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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# transport minister

This year
# Public Transport
Bus passenger numbers on public transport network return to pre-pandemic levels
In November 2022, Bus Eireann carried 3.5 million passengers, surpassing comparable figures from 2019.
# Active travel
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
Last year
# Pathfinder Programme
New 'ambitious' transport projects 'will be delivered at speed' within the next three years
Making College Green car-free is among the proposals.
# Metrolink
Planning application submitted for 'ambitious' Dublin Metrolink
While the ‘precise’ cost of the project is not yet known, the ‘central’ estimate is €9.5 billion.
# transport minister
Eamon Ryan says 'a practical example' to cut fuel consumption is to drive slower
The minister said a range of advice for households is to be prepared by the SEAI.
All time
# Eamon Ryan
Independent 'fact-finding' probe launched into Belarus diverting Ryanair flight
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan, Lithuania and Poland had called for the ICAO to investigate the incident.
# graduated speeding
'I am not privy to the plot': Shane Ross doesn't anticipate 'going to war' over new speeding laws
Under the new system, drivers who speed excessively will be hit with heavier penalties.
# drink driving
'Beyond the Pale': Ross lobbied by publicans, politicians to pivot on zero tolerance drink driving laws
The Minister for Transport has also received correspondence praising his approach in recent months.
# Seized
Shane Ross says new law was needed as gardaí seize 377 cars driven by unaccompanied learner drivers
Criticism has been levelled at the transport minister over the long wait times for the driving test.
# Happy Christmas
Santa gets the all clear to enter Irish airspace
Santa’s sleigh has been checked for air worthiness.
# danger
'A matter of urgency': Minister promises to take action on dangerous quad bike and scrambler use
Sinn Fein want to give gardaí the power to seize and detain quad bikes and scrambler motorcycles when being used unlawfully.
# Garda station
It's a year since Shane Ross announced Stepaside would re-open. It's still closed, and locals aren't happy
“People in the area are tired of not having clear answers,” local butcher Michael Fleming said.
# Pay dispute
Rail union 'unsurprised' at Taoiseach's 'ignorant' claim that strikes won't affect pay deal
The Taoiseach said that whatever deal is struck at the end of the dispute won’t be affected by the announced strike action.
Ross 'very pleased' Fine Gael TDs and senators will not get a free vote on new drink-drive laws
The minister said he was happy Fine Gael had made a “mature decision” this evening.
# transport minister
Dublin traffic jams are costing around €350 million a year - Shane Ross
The results could lead to an increase in public transport investment.
# Road Safety
Penalty points for mobile phone use could be increased, Ross says
The Transport Minister said he is also looking at the practicalities of additional tests for older drivers.
# Claire Byrne
Three out of five people think those convicted of drink driving should get automatic ban
The poll was carried out for Claire Byrne Live earlier today.
# Strike
Ross urges unions and Bus Éireann to start negotiations with "a blank sheet of paper"
“There is nothing I would like to see more than a satisfactory end to this,” said Minister Shane Ross.
# Complaints
'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved
Here’s what members of the public thought about the strike – one of the biggest talking points of 2016.
# wheelpolitik
Regulations to crack down on Dublin rickshaw drivers could be on the way soon
Transport Minister Shane Ross said discussions have recently taken place between Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.
# Deadlocked
All-out strike 'seriously on the agenda' for Luas workers as dispute escalates
The Luas dispute has escalated significantly over the past number of days.
Ever been clamped? The process is set to be overhauled
A new Bill seeks to regulate release fees and introduce a complaints process.
'We might need the stretcher for the reshuffle': €200,000 boost for mountain rescue teams
Hands off the equipment lads, it’s well needed.
# no grey area
Banned: Texting while driving now 'completely prohibited'
The existing law wasn’t 100 per cent clear on the area, according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.
# Just the ticket
Varadkar 'loves' trains - and won't be closing 'dozens' of rural lines
The Transport Minister said that reports that he is to close ‘dozens’ of rural lines are untrue – and that there aren’t even that many lines.
# €80
Varadkar: No plans to change de-clamping fee - and it's not just there to make money
The Transport Minister added that it has been ‘highly effective’ in changing driver behaviour.
# unhelpful
Leo Varadkar isn't happy that Aer Lingus is taking legal action against SIPTU
“All parties should be focusing on the core problems,” he said this evening.
# 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.
# Dispatches
French Government seeks clarification from Ryanair following documentary
Ryanair has threatened to sue the makers of Dispatches over the safety claims made in Monday night’s programme.
# cycle network
Great Southern Cycleway to open in Limerick
The Abbeyfeale to Kilmorna completes the Great Southern Trail in Limerick, and comes after funding was made available for new cycle routes.
# Budget 2013
Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence
Speaking in the Dáil last night the Minister said the fall in consumer confidence was probably due to Ministers talking about issues like child benefit and property tax.
# Matters of State
Leo Varadkar on Rosanna's topless shoot: 'I wouldn't do it myself'
It’s the burning issue in Irish political and social discussion this week so it’s only right that the Transport Minister has his say.
# Health Cuts
Minister Varadkar defends €130 million health cuts
But the Transport Minister did say that consultants are overpaid.
# Aer Lingus
Varadkar outlines concerns about Aer Lingus stake sale
The Transport Minister spoke out about Ryanair’s bid to take over Aer Lingus this morning, saying the subject will be discussed at cabinet next week.
# pic of the day
Minister Literally Pulling on the Green Jersey Pic of the Day
No comment.
# Your Say
Poll: Should taxis be allowed to display signs of 'Irishness'?
Following the widespread reaction to’s exclusive investigation into green lights carried on top of some Dublin taxis, the Transport Minister has said that any sign to indicate that a driver is Irish is ‘inherently racist’.
# up up and away
Mission Accomplished Pic of the Day
No comment.
# Clamping
Hearings on clamping regulation to continue today
This is part of a series of meetings between the Transport Department and representative stakeholder groups discussing proposed legislation on clamping in Ireland.