Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (827, 828)

Michael Ring

Question:

944 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount of funding that was allocated from his Department towards the landslide effects in north Mayo; and the amount that was allocated specifically to north Mayo roads from the allocations announced recently.

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Michael Ring

Question:

945 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the funding provided from his Department towards the landslide in north Mayo. [1367/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 944 and 945 together.

The local government fund general purpose grant allocated to Mayo County Council for 2004 amounted to €29,752,341. This grant represents an increase of 17.5% over the corresponding grant for 2003. In determining this grant I was conscious of the demands on the council arising,inter alia, from the landslide in the north Mayo area.

I have notified the council that the significantly increased 2004 grant may be used to contribute to the carrying out of such works as it considers necessary to prevent a recurrence of the landslide.

The total non-national road grant allocation, announced yesterday, for Mayo County Council in 2004 is €20,945,500, representing an increase of 13% over the 2003 allocation. Included in this allocation is a special grant of €1.46 million for the improvement, repair and protection of roads and bridges in the area affected by the landslide. In addition, a grant of €571,000 was provided in 2003 by my Department to Mayo County Council for immediate remedial works to non-national roads and bridges as a result of the damage caused by the landslide.

My Department is also continuing to recoup Mayo County Council 90% of the cost of providing emergency accommodation to households affected by the landslide.