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Cross-Border Co-operation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (196)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

196. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the details of the cross-Border Project Ireland 2040 infrastructure projects and the funding allocated for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [53843/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The National Planning Framework - Project Ireland 2040 sets out 9 National Policy Objectives to support all-island cooperation across themes of: working together for economic advantage; coordination of investment in infrastructure; and managing our shared environment responsibilities.

My Department has a key role in delivering on a number of these objectives, working with Agencies under our aegis, State Owned Entities and other cross government agencies and counterparts in Northern Ireland:

- to work together for mutual advantage on environmental protection and management

- to work together to ensure effective management of shared landscapes, heritage, water catchments, habitats, species and trans-boundary issues in relation to environmental policy

- to strengthen all-island energy infrastructure and interconnection capacity, including distribution and transmission of  - networks to enhance security of electricity supply,

- to develop a stable, innovative and secure digital communications and services infrastructure on an all-island basis

The delivery of these objectives will be achieved through a number of investment channels including my Department's annual capital ceilings as set out in the National Development Plan 2021-2030, the investment capacity of State Owned Entities and other funding mechanisms such as the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme 2.  The detailed planning for a number of programmes under the new NDP are still being completed and the allocation of funding will be finalised pending the outcome of our planning process.

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