Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (356)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

356. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the last alignment working group meeting took place; when the next meeting will take place; the status of the agreement in principle reached last October with the alignment working group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11836/14]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Environment)

The most recent meeting of the Alignment Working Group took place on 6 March 2014 and the next meeting is scheduled for 2 April, 2014. Previous consideration by the Working Group focused on an approach for the implementation of my Department’s local development programmes under Local Community Development Committees. This involved a key role for the existing partnership companies in that implementation. That approach is now under active consideration by the Working Group in respect of the Leader programme. Legal advice received in respect of the Local and Community Development Programme means that local implementation will now be subject to procurement.