Dáil Éireann - Volume 494 - 30 September, 1998
Written Answers - Rail Network.
Mr. Higgins (Mayo) Mr. Higgins (Mayo)
127. Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the submission, if any, her Department has made to the EU in relation to  funding for the period 2000 to 2004 for the Athlone to Westport to Ballina rail link. [16855/98]
Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs O'Rourke) Mary O'Rourke
Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs O'Rourke): Primary responsibility for the preparation of submissions for EU funding lies with the Department of Finance. In response to a request from that Department, my Department made an initial submission in June on EU funding for public transport projects in the post-1999 period. This submission takes account of the CIE review of mainline rail investment needs mentioned in my reply to the Deputy on 3 June 1998, and includes investment proposals for the Athlone to Westport/Ballina lines. The Department of Finance will also be engaging in a consultative process with the regional authorities and social partners before finalising Ireland's submission to the European Commission.
Dáil Éireann 494 Written Answers Rail Network.