Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (780, 781)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

780. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent to date in 2019 within his Department on the promotion of the national broadband plan. [31301/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

781. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if moneys have been set aside to attend the National Ploughing Championships in 2019 to promote the national broadband plan; and if so, the amount set aside. [31302/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 780 and 781.

My Department has incurred expenditure totalling €20,734 this year on public information materials relating to the NBP, for audio-visual, printing, design and copyright services.

My Department has a strong annual presence at the National Ploughing Championships from a number of its divisions and agencies and bodies under the aegis of the Department. This presence has included Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, ComReg, Eircodes, Geological Survey Ireland, Green Schools and the National Broadband Plan. A similar level of engagement is planned for 2019.

My Department’s presence at the National Ploughing Championships enables citizens to meet representatives from our various agencies and divisions and discuss key initiatives that impact on their lives and livelihoods, such as soil and geological profiling of land, sustainability/climate action initiatives, energy efficiency grants, initiatives to enhance digital literacy in communities and connectivity. While it is intended that the Department, agencies and bodies under the aegis of the Department will again have a broad presence at this year's National Ploughing Championships, the associated cost has yet to be finalised.