Written Answers. - Peace II Programme.

Martin Ferris

Question:

424 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason no steps have been taken to deliver the funds available under Measure 5.6 (b) of Peace II, in view of the fact that applications closed on 31 August 2002 and that ?1.995 million has to be spent by December 2003; and the reason there is no urgency to ensure that the funds are delivered. [10915/03]

Under Priority 5 Measure 6(b) of the Peace II Programme support will be given for the development of non-traditional farm based enterprises in the eligible cross-Border area. Under this measure all applications received under the first call for applications of 31 August 2002 have undergone the eligibility assessment process. Successful applications from that stage of the assessment will now proceed to the next stage of the assessment process following the completion of economic appraisals on the applications.

When all stages of the assessment are completed successful applicants will be issued with an offer of funding and following acceptance payments will commence. I am satisfied that every effort is being made to have applications processed as quickly as possible.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

425 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason for the reduction in funding for the South Kerry Development Partnership; the amount of funding allocated to the South Kerry Development Partnership in each of the years 1997-2003, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10690/03]

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

426 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason for the reduction in funding for the Partnership Trá Lí group in County Kerry; the amount of funding allocated to Partnership Trá Lí in each of the years 1997-2003 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10691/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 425 and 426 together.

The Deputy will be aware that ADM manages the local development social inclusion programme on behalf of my Department. Allocations from within the budget available for the programme in 2003 were recently agreed by the board of ADM and notified to each partnership and community group.

As the Deputy will appreciate, ADM must manage the programme from within the budget available in my Department's Vote. Reductions in available funding for 2003 are being managed on a sliding scale, ranging from 4% to 7%, depending on the annual budget of the partnership or community group.

However, I am working with ADM and the Partnerships to minimise as far as possible the impact of the reductions in the programmes and services provided.

The information, requested by the Deputy, regarding the amount of funding allocated to the South Kerry Development Partnership and the Trá Lí Group in County Kerry for the period 1997-2003 follows:

South Kerry Development Partnership

OPLURD

IR£

Total Allocation 1994-1999

2,779,258

3,528,930

Allocation 1997

545,000

692,007

Allocation 1998

545,000

692,007

Allocation 1999

545,000

692,007

LDSIP

BudgetAdjustment

RevisedAllocation

IR£

Allocation – 2000

387,412

491,912

Total Allocation 2001-2003

2,571,220

Breakdown of Total Allocation 2001-2003 – Annualised

2001

857,073

2002

857,073

2003

857,073

59,995

797,078

*Note 1 – Budget Adjustment: Following cuts in the Estimates for LDSIP programme for 2003 ADM had to subsequently cut funding available to groups.
Tra Li Partnership

OPLURD

IR£

Total Allocation 1994-1999

2,026,300

2,572,870

Allocation 1997

530,000

672,961

Allocation 1998

530,000

672,961

Allocation 1999

530,000

672,961

LDSIP

BudgetAdjustment

RevisedAllocation

IR£

Allocation - 2000

362,380

460,128

Total Allocation 2001-2003

2,475,989

Breakdown of Total Allocation 2001-2003 – Annualised

2001

825,330

2002

825,330

2003

825,330

57,773

767,557

*Note 1 – Budget Adjustment: Following cuts in the Estimates for LDSIP programme for 2003 ADM had to subsequently cut funding available to groups.