Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Scheme

Questions (1736)

James Browne

Question:

1736. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if additional funding will be provided for the pilot programme to provide free carbon monoxide alarms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34998/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

On 13th of May last I announced an initiative to support the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of elderly, isolated and vulnerable people throughout rural Ireland. Alarms will be supplied through Muintir na Tíre groups who will install them in people’s homes on a voluntary basis. I have allocated €115,000 to support this initiative through the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by my Department.

The pilot programme anticipated the installation of 2,000 Carbon Monoxide alarms. I understand that savings secured through the procurement process has enabled additional alarms to be provided within the existing budget and the scheme remains open for further applications. This funding will complement the already established Community Smoke Alarm Scheme funding so that a suite of safety measures will be available to those who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Further details are available at https://www.muintir.ie/community-development/carbon-monoxide-alarms/

Rural Development Programme Funding

Questions (1737)

Peter Burke

Question:

1737. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of grant funding his Department and associated agencies have allocated to counties Longford and Westmeath since its establishment; the amount funded through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when it handled certain areas now allocated to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35140/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established in July 2017 and details of the funding allocated to Longford and Westmeath since that date are provided in the following tables.

A number of the schemes referenced commenced while under the remit of the then Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural and Regional Affairs, and allocations made under these schemes prior to the transfer of functions are also outlined where appropriate.

In respect of agencies under the remit of my Department, none of these bodies has a role in the sanctioning of grant funding.

Overall, I can confirm that, since the start of 2017, Longford has been allocated funding in excess of €15.3 million, while Westmeath has been allocated €12.9 million.

These figures are correct to the end of June 2019 and include the following funding (including some provided prior to 2017 under functions which transferred from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural and Regional Affairs). The years in which each programme has operated are noted:

-

Longford

Westmeath

Town and Village Renewal Scheme (2016-)

€1,611,256

€1,428,000

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme/Rural Recreation Scheme (2016-)

€1,984,650

€2,077,224

CLÁR Programme (2016-)

€983,299

€690,493

Local Improvement Scheme (2017-)

€1,024,660

€1,379,981

REDZ (2016 only)

€350,000

€192,000

LEADER (2014-2020)**

€1,831,927**

€2,254,969**

Agricultural Shows (2017-2018)

€36,000

€48,000

**In respect of LEADER funding, the figures above refer to funding to approved projects under the current programme to date. Under LEADER 2014-2020 each Local Development Strategy (LDS) area has a set allocation for the duration of the programme. For the current programme, Longford has a core project allocation of €5,698,500 and Westmeath has €5,563,495.

In addition, significant grant funding has also been allocated through the following programmes since 2017 under functions which did not transfer from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural and Regional Affairs:

Longford

Westmeath

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (2018-)

€4,141,452.58

€600,000

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

€1,523,469

€2,328,293

Community Enhancement Programme (including funding under predecessor RAPID and Communities Facilities Schemes)

€495,541

€569,087

Community Services Programme (figures from 1 Jan 2018, when CSP transferred to this Department)

€885,041

€2,111,418

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (1738)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1738. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount expended on the renewal of licences (details supplied) by his Department since 2009 to date in 2019; the amount projected to be spent on the renewal of such licences by his Department over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35347/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established in July 2017. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services for my Department are provided by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform through the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).

My Department utilises the "Build To Share" functionality provided by the OGCIO, which includes Microsoft Office as the office suite and Microsoft Outlook for email. This package does not include Lotus Notes.

LEADER Programmes Funding

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

Consultancy Contracts Data

Questions (1740)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1740. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the names of external consultancies that delivered and continue to deliver advice and training on all aspects of GDPR in the context of preparedness and ongoing upskilling of staff regarding the regulation; the cost expended on the external advice and training of same to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35582/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Data protection awareness training specifically in relation to the provisions of the GDPR was made available to all staff in my Department in April and May 2018.

A total of 87 staff attended courses in preparation for the introduction of GDPR.

Additional training was provided to the Data Protection Officer in January 2019.

My Department reviews its training requirements on a regular basis and will provide further Data Protection training to staff as required.

Details of training providers and costs are set out in the following table.

Training Provider

Cost

Institute of Public Administration (IPA)

€4381.33

Irish Academy of Computer Training (IACT )

€ 888.00

Departmental Customer Charters

Questions (1741)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1741. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of complaints his Department received under the customer service charter in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; if his attention has been drawn to issues and or problems in having complaints registered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35650/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established on 19 July 2017 with the mission of promoting rural and community development and supporting vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland.

The Department is aware of the importance of providing quality customer service to stakeholders and members of the public and published its first Customer Action Plan and Charter, in line with the public service’s Customer Charter Initiative, earlier this year.

The Customer Action Plan includes details of our complaints procedure; setting out how customer complaints can be made and how they are dealt with. The Department has received one formal complaint to date, in 2018, which was successfully resolved following an investigation into the matter.

Rural Development Programme Funding

Questions (1742)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1742. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will address a matter regarding a group (details supplied) that has applied for funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35831/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I can confirm that an application for funding has been received by my Department in respect of the group referred to by the Deputy. This was just one of more than 300 applications received under the scheme in question.

My officials are currently in the process of assessing all of the applications received and I will announce the successful applicants when the assessment process is fully complete.

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

Questions (1743)

Peter Burke

Question:

1743. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when a new office will open (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35968/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Pobal is a not for profit company that works on behalf of the Irish Government in managing and supporting programmes in the areas of Social Inclusion and Equality, Inclusive Employment and Enterprise, and Early Years and Young People.

Pobal are currently negotiating on the rental and fit out of a new office space in Mullingar. The new space is expected to accommodate up to 50 seats, consisting mainly of National Childcare Scheme staff and a hot-desk area. Whilst negotiations are ongoing, a temporary office will open in Mullingar during September.

Any new jobs arising will be advertised on www.pobal.ie in the Autumn, their twitter account @Pobal and other sources.

Departmental Internships

Questions (1744)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1744. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of unpaid internships issued and or granted to persons to work in his Department over the past five years to 28 August 2019; the number of persons that took up unpaid internship roles in that timeframe; if his Department continues to offer unpaid internships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36154/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established in July 2017. In this timeframe there have been no unpaid internships issued to persons, to work in the Department.

