Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (995)

Thomas P. Broughan


995. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount provided in 2018 and to date in 2019 for the construction of a new national food innovation hub; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13912/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department is providing Teagasc with €8.8m on a phased basis to finance the development of a new National Food Innovation Hub at its Research Centre in Moorepark.

Of this amount, €500,000 was allocated to the project in 2018. The budget provision for 2019 is €6m of which €400,000 has been allocated to date.

Teagasc has advised that it currently expects construction to be completed in 2020.