Committee Reports::Annual Report of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Sport and Recreation, 2005 and Work Programme 2006::22 March, 2006::Appendix



The Joint Committee on Transport was established following Orders of Dáil Éireann on 16 October 2002 and of Seanad Éireann on 17 October 2002. Standing Orders 84(4) (Dáil Éireann) and 69(4) (Seanad Éireann) require that—

As soon as may be following its appointment and thereafter at annual intervals, each Select Committee shall prepare a work programme and shall lay such programme before [Dáil[Seanad] Éireann”.


Paragraph 2(a) of the Order of Dáil Éireann on 16 October 2002 and paragraph 1(a) of the Order of Seanad Éireann on 17 October 2002 empowers the Joint Committee to consider:

(i)such public affairs administered by the Department of Transport as it may select, including, in respect of Government policy, bodies under the aegis of that Department;

(ii)such matters of policy for which the Minister for Transport is officially responsible as it may select;

(iii)such related policy issues as it may select concerning bodies which are partly or wholly funded by the State or which are established or appointed by Members of the Government or by the Oireachtas;

(iv) such Statutory Instruments made by the Minister for Transport and laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas as it may select;

(v)such proposals for EU legislation and related policy issues as may be referred to it from time to time, in accordance with Standing Order 81(4)[Dáil Éireann] and 65(4)[Seanad Éireann];

(vi)the strategy statement laid before each House of the Oireachtas by the Minister for Transport pursuant to section 5(2) of the Public Service Management Act, 1997, and the Joint Committee shall be so authorised for the purposes of section 10 of that Act;

(vii)such annual reports or annual reports and accounts, required by law and laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas, of bodies specified in paragraphs 2(a)(i) and (iii) [Dáil Éireann] and paragraphs 1(a)(i) and (iii) [Seanad Éireann], and the overall operational results, statements of strategy and corporate plans of these bodies, as it may select;

Provided that the Joint Committee shall not, at any time, consider any matter relating to such a body which is, which has been, or which is, at that time, proposed to be considered by the Committee of Public Accounts pursuant to the Orders of Reference of that Committee and/or the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993;

Provided further that the Joint Committee shall refrain from inquiring into in public session, or publishing confidential information regarding, any such matter if so requested either by the body concerned or by the Minister for Transport; and

(viii)such other matters as may be jointly referred to it from time to time by both Houses of the Oireachtas,

and shall report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas.”

Accordingly, the items listed in this Work Programme will be considered by the Joint Committee within the parameters defined by these Orders of Reference, as amended from time to time.


The Joint Committee on Transport is committed to making a constructive contribution to the committee system in the Houses of the Oireachtas and to continuing to assert the proper oversight and accountability role of the Legislature in respect of the Executive. It will endeavour to do this by properly exercising the functions and powers which have been conferred on it by both Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann.


The items listed for consideration in this Work Programme are not in any order of priority. The Joint Committee will decide on individual items for review in light of its assessment of a particular need during the year. The Joint Committee is of the opinion that to accord a strict priority and agree a timetable for consideration of the various items would impose too rigid a structure and would not enable the Joint Committee to respond to evolving events during the year. In response to a particular evolving event or an urgent unforeseen matter, it shall, if it deems it necessary to do so, amend this Work Programme to include further items or delete or revise existing items for consideration.

The Joint Committee has also agreed that, should it not have sufficient time during 2006 to consider an item detailed in this Work Programme, it may include it in next year’s Work Programme should the issue continue to retain its importance and relevance.


(a) EU Scrutiny

In light of the increasing importance and influence of the European Union (EU) on national affairs and legislative matters, the Joint Committee will give ongoing priority to EU issues and, in particular, will promptly examine any EU legislative proposal referred to the Joint Committee by the Sub-Committee on European Scrutiny.

The Joint Committee will endeavour to have ongoing meetings with the Minister for Transport in advance of EU Transport Council meetings to enable the Joint Committee to enhance effective oversight of Government policy thinking and to have an input into, and an exchange of views on, topics arising on the agendas of those Council meetings.

(b) Statutory Instruments

The Joint Committee will endeavour to monitor Statutory Instruments (SIs) made by the Minister for Transport which are laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas and, where it considers it necessary, will discuss particular SIs and matters arising with the Minister at an appropriate time.

(c) Strategy Statement and Departmental Policy Documentation

The Joint Committee will endeavour to consider the ongoing progress made by the Department of Transport on its commitments in the strategy statement and other general related policy documentation (vis. Annual Reports, Corporate Plans, etc.) relating to the Department’s remit in discussion with the Minister or appropriate Departmental officials.

