Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2630)

Niamh Smyth


2630. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent to date under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme by project and administration costs; the amount expended to date on project costs by each local action group, LAG, in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33602/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020. €220 million of this budget is allocated to Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver the programme and approve projects at local level. The balance of €30 million is provided for thematic projects which are approved at national level.

Total expenditure on the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme since it commenced is in excess of €55.9 million. This includes:

- €1.5 million for the cost of developing the Local Action Group strategies (preparatory support)

- €28.9 million for expenditure incurred by the LAGs in administering the programme and supporting the project development process (administration and animation costs);

- €25.5 million for individual LEADER projects funded through the core budget available to each LAG.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the core project payments made to date by the LAGs in counties Cavan and Monaghan since the commencement of the programme. The figures do not include any payments made under the thematic schemes referred to above.

Table 1: Total LEADER Project payments by LAGs in Cavan and Monaghan as at 15 July 2019

Local Action Group

Project Payments