Dáil Éireann - Volume 321 - 22 May, 1980

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Charlestown (Mayo) Sewerage Scheme.

27. Mr. O'Toole asked the Minister for the Environment if the necessary finance has been made available for the provision of the Charlestown sewerage scheme, County Mayo, if a contractor has been appointed, when work will commence and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Mr. Connolly: A loan of £247,000 has been sanctioned for the Charlestown-Bellaghy Sewerage Scheme. Mayo County Council readvertised for tenders in April 1980—the closing date for receipt of tenders is 13 June 1980. The appoint-ment of a contractor and the fixing of a commencement date will not arise until a tender has been selected by the county council and approved by my Department.

Mr. O'Toole: Once the contractor has been selected may I take it that the approval will not take any great length of time in the Minister's Department? What is the normal length of time?

Mr. Connolly: It all depends on a number of things.

[494] Mr. O'Toole: I know there are bonds and that sort of thing.

Mr. Connolly: We are awaiting tenders and God only knows what decision will be taken in regard to tenders. That is a matter for Mayo County Council in the first instance. Then they will come to my Department and a decision will have to be taken there.

Mr. O'Toole: I am talking about tenders which come within the aegis of the Minister's responsibility, having come from the local authority. May I take it that the Minister will expedite the matter?

Mr. Connolly: The Deputy may take it that it will be looked into very favourably.