Written Answers. - EC Structural Funding Application.

Thursday, 29 October 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 424 No. 6

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  50.  Mr. Belton  Information on Louis J. Belton  Zoom on Louis J. Belton   asked the Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications  Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn   if the Government have made an application in respect of the post 1992 EC structural funding for major improvements to the main line rail services throughout the State.

Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications (Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn): Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Applications for EC assistance under the next tranche of Structural Funds, the submission of which to the European Commission will be a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance, are in the course of preparation.

In so far as the mainline railway network is concerned, a detailed assessment of the strategic options for the future of the railway is being carried out at present [1453] by CIE in conjunction with my Department and the Department of Finance. Consultants have been engaged by my Department to assist in this work and they are expected to complete their report shortly. The results of this work will form an important element in the formulation of an investment programme for the development of the railway. I intend to vigorously pursue, in the months ahead, the possibilities of EC assistance from the Structural Funds and the proposed Cohesion Fund for such an investment programme.

  53.  Mr. Harte  Information on Patrick D. Harte  Zoom on Patrick D. Harte   asked the Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications  Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn   her views on whether Expo Seville 1992 was a success from an Irish point of view; and, if so, the extent to which it was a success.

Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications (Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn): Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  A million and a half people visited the Irish Pavilion at Expo 1992, three times the original target. The level of interest in the Irish Exhibit and the fact that the Pavilion's logo won first prize at Expo 1992, resulted in considerable media coverage in Spain during the event.

Expo itself, and the resultant media coverage, afforded Ireland a valuable opportunity to show all that is best about our country, including our culture, our heritage, our products and the attractiveness of Ireland as a beautiful and interesting place to visit and as an ideal location for foreign investment.

Bord Fáilte and An Bord Tráchtála are following up on a number of inquiries made at the stand and Bord Fáilte already have plans in train to build on this success, using their newly opened marketing office in Madrid.


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