50. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to the announcement in budget 2018 of additional capital funding as part of the mid-term capital review for his Department for €46 million in 2018, €315 million in 2019 and €413 million in 2020, the additional capital works to be undertaken with this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44698/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Full details on the allocations for each of my Department’s subheads for 2018 will be set out, as usual, in the Revised Estimates Volume (REV). In the meantime my Department is in discussion with relevant agencies regarding the details of allocations. The Government has also proposed that a ten year national investment plan will be set out which will take account of the National Planning Framework. My Department will also take tha...

1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the capital review; if the ten-year plan will outline funding beyond the timeline of 2021; the way in which it will co-ordinate with the national development plan; if it will incorporate findings from the IMF’s PIMA report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47437/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Will the Minister update the House on the progress of the review of the capital plan? Tomorrow is the closing date for the receipt of submissions on the review of the national planning framework. What alignment will there be between the two documents when the review is published?
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31. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an overview of his submission to the mid term review of the capital plan; and his views on whether the capital budget for transport infrastructure is adequate. (Question 41970/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the deputy may be aware my Department’ s submission was published recently on www.per,gov.ie at the launch of the review of the Capital Plan. Estimates of expenditure 2018 are still being considered by Government in advance of the publication of the Abridged Estimates along with Budget 2018. 
On Budget Day last year, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced that a review of day-to-day Government spending would take...

34. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of mid-term capital review; if it will provide specific estimates of key projects; if it will earmark funding to specific projects; when he expects the review to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40449/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The summer economic statement gave a commitment to increase the public capital plan by 17%. The Minister published a glossy document at the beginning of September relating to the review of the current plan. Can he give assurances that this is not more of the Government spin, which has been the hallmark of its first 100 days in office, that there will be substance to this capital plan and that it will make a difference to communities across the country, including those abo...

39. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he anticipates the publication of outline details of the revised capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40354/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Deputy Joan Burton: Can the Minister tell the House when the revised capital plan will be published and provide an indication of what it will contain?
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54. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the spending review currently taking place; the timeframe for the publishing of the review; the estimated savings to be made; the measures that will be implemented as a result of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40450/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The 2017 Spending Review is the first in a series of rolling, selective reviews, which will cover the totality of Government spending over a three year period to 2019. Work on the Spending Review began in January of this year and concluded in July, when I published the output of the Spending Review alongside the Mid-Year Expenditure Report. The papers prepared for the Spending Review cover a wide range of policy areas and acc...

1243. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health if he will include phase 3C of Naas General Hospital in his capital requests under the mid-term review of the capital plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38510/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department’s mid-term review submission includes this project and many others. Funding for this project will be considered in the context of the future capital envelope for the health service and the overall priorities for future service development in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.
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218. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the analysis that has been done and the steps he has taken on foot of that analysis to ensure that the mid-term review of the capital plan results in a capital investment programme consistent with Ireland’s EU level targets for 2020, proposed targets for 2030 and the obligations of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, including the national transition objective and the Paris Agreement. (Question 35069/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The fiscal and policy context section of the Capital Plan “Building on Recovery” sets out the objectives of State investment in infrastructure. It emphasises the Government’s commitment, through the Capital Plan, of supporting strong and sustainable economic growth and raising welfare and living standards for all. Promoting environmental sustainability is, of course, integral to achieving and maintaining sustainable economic ...

1036. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide the detail of the submission made by his Department to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the mid-term capital review to ensure that the review results in a capital investment programme consistent with Ireland’s EU level targets for 2020, proposed targets for 2030, the obligations of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 201,5 including the national transition objective and the Paris Agreement. (Question 34828/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland has an emissions reduction target for each year between 2013 and 2020 under the 2009 EU Effort Sharing Decision. For the year 2020 itself, the target set for Ireland is that emissions should be 20% below their level in 2005. This will be Ireland’s contribution to the overall EU objective to reduce its emissions by the order of 20% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Ireland’s target is jointly the most de...

1115. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the analysis that has been done and the steps he has taken on foot of that analysis to ensure that the transport elements of the mid-term capital review result in a capital investment programme consistent with our EU level targets for 2020, proposed targets for 2030, the obligations of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, including the national transition objective, and the Paris agreement. (Question 34832/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): In order for Ireland to effectively and equitably contribute to the EU emissions reduction commitments in line with the Paris Agreement and the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, an ambitious low-carbon development strategy has been outlined in the soon-to-be-published National Mitigation Plan.
As the Deputy may know, I have strongly made the case for increased investment in the transport sector - with particular ref...

92. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he expects the completion of the expenditure review; the estimated savings that can be made as a result of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31984/17 asked on 06 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Work on Spending Review 2017 has been ongoing since January of this year. The Mid-Year Expenditure Report (MYER) will include a substantive overview of this process in the coming weeks. In addition, a series of papers will be published with the MYER and will present the results of the analysis of the wide range of expenditure schemes and programmes that have been examined this year. This 2017 Review is the first in a three-ye...

258. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will publish his submission to the mid-term capital review. (Question 30659/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I understand all Departmental submissions conveyed to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as part of the Mid Term Review of the Capital Plan will be published by that Department once the deliberative process has been completed.  Final decisions on funding will be taken in the context of 2018 Budget in October. 
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237. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 81 of 10 May 2017, the position regarding the mid-term review of the Government’s capital plan; when he expects the review to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30354/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​As I outlined to the Deputy in my previous reply, I am seeking additional funding for public transport investment in the mid-term review of the Capital Plan and my Department has made a submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard.  The finalisation and publication of the mid-term review is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

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18. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the review of the capital plan will occur; and if key preliminary projects will be prioritised such as the extension of the N4 from Mullingar to Rooskey and the provision of a motorway serving County Longford and the north west. (Question 26100/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 39 together.
The Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan is still currently ongoing. This process will result in capital allocations being made by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to other Government Departments, rather than allocations being made by my Department to specific projects or geographic areas.  Any decisions on the capital allocations will not be made until after t...

36. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will publish submissions made by Ministers and Departments with regard to the mid-term capital review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26048/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of the Mid Term Review of the Capital Plan, which is currently ongoing, my Department wrote to all Government Departments in January inviting submissions. These submissions were to include, inter alia, proposals for reprioritisation within existing allocations to reflect developments or changes in priorities since the Plan was published in 2015 and any new proposals to utilise the additional capital funding now availab...

39. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the levels of capital expenditure which will be allocated for infrastructure projects for Kildare north; the timeframe for these allocations; the projects for which funding will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26227/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 39 together.
The Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan is still currently ongoing. This process will result in capital allocations being made by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to other Government Departments, rather than allocations being made by my Department to specific projects or geographic areas.  Any decisions on the capital allocations will not be made until after t...