I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 17, 20, 100 and 103 together.
Deputies will be aware that the National Development Plan published recently and submitted to the European Commission includes provision for an EC assisted investment programme of £185 million in the period 1994-1999 on the upgrading of the mainline railway network. In addition, a further £90 million approximately of uncofinanced investment is proposed over the period of the plan subject to the resources available to CIE. The investment programme, which covers all the major lines on the interurban mainline railway network, will include expenditure on track renewal, new signalling systems and the provision of modern rolling stock.
Finalisation of the investment programme, as regards specific expenditures on individual lines, will follow from consultations over the coming months between my Department, CIE and the European Commission.