Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (77, 78, 79, 80)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

77. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the €5.5 million capital allocation under A, our people, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44539/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

78. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the €4 million capital allocation under D, our prosperity, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44540/18]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

79. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the €9 million capital allocation under E, our influence, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44541/18]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

80. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the €2.5 million capital allocation under international co-operation, in Vote 27 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will commence in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44542/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 77 to 80, inclusive, together.

The total capital allocation for my Department in 2019 across its two Votes – Vote 27: International Co-operation and Vote 28: Foreign Affairs and Trade – will be €21 million, €17 million of which had been allocated under the National Development Plan 2018-2027. The 2019 allocation will represent an increase of €8m on the 2018 capital allocation.

The main focus of capital investment in 2019 will be the cost of constructing and maintaining State properties overseas under the Global Ireland Initiative, the Passport Reform Programme and the continuing investment in ICT to support the Department’s global ICT network and Ireland’s participation at EXPO 2020.

The main project under the Global Ireland Initiative in 2019 will be the development of a new Embassy/Ireland House in Tokyo. The allocation for EXPO 2020 is towards the cost of a pavilion, to be designed and built by the Office of Public Works, for Ireland’s participation at EXPO 2020 in Dubai as envisaged in the Global Ireland Initiative.

The breakdown of the 2019 total capital allocation of €21 million, across the various areas referred to above, is as follows:

2019

State properties overseas

€8.5 million

Passport Reform Programme

€5.5 million

EXPO 2020

€4.0 million

ICT

€3.0 million

Total

€21 million

The breakdown of these allocations by specific project is currently in the process of being finalised.