Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

18.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he has yet sanctioned the acceptance of the tender for the improvement and augmentation of Cobh water supply; if not, when it will be sanctioned; and the reasons for the delay.

I approved the tender for the Cobh Water Supply Augmentation Scheme on 15th instant.

19.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he has yet sanctioned the application for a loan for the Glanmire-Little Island water augmentation scheme which was given first priority in the Cork County Council proposals.

There is no applicacation before my Department for a loan for the Glanmire-Riverstown Water Supply Augmentation Scheme, contract documents for Stage I of which are at present under examination.

20.

asked the Minister for Local Government when the application submitted by Kerry County Council for £50,000 to implement the first stage of the Ardfert piped water scheme will be sanctioned.

Having regard to the necessity to conserve available capital for housing and other essential services only those sanitary services works of the highest priority can be allowed to proceed at the present time. On this basis, I am not yet in a position to say when a decision on the scheme referred to by the Deputy is likely to issue.

Is the Minister aware that this scheme is No. 1 on the priority list of works of the Kerry County Council and has been No. 1 for the last three years? Is he further aware that there is not sufficient water to flush the sewage and the Kerry County Council has had, on several occasions, to hire a relief fire brigade car to flush the sewage?

There are water and sewerage schemes to the value of £370,000 proceeding in Kerry at present and it is not possible, just at present, to start anything more.

Is the Minister aware this has been No. 1 priority for the last three years and there is not one penny to implement the scheme? Is he further aware that the present supply is not sufficient to flush the sewage and, were it not for the hiring of the relief fire brigade car to flush the sewage, the people could not reside in the village of Ardfert? Surely that is worthy of consideration and I ask the Minister to give it consideration in view of existing circumstances.

It will get favourable consideration as far as possible.

21.

asked the Minister for Local Government when he proposes to sanction the loan for the Glenties-Ardara water scheme in County Donegal.

I approved a loan to finance this scheme on the 18th October, 1968.

22.

asked the Minister for Local Government the total amount of money allocated to Meath County Council for water and sewerage schemes for the financial year 1968-69; the particular schemes which have been sanctioned; and the amount allocated for each.

An initial capital allocation of £21,330 was made to Meath County Council on the 21st June, 1968, in respect of sanitary and miscellaneous services schemes which were in progress as at the 31st March, 1968.

Three further schemes have since been released for commencement in the county in the current year—Duleek water supply extension to Ashbourne, Duleek water supply extension to Plattin and water and sewerage extensions to Blackcastle housing site, Navan.

An additional capital allocation will be made in respect of each of these schemes as they arrive at loan approval stage.

Would the Minister say what is the position in regard to the remaining schemes on the priority list submitted early this year to the Department by the Meath County Council?

I think that is a separate question and the Deputy would have to put down a separate question.

If the Minister has the information there he could give it.

I have not got the information here. I have the schemes that were commenced.

I will put down another question.