Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (460)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

469 Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding funding in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Meath. [34822/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG), the group contracted by my Department to deliver Axes 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in Irish Language Areas, went into liquidation on 7 September 2011. Progress, in the context of the legal "winding up" process, is currently ongoing. Local Action Groups in contiguous geographical areas have been engaged to implement an interim system to facilitate grant payment to projects that were at an advanced stage of development. Many of these project files have now been sent to the relevant Local Action Groups who are contacting the promoters directly to facilitate payment going forward. I can confirm that the file for the project referred to in the question is with my Department, as, following a project review, a letter was issued to the promoter on 12 August 2011 indicating that the project is ineligible under the rules of the Rural Development Programme 2007-13. The promoter was given one month in which to lodge an appeal; my Department has no record of having received such an appeal.

Question No. 470 answered with Question No. 462.