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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (66)

Darren O'Rourke


66. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will prepare a national hydrogen strategy given the role this fuel can play in Ireland's decarbonisation effort; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53681/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department currently provides funding to the Loughs Agency, one of the two constituent agencies of the Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission. The table below details the 2021 allocation and the provisional 2022 allocation which will be finalised in the Revised Estimates Volume in December. The 2023 figures will be decided as part of the 2023 Budgetary Estimates Process.

Cross-Border Funding


 Funding Allocated in €m's 





Loughs Agency




* Final figures at subhead level will be finalised in the REV in December.

** 2023 allocations will be decided as part of the 2023 Budgetary Estimates Process.

Under EU and national rules, the public procurement of goods and services contracts above certain thresholds must be awarded on the basis of objective and non-restrictive criteria. The aim of these European rules is to promote an open, competitive and non-discriminatory public procurement regime which delivers best value for money. My Department maintains records of all procured contracts based on the type of goods or services supplied, and not on a geographical basis. Therefore we are not in a position to collate the information in the manner requested.