Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (693)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

693. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if supports are available to a community service (details supplied) that is in urgent need of a more adequate building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26542/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department provides a range of supports to communities and community centres nationwide, in both urban and rural areas, by helping citizens to participate in the development of their communities and by providing funding to improve facilities.

In addition, the Community Enhancement Programme can contribute towards the renovation of community centres. My Department also provides funding under the LEADER programme, which can support the development of Community Centres outside of the five main cities.

Separately, once a Community Centre is in place, the Community Services Programme supports community businesses to provide local services and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people. Where an application is successful under the programme, my Department can provide a contribution to the cost of a manager and an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions.