Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (60)

Joe Sherlock

Question:

156 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on the operation of the rural transport initiative; the areas where the scheme operates; the funding provided to each scheme for 2003 and 2004; and his plans for this scheme for the future. [2144/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Area Development Management Ltd., ADM, administers the rural transport initiative — RTI — on behalf of my Department and the specific details which the Deputy requires are outlined in the following table, which has been supplied to my Department by ADM.

My Department provided ADM with €2.95 million for 2002 and €3 million for 2003. The allocation to ADM for 2004 is €3 million. ADM is about to commission a full appraisal of the RTI in order to measure its effectiveness in terms of addressing the transport needs of rural Ireland. I will consider the results of the appraisal before making a long-term decision about rural transport.

Rural TrabsportInitiative

Operational Area

Total RTI Allocation

Free Travel Pass Allocation

RTI Allocation

2002 — 2003

2003

2004

Aughrim-Kilmore Development Association Ltd.

North Roscommon

46,349

2,560

40,000

Avondhu Area Transport Partnership

Mid Cork

146,349

12,400

81,051

Bantry Integrated Development Group

South West Cork

203,158

6,760

45,436

Bealach (Connamara Local Transport Partnership)

West Galway

134,349

11,120

79,360

Borrisokane Area Network Development Ltd.

North Tipperary

66,349

5,640

40,000

Carlow, Kilkenny, Sth Tipperary Rural Transport

Co. Carlow / Co. Kilkenny / South Tipperary

355,527

27,840

172,883

Comharchumann Chleire Teo (Cape Clear)

South Cork (Island)

101,349

2,560

53,194

Community of Lougharrow Social Project

East Sligo

86,349

7,440

49,600

County Limerick / North Cork Transport Group

Co. Limerick / North Cork

186,349

19,600

109,060

County Sligo LEADER Partnership Company Ltd.

North West Sligo

86,349

6,880

49,594

East Clare Accessible Transport

Clare

253,948

19,120

98,696

I.R.D. Duhallow

North West Cork

101,349

9,840

58,900

Kerry Community Transport

Co. Kerry

571,382

45,360

274,367

Kilnaleck Community & Cooperative Soc.(Cavan)

South Cavan

47,349

3,600

40,000

Laois Rural Regeneration Partnership

Co. Laois

156,349

13,320

93,117

Longford Community Resources Ltd.

North Longford

101,349

6,720

58,064

Meath Accessible Transport

Co. Meath

215,855

9,080

72,710

Meitheal Mhaigh Eo

Co. Mayo

166,349

15,000

99,372

MFG Teo

North Donegal

146,349

13,000

86,924

Monaghan Partnership

Mid Monaghan

50,244

3,760

40,000

North Fingal Rural transport Company

North Dublin

136,349

7,080

40,000

Oak Partnership (Offaly / Kildare)

North Offaly / North West Kildare

317,435

22,240

124,575

Rural Lift (Co. Leitrim, Nth Cavan)

North Cavan / Co. Leitrim

177,763

12,280

72,439

Seirbhis Iompair Tuaithe Teo

South West Donegal

120,000

9,600

69,126

South East Galway Integrated Rural Dev.

South Esat Galway

101,349

8,400

58,910

South Kildare Rural

South Kildare

228,553

19,880

129,215

South Westmeath (Mount Temple)

Westmeath

146,349

13,240

86,797

Tipperary LEADER Group

North Tipperary

54,349

4,120

40,000

Tumna Shannon Development Co.

North Roscommon

76,349

4,360

43,460

Waterford Rural Transport Working Group (CDB)

Co. Waterford

151,349

12,800

90,734

West Coast Wexford Rural Transport Initiative

South West Wexford

106,349

9,320

60,890

West Offaly Partnership

West Offaly

126,349

8,800

74,400

Wexford Area Partnership

West Wexford

86,349

5,880

49,600

Wicklow Rural (Aughrim Tidy Towns Ltd.)

South Wicklow

146,349

14,000

86,794

TOTAL

5,198,241

393,600

2,669,268

(See note 1)

(See note 2)

(See Note 3)

Note 1 : ADM made allocations to groups in 2002 which covered the period 2002 — 2003. These allocations included Pre-Development Grants to 25 groups of €6,349 each. The balance of some €750,000 catered for ADM administration and technical assistance costs as well as an emergency assistance fund.

Note 2: It should be noted that an allocation has not yet been made for 2004 by the Department of Social and Family Affairs relating to the Free Travel Pass Scheme.

Note 3 : In addition €330,732 is being provided for the administration of the RTI by ADM