Dáil Éireann - Volume 667 - 12 November, 2008

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Transport the final projected estimated costs for the construction of the Dublin Port Tunnel; if further payments will be made to the NMI consortium who built the tunnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39867/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: 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, including the Dublin Port Tunnel, as well as the responsibility to secure the provision of a safe and efficient network of national roads, are matters for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

The construction of the Dublin Port Tunnel project was procured by Dublin City Council and funded through the NRA. I understand from the NRA that the estimated final outturn cost of the Tunnel remains at €751 million.