Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Ceisteanna (282)

Enda Kenny


349 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the payments made from Structural Funds under the economic infrastructure programme for the provision of broadband telecommunications infrastructure for the period 1999 to date; the companies paid under the programme and the extent of payments; if he has satisfied himself with the standard of work carried out and that all such works envisaged were carried out in full accordance with the conditions of the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30541/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

Under the broadband measure of the Economic Infrastructure Operational Programme 1994-1999, EIOP, an invitation to tender was issued on 20 July 1999. Following the evaluation process, 12 projects were selected for funding. Details of the individual companies and contracts are set out as follows.


Project Description

EIOP Payments


Deployment of fibre optic cable from Terenure to Belgard Road.



Design and construction of hybrid fibre coaxial infrastructure in Castlebar.


Provide 114 km of optical fibre network linking the towns of Ennis, Shannon, Limerick, Kilmallock, Charleville, Mallow and Cork


Hybrid fibre coaxial cable upgrades and digital MMDS upgrades in Clonmel and Kilkenny


Upgrade and extend existing cable network in Thurles.



Development of high-capacity fibre optic infrastructure in 75 towns along the west coast from Sligo to west Cork.


Provision of optical fibre cable along a 32 km link connecting Galway and Castlebar, and a 40 km link between Birr and Tullamore



Rollout of fibre optic cable in urban areas including Cork, Galway, Dundalk, Thurles, Carlow, Tralee, Athlone, Sligo, Maynooth, Letterkenny and Limerick.


Extension of Esat’s national fibre optic network to Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, covering the towns of Athlone, Ballina, Claremorris, Roscommon, Castlerea, Ballyhaunis, Sligo and Collooney.


Extension of Esat’s national fibre optic network from Cork to Little Island to Carrigtwohill, 21 km.


Construction of a high-capacity fibre optic digital corridor linking Dublin, Athlone, Galway and Shannon and 30 locations en route.



HEAnet delivers managed broadband services to more than 30 educational and research institutions throughout the State.


Total EIOP payments


Financial audits were carried out by Ernst & Young, which was appointed following a tender process. The technical evaluation of each project was completed by North West Labs Limited, which furnished a completion report for each phase and a final report for each project.