Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319)

Barry Cowen

Question:

314. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the breakdown of the €3,127,000 capital allocation for inland fisheries (details supplied) in his Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44500/18]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

315. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the breakdown of the €31,525,000 capital allocation for environment and waste management (details supplied) in his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44501/18]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

316. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of the €74,414,000 capital allocation for communications, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44543/18]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

317. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of the €2,023,000 capital allocation for broadcasting, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects which will be commenced in 2019; the projects which will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44544/18]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

318. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of the €131,636,000 capital allocation for energy, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44545/18]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

319. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of the €13,275,000 capital allocation for natural resources, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44546/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 314 to 319, inclusive, together.

The €256 million in capital funding allocated to my Department in Budget 2019 represents a 22% or €47 million increase over 2018, and is divided across the six programme areas as follows:

Programme Area

 €m

Communications

74.4

Broadcasting

2.0

Energy

131.6

Natural Resources

13.3

Inland Fisheries

3.1

Environment and Waste Management

31.6

Detailed programme allocations are being finalised and will be published in the Revised Estimates Volume in December next.

In 2019, my Department will continue to progress projects in areas of strategic national importance, encompassing climate action, energy efficiency, communications, broadcasting, environment, waste management, natural resources and inland fisheries. Key investment measures within these sectors are outlined as follows.

In the Communications area, funding has been provided for the National Broadband Plan and continued support for digital adoption among businesses and citizens.

Focus will be maintained on advancing the critical climate action agenda, in line with the whole-of-Government National Mitigation Plan. Investment in energy efficiency upgrades in the residential, commercial and public sectors will deliver significant energy savings and reductions in emissions. Development of renewable energy across the electricity, heat and transport sectors is central to Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy. The rollout of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat will promote the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with renewable energy technologies, while incentivising the uptake of electric vehicles will continue to be a priority for my Department.

In the Environmental area, funding will ensure the continued promotion of environmental protection and allow the EPA to deliver on its legislative mandate and research commitments in relation to ambient air quality, noise and non-ionising radiation monitoring, as well as the areas of climate mitigation and adaptation. 

My Department will continue to provide grant funding for the remediation of landfill sites, as well as supports for the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy and protection of our natural environment. Continued investment in INFOMAR and TELLUS mapping projects will provide reliable geoscience support, underpinning the sustainable development of Ireland’s natural resources.