Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (732)

Dara Calleary

Question:

732. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local action group, LAG, under the 2014 to 2020 LEADER programme; the amount expended to date under the programme in each LAG to 30 June 2019; the percentage of the spend to date of the amount allocated to each LAG for the programme period to 30 June 2019; the amount expended to date by administration and project costs by each LAG to 30 June 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29536/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a total budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020. €220 million of this funding has been allocated to the Local Action Groups (LAGs) throughout the country who deliver the LEADER programme. This funding is allocated to the LAGs for the full period of the programme.

The remaining €30 million is available for schemes to be delivered at a national level.

Table 1 provides details as at 30 June 2019 of:

- The budget allocations to the LAGs under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme.

- The total spend by the LAGs broken down by:

- the cost of developing their strategies (preparatory support);

- the expenditure incurred on LEADER administration and supporting the development of projects (administration & animation);

- the funding provided to LEADER projects.

-The total spend expressed as a percentage of the LAG's budget allocation.

While the overall spend to date is 24% of the total allocation available to the LAGs, there has been a significant increase in project approvals since the start of 2018, with over 2,100 projects approved to a value of €75.8 million. Project payments, in particular, under the programme will increase significantly as these projects are completed and submit payment claims.

Table 1: LEADER Expenditure data as of 30 June, 2019

Local Action Group

Total Allocation

Prep Support Spend

Admin & Animation Spend

Project Spend

Total Spend

% Spent

Carlow

€6,416,803

€20,000

€570,502

€1,146,666

€1,737,168

27%

Cavan

€8,522,286

€50,000

€737,081

€1,047,813

€1,834,895

22%

Clare

€8,920,225

€83,336

€1,335,000

€816,240

€2,234,576

25%

Cork North

€5,091,846

€15,000

€942,141

€712,143

€1,669,283

33%

Cork South

€3,831,303

€65,000

€623,243

€305,996

€994,239

26%

Cork West

€5,015,674

€135,240

€832,922

€207,971

€1,176,133

23%

Donegal

€12,913,878

€57,594

€1,702,128

€2,900,157

€4,659,880

36%

Dublin Rural

€6,370,438

€55,000

€785,045

€471,303

€1,311,348

21%

Galway East

€7,655,851

€155,356

€986,700

€160,677

€1,302,733

17%

Galway West

€4,540,033

€75,000

€415,000

€227,665

€717,665

16%

Kerry

€10,219,868

€16,344

€1,788,522

€1,677,653

€3,482,519

34%

Kildare

€5,261,600

€50,000

€560,699

€211,422

€822,120

16%

Kilkenny

€7,791,573

€57,295

€1,250,000

€788,707

€2,096,002

27%

Laois

€7,124,587

€35,191

€760,446

€767,771

€1,563,408

22%

Leitrim

€5,998,475

€25,000

€721,134

€461,622

€1,207,756

20%

Limerick

€9,276,594

€22,187

€1,531,620

€1,408,285

€2,962,092

32%

Longford

€7,597,623

€30,000

€807,276

€448,966

€1,286,242

17%

Louth

€6,101,862

€28,000

€792,558

€570,498

€1,391,057

23%

Mayo

€11,121,432

€119,238

€1,679,598

€1,108,103

€2,906,939

26%

Meath

€6,903,124

€40,000

€996,343

€288,898

€1,325,240

19%

Monaghan

€7,592,720

€58,296

€744,456

€728,217

€1,530,969

20%

Offaly

€8,036,764

€30,000

€1,026,781

€1,377,419

€2,434,200

30%

Roscommon

€8,852,659

€58,213

€942,029

€546,829

€1,547,071

17%

Sligo

€7,655,648

€15,000

€688,174

€967,757

€1,670,931

22%

Tipperary

€10,103,443

€20,000

€1,222,600

€955,709

€2,198,309

22%

Waterford

€7,522,796

€75,427

€951,636

€1,735,656

€2,762,720

37%

Westmeath

€7,384,206

€25,602

€876,475

€402,401

€1,304,479

18%

Wexford

€9,840,141

€15,000

€950,872

€1,100,344

€2,066,216

21%

Wicklow

€6,336,549

€35,794

€784,206

€439,607

€1,259,607

20%

Total

€220,000,000

€1,468,112

€28,005,188

€23,982,497

€53,455,797

24%