Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 30 June, 1999

Written Answers. - National Maritime College.

85. Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the progress, if any, made in establishing a national maritime college of education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16598/99]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Dr. Woods): I last reported to this House on the college project in my reply to a question from Deputy Simon Coveney on 13 May 1999.

The interdepartmental expert working group established to examine the costings, financing and timing of the new national maritime college is continuing its work. Since May the group has, among other things, visited a number of nautical colleges in the United Kingdom as part of the costings exercise for the new college.

I am still hopeful that the group will complete its work before the end of July 1999.