The Department currently has no plans to offer unpaid internships. Public bodies are outside the scope of the current national internship programme administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

LEADER Programmes Funding

Questions (1745)

Mary Butler

Question:

1745. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when an application for further tranche of LEADER funds will be allocated to a community (details supplied); the timeframe from application for further funding to receipt of funds; if there is a standard process across all local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36174/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme for the period 2014-2020 which has a total budget of €250 million over the programming period. LEADER is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) which deliver funding in accordance with Local Development Strategies that have been agreed for each LAG area. Each LAG has been given a funding allocation for the duration of the programme. Project applications are made to, and approved by, the relevant LAG in each LEADER area.

Payment claims are submitted to my Department by the LAGs when projects are up and running and have incurred expenditure. The approved works must be completed by the project promoter prior to any phased or final payments being made.

Processing times for claims can take an average of 4 to 6 weeks from the point where a claim is submitted by the project promoter through the LAG. Certain checks are required to be carried out by all LAGs prior to the payment claims being submitted to my Department. Claims can only be progressed for payment to my Department once all the regulatory checks have been complied with.

There is no delay in payments being issued by my Department to the LAG for the project once all of the necessary checks have been completed and verified as required.

With regard to the project referred to by the Deputy, I understand that the project is still under construction and that the promoters have submitted a fourth claim for payment to the relevant Local Action Group. This claim is currently undergoing validation.

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Questions (1746)

Pat Casey

Question:

1746. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the 2019 outdoor recreational infrastructure scheme awards will be announced in view of the difficulties in works in 2018 due to the constrained timelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36195/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme forms part of the Government's Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme. The scheme provides funding to develop new outdoor recreational infrastructure and to maintain, enhance and promote existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland. Funding of over €41 million has been allocated to almost 600 projects under the scheme since 2016.

I launched the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme last March and applications were invited under three separate measures based on the scale of the projects to be delivered. The closing date for applications was 31st May, and over 280 applications were received. These applications are currently being assessed by my Department.

I will announce the successful projects under the various scheme measures when the assessment process is complete. The timelines for the completion of these projects and the drawdown of the funding will take account of the experience of projects in completing works under previous funding rounds, as highlighted by the Deputy.

Cyber Security Protocols

Questions (1747, 1748)

Jack Chambers

Question:

1747. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there are dedicated, professionally trained and certified cybersecurity staff in relation to cybersecurity protocols under the remit of his Department; if such specialists are being recruited; if his Department maintains a risk register of security breaches; if so, if there are staff that analyse, log and maintain such a register; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36234/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

1748. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department has a disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan and or disaster recovery sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36250/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1747 and 1748 together.

My Department's ICT managed service is provided by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform through the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).

The OGCIO implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting ICT systems, infrastructures and services. The OGCIO builds resilience into its ICT solutions as a matter of course, and has disaster recovery plans and sites in a Government Data Centre. Disaster recovery forms part of the overarching Business Continuity framework for their clients including my Department.

The OGCIO also has specialist staff, with the appropriate skills and expertise, tasked with managing cyber security. The OGCIO implements a defence-in-depth security strategy which is achieved through the effective combination of People, Processes, and Technology to support the implementation of appropriate security measures and provisions, including monitoring and analysing logs.

Our external line-of-business systems are secured behind firewalls and utilise industry-standard security protocols with disaster recovery functionality backed up by a dedicated external ICT infrastructure team. Business continuity and disaster recovery are supported through backups of data performed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, with live replication of systems to ensure backup systems can be utilised should a problem occur. Backups are also stored off-site on a regular basis.

Finally, my Department has a comprehensive risk management structure in place and works closely with our partners in the OGCIO and external providers to manage risks relating to the availability of IT systems and data.

LEADER Programmes Data

Questions (1749)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1749. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local action group, LAG, under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme; the amount expended to date under the programme in each LAG to 31 August 2019; the spend to date out of the amount allocated to each LAG for the programme period to the 31 August 2019 as a percentage; the amount expended to date on project costs, administration and other costs by each LAG to 31 August 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36263/19]

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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 funding is allocated to the LAGs for the full period of the programme.

The remaining €30 million is available for schemes to be delivered at a national level.

Table 1 below provides details as at 31st August 2019 of:

- The budget allocations to the LAGs under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme.

- The total spend by the LAGs broken down by:

- the cost of developing their strategies (preparatory support);

- the expenditure incurred on LEADER administration and supporting the development of projects (administration & animation);

- the funding provided to LEADER projects; and

- The total spend expressed as a percentage of the LAG's budget allocation.

While the overall spend to date is 28% of the total allocation available to the LAGs, there has been a significant increase in project approvals since the start of 2018, with 2,299 projects approved to a value of €83.8 million. A further 325 projects, requesting funding in excess of €25.4 million, are at earlier stages in the approvals process. Project payments under the programme will increase significantly as these projects are completed and submit payment claims.

