Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (189)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

189. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of projects approved by Leader companies of more than €150,000 value that are awaiting approval; the date each was submitted to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18156/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Funding of €314m is available under the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013 for allocation to qualifying projects up to the end of 2013. There are 35 Local Action Groups (LAGs) contracted, on my Department’s behalf, to deliver the RDP throughout the country and these groups are the principal decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. Such decisions are made in the context of the local development strategy of the individual groups and in line with Departmental operating rules and EU regulations.

Projects that request funding of €150,000 or more are required to seek approval from my Department. The assessment of these higher value projects usually involves detailed consultations between my Department and the relevant local development company. It frequently necessitates the provision of further documentation or clarifications. It may also, in some instances, result in modifications to the project proposed to ensure best value for money and compliance with all the necessary regulations, both national and European, governing the activities funded under the programme. My Department currently has 52 projects at various stages of assessment and the LAGs that have projects currently undergoing assessment are listed below.

The policy in my Department is to work with the LAGs to ensure that the projects submitted are fully compliant and can be approved rather than to refuse approval for funding; it can therefore take some time to come to a final conclusion. My Department will continue to work with the relevant LAGs to make a full assessment of the eligibility of these projects and will advise the LAGs once all queries have been addressed satisfactorily.

LAG

Date Received

Grant aid requested

Stage

Ballyhoura Development Ltd

10/10/2012

€500,000.00

Under Assessment

Cill Dara Ar Aghaidh Teo

22/01/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Cill Dara Ar Aghaidh Teo

01/03/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Clare Leader

18/01/2013

€230,000.00

Under Assessment

Clare Leader

18/01/2013

€200,000.00

Awaiting Info

Donegal Local Development Co Ltd

21/12/2012

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Fingal LEADER Partnership Co

30/10/2012

€493,385.02

Awaiting Info

Fingal LEADER Partnership Co

21/12/2012

€494,938.81

Under Assessment

Forum Connemara

23/08/2012

€431,887.50

Under Assessment

Forum Connemara

11/02/2013

€324,766.19

Under Assessment

Galway Rural Development

25/01/2013

€239,949.46

Under Assessment

Galway Rural Development

25/01/2013

€156,914.04

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

03/04/2013

€200,000.00

Awaiting Info

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

03/04/2013

€205,867.43

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

05/11/2012

€428,868.75

Awaiting Info

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

12/11/2012

€200,000.00

Awaiting Info

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

04/12/2012

€300,000.00

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

16/01/2013

€268,125.00

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

16/01/2013

€497,212.87

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

16/01/2013

€225,000.00

Under Assessment

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

16/01/2013

€255,384.18

Under Assessment

Leitrim Integrated Development Co Ltd

20/02/2013

€376,641.00

Under Assessment

Leitrim Integrated Development Co Ltd

25/02/2013

€318,130.01

Under Assessment

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership

03/10/2012

€194,725.50

Under Assessment

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership

03/11/2011

€196,386.75

Under Assessment

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership

11/03/2011

€180,000.00

Under Assessment

Meath Partnership

14/03/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Meath Partnership

19/03/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Meath Partnership

19/03/2013

€196,934.79

Under Assessment

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

16/07/2012

€407,675.25

Awaiting Info

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

18/01/2013

€199,993.63

Under Assessment

Roscommon Integrated Development Co

27/02/2013

€196,925.00

Under Assessment

Roscommon Integrated Development Co

05/03/2013

€155,880.00

Under Assessment

Roscommon Integrated Development Co

15/02/2013

€172,793.75

Under Assessment

SECAD

28/11/2012

€500,000.00

Awaiting Info

SECAD

13/03/2013

€330,000.00

Under Assessment

SECAD

13/03/2013

€500,000.00

Under Assessment

South Kerry Development Ltd.

21/12/2012

€500,000.00

Under Assessment

South Kerry Development Ltd.

25/01/2013

€168,392.50

Under Assessment

South Kerry Development Ltd.

25/02/2013

€194,538.96

Under Assessment

South West Mayo Development

21/12/2012

€500,000.00

Under Assessment

South West Mayo Development

21/12/2012

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

South West Mayo Development

24/01/2012

€196,911.00

Under Assessment

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd

01/01/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd

01/03/2013

€183,310.00

Under Assessment

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd

12/03/2013

€198,624.04

Under Assessment

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd

14/03/2013

€154,927.50

Under Assessment

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd

10/04/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

West Cork Development Partnership Ltd.

11/03/2013

€194,400.00

Under Assessment

West Limerick Resources Ltd

21/12/2012

€196,313.77

Under Assessment

West Limerick Resources Ltd

26/02/2013

€200,000.00

Under Assessment

Westmeath Community Development Ltd

27/03/2013

€461,809.41

Under Assessment