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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 714 No. 4

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  534.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Mitchelstown Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30063/10]

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  535.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Mitchelstown north Galtees water supply scheme, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30064/10]

  536.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Whitegate/Aghada Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30065/10]

  537.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Youghal Water Supply Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30066/10]

  538.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Fermoy Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30067/10]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  I propose to take Questions Nos. 534 to 538, inclusive, together.

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library, provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Cork. The Programme includes contracts under construction and to commence to the value of some €232 million in the county during the period of the Programme.

The new Programme prioritises projects that target environmental compliance issues and support economic and employment growth as envisaged in the Government’s policy document Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal. A key input to the development of the Programme was the assessment of needs prepared by local authorities, including Cork County Council, in response to my Department’s request to the authorities in 2009 to review and prioritise their proposals for new capital works in their areas. These were subsequently appraised in the Department in the context of the funds available and key criteria that complemented those used by the authorities. Inevitably, through this process, certain projects that had been proposed had to give way to others that are more strategically important at this time.

The Fermoy Sewerage Scheme, Mitchelstown Sewerage Scheme, Mitchelstown North Galtees Water Supply Scheme, Whitegate/Aghada Sewerage Scheme and Youghal Water Supply Scheme have been included as schemes to advance through planning during the period. The precise scope, phasing and cost of such schemes will be determined through the detailed appraisal to be undertaken during the planning phase, which will also take account of relevant statutory processes.

  539.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when it is proposed to commence the Conna Regional Water Supply Sewerage Scheme in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30068/10]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Full details of the schemes and contracts that are currently under construction, or expected to commence construction or to be further progressed through planning in the period 2010-12 in County Cork, are set out in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library.

[1029]In relation to the Conna Regional Water Supply scheme the Programme includes a contract to start in the period 2010-12, and a further element of the scheme is to be advanced through planning in the same period.


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