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Transport and Communications

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” -Erol Ozan

Everyday decisions about distance and speed are influenced by different means of transportation. The main means of transportation on long distances are by air, sea, and train; but, due to infrastructure availability short and medium distances can also be covered. As an example, aircraft can be used to carry goods to some remote places over a relatively short distance. One of the widely used means of transportation is by road.

An expanding and flourishing economy is rendered visibly by traffic. More people, more, jobs, and more prosperity are all associated with increased heavy traffic. However, increased heavy traffic relates with a highly cost to the economy. This is reflected with increased fuel costs, negative effects of associated emissions on the environment and society, and the cost of time spent by users in gridlock. Prices for goods and services are typically increased to reflect the amount of congestion related costs that businesses incur. Higher prices for products and services are typically the result of business passing on the full cost of congestion to customers.

The challenges related to sustainable movement and transport are indeed significant and cannot be understated.

Since increasing transport capacity results in costs and pressure on finances, statistics and data are vitally important in solving congestion problems as a first step and to establishing enlightened and sustainable transport systems for urban mobility. Engineers and planners may prioritise investments, maximise benefits, and cut costs both now and in the future with the use of data driven decisions.

People must be given the chance to influence how their world is seen and how sustainable transport system will benefit present and future generations by design.

Transport

Transport a handful of earth every day and you will make a mountain.Confucius

Communication

“All communications must lead to change.” – Aristotle

Telecommunications encompasses a diverse set of responsibilities related to electronic communications services and networks, posts, and spectrum management. Matters are operated under Irish and EU Legislation in these areas.

For consumers and individuals, the committee covers matters of broadband and home phone, mobile, consumers related publications, billing information.

For business and organisations, the focus is on product safety and non-compliant equipment, non-geographic numbers, 5.8GHz registrations, licensing and general authorizations, postal authorisations.

As for industry the focus remains on quarterly key data report, radio spectrum awards, enforcement, spectrum intelligence and investigation, site viewer.

The responsibility of facilitating competition, protecting consumers, and encouraging innovation is crucial for a healthy and dynamic economy. The Communications Committee plays a crucial role in ensuring an organization’s visibility to the public through various channels issues of law, economics, and technology, and ensuring that their decisions are taken fairly and are clearly explained.

It’s commendable that the Communication Committee is taking a strong stance against bribery, corruption, and fraud. These unethical practices can undermine trust, damage reputations, and harm organizations and societies. By maintaining a zero-tolerance policy, the committee sends a clear message that integrity and transparency are non-negotiable values.

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” -William Butler Yeats

The Joint Committee on Transport and Communications in Ireland is composed of 14 members, with nine representing the Dáil (the lower house of the Irish parliament) and five representing the Seanad (the upper house). The people’s voice is always represented by the committee. This committee plays a crucial role in scrutinizing legislation related to transport and communications. Their work includes examining bills, conducting pre-legislative scrutiny, and engaging with relevant stakeholders.

See link below to committee meetings.

Link: Committee on Transport and Communications – 33rd Dáil, 26th Seanad – Houses of the Oireachtas