Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (995)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

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.