Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (475, 482, 483)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

475. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding an application to Mayo North East LEADER Development Company in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21386/14]

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Michelle Mulherin

Question:

482. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason there is a continuing delay in approving an application to Mayo north east LEADER programme in respect of a company (details supplied) to purchase essential equipment; if the application will be expedited due to the negative impact that the delay is having on the business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21406/14]

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Michelle Mulherin

Question:

483. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding an application to Mayo north east LEADER by an organisation (details supplied); if same will be expedited in order that this much sought-after facility will be operational during the current peak usage period [21407/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Question Nos . 475, 482 and 483 together.

In line with the ‘bottom-up’ approach to rural development, there are 35 Local Action Groups (LAGs) contracted, on my Department’s behalf, to deliver the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) throughout the country.

The relevant LAG in respect of the projects referred to is Mayo North East LEADER Partnership (MNELP). The LAGs 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 Programme’s Operating Rules and EU regulations.

I understand that MNELP has received applications from all of the promoters referred to and these applications are currently at various stages in the review process which I expect will be completed shortly.

Question No. 476 answered with Question No. 447.
Questions Nos. 477 to 479 inclusive, answered with Question No. 457.
Questions Nos. 480 and 481 answered with Question No. 447.
Questions Nos. 482 and 483 answered with Question No. 475.
Question No. 484 answered with Question No. 452.