I propose to take Questions Nos. 42, 44 and 56 together.
In addition to expenditure under the Community Support Framework CSF, operational programmes and from the Community Initiatives, the Border region, comprising the six counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo, is benefiting specifically from the Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border counties and the Ireland-Northern Ireland INTERREG Programme 1994-99.
Under the peace programme a total of 300 MECU, approximately £240 million, of EU funds is being provided over the period 1995-97. At least 20 per cent of these funds, amounting to approximately £48 million, is being made available for the six Border counties.
Under INTERREG II a total of 156 MECU of EU funds has been allocated to the Border counties and Northern Ireland for cross-Border projects in infrastructure, environmental protection, natural resources, human resources and economic development. Of this amount 89.5 MECU, significantly over half of the EU funding approved, has been made available for the six Border counties, and, as in the case of the peace programme, matching funding will come from central Government, local authorities, the private sector and community groups depending on the nature of the project being funded.