Answered on June 11, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding County Waterford operators has received from his Department under the rural transport programme in each of the past seven years.
Reply from Minister of State Alan Kelly: As Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to the Rural Transport Programme (RTP). The RTP including allocation of funding was managed on behalf of the Department by Pobal until 31st March 2012. Following the Government Decision of 26th January 2012 in relation to integrated local and rural transport, responsibility for the management of the RTP was assigned to the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 1st April 2012. The Programme is currently managed by Pobal in conjunction with the NTA as part of the Programme transition.
Noting this I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA/Pobal for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.