Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (384)

Pearse Doherty


398 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of funding that was made available to upgrade road infrastructure on County Donegal’s populated offshore islands in 2012; if he will be making a fund available for County Donegal’s island roads infrastructure upgrades in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35258/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

An amount of almost €6m has been expended on infrastructure projects directly related to the Donegal islands in the period from 2002 to date. While my Department was unable to make funds available for a works programme on the offshore islands in 2011 and 2012, my Department will, however, continue to fund smaller targeted projects on all the inhabited offshore islands, subject to availability of finance. It should be noted that no decision has as yet been made with regard to funding in 2013.