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Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 298.  Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  if funding has been made available to Inland Fisheries Ireland to retain contract staff in 2012 to continue with the work of controlling the African Pond Weed otherwise known as Lagarosiphon due to the damage being done to Lough Corrib by this weed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6267/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Fergus O’Dowd): Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd Inland Fisheries Ireland has sought funding from a number of agencies for the continuation of the control of the invasive pondweed in Lough Corrib as in previous years.

To date, funding commitments have been received from the Office of Public Works, Galway County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland itself (IFI) and the Caisie — (Control of Aquatic Invasive Species in Ireland) EU project.

Should all agencies continuing to support the programme to the same level as in 2011 it is proposed to continue it in 2012. In this regard, a response is awaited from Galway City Council to progress matters and an application for assistance has also been made to the Heritage Council and a decision on this will be made in the coming weeks.

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