
# Industrial Relations
Industrial relations 'concerns' as Government plans Irish Aviation Authority break up
The law to break up the Irish Aviation Authority is currently before the Seanad.
# Voices Unheard
'White elephant': The €2.7m transport training centre causing conflict in disability community
Disabled people feel that once again they were not consulted about a major project that most affects them.
Disabled people feel that once again they were not consulted about a major decision that most affects them, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
The NTA and Department of Transport (DOT) were aware of lack of consultation before funding decision.
Concerns were raised numerous times at the DOT Accessibility Consultative Committee.
# grounded
'My life savings have been wiped out': Pilots concerned that Covid restrictions could see licences elapse
Many pilots have been laid off due to a lack of international travel during the pandemic.
# the road back
More drug-driving than drink-driving incidents over lockdown, say gardaí
Focus has turned to road safety as drivers get back on the road post-lockdown and the new ‘The Road Back’ campaign is launched.
# MV Sheksna
Cameroonian-flagged cargo ship detained in Sligo Port since mid-October following routine inspection
The 11 crew members have been stuck in Ireland since October 16.
# Dublin City Council
Transport Department accused DCC of making 'allegations against State bodies' over traffic 'Wish List'
The Council had requested in its ‘Wish List’ to Minister Eamon Ryan that taxis be banned from a number of bus lanes in Dublin.
# Kasper Kacprzak
Boy (7) killed in light plane crash in Offaly 'should not have been allowed to fly in aircraft' - report
Kasper Kacprzak was killed, alongside the pilot of the plane, when it crashed in Offaly in 2018.
# Shannon Airport
Passenger jet damaged in hard landing at Shannon Airport is grounded
The Omni Air International flight from Bangor in the US state of Maine arrived last night.
# Funding
Government announces €1 billion investment in national rail network
The investment in civil engineering programmes will take place from 2020 to 2024.
# PPTs
Should Ireland legalise electric scooters? The public are being asked to have their say
The Department of Transport received a report on regulating PPTs today.
# On Yer Bike
Cyclists protest outside Dáil to highlight 'need for better infrastructure'
Around 100 bikers took part in the demonstration.
# Motoring
Irish car buyers shopping abroad as figures show drop in number of new vehicles taxed during 2018
It has been suggested that drivers are buying from the UK on the back of a strong Euro.
# Emergency
Irish Coast Guard staff and volunteers no longer allowed to use blue lights and sirens
Volunteers are worried about the potential delays this will cause when they are travelling to incidents.
# works in theory
Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August
How much it’s costing to do so is another matter however.
# deep impact
'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC
New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.
# three wheels bad
'Regulation or prohibition': Ross puts rickshaw drivers on notice due to 'very deep' safety concerns
Shane Ross says he will decide whether rickshaws will be regulated or banned before the end of the Dáil term.
# driving in circles
Here's what the €2 million the RSA allocated to the PSC-driving licence project was actually spent on
The RSA spent €2 million on making the PSC mandatory for driving licence applications – before Transport Minister Shane Ross pulled the plug over concerns doing so was illegal.
# house of cards
At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal
The Road Safety Authority had scrambled to get its house in order for the PSC introduction, only for the initiative to be dropped suddenly and at the last minute in March of this year.
# Traffic Jam
Learner drivers could soon be waiting more than a year to do their driving test
Law changes increasing the penalties for learner drivers will lead to a surge in demand for driving tests, Fórsa predict.
# Off the Road
Asylum seekers in Ireland can finally work, but it doesn't look like they're allowed drive to that work
There is a lack of clarity as to whether or not asylum seekers in Ireland are legally allowed to obtain a driving licence.
# exemptions
One a day: 330 planes carrying weapons landed in Shannon Airport last year
Dublin TD Clare Daly said that the figures were “absolutely disgraceful”, but “not a bit surprising”.
# down down down
'Austerity cost lives': Drink driving convictions in Ireland fell MASSIVELY in the last 10 years
The yearly rate has fallen by nearly 9,000 in fact. And counties with a lot of road deaths are not necessarily those with the most convictions.
# fast lane
These are the planned routes for the new 'Bus Rapid Transit' network in Dublin
A new express bus system is being planned for the capital.
# Ride On
Watch: Several hundred cyclists just held a LOUD protest at Dáil Éireann calling for more funding
With all bikes present either ringing bells or blowing whistles, the protest proved something of a cacophonous event.
# turned away
One person turned away at Dublin Airport since Trump's travel ban
Enda Kenny has called for a review of the preclearance policy.
# no expressway
Jobs still under threat but Bus Éireann says it will keep Expressway services
Bus Éireann is facing insolvency within the next two years after a period of heavy losses.
# hell no we won't toll
Shane Ross says he won't add extra tolls to ease M50 traffic congestion
The measure was recommended in a report last year from the National Transport Authority.