I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 to 167, inclusive, together.
Due to the nature of its role, my Department has not funded projects outside of public service bodies in Laois and Kildare from its own Vote in the last five years. The main purpose of projects and associated investment undertaken by my Department is to support greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and Public Service. While all counties ultimately benefit from this, project expenditure is primarily invested in the Department's ICT systems that develop and support the ICT function across Government. However, the Deputy will be pleased to note that three public service bodies based in Kildare (the Teaching Council, Confey College and the Maynooth and Mountjoy Prison Collaboration) recently received funding from the pilot Public Service Innovation Fund.