Under Project Ireland 2040, the Government has committed €1 billion to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund over a 10 year period to support rural economic development and help build strong communities. The Fund has been allocated €315m over the period 2019 to 2022.
The second call for Category 1 applications for the Fund closed at on the 6th August and there was an excellent response from all across the country and my Department received 69 applications for funding.
I can confirm that my Department received an application for the redevelopment of Schull Harbour from Cork County Council.
My Department are currently engaged in collating the applications before the assessment process begins. The outcome of the assessments will be examined by the Project Advisory Board, made up of representatives from key Government Departments and external experts, which was established to oversee the assessment process
My role is to consider and approve the recommendations that emerge from the assessment process outlined above. I expect that an announcement detailing the successful Category 1 projects from the second call to the Fund before the end of 2019.