Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (321)

John O'Mahony


321. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the amount of funding allocated by his Department in County Mayo, and the list of the projects that benefited in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14891/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Under the National Rollout of 100Mbp/s High Speed Broadband to Post Primary Schools, all second level schools (26) in County Mayo were connected to the high speed network during 2012. The total cost to date of this programme is approximately €15.8m and it is not possible to definitively break down costs on a per County basis. Basic broadband services under the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) project are available in all designated Electoral Divisions, including 112 of the total of 154 Electoral Divisions in County Mayo, since October 2010. The total Exchequer contribution to the NBS project is €79.8m and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of costs on a per County basis. Digital literacy training is provided nationwide under the BenefIT Programme. The funding is not allocated on a county basis. Based on statistics of beneficiaries in each county and the total spend on the scheme, my Department estimates that approximately €123,000 of the funding accrued to beneficiaries in County Mayo during the years 2011 to 2014 under this scheme.

I have asked the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to forward details of grants paid by it under the Better Energy programme and energy research programmes in County Mayo for the years in question directly to the Deputy.