Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
312. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when funding will be sanctioned for the €1.648 million package of works required on Dooncarton Mountain, Glengad, Pullathomas, north Mayo, to provide kinetic barriers, drainage and other works required to protect the livelihoods of the residents in the area. [7835/05]
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): I refer the Deputy to my replies to previous questions on this matter, in particular Question No. 214 of 11 November 2004 in which I pointed out that lead responsibility in this instance lies with my colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. As the Deputy is aware, my Department has played an active role, within the framework of its own remit, in the process of dealing with the effects of the landslides of September 2003 and was represented on the Pullathomas implementation working group. In the context of Pullathomas being a designated Gaeltacht area, my Department has made a total of €148,115 in funding available to date for repair works to the graveyard, walls and roads in the area.
I have noted the contents of the final report of the working group, which outlines protective works required at an estimated cost of €1.685 million. While my Department remains willing to assist in every way possible with the completion of any remaining works necessary as result of the landslides, I have already explained to the Deputy that limited funding is available for capital projects under the Gaeltacht improvement schemes. This funding is allocated to diverse projects across all Gaeltacht areas, including strategic Gaeltacht roads, access roads, bog roads, village renewal, strategic Gaeltacht piers, and community and leisure facilities.
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