Policy Working Group

Posted by Administrator on November 18, 2010 under Meetings |


18th November 2010


Laois Trip Offices, Portlaoise

  • James O’Donoghue
  • Deise Link (Chairperson)
  • Vanessa Coffey Pobal
  • Laura Ward Clare Accessible Transport
  • Patricia McKenna Flexibus
  • Sean Hannon Longford RTP
  • Terri McGourty Pobal
  • Erin Sugrue Pobal
  • David O’Brien West Cork Rural Transport
  • Frank Moran O.K. Transport

NTA/DOT/EPA tender

Successful company, WPS Ireland. James has been in contact with Dr. Eimear Cotter E.P.A.and forwarded information on the RTP.

Actions / Recommendations

James to follow up.


  • Some RTP’s have contracts up at the end of the year for systems that are not meeting their needs. They are anxious to source a suitable package that can develop co-ordination potential.
  • Salesforce
Actions / Recommendations

Immediate direction on position

Value for money

Not discussed

Actions / Recommendations


LITS report

Not discussed

Actions / Recommendations


Health & Safety Management System

General agreement that matters relating to the operation of the Health and Safety is not an area for the Policy Committee. We were requested to focus on the legal implications of RTP Companies being required under our Contract for Funding to implement the H&SMS.
Nominated to Health and Safety Sub committee:

  • James O’Donoghue
  • Laura Ward
Actions / Recommendations

James has compiled responses and will forward details to Bernie McDonnell as requested.

Policy Committee

James gave a presentation of the current issues that may impact on the RTP and work of the Policy Committee.
Working Group will revisit the following to inform further debate and future work

  • Principles of the RTP
  • Fitzpatrick’s Report
  • Development work carried out by previous Policy Consultation Committee Guidelines for the 3 year RTP Strategic Plans 2008 – 2010
  • Value for Money report – when available
  • LITS report – when available

Next tasks

  • Look at what the RTP should look like in the next Strategic Plan
  • List relevant policies to develop/update eg: Free Travel, Carbon Tax
  • Clarify terms and identify models eg. Integrated Transport, Public Service Obligation contracts (PSO)
  • Document structure of existing models to increase general understanding eg: School transport
  • Guidelines for the prioritisation of services
Actions / Recommendations

Clarification on strategic direction for RTP post 2010


Proposal: Sharron Kennedy Weford CDP to join the Policy Working Group
Proposed by James O’Donoghue
Seconded by Laura Ward


  • CARDI Event: 9th&10th December, NUI Galway
  • ‘Where now for Rural Services’
  • Rural Transport – Going nowhere fast by Dr. Aoife Ahern UCD

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