Written Answers. - Millennium Projects.

Wednesday, 11 November 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 496 No. 4

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  22.  Mr. J. Bruton  Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton   asked the Taoiseach  Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern   if he will report on the Government's consideration of its contribution to the celebration of the millennium. [17639/98]

  23.  Mr. Deenihan  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   asked the Taoiseach  Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern   if he will outline Government plans for the provision of major millennium projects; the expected distribution of these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18693/98]

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  I propose to answer Questions Nos. 22 and 23 together.

The Government is in the process of establishing a national millennium committee which I will chair. The committee is to examine and make recommendations on contributing towards the funding of a small number of significant national projects which have been proposed as millennium projects. In addition, it will examine and recommend a system for supporting, including funding, commemorative projects at a community, local, county or regional level, in order to provide local communities, including in areas of social disadvantage, with an opportunity to participate in the commemoration of the millennium.

It is intended that the work of the national millennium committee will be supported by a small millennium office to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach. This office will also be responsible for the co-ordination of the Government's overall millennium programme.

It is expected that the Government will announce details of the national millennium committee shortly. The exact funding to be made available for millennium projects and the operation of the millennium office will also be announced in the near future.


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