Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1739)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

1739. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount available to each local action group, LAG, for projects under the present LEADER programme; the amount of expenditure approved for projects to date by LAG; the amount expended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35556/19]

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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 allocation includes both core project funding and administration and animation costs for the LAGs.

The remaining €30 million in the programme is available for thematic schemes to be delivered at a national level and is allocated as projects are approved.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the amount allocated to projects by each LAG under the LEADER programme 2014-2020, the value of projects approved to date, and the amount paid to date in respect of projects. The figures do not include expenditure or approvals under national-level thematic schemes which operate on a competitive bid basis.

Total project expenditure on the current LEADER programme since it commenced, effectively in 2016, amounts to over €29.6 million. The level of project activity under the programme has increased significantly since the start of 2018 and 2,299 projects have now been approved for funding of over €83.8 million. A further 325 project applications, requesting in excess of €25.4 million, are at various stages in the approval process. Project expenditure will increase significantly as these projects are implemented and payments are drawn down.

Table 1: Total LEADER Project Allocations, Approvals and Payments by LAG as of end August 2019

Local Action Group

Core Project Allocation

Value of Approved Projects

Project Payments to date

Carlow

€4,797,602

€2,518,546

€1,253,617

Cavan

€6,391,715

€3,418,400

€1,332,188

Clare

€6,645,000

€3,978,414

€992,776

Cork North

€3,810,543

€2,479,756

€855,939

Cork South

42,803,477

€964,934

€419,996

Cork West

€3,691,755

€1,438,185

€256,272

Donegal

€9,631,407

€5,508,961

€3,152,332

Dublin Rural

€4,777,829

€1,626,701

€560,505

Galway East

€5,741,888

€2,009,225

€436,879

Galway West

€3,425,425

€1,451,097

€233,187

Kerry

€7,650,904

€5,623,537

€2,082,982

Kildare

€3,946,200

€1,359,091

€302,317

Kilkenny

€5,798,949

€1,872,109

€838,022

Laois

€5,325,000

€1,521,436

€852,697

Leitrim

€4,490,000

€2,425,969

€684,109

Limerick

€6,946,151

€4,611,974

€1,607,382

Longford

€5,698,500

€1,831,927

€619,692

Louth

€4,576,397

€2,214,470

€647,905

Mayo

€8,260,822

€5,316,127

€1,639,357

Meath

€5,137,345

€2,693,628

€368,767

Monaghan

€5,694,500

€2,648,410

€887,914

Offaly

€6,000,000

€3,233,259

€1,816,469

Roscommon

€6,581,283

€3,463,328

€878,401

Sligo

€5,720,737

€3,056,521

€1,245,061

Tipperary

€7,562,584

€4,890,713

€1,421,177

Waterford

€5,525,346

€3,409,009

€1,962,668

Westmeath

€5,563,495

€2,254,969

€409,191

Wexford

€7,580,104

€3,901,122

€1,341,517

Wicklow

€4,728,231

€2,151,610

€510,414

Total

€164,503,189

€83,873,428

€29,609,733