Dáil debates

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

EU Funding

9:00 pm

Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Minister for his response. As he said in response to an earlier question, we have a moment to talk about 16 investment projects and nine reform measures. What triggered my asking this question is that I noticed in recent days that the Spanish Government has made an application for disbursement. It has applied for an initial €10 billion of the €69 billion it has applied for. I am seeking a timeline for how we will go about the disbursement of our own moneys.

Do we have any timeline in mind? I have a particular interest in the electrification and upgrade of the Cork commuter railway line. Has the Minister any information pertinent to the €85 million digitalisation fund for the roll-out of broadband? We are aware that there are concerns over delays in broadband roll-out. Will these have a negative impact on the digitalisation programme?

There is €114 million for the SOLAS recovery skills response programme, which is about greening the economy and preparing the trades for that. If the Minister has any information on that, I would appreciate it.


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