Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (42)

John Lahart


42. Deputy John Lahart asked the Taoiseach the planned spending on north inner Dublin city projects conceived and initiated by his predecessor; the amount spent; and the projects this money has been spent on. [3053/18]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Programme Implementation Board chaired by Michael Stone is overseeing implementation of actions recommended in the Mulvey Report.

The short terms measures announced in 2016 have been delivered which amounted to almost €5 million invested in real facilities and services in the area. This included €1 million investment in sports facilities and projects; €700,000 spent on local community projects targeting children and youths; €100,000 for drugs related projects; and over €3 million on physical improvement works including, roads, housing areas, parks, lighting, and refurbishment of Sean McDermott Swimming Pool.

The €2.5m provided in 2017 was allocated for a range of projects across the four key priority areas of crime and drugs; education, training and employment opportunities; services for families and young people; and physical improvements. Most of these projects are well underway including, an outreach project targeting street dealing; a focused programme of street clean-up and litter prevention; a construction skills course and dedicated employment and career guidance service; enhanced counselling and related services for young people; further physical improvements including installing of CCTV at key locations and delivery of cross-community events and small grants to local projects.

Government has also provided funding under the Department of Rural and Community Development's RAPID subhead for 2018 on the same basis as 2017. This will provide another €2.5 million mixture of capital and current funding to be allocated by the NEIC Board. In addition, funding has also been provided in 2018 to support the development of a pilot social employment scheme, details of which is currently being developed under the direction of the NEIC Board.

The Board will shortly publish its 2017 Report, including comprehensive details of spending to date.

Questions Nos. 43 to 55, inclusive, resubmitted.