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# Minister for Transport

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# Cost of Living
Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he is not a fan of tolls but they do help pay for road infrastructure.
A spokesperson for Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that there are no plans to reduce toll charges despite commuters facing crippling price hikes in fuel, reports Christina Finn.
Some in Govt circles say they are open to looking at reducing toll charges, but fear that such a proposal would not get past the Greens.
One Fine Gael TD says he is in favour of a toll reduction, saying it would help motorists that are under pressure.
No 'magic money tree' to help with fuel costs, says minister as pump prices jump above €2 a litre
Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
# stay in your lane
€80 fines for drivers who park on paths, cycle lanes and bus lanes from today
Parked cars in cycle and bus lanes can cause road users to swerve unexpectedly to avoid them, which posed a danger.
# close contacts
No change to hospitality restrictions until February at the earliest, Taoiseach confirms
Micheál Martin said that Cabinet would discuss the restrictions on hospitality again at the end of January.
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# Eamon Ryan
Union asks Minister to consider reducing public transport capacity
The capacity on public transport has been at 100% since 1 September.
# Brian Leddin
Eamon Ryan says there's no space for 'demeaning' private messages after Green TD apology
Limerick City TD Brian Leddin apologised at the weekend for messages posted in a WhatsApp group.
# Cabinet approval
Eamon Ryan says despite process 'misgivings', Katherine Zappone will make 'excellent' envoy
The Taoiseach would not be drawn today on whether the job was Zappone’s idea.
# Eamon Ryan
Transport Minister calls for independent and thorough investigation into flight diverted to Belarus
Eamon Ryan told the International Transport Forum (ITF) that a thorough investigation into the incident is needed.
# back at the wheel
From Monday, 15 NCT service centres, and 20 NDLS centres will reopen
Here’s the list of centres that are opening again, and the rules in place if you’re using them.
# two sections
Shane Ross says government will 'look at' proposal to split FAI
A plan has been created by FAI members to split the organisation into two sections, the Irish Independent has reported.
# Metrolink
FactCheck: Was there a plan to close the Luas Green Line for up to four years to construct the Metrolink?
The Minister for Transport was among those to make the claim.
# drink driving
Shane Ross accidentally voted against his own drink-driving bill in the Dáil today
TDs voted in favour of the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 at its second stage in the Dáil.
# Going Up
Penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving could be increased
Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was willing to raise the points.
# what's in a name?
So, what's the deal with Ireland naming and shaming drink drivers?
Come December, Ireland is to begin naming and shaming people convicted of a host of road traffic offences.
# Travel Chaos
'It's just not on': Shane Ross calls travel disruption appalling but says he won't intervene in dispute
He appealed for all picketers to desist and allow workers return to work.
# check your tyres
Worn tyres on your car are an absolute killer - and they're set to become a penalty points offence
A brutal new RSA campaign takes aim at one in eight fatal road crashes being caused by vehicle defects – and two thirds of those accidents are caused by bad tyres.
# Off the Road
Gardaí are getting tough on anyone driving while disqualified
They will now be arrested straight away.
# Ride On
City manager: I was completely wrong about Dublin Bikes
Owen Keegan said he wasn’t sure if the scheme would be a success.
# stop the lights
Emergency legislation may be needed to close penalty points loophole
Thousands of points could be cancelled.
# choo choo
The Dublin-Belfast railway line is getting a giant facelift
It’s hope it will attract more customers to the Enterprise line.
# ring ring
New laws haven't deterred one-in-ten motorists from using their phone while driving
A new survey found that one-in-ten drivers text or talk on their phone.
# Road Safety
Penalty points are being increased for some offences in time for the bank holiday
Speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, or using a phone will now incur three points.
# greenway
Galway-Dublin cycle route takes shape as preferred final stretch revealed
The transport minister has said it is hoped the final section will run through Shannonbridge, Loughrea, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Oranmore to the Galway coast.
# driving offence
Varadkar: People are unlikely to browse the internet on a cup while driving
Wait, what?
# Emerald Isle
Why do tourists love Ireland? Clever marketing
More than 7 million tourists are expected to visit Ireland this year.
# Leo Varadkar
Further strike action at Aer Lingus a "matter of grave concern"
Impact staff at the airline are to issue management with notice of two further one-day strikes.
# Close Calls
STOP! Luas operators urge drivers to halt at red lights as tram collisions rise
Over 90 per cent of road vehicle / tram collisions happened on the Luas Red Line, while ten per cent happened on the Luas Green Line.
# sand in face
'It would be better' if Shatter cleared up severance pay issue by Friday, says Varadkar
The Minister for Transport said he didn’t want to kick a man while he was down.
# Strike
Varadkar: 'Transport Department is no longer the downtown office for Aer Lingus'
The Minister for Transport said the airline staff and the public need to understand that they don’t control the company.
# striiiiikkeeee
Varadkar ‘disappointed’ by Aer Lingus strike but says there are other airlines
Leo Varadkar has urged all parties to find a resolution that will prevent strike action this June Bank holiday weekend.
# Petition
Do you think Cork Airport should be renamed after Rory Gallagher?
A petition to do just that has over 10,000 signatures.
# we see you
Huge drop in tailgating on the M50
The number of cars tailgating have dropped since rear facing cameras were put in.
# scratch cards
'Your local GAA lottery wouldn't work like this': Varadkar criticises Rehab Group
The Transport Minister also moved to defend Minister Shatter, saying he was ‘doing the right thing’ by putting details of Rehab’s profits on the public record.
# offence
'Clocking' car mileage could be banned in Ireland
Clocking means turning the mileage reading back in cars.
# Parking
Legislation to regulate vehicle clamping to be published early 2014
The new provisions will establish an independent appeals process.
# Cuts
Varadkar urges unions to engage with Bus Éireann, says cuts can't be postponed
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said that Bus Éireann would have to implement the LRC measures on 12 May unless “alternative approaches” could be found.
M50 tolls worth €3.3 million written off in 2012
The Minister for Transport said that he didn’t see a way in which the millions could be recouped.
# Road Safety
Varadkar urges local authorities to focus on road maintenance
The Transport Minister said that they needed to take “their responsibilities a bit more seriously”.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think enough is being done to fix Ireland's roads?
The Minister for Transport has said that local authorities are to place a greater focus on maintaining Ireland’s roads. Will it be enough?
# Road Safety
Injuries-focused Road Safety Strategy to be launched in March
Minister Varadkar said he aims to make Ireland the country in Europe with the safest roads.
# Transport
Varadkar: Ireland needs to be "wiser" about investment in transport
Ireland is not in a position to invest financially in transport like it was in the past – so it needs to be wiser about how it does invest, says the Minster for Transport.