Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (582)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

582. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of stakeholder attendance at the recent Inland Fisheries Ireland funding workshops which were held nationally; and the number of expression of interest forms returned. [26147/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that following the opening of the funding application system for the National Strategy for Angling Development to Expressions of Interest, funding workshops were held in nine venues around the country to raise awareness of the funds available, how to apply for funding using the application SmartSimple system and the types of projects that were eligible for funding.

The workshops were advertised on Social Media, in print media, on local radio, on the IFI website and through the SmartSimple system. Angling clubs were also contacted by IFI staff to encourage them to attend if they had an idea for a project that could be funded by the IFI.

At these workshops Project Management Office (PMO) and River Basin District (RBD) staff were present to answer questions and to assist potential applicants in registering on the SmartSimple funding system. In total 105 people attended the workshops.

As of 13 June, 193 Expressions of interest have been made for funding for projects withy an investment value of €2.5 million.

The Expressions of Interest process remains open.