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Cross-Border Co-operation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (299)

Mary Lou McDonald


299. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education the details of the cross-Border Project Ireland 2040 infrastructure projects and the funding allocated for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [53841/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Governments shared Island Fund as part of the reviewed National Development Plan includes €500 million in capital funding between 2021 and 2025 for North/South investments. Among its investment priorities is a more all-island Education connections including through continued investment in the Middletown centre, and seeking other opportunities to share experience and resources in early years, special needs, and tackling educational underachievement.

PEACE PLUS (2021-2027) will also make available an indicative €45 million for the Shared Learning Together Programme in border counties and Northern Ireland , and across the island, including for shared education, collaborative opportunities for disadvantaged education settings, use of technology in the classroom, and post-primary school and youth-based organisation partnerships on a cross-border and cross-community basis.

My Department will be looking to maximise the opportunities that this funding provides in relation to appropriate projects during this period.

In tandem, my Department has a significant pipeline of projection which include projects in border counties. The current status of projects being delivered is listed on a county by county basis on the website and is updated on a monthly basis to reflect progress through the various stages.