Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (597)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

597. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to cost overruns on contracts within his Department with a value in excess of €10 million that came in more than 10% over budget in each of the years 2016 to 2018, inclusive, and to date in 2019; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8428/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Department of Rural and Community Development has not directly undertaken any capital projects since its establishment in July 2017.

The capital funding available to the Department is utilised at programme level to support local authorities and others in the delivery of individual capital projects. Such programmes include the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, CLÁR, Community Enhancement Programme, Libraries Capital Investment Programme, and the LEADER Programme. The projects involved are generally small in nature, and there are no capital projects funded under these schemes with a cost of €10 million or greater.

In general, an agreed maximum grant is agreed with the relevant sponsoring agency, which must then manage project costs and deliver the project within budget and in accordance with the provisions of the Public Spending Code.