I propose to take Questions Nos. 272 and 273 together.
The general approach I have taken is to keep under review projects at various stages of planning and design which have been evaluated and appraised with a view to having a pipeline of suitable "shovel ready" projects ready to avail of any funding opportunities that may arise. I have also put considerable emphasis on the need to direct resources to the maintenance and repair of existing infrastructure. In line with this overall approach three road projects have been included in the Government's Infrastructure Stimulus package announced in July 2012 - the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam PPP together with the N25 New Ross Bypass and the N11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP. In addition under the investment plan announced recently by the Government an additional €50million has been made available to fund maintenance and repair work on regional and local roads. Should further funding become available in the future my aim will be to develop a balanced package of measures covering infrastructure maintenance, safety schemes and targeted development projects across the transport sector. Of course the actual composition of such a package would depend on if and how much additional funding becomes available.