Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Denis Foley

Question:

193 Mr. Foley asked the Minister for Public Enterprise if she will list, in respect of County Kerry for each of the years 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, the grants, projects or schemes funded by her Department, or any agency under the aegis of her Department; the receiving body or organisation; and the amount allocated in each instance. [7499/01]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following schedule.

Schedule

Item

1997

1998

1999

2000

Farm Electrification Grants(subsidy to develop and modernise farms in disadvantaged areas)

Grant paid by the Department of Public Enterprise

£16,750

£25,039

£18,278

£12,332

Grant paid by the ESB

£50,250

£75,117

£54,840

£36,996

Renewable Energy SchemesFeasibility study re proposed hydro scheme at Lough Callee &Gouragh Hag's Glen Macgillcuddy's Reeks, Co. Kerry.

Paid to Kerry Co. Council

£6,000(ERDF)

Feasibility study re proposed wind energy project atMuingnaminanne.

Paid to Kerry Co. Council

£6,000(ERDF)

Feasibility study re proposed wind energy project at,Beal Hill, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

Paid to Scan Energy, Beal Hill, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

£242(ERDF)

15.19 Megawatt wind energy electricity plant at Tursillagh,Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Paid to Tursillagh Wind Farms Limited

£945,000(ERDF)

3.94 Megawatt wind energy electricity plant as Beenageeha,Kilflynn, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Paid to MHB Wind Farms Limited

£270,700(ERDF)

Energy Efficiency Investment Support Scheme

Cadbury Ltd., Rathmore

£11,614

Munster Joinery, Ballydesmond

£80,000

Cadbury Ltd., Rathmore

£2,903

Munster joinery, Ballydesmond

£20,000

Energy Audit Grant Scheme

Kerry Co. Council

£986

McDonald's, Tralee

£867

Radiac Abrasives Ltd., Castleisland

£1,260

Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney

£1,600

Item

1997

1998

1999

2000

Geological Survey of Ireland

Aquifer map (map of underground water-bearing rocks) prepared for Kerry County Council.

£10,000

Airport Support

Marketing support grant to Kerry Airport

£300,000

£300,000

£300,000

£450,000

Kerry/Dublin public service obligation (PSO) air route.

Paid by Air Lingus

£550,000

£753,000

£753,000

£753,000

Rail Investment

Renewal work on section of rail track between Mallow and Killarney

£1m

£2m

£2m

In addition to the above, there were three projects involving the roll-out of broadband telecommunications services in County Kerry. With regard to the first project Esat Telecom received a total of £1.5 million in aid for a project costing £3.3 million, which involved the roll-out of fibre optic cable in urban areas around the State. Tralee town was one of these areas. The project commenced in 1999 and was completed towards the end of 2000.
The second project to receive funding was HEAnet, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers managed broadband services to over 30 educational and research institutions throughout the state. HEAnet received a total of £800,000 in aid for a project costing £1.7 million which involved the redesign and upgrade of its then existing network. Tralee Institute of Technology was among the educational-research institutes upgraded. Once again this project commenced in 1999 and was completed towards the end of 2000.
The third project was undertaken by Eircom which invested in the deployment of broadband infrastructure in 75 locations along the west coast. The overall project cost was £10.6 million, of which grant aid comprised £4.5 million. This project commenced in 1999 and was completed in December 2000.
An estimate of the total investment in broadband infrastructure in County Kerry as a result of these three projects is £2.2 million.