Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (194)

Michael Ring

Question:

310 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Finance the funding provided from his Department towards the landslide in north Mayo. [1370/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

The Deputy will be aware that following a Government decision and approval by the Minister for Finance, a humanitarian aid scheme was initiated and has been implemented by the Irish Red Cross Society on behalf of the Office of Public Works, OPW. The scheme provided for aid to relieve hardship experienced by householders, and an amount of €300,000 was provided by OPW to fund the scheme.

The Deputy will also be aware that OPW provided assistance to Mayo County Council in the form of personnel and machinery in the immediate aftermath of the landslide and expects to continue providing this assistance until the end of March 2004. The cost of providing this assistance in 2003 was approximately €33,000 and the cost in 2004 is expected to be in the region of €40,000.