Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (116)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

116 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Transport the details of the allocation to Longford Community Resources Limited for the rural transport initiative for 2003 and the proposed funding for 2004; if his attention has been drawn to fact that the cost of providing the service in 2003 amounted to €95,000 but that the 2004 allocation has been reduced to €55,000; the reason the higher sum will not be paid by the Department in 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3497/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport)

My Department has not reduced the allocation for the RTI. On the contrary €4.4 million was earmarked for the initiative in the national development plan. A sum of €6 million has already been provided for the initiative in the two year period ending December 2003. A further €3 million will be provided in 2004. Specific allocations for RTI projects are made from this funding by Area Development Management Limited. It manages the scheme on behalf of my Department.

I understand from ADM that the RTI funding allocation for 2002 and 2003 for Longford Community Resources Limited was €101,349. As the project could not roll-out its services in 2002 only a minimal amount of the funding was expended that year. As a result a disproportionate amount of the two year allocation of €93,652 was concentrated on 2003. The company was also allocated €6,720 arising from the extension of the free travel scheme to the RTI in 2003. The 2004 RTI allocation for Longford Community Resources Limited is €58,064 before any allocation in respect of the free travel scheme or funding that the project might acquire from other sources.