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Written Answers — Countryside Access: Countryside Access (3 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I have decided to establish a countryside council, to be called "Comhairle na Tuaithe", which will address issues relating to waymarked ways and access to land. This decision follows consideration by the rural-agri-tourism advisory group of a report presented recently by the consultation group on access to waymarked ways, which I established last April. The establishment of a countryside...

Written Answers — Statutory Instruments: Statutory Instruments (3 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: My Department has reviewed its statutory instruments for compliance with the requirements of Bunreacht na hÉireann in the light of the recent High Court judgment concerning the Immigration Act 1999, and I can advise the Deputy that there are no orders made in my Department of the type to which he refers.

Written Answers — EU Presidency: EU Presidency (3 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: First, I wish to confirm the information I have already given to the House on a number of occasions during the past year in response to questions concerning my Department's plans to contribute to the promotion of Ireland's Presidency of the EU, viz., that our programme comprises the following events: a conference on territorial Cohesion (formerly islands) in Galway on 25 to 27 May 2004; a...

Written Answers — Departmental Offices: Departmental Offices (3 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The Department does not have any restaurants and the canteen facilities are provided on the basis that staff provide their own food.

Written Answers — Departmental Travel: Departmental Travel (3 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The amount paid by my Department in 2003 for car mileage expenses was €246,397. The amount paid to cover rail and bus expenses was €7,481.

Written Answers — Inland Waterways: Inland Waterways (10 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The issue raised by the Deputy about plans to upgrade, refurbish and utilise the Grand Canal from Harold's Cross Bridge, Dublin, to Cherry Orchard, Dublin, is the day-to-day responsibility of Waterways Ireland, a North-South implementation body for inland waterways, set up under the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999. Waterways Ireland informs me that in partnership with Dublin City Council it...

Written Answers — Community Development: Community Development (10 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 and 461 together. Sherkin Island Development Society — SIDS — Limited has received funding under the community development programme since 1997. This funding primarily allows the project to employ a development officer and an administrative assistant, in addition to covering administrative costs and overheads associated with maintaining a premises. My...

Written Answers — Departmental Programmes: Departmental Programmes (10 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I refer the Deputy to my response to Questions Nos. 151, 153, 156, 163, 172, 173 and 185 on 4 February 2004.

Written Answers — Departmental Expenditure: Departmental Expenditure (10 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 338, 343 and 345 of 12 February 2003. The expenditure for media purposes and advertising placed by my Department and its predecessor, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, in 2002 and by my Department in 2003 was as follows: Brindley Advertising holds the Government contract for advertising in the print media, mainly for...

Written Answers — Departmental Funding: Departmental Funding (17 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The Deputy will be aware that my Department was established in June 2002. Details of cost overruns on contracts funded or co-funded by my Department since that time are set out in the attached tabular statement. With regard to marine projects, practical arrangements, including options for fixed tender prices and price variation clauses are in place to manage costs, where appropriate, arising...

Written Answers — Consultancy Contracts: Consultancy Contracts (17 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The Deputy will, of course, be aware that my Department was established in June 2002. The information requested by the Deputy as regards reports, consultancies or other advisory commissions awarded or continued by my Department since its establishment in June 2002 are set out in the attached appendix. Having regard to their technical, specialised nature or financial sensitivity, publication...

Written Answers — Inland Waterways: Inland Waterways (17 Feb 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: As the Deputy will be aware one of the functions of Waterways Ireland, a North-South Implementation body established under the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999, is to examine the possible restoration of the Ulster Canal. A study was commissioned which estimated the cost of the restoration of the full canal at approximately £90 million sterling based on 2000 costs. At this time, no decision...

Written Answers — Údarás na Gaeltachta: Údarás na Gaeltachta (30 Mar 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Ar dtús, ba mhaith liom a mheabhrú don Teachta go bhfuil an fhreagracht ar Údarás na Gaeltachta maidir le diúscairt a mhaoine féin, faoi réir rialacháin an Stáit agus na hEorpa. Sa chás áirithe seo, bunaithe ar an eolas is deireanaí atá curtha ar fáil ag Údarás na Gaeltachta dom, tuigim go bhfuarthas 11 tairiscint i leith thithe saoire Eanach Mheáin. Cuireadh luach gach ceann...

Written Answers — Rural Social Scheme: Rural Social Scheme (30 Mar 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: In my reply to Questions Nos. 122, 133, 171 and 196 on 9 March I outlined a timescale of six to eight weeks for putting in place the arrangements for the rural social scheme with the scheme to commence shortly thereafter. I am satisfied that the funds for the scheme will be available through a combination of transfers from the dormant accounts fund and savings in social welfare payments as a...

Written Answers — Property Acquisitions: Property Acquisitions (4 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: My Department has not had any discussions or negotiations that might lead to the acquisition, either by purchase or leasehold, of the property.

Written Answers — Community Development: Community Development (4 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Details of the schools referred to by the Deputy were posted on my Department's website on 1 April. The information may be accessed on www.pobail.ie/en/pressreleases

Written Answers — Harbours and Piers: Harbours and Piers (13 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I refer the Deputy to my reply to his Question No. 209 on 12 May.

Written Answers — Ulster-Scots Agency: Ulster-Scots Agency (18 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: As the Deputy is aware, the Ulster-Scots Agency is one of the agencies of An Foras Teanga, the North-South language body set up under the terms of the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999, the other agency being Foras na Gaeilge. I would like to clarify that there is no cutback in funding to the Ulster-Scots Agency this year. The Ulster-Scots Agency, which is jointly funded North — 75% — and...

Written Answers — Local Authority Funding: Local Authority Funding (18 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: ADM manages the local development social inclusion programme on behalf of my Department. As the Deputy will appreciate, the programme must be managed from within the budget available in my Department's Vote each year. The provision in the revised estimates for this year is €42.144 million. The Government has allocated over €3 million additional funding in support of improved co-ordination...

Written Answers — Fógraíocht Ranna: Fógraíocht Ranna (25 May 2004)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 392, 393 agus 394 le chéile. Is é an gnáth-chleachtas le tamall i mo Roinnse ná go roghnaítear na nuachtáin ina gcuirtear fógraí oifigiúla i gcomhréir leis na riachtanais a bhaineann le gach cás ar leith agus i bhfianaise na ngrúpaí áirithe ar a mbíonn na fógraí dírithe. Ní bhíonn comórtas sonrach idir nuachtáin ar leith i gceist. Ní miste...

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