Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (3013)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

3013. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to make a specific funding allocation for the improvement of roads on offshore Islands; the budget she has in place for funding roads infrastructure on the islands for the current financial year; the funding allocated for the County Donegal islands in 2019; the level of applications made for further funding for all County Donegal island roads that are lodged with her Department and awaiting sanction of funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32172/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

My Department is currently examining applications from local authorities, including Donegal County Council, with islands under their remit for co-funding of minor works programmes, including roads, on those islands in 2019.

The total budget available to my Department in 2019 for capital works on the offshore islands is €1.644m and all capital works, including any major infrastructural developments and minor works programmes, must be funded from this budget.

A decision in relation to the applications received from local authorities will be made in due course, having regard to the various other demands on this funding.