Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (564)

Thomas Pringle


564. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount allocated to Donegal County Council to carry out works to the Bunbeg Bridge, Gweedore; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41010/18]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The Deputy may be aware that my Department sanctioned funding of €56,850 to Donegal County Council to carry out works on this bridge in 2005 under the Gaeltacht Village Renewal Scheme. Under this scheme, funding was provided to the relevant local authorities to undertake agreed programmes of works aimed at improving village environments within Gaeltacht regions. It would appear however that the project did not proceed at that time and as the Deputy may be aware, the Gaeltacht Village Renewal Scheme has been suspended for a number of years.

I should also point out that under the Department’s Scéim na mBóithre Áise, funding was similarly provided to local authorities to carry out repair works on minor roads in Gaeltacht areas, subject to a number of criteria, including whether the road in question was under the care of the relevant local authority. Notwithstanding that this scheme has similarly been suspended for a number of years, neither the bridge referred to by the Deputy nor the road in question on which it lies could be considered eligible under that scheme as it is within the care of the local authority.