Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 638 No. 3

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  297.  Deputy Dan Neville  Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville   asked the Minister for Transport and the Marine  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   if he will confirm recent reports that thousands of euro are to be spent in promoting the Transport 21 programme again; the reason for same; and the budget allocated. [21884/07]

Minister for Transport and the Marine (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Transport 21 represents the largest capital investment commitment ever made by Government to the development of transport infrastructure in this country. It comprises a programme of projects that will greatly improve our national roads and public transport systems over the ten year period to 2015, at a cost of €34 billion. It will provide integrated, safe and accessible transport networks that will improve the quality of life of all our citizens.

I consider it essential that the general public and all interested parties are made aware of the proposals in Transport 21 and are kept up-to-date on the progress being made. To help in achieving this objective, my Department has developed an information and communications strategy and now proposes to engage the requisite skills, resources and experience to assist in the implementation of the strategy, by creating a high-level of public awareness and understanding of Transport 21.

The funding for this information and communications programme will be determined in the overall context of my Department’s Estimates provision for 2008.


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