(d) Oversight of Bodies

The Joint Committee will endeavour during 2006 to consider, inter alia, policy matters, annual reports or annual reports and accounts, overall operational results, statements of strategy and corporate plans of certain bodies as it may select which are listed in the Addendum attached to this Work Programme.

(e) Referral of matters by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann

In addition to those issues detailed in this Work Programme, the Joint Committee may be required, from time to time, to consider matters referred to it jointly by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann (e.g. Motions re. International Agreements, Conventions, draft SIs, etc.)


The Joint Committee intends to review specific major areas of policy falling within the remit of the Minister for Transport as outlined below in this section and in section 5 above. As part of that process, the Minister (and Departmental officials) may be invited to appear before the Joint Committee to outline policy decisions/thinking and respond to detailed questions. Where necessary, the Joint Committee may also seek submissions from the public and may, if the need arises, engage persons with specialist or technical knowledge to advise and assist it in its work.

The Joint Committee will have ongoing periodic follow-up with the Minister (or Departmental officials as appropriate) on progress made on implementation of recommendations made in Reports published by the Joint Committee during the 29th Dáil.

It is also intended that the following specific items will be considered during 2006 by the Joint Committee—

Public Transport

Implementation of the Transport Plan Transport 21

Public Transport Safety

Transport Planning for the Greater Dublin Area

Rural Transport Initiative

Taxi Regulation




Iarnród Éireann

Road Transport

Road Safety

Road Freight Transport

National Roads Programme

Rail Transport

Railway Safety Programme

Passenger Rail Transport

Freight Rail Transport

Maritime Transport

Maritime Safety

The Commercial Ports

State Regional Ports and Harbours


Open Aviation Area Agreement (‘Open Skies’)

State Airports

Regional Airports

Aer Lingus

Transport Policy

Road Safety Strategy 2004 - 2006

Efficiency and Sustainability in Public Transport Systems

Liberalisation of Public Transport Services

Urban Traffic Management Strategies

Planning and Provision of Cross-Border Transport Infrastructure Services

Performance Criteria for Subvention Payments to Support Public Transport Services

Accessibility of Transport Services for People with Reduced Mobility

PPPs and Fixed Price Contracts in the procurement of Transport Infrastructure Projects

Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals

EU Commission Paper — ‘EU Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide’

Single European Sky Implementation Programme

Maritime Safety Package

Market Access to Port Services

Intermodal Transport

Public Service Obligation Subsidies

Access to Sea and International Coach Transport for Persons with Reduced Mobility

Transport Safety Policy


Subject to Standing Order 81(9) [Dáil Éireann] and Standing Order 65(9) [Seanad Éireann], the Joint Committee may decide, subject to financial, administrative and procedural constraints, to undertake travel as it considers necessary to further progress the Work Programme. Such travel may include fact finding visits, attendance at conferences or meetings, etc. within the remit under the Orders of Reference. Reports will be completed for all travel undertaken.


The Joint Committee will meet with incoming Parliamentary Delegations, as required.


Those members of Dáil Éireann who are members of the Joint Committee on Transport also constitute the membership of the Select Committee on Transport. In accordance with paragraph 1(a) of the Order of Dáil Éireann, the Select Committee is appointed to consider—

(i)such Bills the statute law in respect of which is dealt with by the Department of Transport;

(ii)such Estimates for Public Services within the aegis of the Department of Transport; and

(iii)such proposals contained in any motion, including any motion within the meaning of Standing Order 157 concerning the approval by the Dáil of international agreements involving a charge on public funds,

as shall be referred to it by Dáil Éireann from time to time.”

The matters referred to the Select Committee will be considered in tandem with the ongoing work of the Joint Committee but may have a practical effect on the capacity of the Joint Committee to complete its consideration of the items identified in the Work Programme.


Taking account of the resources and facilities available and the commitments of Members, it is anticipated that the Joint Committee will meet fortnightly in the course of 2006.

In view of the specific functions of the Select Committee, it is not possible to anticipate the number of meetings required during 2006. However, the Select Committee will convene as necessary to consider such matters as are referred to it (see section 9) within the prescribed timeframe.


This Work Programme for 2006 of the Joint Committee on Transport and the Select Committee on Transport was agreed by the Committee at its meeting on 22 March 2006. In accordance with Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, it was agreed that the Work Programme be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.

John Ellis T.D.


22 March 2006