Dáil Éireann - Volume 446 - 02 November, 1994
Written Answers. - County Offaly Water Scheme.
Mr. Gallagher (Laoighis-Offaly) Mr. Gallagher (Laoighis-Offaly)
131. Mr. Gallagher (Laoighis-Offaly) asked the Minister for the Environment in relation to the proposed Coolfin group water scheme, County Offaly, if the costing for the scheme have been completed; if the scheme will require top-up funding to allow it to proceed; whether top-up funding is available through the community support framework; whether this scheme is included in the community support framework; the priority, if any, being given to this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2719/94]
Minister for the Environment (Mr. M. Smith) Michael Smith
 Minister for the Environment (Mr. M. Smith): The cost of this 18-house scheme has been estimated by my Department at £115,500. This includes a cost of £25,000 for the upsized watermains requested by Offaly County Council. This high-cost scheme is not financially viable on the basis of standard group water scheme grants of £19,100 and would require a substantial supplementary grant.
My Department will be examining the Coolfin proposal in the context of the Operational Programme for Environmental Services 1994-1999, which is intended to provided European Regional Development Fund Structural fund support for certain group water schemes which contribute to the economic development of rural areas.
Dáil Éireann 446 Written Answers. County Offaly Water Scheme.