Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
513. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the new capital projects associated with his Department gone to tender that will begin in 2010; the new capital projects gone to tender that were due to start in 2010 but are not now proceeding; the capital projects that are in the middle of construction at present; his views on the importance of such projects in getting capital flowing into banks and around the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3161/10]
National Broadband Scheme: To provide specified broadband services to residential and business premises and to wholesale operators wishing to supply such premises in identified parts of Ireland (the NBS coverage area).
The projects listed above are important in fulfilling the remit of my Department in the communications and natural resources sectors. The various investments in communications will provide key infrastructure to underpin the development of the smart economy. In addition, further economic stimulus to help sustain and create jobs is to be provided by my Department though approximately €90 million expenditure on energy efficiency measures which will include the new multi-annualNational Retrofit Programme in 2010. This growing area of innovation has huge commercial and employment potential, and has potential to create up to 5,000 jobs this year alone. All such economic stimulus initiatives will assist in getting capital flowing in the economy.
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