Wind Energy Generation

Ceisteanna (281)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

281. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the effects on important habitats in the proposed Shannon wilderness park in County Longford of a plan to install a 24-turbine windfarm at the location; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26931/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

In February 2019 an application for the proposed Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) for a 24 turbine windfarm at Lanesborough, Co. Longford was referred to me in my role as a statutory consultee under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). Heritage related observations on the proposal issued from my Department in March 2019 to An Bord Pleanála which is the consent authority for this application.

Any submissions made by prescribed bodies to planning authorities may be taken into consideration by the authority when making its determination on the application and I have no role in this regard, nor can I comment on ongoing planning applications.

Ulster Canal Restoration Project

Ceisteanna (282)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

282. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the allocation for 2019 for the Ulster Canal project. [27072/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

In July 2007, the North South Ministerial Council agreed to a proposal to restore a 13km section of the Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne to Clones. This project is important for the border region with potential to stimulate economic activity, giving a much needed boost to job creation and with the growth in water based tourism helping to attract significant numbers of visitors to the area. This is increasingly significant in the context of Brexit.

Government approval for Phase 1 of this project, to restore a 2.5 km stretch of the Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson near Belturbet in Co. Cavan, was secured in February 2015.

The works to complete this first phase were concluded earlier this year. A new 250m bypass canal and new road bridge to provide navigation around the existing road bridge serving Derrykerrib Island, which had insufficient head height for navigation, have now been constructed. Installation of moorings at Castlesaunderson as a destination for boats using the newly opened navigation from the Erne to Castlesaunderson will be completed in 2019.

Funding of €260,000 has been allocated towards the restoration of the Ulster Canal in 2019. Waterways Ireland anticipates expenditure of €160,000 to complete payment for works at Derrykerrib and €100,000 for construction works for Castlesaunderson public moorings.

In May 2018, the Government approved Phase 2, the development the amenity of a 13km section of the Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne to Clones - with the first element being a water amenity in Clones, and re-committed to developing this cross-border stretch under the Project Ireland 2040 plan, in the category of Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage.

Further funding of €325,000 was allocated under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund for this second phase of development to develop the Clones Terminal, along the original route of the Ulster Canal.

Caiteachas Caipitiúil

Ceisteanna (283)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

283. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta eolas a thabhairt maidir leis an leithdháileadh caipitil d’Fhoras na Gaeilge agus d’Údarás na Gaeltachta do na blianta 2018 agus 2019; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. [26970/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Tá sonraí maidir leis an leithdháileadh caipitil d’Fhoras na Gaeilge agus d’Údarás na Gaeltachta do na blianta 2018 agus 2019 leagtha amach sa tábla thíos.

2018

2019

Foras na Gaeilge

€0

€0

Údarás na Gaeltachta

€7,638*

€9,700**

* Fuarthas leithdháileadh caipitil breise de €0.638m, mar thoradh ar shábháiltí in áiteanna eile i Vóta na Roinne, don Údarás in 2018 agus tá sé san áireamh san fhigiúr a sholáthraítear.

**Maidir leis an soláthar caipitil do 2019, tá suim de €0.7m nár chaith an Roinn i 2018 tugtha ar aghaidh go 2019 agus curtha isteach i mbuiséad caipitil an Údaráis. Ciallaíonn sé seo go bhfuil buiséad iomlán caipitil de €9.7m curtha ar fáil ag an Roinn don Údarás i 2019 le caitheamh ar thograí fostaíochta.

Caiteachas Caipitiúil

Ceisteanna (284)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

284. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta eolas a thabhairt maidir leis an leithdháileadh reatha agus caipitil i ndáil le gach ceann de na scéimeanna sonraí tugtha; an méid a tharraingaítear as gach ceann acu agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. [26971/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Mar go bhfuil réimse leathan faisnéise iarrtha ag an Teachta, tuigfidh sé nach féidir í a chur le chéile laistigh den amscála atá ar fáil. Cuirfear freagra cuimsitheach díreach chuig an Teachta chomh luath agus is féidir agus i gcomhréir leis na Buan-Orduithe Dála.