With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 15 together.
An allocation of £300,000 was made in 1985 for a State grant to be paid to Drogheda Harbour Commissioners in respect of remedial works on Ballast and Welshman's Quays. Payment of the grant was subject to my Department and the Department of Finance being satisfied that the project was financially viable.
Subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Communications will make grant assistance available to Drogheda Harbour Commissioners for remedial works on Ballast and Welshman's Quays when he is satisfied that the project is financially and technically viable. He hopes to make a decision in the near future on the financial viability of the scheme.