Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (549)

John O'Mahony

Question:

549. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason for the delay in making a decision on an application for Leader funding (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22756/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

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 project 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 the Programme’s Operating Rules and EU regulations. I understand that the promoter in this case has been contacted regarding the provision of some additional information which is required in order to enable the evaluation of the application for funding to progress. The project assessment process will recommence once the required information is provided.