Dáil Éireann - Volume 520 - 30 May, 2000

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

319. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands if she will provide funding for the main Carrowtigue road from Aughleam to Belmullet; and for the Doohoma road in County Mayo. [14961/00]

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Éamon Ó Cuív): My Department is examining how it might assist local authorities in improving strategic roads in the Gaeltacht and has funds allocated for this purpose. Decisions on the roads selected will be announced soon and will be based on ensuring the provision of one access road of high quality in to each Gaeltacht in the country. The Gael[329] tachts of Erris, Achill and Tourmakeady will be included in this programme.

320. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands if funding has been allocated from her Department to a road (details supplied) in County Mayo. [15213/00]

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Éamon Ó Cuív): My Department sanctioned a grant of £2,500 to Mayo County Council earlier this year to enable them to repair the road referred to by the Deputy. It is a matter for the county council to carry out the necessary works.

321. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands if funding [330] was granted to all the Gaeltacht areas for roads, piers and harbours for 2000. [15214/00]

330. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands the funding granted to all the Gaeltacht areas for roads, piers and harbours in each of the years 1998 and 1999. [15365/00]

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Éamon Ó Cuív): I propose to take Questions Nos. 321 and 330 together.

The following table indicates the amounts sanctioned on a county by county basis in the years 1998 and 1999, and so far this year, under Subhead E. of my Department's Vote in respect of roads, piers and harbours.

Roads

Piers and Harbours

Contae

1998

1999

2000

to date

1998

1999

2000

to date

£

£

£

£

£

£

Dún na nGall

323,000

788,300

231,120

116,150

2,530,000

126,000

Maigh Eo

132,800

555,010

169,235

75,000

84,245

90,000

Gaillimh

642,400

1,178,850

450,150

107,500

100,000

101,245

Ciarraí

116,845

313,850

104,750

67,990

90,000

70,650

Corcaigh

107,800

49,750

52,200

Port Láirge

42,340

20,761

8,900

10,325

10,000

9,000

An Mhí

28,000

47,000

Iomlán

1,393,185

2,953,521

1,016,355

376,965

2,814,245

396,895

It should be noted that major further funding for roads will be announced for Gaeltacht areas in the near future.