Table 1: LEADER Expenditure data as of 31 st August, 2019

Local Action Group

Total Allocation

Prep Support Spend

Admin & Animation Spend

Project Spend

Total Spend

% Spent

Carlow

€6,416,803

€20,000

€594,460

€1,253,617

€1,868,077

29%

Cavan

€8,522,286

€50,000

€782,738

€1,332,188

€2,164,926

25%

Clare

€8,920,225

€83,336

€1,481,000

€992,776

€2,557,111

29%

Cork North

€5,091,846

€15,000

€981,860

€855,939

€1,852,799

36%

Cork South

€3,831,303

€65,000

€623,243

€419,996

€1,108,239

29%

Cork West

€5,015,674

€135,240

€860,578

€256,272

€1,252,090

25%

Donegal

€12,913,878

€57,594

€1,907,387

€3,152,332

€5,117,313

40%

Dublin Rural

€6,370,438

€55,000

€895,141

€560,505

€1,510,646

24%

Galway East

€7,655,851

€155,356

€986,700

€436,879

€1,578,935

21%

Galway West

€4,540,033

€75,000

€475,000

€233,187

€783,187

17%

Kerry

€10,219,868

€16,344

€1,837,111

€2,082,982

€3,936,437

39%

Kildare

€5,261,600

€50,000

€587,921

€302,317

€940,238

18%

Kilkenny

€7,791,573

€57,295

€1,362,750

€838,022

€2,258,067

29%

Laois

€7,124,587

€35,191

€810,289

€852,697

€1,698,177

24%

Leitrim

€5,998,475

€25,000

€778,341

€684,109

€1,487,451

25%

Limerick

€9,276,594

€22,187

€1,620,026

€1,607,382

€3,249,595

35%

Longford

€7,597,623

€30,000

€840,842

€619,692

€1,490,533

20%

Louth

€6,101,862

€28,000

€847,368

€647,905

€1,523,273

25%

Mayo

€11,121,432

€119,238

€1,679,598

€1,639,357

€3,438,193

31%

Meath

€6,903,124

€40,000

€1,030,570

€368,767

€1,439,337

21%

Monaghan

€7,592,720

€58,296

€807,797

€887,914

€1,754,007

23%

Offaly

€8,036,764

€30,000

€1,097,363

€1,816,469

€2,943,832

37%

Roscommon

€8,852,659

€58,213

€1,008,910

€878,401

€1,945,523

22%

Sligo

€7,655,648

€15,000

€732,837

€1,245,061

€1,992,898

26%

Tipperary

€10,103,443

€20,000

€1,318,329

€1,421,177

€2,759,506

27%

Waterford

€7,522,796

€75,427

€984,819

€1,962,668

€3,022,914

40%

Westmeath

€7,384,206

€25,602

€902,968

€409,191

€1,337,761

18%

Wexford

€9,840,141

€15,000

€1,055,344

€1,341,517

€2,411,861

25%

Wicklow

€6,336,549

€35,794

€866,022

€510,414

€1,412,229

22%

Total

€220,000,000

€1,468,112

€29,757,311

€29,609,733

€60,835,156

28%

CLÁR Programme

Questions (1750)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1750. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority under the CLÁR programme in each of the years 2017 to 2019; the amount paid to each local authority up to 31 August 2019 for each allocation in tabular form; the amount paid out to date out of the amount allocated to each local authority in each such year based on latest data to 31 August 2019 as a percentage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36264/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

In 2017, I approved over €5.7 million in CLÁR funding to Local Authorities. To date, over €5.5 million of this funding has been drawn down; this equates to 97% of the total allocated to the Local Authorities.

In 2018, I approved over €9.2 million in CLÁR funding to Local Authorities. To date, almost €7.7 million of this funding has been drawn down; this equates to 83% of the total allocated to Local Authorities.

My Department is currently engaging with the Local Authorities to close off their 2017 and 2018 projects.

On 26th August, I announced funding of over €3.8 million for projects to be delivered through the Local Authorities under the 2019 CLÁR programme. No payments have yet been made in respect of these projects.

The details requested by the Deputy for each Local Authority are provided in the following tables.

It should be noted that funding under some CLÁR Measures is provided directly to applicant organisations and is not routed through the Local Authorities. This funding is not included in the figures provided below. However, details of all projects approved under the CLÁR programme are available at www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/91ba52-clar/.

Table 1: CLÁR 2017 Allocations and Payments

County

Amount Allocated CLÁR 2017

Total paid to 31.08.2019

% of allocation paid to 31.08.2019

Carlow

€178,760

€172,177

96.32%

Cavan

€288,731

€288,469

99.91%

Clare

€323,132

€323,132

100.00%

Cork

€195,600

€190,402

97.34%

Donegal

€70,590

€70,590

100.00%

Galway

€519,792

€519,492

99.94%

Kerry

€134,188

€134,188

100.00%

Kilkenny

€161,932

€161,932

100.00%

Laois

€51,395

€51,395

100.00%

Leitrim

€457,552

€457,552

100.00%

Limerick

€161,730

€160,925

99.50%

Longford

€238,417

€237,067

99.43%

Louth

€245,869

€155,370

63.19%

Mayo

€628,230

€621,637

98.95%

Meath

€104,000

€104,000

100.00%

Monaghan

€594,338*

€586,524

98.69%

Offaly

€186,954

€185,665

99.31%

Roscommon

€320,555

€311,516

97.18%

Sligo

€274,650

€271,746

98.94%

Tipperary

€191,258

€187,978

98.29%

Waterford

€313,365

€313,365

100.00%

Westmeath

€77,096

€77,096

100.00%

Wicklow

€33,300

€6,300

18.92%

Totals

€5,751,434

€5,588,519

97%

*includes payment for a project under Measure 4 of the 2017 Scheme (First Response Support) paid directly to Monaghan Local Authority.

