Seanad debates

Wednesday, 2 February 2005

7:00 pm

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Fine Gael)

I have a brief question. The problem is with the marginal capital cost and how the figure is arrived at. I understand that in the case of Castlebar and in all new cases the Department is insisting on a 20% contribution from local authorities. I do not know how it can be said on the one hand that the Department is working closely with the local authorities to work out the marginal cost if, at the same time, it is seeking a 20% contribution from local authorities, which imposes a huge cost on local authorities with low rate bases.


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