Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (42)

Martin Kenny


42. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the projects delayed or shelved as a result of the financial burden created by the excessive costs of the national children's hospital and the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22752/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

As the Deputy is aware, the Government has agreed to the re-allocation of €99 million in capital funding to accommodate the additional 2019 capital costs associated with the National Children’s Hospital Project.

In this context, it has been agreed to re-schedule €3 million in capital expenditure in relation to the  Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) this year. This changed the capital allocation in 2019 from €55 million to €52 million under the Fund.

The RRDF supports ambitious and strategic multi-annual projects which contribute to sustainable rural regeneration and development. There will not be any adverse impact on the delivery of projects supported by the Fund and it remains the case that €315 million will be invested through the Fund over the period 2019 to 2021.

The decision by Government to approve the appointment of a preferred bidder for the National Broadband Plan has not impacted on any programmes or projects being funded by my Department.