Table 2: CLÁR 2018 Allocations and Payments

County

Amount Allocated CLÁR 2018

Total paid to 31.08.2019

% of allocation paid to 31.08.2019

Carlow

€337,707

€332,494

98.46%

Cavan

€551,489

€530,071

96.12%

Clare

€371,598

€370,865

99.80%

Cork

€611,191

€493,815

80.80%

Donegal

€461,841

€441,064

95.50%

Galway

€603,615

€465,987

77.20%

Kerry

€431,677

€115,800

26.83%

Kilkenny

€303,464

€281,900

92.89%

Laois

€508,313

€453,359

89.19%

Leitrim

€380,236

€294,236

77.38%

Limerick

€343,840

€343,540

99.91%

Longford

€414,181

€95,120

22.97%

Louth

€266,207

€219,324

82.39%

Mayo

€624,166

€393,763

63.09%

Meath

€226,440

€209,804

92.65%

Monaghan

€503,164

€500,666

99.50%

Offaly

€259,639

€259,638

100.00%

Roscommon

€312,465

€292,447

93.59%

Sligo

€376,895

€353,820

93.88%

Tipperary

€361,355

€332,999

92.15%

Waterford

€528,840

€528,839

100.00%

Westmeath

€324,867

€299,108

92.07%

Wicklow

€130,590

€62,190

47.62%

Totals

€9,233,780

€7,670,850

83%

Table 3: CLÁR 2019 Allocations and Payments

County

Amount Allocated CLÁR 2019

Total paid to 31.08.2019

% of allocation paid to 31.08.2019

Carlow

€68,550.00

0

0%

Cavan

€226,747.60

0

0%

Clare

€217,811.12

0

0%

Cork

€114,800.00

0

0%

Donegal

€196,129.00

0

0%

Galway

€264,300.00

0

0%

Kerry

€143,666.00

0

0%

Kilkenny

€114,770.00

0

0%

Laois

€115,200.00

0

0%

Leitrim

€279,665.82

0

0%

Limerick

€95,000.00

0

0%

Longford

€255,638.00

0

0%

Louth

€59,567.00

0

0%

Mayo

€340,010.00

0

0%

Meath

€56,880.00

0

0%

Monaghan

€270,245.41

0

0%

Offaly

€55,350.00

0

0%

Roscommon

€240,270.20

0

0%

Sligo

€230,003.00

0

0%

Tipperary

€145,000.00

0

0%

Waterford

€149,850.00

0

0%

Westmeath

€78,000.00

0

0%

Wicklow

€100,000.00

0

0%

Totals

€3,817,453

€0

0%

Local Improvement Scheme Funding

Questions (1751)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1751. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority under the local improvement scheme in 2018 and 2019; the amount paid to each local authority up to 31 August 2019, in tabular form; the amount paid out to date out of the amount allocated to each local authority in each such year up to 31 August 2019 as a percentage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36265/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Rural)

In 2018, I allocated €20.8 million to Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). To date, over €19.2 million has been paid out in respect of the 2018 scheme and my Department is working with the Local Authorities to finalise draw-downs for that year.

In February of this year, I allocated €10 million to Local Authorities under the 2019 LIS. To date, €125,000 has been paid out in respect of the 2019 scheme. However, I expect the level of expenditure under the 2019 scheme to increase substantially in the coming months as improvement works on the roads in question are completed and payment claims are submitted to my Department by the Local Authorities.

The details requested by the Deputy in respect of each relevant Local Authority are provided on the following tables.

Table 1 : LIS 2018 Allocations and Payments

Local Authority

Total Allocation 2018

Amount of 2018 Allocation Paid to Date

Percentage of Allocation Paid to date

Carlow

€528,279

€521,812

98.78%

Cavan

€636,680

€631,468

99.18%

Clare

€1,038,844

€1,023,900

98.56%

Cork

€1,700,000

€1,344,107

79.07%

Donegal

€1,792,516

€1,360,232

75.88%

Galway

€1,942,000

€1,942,000

100.00%

Kerry

€1,209,990

€1,011,739

83.62%

Kildare

€329,591

€329,590

100.00%

Kilkenny

€679,683

€533,810

78.54%

Laois

€568,255

€440,352

77.49%

Leitrim

€550,120

€550,120

100.00%

Limerick

€684,349

€684,349

100.00%

Longford

€472,217

€382,350

80.97%

Louth

€250,000

€249,984

99.99%

Mayo

€1,843,235

€1,802,851

97.81%

Meath

€773,404

€765,001

98.91%

Monaghan

€540,841

€540,841

100.00%

Offaly

€644,654

€644,486

99.97%

Roscommon

€820,968

€817,242

99.55%

Sligo

€606,870

€606,870

100.00%

Tipperary

€794,400

€713,368

89.80%

Waterford

€607,047

€607,047

100.00%

Westmeath

€607,224

€607,224

100.00%

Wexford

€511,410

€477,768

93.42%

Wicklow

€668,135

€668,135

100.00%

TOTAL

€20,800,712

€19,256,646

92.58%

Table 2: LIS 2019 Allocations and Payments

Local Authority

Total Allocation 2019

Amount of 2019 Allocation Paid to Date

Percentage of Allocation Paid to date

Carlow

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Cavan

€269,254

€0

0.00%

Clare

€480,811

€0

0.00%

Cork

€900,000

€0

0.00%

Donegal

€677,456

€0

0.00%

Galway

€856,959

€0

0.00%

Kerry

€669,930

€0

0.00%

Kildare

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Kilkenny

€288,905

€0

0.00%

Laois

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Leitrim

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Limerick

€384,092

€0

0.00%

Longford

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Louth

€250,000

€125,000

50.00%

Mayo

€778,496

€0

0.00%

Meath

€326,394

€0

0.00%

Monaghan

€250,000

€0

0.00%

Offaly

€278,871

€0

0.00%

Roscommon

€355,104

€0

0.00%

Sligo

€256,154

€0

0.00%

Tipperary

€599,969

€0

0.00%

Waterford

€258,802

€0

0.00%

Westmeath

€256,433

€0

0.00%

Wexford

€329,878

€0

0.00%

Wicklow

€282,494

€0

0.00%

TOTAL

€10,000,002

€125,000

1.25%

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Questions (1752)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1752. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority under the town and village renewal scheme in each of the years 2017 to 2019; the amount paid to each local authority up to 31 August 2019 for each allocation in tabular form; the amount paid out to date out of the amount allocated to each local authority in each such year up to 31 August 2019 as a percentage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36266/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I allocated €21.6 million to 281 projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in October 2017. To date, €18.3 million of this funding has been drawn down, which equates to 85% of the total allocated.

I allocated €21.3 million to 224 projects under the scheme in October 2018. To date, €3.5 million of this funding has been drawn down, which equates to 16% of the total allocated.

It should be noted that projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme can typically take 12 to 18 months to complete. Payments are made to Local Authorities when a certain threshold of project expenditure is reached, and final payments are made on the full completion of the project. My Department is currently working on the close-off of the 2017 projects with the Local Authorities.

The following tables detail the funding allocated to each Local Authority in 2017 and 2018, and the amount of payment made to date in respect of each year's allocation. The percentage of the allocation drawn down to date is also provided.

I launched the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme on 16th April last. Local Authorities were invited to submit applications to my Department for consideration under the scheme. The closing date for receipt of applications was 28th June. Over 300 applications for funding were received from the Local Authorities.

My officials are currently assessing all of the applications received and I will announce the successful projects when this assessment is complete.

