Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (151, 152)

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

151 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the funds that are available from his Department for coastal protection work for the year 2004, and for each of the past five years. [7328/04]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

152 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the moneys that have been allocated to combat coastal erosion in Cork for the year 2004 and for each of the past five years; and if he will provide a comparison for these figures with moneys allocated for other coastal counties during the same period. [7329/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.

While primary responsibility for coastal protection comes within the remit of the Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, my Department has, over the past five years, made some funding available for that purpose. The table set out below provides a breakdown of expenditure by my Department on dedicated coastal protection projects on the islands for the period 1999 to 2004 to date, together with a breakdown of grants approved but not yet paid. No specific allocation has been set aside for 2004. With regard to coastal protection works in the Gaeltacht, an allocation of €108,500 in total has been sanctioned for two projects in the period since 1999, one in Mayo for €82,500 and the other in Galway for €26,000. Work is still ongoing on these projects.

Island Coastal Protection Works

Expenditure by year

Cork

Kerry

Galway

Mayo

Donegal

1999

2,539

0

27,934

34,918

92,056

2000

2,222

0

79,993

6,349

76,184

2001

4,317

0

0

69,836

669,406

2002

1,301

0

125,975

55,000

345,286

2003

0

17,836

8,863

30,000

66,857

2004 (to date)

0

0

51,623

0

0

Grants unpaid at 03/03/04

0

2,164

57,220

0

27,500