Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (765)

Barry Cowen


765. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the capital projects completed since 2010; the final agreed tender price for each project; the actual cost of each project; if the actual cost exceeded the tender price; the reason therefore in each case in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31086/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The information requested by the Deputy regarding capital projects completed by my Department since 2010 is set out in the following table.


Project Dates

Estimated Project Cost

Final agreed tender price

Actual Project Cost


INFOMAR, National Marine Mapping Programme

[Phase 1]

2006 - 2016




This project was jointly managed by the Department’s Geological Survey and the Marine Institute. The estimated and actual costs include grant funding of €13m provided to the Marine Institute.

National Broadband Scheme

2008 – 2014




100 Mbps Schools Broadband

Pilot: 2009-2011

National Roll-out: 2012-2014




This was a joint project with the Department of Education and Skills to roll-out 100 mbps broadband connectivity to all second level schools. The figures across represent this Department’s contribution to the project.

Kelvin International Telecoms

2009 – 2010




This was a joint cross border project between the Department and the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. The estimated total project cost was €70m, which comprised €40m private investment and €30m public investment.

The figures across represent this Department’s contribution to the project.

Tuam Ducting

2010 – 2012




This project was managed by Galway County Council on behalf of the Department

Remediation works at Avoca Mine [Project Management & Advisory Services]

2013 – 2016




There were a number of changes to the works programme which resulted in additional costs. These changes were required due to the complexity of the site and delays caused by weather.