Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (117)

David Cullinane

Question:

117. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the spend for capital projects in County Waterford in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by project and cost in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28658/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform I am responsible for setting the overall capital allocations across Departments and for monitoring monthly expenditure at Departmental level. The responsibility for the management and delivery of the individual investment projects, within the time period 2014 - 2019, rests with the individual sponsoring Department in each case.

Under the umbrella of Project Ireland 2040, the Government has allocated capital funding for the national priorities set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF). The three Regional Assemblies are responsible for co-ordinating, promoting and supporting the strategic planning and sustainable development of their regions, by formulating Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES). The strategy for the South Eastern Region provides the opportunity for the priorities of Waterford, for example the priorities included in the existing County Development Plan, to be integrated into a regional investment plan which is expected to be a major driver of the implementation of the NPF.

A regional report on the South-East has been published on the Project Ireland 2040 website. The report details the specific regional projects and programmes which are being planned and delivered in the South-East as part of the public investment detailed in Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

I might also add that my Department publishes a major capital projects tracker, which sets out details of the key projects and programmes being implemented under the NDP, including the location of the projects where possible. The Tracker includes a number of major projects directly related to Waterford. The tracker currently focuses on projects and programmes with costs greater than €20 million. While it does not provide an exhaustive list of all capital expenditure, the list of projects serves to highlight the diverse range of infrastructural demands competing for the resources of the State.