Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2603)

Dara Calleary


2603. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there are supports available under the CLÁR programme for a rurally based school with expanding numbers to acquire neighbouring land to develop playing pitches and a car set-down area which will ease road safety concerns in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31578/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The CLÁR programme provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in disadvantaged rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population.

The 2019 CLÁR programme was launched in February this year and invited applications for funding under three separate measures:

Measure 1- School and Community Safety Measures,

Measure 2 - Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas, and

Measure 3 - Community Wellbeing Support.

Measure 1 provides support for interventions that make the environs of schools and other community facilities safer for children and adults using those facilities. Car parking improvements is one of the interventions allowable under Measure 1, while Measure 2 provides funding for the enhancement of existing School or Community Play areas, or the development of new play areas.

However, the purchase of land is not covered under the CLÁR programme.

Further information on the CLÁR programme is available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/91ba52-clar/.