Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (412)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

412. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital expenditure by his Department in County Louth and east County Meath by location and facility provided or commenced in each of the past four years; the location and purpose of each such expenditure; the new and improved services provided as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53850/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport I have responsibility for overall policy and securing capital funding in relation to the national roads programme. Once funding arrangements have been put in place with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Details of the regional and local road grant payments to local authorities are outlined in the regional and local road grant payment booklets which are available in the Oireachtas Library. Details of the 2019 regional and local road grant allocations are also available in the Dáil library. The final 2019 payments are being processed at present and the 2019 payment booklet will also be lodged in the Oireachtas library shortly.

Under the Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive Scheme, electric vehicle drivers passing the toll on the M3 Clonee to Kells or the M1 Gormanston to Monasterboice are eligible for a discounted toll on each journey up to a maximum €500 annual threshold for private vehicles and €1,000 for commercial vehicles. Under the Electric Small Public Service Vehicle (eSPSV) Grant Scheme 2018, 1 SPSV driver from Co. Louth received a grant of €7,000 and 2 SPSV drivers from Co. Meath received grants totalling €14,000 towards the purchase of an electric vehicle, while under the eSPSV Grant Scheme 2019, 2 SPSV drivers from Co. Louth received grants totalling €9,000. This amounts to a total of €30,000 allocated to applications received from Co. Louth and Co. Meath under the eSPSV Grant Scheme since its launch.

Details of all grants allocated and payments made under the Sports Capital Programmes are published on my Department’s website at https://www.gov.ie/en/service/d13385-sports-capital-programme/#sports-capital-programme-allocations-and-payments

Details of grants allocated and payments made under the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme are also published online at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/27c4d1-local-authority-swimming-pool-programme/