Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Donegal Hydro-Electric Scheme.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state when it is proposed to commence work on the development for electricity purposes of the Clady river, County Donegal.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the names of the contractors appointed by the E.S.B. for the carrying out of the hydro-electric scheme at Gweedore, County Donegal.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 10 together. I have been informed by the E.S.B. that they hope to place a contract for the civil construction work on the hydro-electric scheme on the Clady river in the immediate future and that they anticipate that actual construction work will commence within two to three months.

Is the Minister aware that the E.S.B. have been giving the same answer for the past three months?

No. There has been some delay, the reason for which I do not know, but they are on the point of signing the contract now.