Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1313, 1314)

Pat Buckley

Question:

1313. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress in delivering the Dunkettle roads upgrade project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19538/19]

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Pat Buckley

Question:

1314. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding is ring-fenced for the completion of the Dunkettle roads upgrade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19539/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1313 and 1314 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, and in the context of delivering the Government's commitments arising out Project Ireland 2040, the planning, design, and construction for individual national roads is a matter for TII in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

I would like to advise that my Department has recently received the Business Case for the project and it is currently being reviewed and analysed by my Department's Strategic Research and Analysis Division (SRAD). The Business Case will be reviewed in the context of compliance with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Public Spending Code and within my own Department's Common Appraisal Framework.

Noting the above position, and TII's role in progressing this project, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Question No. 1315 answered with Question No. 1288.