Dáil Éireann - Volume 655 - 21 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if the proposed outer orbital ring road around Dublin will be proceeding; the way he will fund this project; if the funds will come from the Transport 21 budget; if the Transport 21 plan will be amended to include the project; if he was consulted before the National Roads Authority made an announcement that such a project would be prioritised within the next two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20029/08]

[181]   Deputy Noel Dempsey: As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in respect of the national roads programme element of Transport 21. The implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the relevant local authorities. In late 2007, the NRA completed an updated feasibility study. This is being considered in my Department. I understand from the NRA that no announcements have been made by them with regard to this project.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport if the scoping study area for proposed investment of €560 million from the Exchequer towards the dual carriageway to the north west includes Counties Monaghan and Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20106/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: The Irish Government has agreed to make available funding of €580 million to provide for a major upgrade of roads within Northern Ireland serving the North West Gateway of Letterkenny/Derry. Funding of national roads within this jurisdiction comes under the roads element of Transport 21. As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. The implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport if there are plans to appoint senior executive engineers from Monaghan and Donegal County Councils to the project team dealing with the €560 million spend on the dual carriageway to the north west, in view of the representations from a person (details supplied) regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20107/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: The management and oversight arrangements and structures for the A5 Derry-Aughnacloy road project have been agreed in the North-South Ministerial Council and are now operational. These structures comprise senior expert officials from the National Roads Authority, Road Services Northern Ireland and my Department. It is not my intention to seek any expansion in the membership of these management structures.