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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 November 2013

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Questions (694)

Michelle Mulherin


694. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding an application to Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company Teoranta by an organisation (details supplied) in County Mayo. [46693/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Following agreement with the European Commission, Ireland has adopted a definition of rural areas for the purpose of LEADER funding as all of the country other than the urban areas defined as hubs and gateways in the National Spatial Strategy. The use of this definition, rather than a population density calculation, ensured that LEADER funding would available to a greater proportion of Ireland’s rural areas than would otherwise have been the case.

For the purposes of implementing the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013, all areas within the following are excluded:

- The City Council boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick

- The Borough Council boundaries of Kilkenny, Sligo and Wexford

- The Town Council boundaries of Athlone, Ballina, Castlebar, Cavan, Dundalk, Ennis, Killarney, Letterkenny, Mallow, Monaghan, Mullingar, Tralee, Tuam and Tullamore.

I understand from MNELP that an application was received from the promoter in question but as the location of the proposed project is inside the Town Council boundary of Ballina the application cannot be progressed.