Thursday, 5 November 2009

Ceisteanna (225, 226)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

225 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Science if the funds to proceed on schedule with the Grangegorman development project, Dublin, will be allocated in the 2010 budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39752/09]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

226 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Science the amount of funds already spent on the Grangegorman development project, Dublin.. [39753/09]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.

The Grangegorman Development Agency was established under Section 8 of the Grangegorman Development Agency Act 2005. The general aim of the Agency is to oversee the development of the lands at Grangegorman on behalf of the Departments of Education and Science, Health and Children, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Services Executive.

Section 12 of the Act provides that the Agency following its establishment must prepare a Strategic plan consisting of a written statement and a plan indicating the objectives for the development of the Grangegorman site, including the setting of a budget for the strategic plan subject to the approval of the Minister for Education and Science together with a strategy for its delivery within the set budget.

The draft Strategic plan and budget has been received by my Department and I intend bringing proposals to Government for consideration. The 2010 allocation for the Agency is being considered as part of the Estimates and Budgetary process. Since the Agency was established in 2006 my Department has provided the following grant aid:

2006 — €0.095m;

2007 — €3.525m;

2008 — €6.685m;

To date in 2009 — €3.863m.