Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (141)

Seán Crowe

Question:

142 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the amount of money which has been allocated for 2004 in regard to the ADM rural transport initiative; the individual allocations by ADM to each of the 34 projects and the way in which they were calculated; and his Department’s long term plans for the initiative. [8146/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Area Development Management Limited administers the pilot rural transport initiative on behalf of my Department. Under this scheme, 34 rural community groups are being financed to operate pilot rural transport services in their areas. Specific allocations for individual RTI projects are made by ADM from funds provided for this purpose by my Department. My Department also finances ADM's administration costs arising from its management of the RTI.

Some €3 million has already been provided annually by my Department for the initiative in the two year period ending December 2003 and further funding of €3 million is being provided in 2004. This €6 million commitment so far compares with €4.4 million earmarked for the RTI in the national development plan.

While the RTI funding allocations for individual RTI projects, together with the manner in which they are calculated, are matters for ADM, I understand that the specific allocations for 2004 are as outlined in the attached table.

ADM has recently commissioned an external evaluation of the RTI to measure, among other things, the effectiveness of the scheme in addressing the transport needs of rural Ireland. The evaluation is due to be completed by the summer and I will take its conclusions into account before making any further decisions in relation to rural transport.

Area Development Management Limited

Rural Transport Initiative

Group Name

2004 Allocation

Aughrim-Kilmore Development Association Ltd.

40,000

Avondhu Area Transport Partnership

81,051

Bantry Integrated Development Group

45,436

Bealach (Connamara Local Transport Partnership)

79,360

Borrisokane Area Network Development Ltd.

40,000

Carlow, Kilkenny, Sth Tipperary Rural Transport

172,883

Comharchumann Chleire Teo (Cape Clear)

53,194

Community of Lougharrow Social Project

49,600

County Limerick / North Cork Transport Group

109,060

County Sligo LEADER Partnership Company Ltd.

49,594

East Clare Accessible Transport

98,696

I.R.D. Duhallow

58,900

Kerry Community Transport

274,367

Kilnaleck Community & Cooperative Soc.(Cavan)

40,000

Laois Rural Regeneration Partnership

93,117

Longford Community Resources Ltd.

58,064

Meath Accessible Transport

72,710

Meitheal Mhaigh Eo

99,372

MFG Teo

86,924

Monaghan Partnership

40,000

North Fingal Rural Transport Company

40,000

Oak Partnership (Offaly / Kildare)

124,575

Rural Lift (Co. Leitrim, Nth Cavan)

72,439

Seirbhis Iompair Tuaithe Teo

69,126

South East Galway Integrated Rural Dev.

58,910

South Kildare Rural

129,215

South Westmeath (Mount Temple)

86,797

Tipperary LEADER Group

40,000

Tumna Shannon Development Co.

43,460

Waterford Rural Transport Working Group (CDB)

90,734

West Coast Wexford Rural Transport Initiative

60,890

West Offaly Partnership

74,400

Wexford Area Partnership

49,600

Wicklow Rural (Aughrim Tidy Towns Ltd.)

86,794

Total

2,669,268