Table 1: Approvals and Payments by Local Authority under Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017

County

2017 Grant Funding approved

2017 funding paid to 31 August 2019

Amount paid as % of allocation

Carlow

€884,488

€884,488

100%

Cavan

€929,728

€929,681

100%

Clare

€944,000

€780,000

83%

Cork

€1,347,827

€1,110,466

82%

Donegal

€1,159,000

€562,796

49%

Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown

€80,000

€80,000

100%

Fingal

€252,000

€224,212

89%

Galway

€1,004,231

€948,231

94%

Kerry

€868,472

€526,386

61%

Kildare

€416,403

€328,202

79%

Kilkenny

€873,364

€546,363

63%

Laois

€983,407

€895,785

91%

Leitrim

€1,098,538

€928,538

85%

Limerick

€1,087,943

€928,072

85%

Longford

€637,400

€487,400

76%

Louth

€775,726

€707,729

91%

Mayo

€1,348,178

€1,266,178

94%

Meath

€905,546

€803,081

89%

Monaghan

€580,000

€530,000

91%

Offaly

€300,000

€300,000

100%

Roscommon

€575,508

€420,300

73%

Sligo

€1,063,968

€1,017,216

96%

South Dublin

€20,000

€20,000

100%

Tipperary

€857,384

€745,318

87%

Waterford

€625,800

€625,800

100%

Westmeath

€596,000

€510,994

86%

Wexford

€1,157,525

€955,082

83%

Wicklow

€265,000

€162,828

61%

Total

€21,637,435

€18,316,592

85%

Table 2: Approvals and Payments per Local Authority under the Town and Village Scheme 2018

County

2018 Grant Funding approved

2018 funding paid to 31 August 2019

Amount paid as % of allocation

Carlow

€786,118

€343,059

44%

Cavan

€530,000

€163,976

31%

Clare

€581,000

€100,000

17%

Cork

€1,001,800

€43,023

4%

Donegal

€1,100,000

€0.00

0%

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€100,000

€0.00

0%

Fingal

€597,960

€0.00

0%

Galway

€900,000

€250,000

28%

Kerry

€476,000

€0.00

0%

Kildare

€520,000

€260,000

50%

Kilkenny

€652,280

€0.00

0%

Laois

€872,094

€168,447

19%

Leitrim

€737,520

€50,000

7%

Limerick

€963,918

€294,666

31%

Longford

€593,856

€196,928

33%

Louth

€892,157

€0.00

0%

Mayo

€1,183,615

€257,486

22%

Meath

€670,834

€67,134

10%

Monaghan

€868,500

€34,063

4%

Offaly

€1,300,000

€305,704

24%

Roscommon

€880,000

€195,981

22%

Sligo

€1,138,400

€569,200

50%

Tipperary

€913,266

€0.00

0%

Waterford

€756,000

€0.00

0%

Westmeath

€452,000

€50,000

11%

Wexford

€1,334,798

€148,283

11%

Wicklow

€518,005

€11,880

2%

Total

€21,320,121

€3,509,829

16%

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Questions (1753)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1753. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority or local development company, LDC, under the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme in each of the years 2017 to 2019; the amount paid to each local authority or LDC up to 31 August 2019 for each allocation; the amount paid out to date out of the amount allocated to each local authority or LDC in each such year up to 31 August 2019 as a percentage in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36267/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure, and for the maintenance and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural Ireland. The projects supported under the scheme range from small scale local infrastructure, to projects of significant scale undertaken at a regional level. Some of these projects can take up to 18 months to complete.

In 2017, I approved over €13.6 million in funding for the ORIS, €11.5 million of which was allocated to Local Authorities. The balance of funding was allocated to State agencies in respect of their outdoor recreational activities. To date, over €6.6 million has been paid to Local Authorities under the 2017 scheme. There was no funding directly allocated to Local Development Companies in 2017.

In 2018, I approved over €20.8 million in ORIS funding to Local Authorities and Local Development Companies. To date, just under €1 million has been drawn down by them under the 2018 scheme.

My Department is working closely with the Local Authorities to close-off or accelerate projects and I would expect a significant increase in the drawdown of funding for the 2017 and 2018 schemes by the end of this year.

My officials are currently assessing applications received under the 2019 scheme and details of approvals will be announced in due course.

The figures requested by the Deputy in respect of each Local Authority and Local Development Company are provided on the following tables.

Table :1 ORIS 2017 Allocations and Payments to Local Authorities

County

Amounts Allocated

Drawdown to 31.08.19

Percentage Drawdown to 31.08.19

Carlow

€111,500.00

€7,000.00

6.28%

Cavan

€791,620.00

€492,965.00

62.27%

Clare

€55,917.00

€45,917.40

82.12%

Cork

€1,109,520.00

€90,760.00

8.18%

Donegal

€104,200.00

€103,600.00

99.42%

Dublin

€814,096.00

€54,096.00

6.64%

Galway

€116,650.00

€79,908.51

68.50%

Kerry

€314,277.00

€106,383.91

33.85%

Kilkenny

€123,476.08

€49,047.06

25.74%

Laois

€247,290.20

€48,057.00

11.78%

Leitrim

€1,050,153.00

€557,576.50

52.14%

Limerick

€189,884.00

€189,884.20

100.00%

Longford*

€555,159.00

€553,554.92

99.71%

Louth

€101,128.76

€8,500.00

8.41%

Mayo

€1,321,430.00

€992,088.51

75.08%

Meath

€87,520.00

€87,069.20

82.35%

Monaghan

€145,600.00

€143,152.23

98.32%

Offaly

€1,240,115.00

€979,868.29

79.01%

Roscommon

€186,388.45

€178,778.20

95.92%

Sligo

€1,072,675.00

€763,390.00

71.17%

Tipperary

€80,296.00

€78,930.00

98.30%

Waterford

€70,600.00

€62,102.98

87.96%

Westmeath

€933,634.00

€149,310.00

15.99%

Wexford

€510,416.00

€510,416.00

100.00%

Wicklow

€176,200.00

€163,633.00

92.87%

TOTAL

€11,509,745.49

€6,655,988.91

61.59%

*In addition, Longford received an additional allocation of €160,000 in 2017 in respect of an extension to the Royal Canal Way Greenway project, bringing the total amount of funding drawn down to €713,554.92.

