Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (144)

Paul Connaughton


144. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a subsidy is still in existence for the installation of electricity in farm out offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44942/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Farm Electrification Grant Scheme (FEGS) was administered and funded through the former Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (DCEGA) followed by my Department from January 2005 to 31 December 2011. In that time some €511,000 was paid to farmers under the scheme, to subsidise the installation of electricity supply to farms located in disadvantaged areas which we re without supply or where supply was inadequate to facilitate their development and modernisation. The maximum grant payable was €508 for single-phase supply and €1,016 for 3-phase supply.

The scheme was closed to new applications from 1 December, 2010.