Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2922)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

2922. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the work of the Tipperary town task force; the budget that has been allocated to it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33418/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Supporting the development and growth of towns and villages across Ireland is a major priority for this Government and to this end policy interventions are being pursued across a number of Government Departments and are being implemented by local authorities around the country. In particular, €2 billion is available under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, with a further €1 billion available under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

In relation to Tipperary Town, my Department is engaging with a number of stakeholders regarding the regeneration of the town and I will confirm the amount of funding to support that regeneration process shortly. It is essential that this process is underpinned by a high level of ongoing local stakeholder engagement and collaboration. In this regard, I understand that community consultation in the town has recently been undertaken by Queens University, Belfast. An update on this consultation process was provided to the Tipperary Town Centre Forum and an outcomes Report will be produced in the autumn.