Table 2: ORIS 2018 Allocations and payments to Local Authorities and LDCs

County

Organisation

Amount allocated

Amount of Drawdown to 31.08.19

% Drawdown to 31.08.19

Carlow

Carlow

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG

€47,268.01

€23,632.50

50.00%

Carlow

Carlow Co Co

€132,649.20

€0.00

0.00%

Cavan

Cavan

Breffni Integrated, Local Development Co

€102,956.00

€0.00

0.00%

Cavan

Cavan County Council

€1,215,539.00

€196,487.00

16.16%

Clare

Clare

Clare Local Development Company

€58,370.79

€52,770.79

90.41%

Clare

Clare County Council

€692,866.00

€0.00

0.00%

Cork

Cork

Avondu Blackwater P/ship

€11,656.00

€11,655.21

99.99%

Cork

SECAD Partnership CLG

€33,600.00

€0.00

0.00%

Cork

West Cork Development Partnership CLG

€53,230.29

€52,453.20

98.54%

Cork

Cork County Council

€1,174,911.00

€78,439.00

6.68%

Donegal

Donegal

Donegal Co Co

€343,660.00

€0.00

0.00%

Dublin

Dublin

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

€400,000.00

€200,000.00

50.00%

Galway

Galway

Galway Rural Development

€11,077.20

€0.00

0.00%

Galway

Forum Connemara CLG

€6,734.55

€5,734.55

85.15%

Galway

Galway County Council

€1,036,966.00

€0.00

0.00%

Kerry

Kerry

South Kerry Development Partnership CLG

€89,620.00

€52,713.81

58.82%

Kerry

North East & West Kerry Development

€99,578.00

€0.00

0.00%

Kerry

Kerry County Council

€570,909.40

€0.00

0.00%

Kerry

National Parks and Wildlife Service of DCHG

€500,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Kildare

Kildare

Kildare Co Co

€85,684.00

€0.00

0.00%

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

€31,276.00

€17,467.96

55.85%

Kilkenny

Kilkenny County Council

€740,622.00

€168,776.50

22.79%

Laois

Laois

Laois Partnership Company

€40,184.80

€6,830.97

17.00%

Leitrim

Leitrim

Leitrim Integrated Development Company CLG

€40,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Leitrim

Leitrim Co Co

€496,018.54

€0.00

0.00%

Limerick

Limerick

West Limerick Resources

€11,336.80

€11,195.14

98.75%

Limerick

Ballyhoura Development CLG

€64,000.00

€64,000.00

100.00%

Limerick

Limerick City and County Council

€722,717.28

€65,784.00

9.10%

Longford

Longford

Longford County Council

€1,239,491.28

€20,000.00

1.61%

Louth

Louth

Louth Co Co

€388,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Mayo

Mayo

South West Mayo Development Company CLG

€96,000.00

€56,000.00

58.33%

Mayo

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co Teo

€120,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Mayo

Mayo County Council

€1,300,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Meath

Meath

Meath Partnership

€59,857.70

€15,488.46

25.88%

Meath

Meath County Council

€992,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Monaghan

Monaghan

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG

€110,024.00

€49,124.28

44.65%

Monaghan

Monaghan County Council

€495,441.62

€0.00

0.00%

Monaghan

Monaghan County Council (with Coillte)

€421,130.40

€0.00

0.00%

Offaly

Offaly

Offaly Local Dev Company

€107,730.00

€99,758.88

92.60%

Offaly

Offaly Co Co

€400,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Roscommon

Roscommon

Roscommon Leader Partnership

€15,378.00

€15,378.00

100.00%

Roscommon

Roscommon County Council

€1,141,553.84

€46,065.67

4.04%

Sligo

Sligo

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG

€179,840.00

€88,740.77

49.34%

Sligo

Sligo County Council

€726,092.00

€113,046.00

15.57%

Tipperary

Tipperary

South Tipperary Development CLG

€4,800.00

€4,799.47

99.99%

Tipperary

North Tipperary Leader Partnership

€38,714.00

€28,169.95

72.76%

Tipperary

Tipperary Co Co

€756,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Waterford

Waterford

Waterford City & Co

€182,163.04

€32,450.00

17.81%

Westmeath

Westmeath

Westmeath Community Development

€172,000.00

€111,865.68

65.04%

Westmeath

Westmeath County Council

€752,000.00

€0.00

0.00%

Wexford

Wexford

Wexford Local Development

€9,560.14

€9,560.14

100.00%

Wexford

Wexford County Council

€1,410,782.44

€522,703.96

37.05%

Wicklow

Wicklow

County Wicklow Partnership

€46,280.00

€44,685.39

96.55%

Wicklow

Wicklow County Council

€859,305.00

€0.00

0.00%

TOTALS

€20,837,574.32

€986,519.46

4.73%

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (1754)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1754. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the 2019 capital spend to 31 August 2019 including the capital carryover from 2018, by subhead; the provision under each subhead including the capital carryover from 2018 provided for in the revised estimates volume for 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36268/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Further Revised Estimates for 2019 in respect of the Department of Rural and Community Development provides for gross capital expenditure of €138 million. There was no capital funding carried forward from 2018.

To date, €47 million of this capital allocation has been spent. I have set out expenditure to date in the table below against the total capital provision for 2019.

At the start of each year my Department profiles expected spend for that year, and the overall capital expenditure to date is on profile.

As is usual for capital programmes, the majority of claims for payment will be made in the final quarter of the year as projects progress to completion and capital grant approvals are drawn down. This is particularly true for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, for which delivery is now beginning to accelerate.

Continued close monitoring of expenditure is a matter of significant priority so as to ensure the best use of available resources and that value for money is delivered in respect of our funding.

