Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

165 Mr. Connaughton asked the Taoiseach the reason a grant for its national heritage park has not been paid to the Glinsk community council, Glinsk, County Galway, by the national millennium committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19150/00]

The millennium recognition awards were established by the National Millennium Committee specifically for locally based and community projects. Some £3 million of the millennium fund was allocated to the initiative for awards of up to £75,000 and it was administered by area development management on behalf of the millennium committee.

Glinsk Community Council's application for a millennium recognition award was one of the 1,400 applications received. With such a large number of applications and limited funds available, a large proportion of applications could not be supported. Notwithstanding the quality of the national heritage park proposal from Glinsk Community Council, it was not possible to include it amongst those projects recommended for an award.

At this late stage of the millennium programme, all the funding available for projects is fully committed and the millennium committee is not in a position to consider any further applications.