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Written Answers. - Funding in Border Counties.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 74. Mr. D. Ahern Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  asked the Taoiseach Information on John Bruton Zoom on John Bruton  the actual amounts and the percentage amounts of all funds under the aegis of his Department and of other State Departments which have been spent in the Border counties, including County Louth; if he will give the overall figure and percentage in respect of County Louth under each heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17896/96]

The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton Zoom on John Bruton According to figures supplied by Departments to the Task Force on Funding Arrangements in the Border Region the total amount of money spent/allocated for the years 1994-95 in the Border region was as follows:

Agency/Department Total Spent/Allocated 1994-95
Agriculture 88,782,000
Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht 16,864,000
[1503]Education 34,436,000
Enterprise and Employment 52,779,000
Environment 102,421,000
FÁS 90,910,000
Local Development 5,067,000
Marine 4,622,000
Tourism and Trade 10,690,000
Transport, Energy and Communications 31,750,000
INTERREG 7,470,000
Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 140,000
International Fund for Ireland 6,000,000
Total 451,931,000

The 1996 allocations are as follows:

Agency/Department 1996
Agriculture 60,012,000
Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht 8,600,000
Education 27,838,000
Enterprise and Employment 30,986,000
Environment 40,463,000
FÁS 52,000,000
Local Development 7,430,000
Marine 12,406,000
Tourism and Trade 8,630,000
Transport, Energy and Communications 25,100,000
INTERREG 17,928,000
Peace Initiative 29,800,000
International Fund for Ireland 7,800,000
Total 328,993,000

The task force did not compile figures for regions other than the Border region and figures are not available on a county basis.

However, based on figures supplied by lead Departments for operational programmes to the Department of Finance, the percentage of estimated CSF expenditure for the Border region is as follows: 1994, 13 per cent; 1995, 14 per cent; 1996, 14 per cent.

The task force report on funding arrangements in the Border region, which has been circulated to Members [1504] of the Oireachtas, was a once off exercise. Ongoing monitoring of CSF expenditure by region is a matter for the Minister for Finance.

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