Capital Expenditure to 31 August 2019

-

REV 2019

YTD - Actual

V42 – GROSS (€m)

138.0

47.0

A - REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

122.9

45.7

A.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

0.2

0.1

A.4 - NATIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES

15.0

6.9

A.5 - LEADER - RURAL ECONOMY SUB PROGRAMME

30.0

25.1

A.7 - TOWN AND VILLAGE REGENERATION

15.0

8.2

A.8 – REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

0.7

-

A.9. - LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES

10.0

3.0

A10 - RURAL REGENERATION & DEVELOPMENT FUND

52.0

2.4

B - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

15.1

1.3

B.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

0.2

0.1

B.6- SUPPORTS FOR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

1.8

-

B.7- DORMANT ACCOUNT MEASURES

2.5

0.1

B.8- PROGRAMME FOR PEACE AND RECONCILLIATION

0.7

-

B.10 - LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT AND ARCHIVE SERVICE

6.0

1.1

B.11 - COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME

4.0

-

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Questions (1755)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1755. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of applications made under the rural regeneration and development fund to date by county up to 31 August 2019; the number of applications granted funding by county up to 31 August 2019; the funding approved for the scheme in 2019; the number and value of payments made up to 31 August 2019 for approved projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36269/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund seeks to support ambitious and strategic projects which have the potential to transform rural economies and communities. The Government has committed €1 billion over 10 years to the Fund and €315 million is allocated to the Fund for the period 2019-2022.

The first call under the Fund closed in September 2018. 280 applications were received – 126 Category 1 applications (projects which had the relevant planning and consents in place and could commence capital works in 2019) and 154 Category 2 applications (projects which had potential but needed further development to enable them to be potentially submitted as Category 1 proposals in the future). The number of applications per county is set out in Table 1.

In November 2018 and February 2019 I announced details of a total of 38 Category 1 projects and 46 Category 2 projects which were successful under the first call from the Fund, providing €86m in support for projects worth a total of €117m. The county breakdown of the projects which were announced is set out in Table 2.

Following the announcement of the successful projects, my Department engaged with each lead party to complete due diligence requirements. Contractual arrangements were also drawn up with the release of funding based on the achievement of key milestones in the projects.

In this regard, significant progress is already being made on the implementation of successful projects. A number of the projects have already reached their first milestone and had funding released. To date, €4,150,523 has been drawn down from the Fund by 11 separate projects. I expect that payments from the Fund will significantly accelerate over the coming weeks and months as further milestones are achieved across the other projects.

The second call for Category 1 applications under the Fund closed on the 6th August 2019. My Department received 69 applications for funding and are currently engaged in collating the applications before the assessment process begins. The number of applications per County is set out in Table 3.

Table 1. Number of Applications under the First Call per County

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Category 1

Applications

Category 2 Applications

Overall Applications per County

Carlow

1

5

6

Cavan

2

3

5

Clare

13

10

23

Cork

17

49

66

Donegal

8

4

12

Dublin

0

1

1

Galway

9

5

14

Kerry

7

7

14

Kildare

4

9

13

Kilkenny

4

5

9

Laois

4

1

5

Leitrim

2

3

5

Limerick

13

5

18

Longford

2

1

3

Louth

2

2

4

Mayo

7

6

13

Meath

2

6

8

Monaghan

5

4

9

Offaly

1

4

5

Roscommon

4

1

5

Sligo

3

2

5

Tipperary

3

3

6

Waterford

1

4

5

Westmeath

1

2

3

Wexford

5

6

11

Wicklow

1

2

3

Multiple Locations

5

4

9

Totals

126

154

280

Table 2. Number of Projects Announced as Approved for Funding by County

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Applications Announced as Approved for Funding Category 1

Applications Announced as Approved for Funding Category 2

Total Applications Announced as Approved for Funding

Carlow

1

1

2

Cavan

1

2

3

Clare

4

2

6

Cork

2

5

7

Donegal

2

1

3

Dublin

0

0

0

Galway

3

3

6

Kerry

1

4

5

Kildare

1

2

3

Kilkenny

2

1

3

Laois

1

0

1

Leitrim

0

1

1

Limerick

3

1

4

Longford

2

0

2

Louth

1

1

2

Mayo

3

2

5

Meath

0

4

4

Monaghan

1

4

5

Offaly

0

1

1

Roscommon

3

1

4

Sligo

2

1

3

Tipperary

1

0

1

Waterford

0

1

1

Westmeath

0

1

1

Wexford

1

4

5

Wicklow

0

0

0

Multiple Locations

3

3

6

Totals

38

46

84

Table 3. Number of Applications under the Second Call per County

County

Number of Applications

Carlow

2

Cavan

4

Clare

5

Cork

4

Donegal

3

Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Leitrim

1

Galway

4

Kerry

6

Kildare, Laois

1

Kilkenny

3

Laois

1

Leitrim

2

Limerick

5

Longford

1

Mayo

4

Meath

3

Monaghan

2

Offaly

3

Roscommon

2

Sligo

1

Tipperary

4

Waterford

2

Wexford

3

Wicklow

3

Grand Total

69

CLÁR Programme

Questions (1756)

Brendan Smith

Question:

1756. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding allocated under each measure for the CLÁR programme in 2019; the expenditure to date under each measure and by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36508/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28th February last, with applications invited under three separate Measures:

Measure 1: Support for "School and Community Safety Measures",

Measure 2: Support for "Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas", and

Measure 3: Funding for "Community Wellbeing Support".

Community Wellbeing Support under Measure 3 includes the provision of equipment and vehicles for voluntary first-response organisations, as well as the provision of specialist vehicles to bring people to cancer-care centres and other community-care services. The Measure may also provide funding for sensory gardens.

The closing date for the 2019 CLÁR programme was the 30th April, and almost 500 applications were received by my Department.

To date, I have announced the following funding under the 2019 CLÁR programme:

Measure 1: School and Community Safety Measures - €2,522,993.43 for 74 schools/communities

Measure 2: Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas - €1,294,459.72 for 30 schools/communities

Measure 3a: First Response Support - €567,515.93 for 30 groups.

Measure 3b: Mobility and Cancer Care Transport - €890,632.00 for 20 groups.

Details of successful projects on a county basis can be found at: www.gov.ie/en/collection/f9051a-clar-funding-2019/.

To date, no drawdown of funding has been made, as the successful projects have only recently been announced. However, I would expect the drawdown of funding to commence in the coming weeks.

