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Carey, Donal

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 Nbr. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transport Costs.

The recent report of the Interdepartmental Co-ordinating Committee on Island Development clearly identifies and addresses the long-term issues affecting the communities on our offshore islands. Th...More Button

The report highlights the difficulties that offshore island communities face every day when going about their normal business. Geographical isolation, particularly during the winter months, inadeq...More Button

The report identifies access transport as one of the key issues vital to the development and long-term viability of the islands. It recognises that, in order to overcome the barriers hindering the...More Button

The Government has agreed to the reorganisation of the administration of island access services which, until now, was spread over a number of Government Departments. Expenditure on island access, ...More Button

I know, from my consultations with island communities and Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, that this new approach will greatly simplify the administrative difficulties which isla...More Button

In addition to the issue of access, the report recommends that each of the relevant local authorities carry out a survey of the islands within their jurisdiction to draw up a programme of priority ...More Button

These local authority programmes will form the basis of a strategic programme of priority works which will have a significant impact on the development of island economies. I am meeting all the lo...More Button

In addition to access services, the report of the interdepartmental co-ordinating committee makes recommendations on other major issues which impact on the economic and social development of island...More Button

I will co-ordinate the Government's response to the recommendations in the report. However, individual Ministers will continue to retain responsibility for their respective areas of policy.More Button

All of the 22 inhabited islands are now covered by the financial envelope being provided by the Government this year. In that work they will be assisted by the local authority island committees wh...More Button

Since transport will be the major focus of attention in the work to be undertaken by island committees I expect that those islands which have not enjoyed any assistance up to now will have greater ...More Button

When the revised list of severely handicapped areas is published by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, in conjunction with the Commission in Brussels, the full agricultural subsidies ...More Button