Boxer Kellie Harrington, who was denied a civic reception over covid safety concerns, is Shanebombed by junior minister for Sport Jack Chambers as she returns from Tokyo.
Earlier: The Kellie Gang
The first count in Dublin Rathdown with sitting Independent Alliance TD and Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Shane Ross facing elimination.
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin 2.
Earlier: Some People Are On The Pitch
Minister for Sport Shane Ross at an Oireachtas Sports Committee this morning
The Minister also stated that if the FAI were to go under, his “guess” would be that the League of Ireland would go with it.
Minister Brendan Griffin said the FAI’s debts are €62 million — not €55 million — when funding and loans owed to UEFA are taken into account.
The future of the league will be part of the topics discussed in a planned meeting between the Government and UEFA in January.
Earlier, it was revealed an independent audit into the FAI has said that the organisation is not fit to handle public funds.
Yesterday: FAI, Deloitte And Adjustments
Former FAI CEO John Delaney and Sports Minister Shane Ross
Sports Minister Shane Ross gave an interview on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland when he was asked if was “bailing out” the Football Association of Ireland.
In response, he said:
“I hate that sort of expression. What we’re doing at the moment is we are looking after the €2.9million which we give, which we have been giving to the FAI. We’ve withdrawn that funding and what we’re going to do there, is ensure that that gets to the small clubs.
“We’re going to absolutely ensure that that gets to the players, to the grassroots, and that it doesn’t go near the FAI because the FAI… bail-out is a very pejorative word. But it’s a basket case.
“And to ask the Government to come in and bail it out, when we don’t even know the extent of the black hole there, it’s an appalling vista and to ask us to bail it out? No. That’s not going to happen.
“We want to protect taxpayers’ funding. We also want to protect the grassroots. They’re the important people. We’re interested in football, not so interested in the FAI.
Listen back in full here
Previously: At The End Of The Day: €55,067,472
Minister for Transport Shane Ross (top) takes part in the launch of the JAM card (above) which aims to help people with disabilities or communication difficulties to let others know they need extra time boarding.
Iarnród Éireann tweetz:
JAM Card allows people with a communication barrier tell others they need ‘Just A Minute’ discreetly and easily & will assist customers using the public transport system & make their experience as stress-free as possible. Launched today by Transport For Ireland with all transport operators.
Non-profit disability rights activist group Access For All Ireland tweetz:
Just a minute Iarnród Éireann, could we have working lifts as well so then we can acess the trains as well?
Yesterday, the group tweeted:
Pics: Iarnród Éireann
— I BIKE Dublin (@IBIKEDublin) November 7, 2019
At Dublin2Bikes, a bicycle shop at Erne Street Upper, Dublin 2.
Cycling activists handed Transport Minister Shane Ross 40 flowers to symbolise the 40 cyclists who have died on Irish roads during the tenure of the past three ministers — Leo Varadkar, Paschal Donohoe and Mr Ross.
Mr Ross was at the shop to launch a Dublin Bus driver-training aid.
Yesterday: Die-In Another Day
Previously: Extreme Steps
From top: A tweet from Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on the night of Budget 2020; A Greenway on the Wild Atlantic Way
Not so fast, Minister Ross.
Following the announcement of €9 Million carbon tax funding for cycling during the Budget statement by Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross tweeted that the government had allocated €114 Million to cycling in Budget 2020.
If that seemed too good to be true…
Mike McKillen, of Cyclist, writes:
This €114 Million was subsequently broken down as €23 Million for “cycling” greenways and €91 Million for walking and cycling facilities in urban areas.
Greenways are provided for both pedestrians and cyclists so out of an allocation of €23 Million, the cyclist proportion would be 50% or €11.5 Million.
Regarding walking and cycling facilities in urban areas, 31% of total NTA expenditure was spent on cycling in the Greater Dublin area and the Regional Cities.
For the purposes of forecasting cycling expenditure in 2020, this percentage was rounded up to 33% which equates to €30 Million.
Therefore Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, estimates that the departmental expenditure on cycling in 2020 will be approximately €42 Million.
Anyone who thinks that the Minister is committed to spending €114 Million on cycling, may be “at the races” (to use his own words) but is dreaming about the results…
Mr McKillen adds:
This exaggeration in cycle funding is not the first overestimation by the Minister/Department. In response to a recent parliamentary question, the Minister claimed that in 2018 cycling expenditure was 3.1% of the capital budget. Cyclist.ie estimates it at 1.0%.
There you go now.
Pic: Bord Failte
Oops full vid: pic.twitter.com/dhWSHFeUEw
— Oisín O’Connor (@OConnorOisin) August 29, 2019
Cycling advocate Oisin O’Connor meets Shane Ross.
James Gallagher writes:
Minister for Transport unable to answer a simple transport question and unwilling to engage when he realises his incompetence will be recorded for all to see…