292. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) who made an application has been refused. [21618/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I understand that the Deputy's question relates to an application for a  Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) Licence.
As the Deputy may be aware, the SPSV industry in Ireland is regulated by the National Transport Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013, which falls under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross, T.D.
An Garda Síochána is currently deemed the licensing authority under section 6 (2) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.
As such, the Deputy will appreciate that I, as Minister for Justice and Equality, have no role in the administration of SPSV licences.