Written Answers. - Gas Network.

Robert Molloy


48 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications whether the national gas distribution network will be extended to Galway and the west of Ireland within the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3867/97]

I am anxious that other areas of the country, including Galway and the west, should have the same choice of energy sources as those now served by the gas network. Accordingly, I asked Bord Gáis to carry out a detailed investigation of the possibility of a major extension of the network. I am considering the board's report on the study and I am having discussions with Bord Gáis in that regard.