Tag Archives: Shane Ross

Good times.

From left: Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan, Minister for Transport  Shane Ross and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock launching a proposal to make it an offence to pass a cyclist closer than 1.5m on roads with 50kph limit or higher

Mr Ross said it had proved exceptionally difficult to draft legislation on a minimum passing distance that was constitutional and that could be enforced, and as a result the Bill would not proceed.

It is understood the Attorney General’s concerns centred on how the 1m and 1.5m distance could be measured for enforcement purposes.

He spoke too soon.


Suit yourselves.

New law on drivers overtaking cyclists abandoned (Irish Times)


This afternoon.

The announcement of the Unaccompanied Learner Driver Provisions of the Road Traffic Act 2018.

Car owners who allow learner drivers to use their cars unaccompanied will face fines or jail from midnight tonight.

Noel Clancy is featured in a new TV and Radio advert describing the events leading up to and after a horrific accident which saw the death of his young daughter and partner.

The amendment is to be known as the Clancy amendment.

Top from left: CEO RSA (Road Safety Authority ) Ms Moyagh Murdock, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, Noel Clancy and Garda Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan.

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From top: Irish Ferries’ Managing Director Eamonn Rothwell; Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Further to the announcement by Irish ferries that  it may stop sailing between Rosslare [County Wexford] and France….

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Minister Shane Ross said he did not know that the move was going to happen.

Mr Ross said he had spoken to Irish Ferries owner Eamonn Rothwell about the decision and would do so again.

…He said: “No, they haven’t convinced me this is the right decision at all, I think it’s very, very bad for Rosslare but what I’m saying is that I can’t interfere with a commercial decision that’s all.”

Hauliers call for Ross to intervene in Irish Ferries service issue (RTÉ)


Minister for Sport Shane Ross at the Irish women’s hockey homecoming

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has announced Hockey Ireland will receive €500,000 of the €1.5m high performance funding he announced at the homecoming of the women’s hockey team.

To wit:

Hockey Ireland €500,000
Horse Sport Ireland €175,000
Olympic Council of Ireland €175,000
Paralympics Ireland €100,000
Gymnastics Ireland €75,000
Swim Ireland €75,000
Athletics Ireland €50,000
Irish Athletic Boxing Association €50,000
Confederation of Golf in Ireland €40,000
Cricket Ireland €40,000
Cycling Ireland €40,000
Irish Sailing Association €40,000
Rowing Ireland €40,000
Triathlon Ireland €30,000
Badminton Ireland €25,000
Irish Judo Association €25,000
Irish Taekwondo Association €20,000
Bog snorkelling €60
Competitive eating €0


Hockey teams to receive a third of promised fund (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Scenes from Dublin Airport as  Minister for Transport and Sport Shane Ross (top pic) greets the women’s Irish hockey team after yesterday’s World Cup Final. The first time any Irish senior team in any sport had reached a world final.

A civic reception is being held at the Mansion, House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 later today.

More as we get it.

Leah Farrell/ RollingNews



This evening.

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

This morning.

St. Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Sheriff Street Lower, North Wall, Dublin.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross in canoe and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin (right), with Angel O Toole and Evan Brazil while officially launching the National Sports Policy 2018–2027.

NO lifebelt?

He’s a danger to himself and other canal users.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


Positively Corinthian.


The pucK?

Fluffy Biscuits writes:

Lord Ross top of the class at defending class…Do they not already have great facilities in Wesley with fees at 6k a year??



Shane Ross accidentally votes against own drink-driving bill in Dáil (Irish Examiner)

Steve White writes:

On December 12 last, James Lawless Fianna Fáil TD  initiated a bill related to online advertising and multiple accounts transparency

The Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017 stipulates that online political advertising shall not be paid for from monies provided out of the Central Fund or the growing produce thereof or from monies voted by the Oireachtas.

On December 12, 2017 Mr Lawless held a press conference with Niamh Smith TD in which  he said,

“we haven’t yet seen any Independent ministers featuring in the adverts, which I think is interesting”

Meanwhile, during the a debate on the bill in the Dáil on December 13, , Fianna Fáil member Thomas Byrne said:

“Deputy Lawless’s Bill seeks to target bots, which I have dealt with in what I have already said, but also the strategic communications unit, which is an absolute disgrace. Let us be clear that the Minister, Deputy Naughten, is not getting a slice of the advertising pie because he is not in Fine Gael.

The broad shoulders of Fine Gael have elbowed into all these paid ads. The latest one, promoting Deputy Leo Varadkar and Deputy Paschal Donohoe in his own constituency, had 400,000 viewers and was paid for entirely by all the taxpayers of Ireland. This is wrong and should be illegal.

I have already put it to my party that we should introduce legislation to ban any Oireachtas Member from appearing in paid advertising by Government Departments unless it is required by law, such as in the case of a signature on an official order.

I refer primarily to Ministers because they are the only ones to have done this so far. It is utterly wrong and disgraceful that the €5 million from the strategic communications unit, SCU, is being turned into paid Facebook ads for Fine Gael and the Minister, Deputy Naughten, should be clear that they are only for Fine Gael Members.

While Dublin traffic was at a standstill on Monday morning because of the Luas works, a Facebook video promoting Deputies Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe and the Luas was on air for well over 24 hours.”

Why doesn’t Mr Bynre mention Independent TD and Minister for Transport Shane Ross who is also in the video?

Or that The Rugby World Cup bid ad, produced by the Strategic Communications Unit and can be viewed here, features Mr Ross prominently.

Thomas Byrne must have seen this ad as he asked a parliamentary Question about it on 28th November 2017.

I asked them both multiple times about this and they won’t reply.

If you were going to criticise the Strategic Communication Unit in the midst of an anti-fake news bill would you not want to do it on an accurate basis?