Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (946, 947, 964)

Alan Kelly

Question:

946. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the date on which a budget for the running of the Tipperary task force was approved; the amount approved; the way in which it will be administered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23457/19]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

947. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding approved and allocated to the Tipperary task force under the leadership of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23463/19]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

964. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding provided to the Tipperary task force under the leadership of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23464/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 946, 947 and 964 together.

Supporting the development and growth of towns and villages across Ireland is a major priority for this Government and to this end policy interventions are being pursued across a number of Government Departments and are being implemented by local authorities around the country. In particular, €2 billion is available under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, with a further €1 billion available under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The Tipperary Town Forum is a local initiative supported by Tipperary County Council and a number of state agencies. I met with local stakeholders on 24 January 2019 and following that meeting a series of measures were put in train. A submission from Tipperary County Council seeking funding to support the Forum is currently under consideration in my Department and will be finalised shortly.

The work of the Town Centre Forum over a three year period will focus on preparing projects for submission under the various funding programmes that have been put in place by the Government. 

My Department will continue to engage with Tipperary County Council to provide advices and support in relation to its work on the development and regeneration of its towns, including Tipperary Town.