Dáil debates

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

3:00 pm

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)

Tá a fhios ag an Teachta go bhfuil airgead sa bhreis curtha isteach chun scoileanna nua a thógáil. Níl a fhios agam ag an bpointe seo cad é go díreach an scéal faoin scoil a raibh an Teachta ag caint fuithi. Tabharfaidh an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna freagra iomlán don Teachta má chuireann sé síos ceist faoin scoil.

I recognise the announcement made by Northern Ireland’s First Minister and Deputy First Minister which will be a €7 billion programme over four years. It includes the development of the road to Letterkenny which is very welcome. While the Government here is constrained somewhat in the moneys available to it, we have made available €50 million over two years between 2015 and 2016 for cross-Border infrastructure projects which has been accepted and agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive.

Our programme is a €17 billion capital programme, a significant amount. The Government is also examining other opportunities in public private partnerships for road development, school clusters and other projects.

I note David Begg’s comments this morning about stimulating demand. We have had discussions about pension funds being made available for investment in various infrastructure projects. This is a valid discussion we can have.

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