RAPID Programme

Questions (1757)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

1757. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the details of the RAPID funding provided to each of the Dublin local authorities in 2019; the projects being funded in each case; and the criteria which applied to qualifying for this funding. [36814/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The original RAPID programme ran from 2001 and closed to new applications in 2011. In 2017, a nationwide re-cast RAPID programme was launched. All areas of the country were eligible for funding, and the funding was administered by Local Community Development Committees.

In early 2018, my Department completed a review of the re-cast RAPID programme and the Community Facilities Scheme (CFS). On foot of this review, I launched the new Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) in May 2018. It replaces and builds on RAPID and the CFS. Combining these schemes makes for a more flexible, streamlined and targeted approach to providing funding to those communities most in need, while reducing the level of administration involved.

CEP funding is administered locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) across the country, with support from their Local Authority. Information about the Programme criteria and projects previously funded can be found at the following link www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/e669d7-community-enhancement-programme/. CEP funding being provided in 2019 to the Dublin local authority areas is set out below.

Local Authority

CEP 2019 Amount

Dublin City

€212,306

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

€142,108

Fingal

€150,521

South Dublin

€169,399

€674,334

LEADER Programmes Administration

Questions (1758)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1758. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to revise the existing administrative process for the allocation of LEADER 2014-2020 funding including the role of local community development committees, LCDCs, in the process and revert back to the administrative model that pertained under the 2007-2013 rural development programme, RDP; and if such changes would require approval at EU level to achieve same. [36890/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The selection of LEADER Local Development Strategies, and by inference the selection of LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs), is subject to strict EU Regulatory requirements which mandate a transparent process, open to all interested parties. The Local Development Strategies and LAGs for the 2014-2020 LEADER programme in Ireland were selected by an Independent Selection Committee through a robust process.

Following on from that selection process, two separate models emerged for the delivery of the LEADER programme in Ireland. The first of these models, where some Local Development Companies were successful in being selected as the LEADER Local Action Group, mirrors the approach used in the 2007-2013 programme .

The second model is where the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) were selected as the LAG. Under this model, the Local Development Companies administer much of the programme as Implementing Partners for the LAGs. In both models, therefore, the Local Development Companies continue to be a key point of engagement for potential applicants under the LEADER programme.

While there are some differences in the delivery model between the current LEADER programme and the 2007-2013 programme, the structures which are in place have now bedded-in well and I currently have no plans to revise the process for the allocation of core funding for the 2014-2020 programme. In any event, any proposed changes would have to be agreed with the European Commission.

LEADER Programmes Expenditure

Questions (1759)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1759. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the expenditure by project and administration incurred under the 2007-2013 LEADER programme in each year of the period and as of 31 August 2012; the value of projects that had been approved under the programme to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36891/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the expenditure by project and administration costs under the 2007-2013 LEADER programme for each of the years 2007-2012. It is not practicable to provide details as of 31st August 2012, but the figures on the table reflect the position as of 31st December each year.

Table 2 below provides the number and value of project approvals under the 2007-2013 LEADER programme for each of the years 2007-2013, as of 31st December each year. All projects had to be approved before 31st December 2013. However, payments to projects could continue for a further two years, as the projects were completed.

It should be noted that no projects were approved, or expenditure incurred, in the first two years of the LEADER 2007-2013 programming period. LEADER is an EU-wide programme and, as can often be the case with such programmes, activity increases progressively over the course of the programme period.

Table 1: LEADER Project & Administration Expenditure for the period 2007-2012

Year

Projects

Administration

Total Expenditure

2007

€0.00

€0.00

€0.00

2008

€0.00

€0.00

€0.00

2009

€8,201,445.25

€11,464,519.05

€19,665,964.30

2010

€30,596,158.16

€13,659,684.89

€44,255,843.05

2011

€35,452,081.68

€12,009,677.00

€47,461,758.68

2012

€39,681,861.45

€13,335,298.42

€53,017,159.87

Total

€113,931,546.54

€50,469,179.36

€164,400,725.90

Table 2: LEADER Project Approvals for the period 2007-2013

Year

No. Approved Projects

Total LEADER Grant approvals

2007

0

€0.00

2008

0

€0.00

2009

1,271

€20,004,753

2010

1,724

€33,670,670

2011

2,061

€38,371,891

2012

3,047

€76,788,710

2013

1,683

€48,532,958

Total Approvals

9,786

€217,368,983

Local and Community Development Programme

Questions (1760)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1760. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the recently published strategy Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: A Five-Year Strategy to Support the Community and Voluntary sector in Ireland, 2019-2024; the timeline for the delivery of each action under the strategy in tabular form; and the supports available to support the community and voluntary sector. [36892/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I recently launched “Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: a Five-Year Strategy to Support the Community and Voluntary sector in Ireland 2019-2024”. The Strategy sets a general direction of travel for Government policy in relation to community development, local development and the community and voluntary sectors for the next five years and beyond. It also copper-fastens the renewed relationship and partnership between Government and the community and voluntary sectors which has developed during the course of its preparation.

The Strategy will be implemented in partnership with sectoral stakeholders over the strategy period and beyond. The implementation will be supported by the Cross Sectoral Group on Local Development and Community Development with periodic progress reports provided to the relevant Government Cabinet Committee. Responsibility for implementing actions will rest, in many cases, with Government and my Department will work collaboratively with both relevant Government Departments and sectoral stakeholders to scope, develop and implement cross cutting actions.

The Strategy will entail far reaching changes across Government and the community and voluntary sector and will require an incremental building of supports over the strategy period and beyond. This will be the case particularly for those actions requiring larger scale sustained funding support. In this context actions are grouped into three categories;

Short Term To be initiated as soon as possible and completed by 2021

Medium Term To be initiated on a phased basis and completed by 2023

Long Term To be progressed early in the strategy period and will continue to be developed and built upon beyond 2023.

The timeline for the delivery of each individual action under the Strategy is set out in tabular form in the strategy document on pages 24 – 31. The strategy can be found on my department’s website at the following link:

www.gov.ie/en/publication/d8fa3a-sustainable-inclusive-and-empowered-communities-a-five-year-strategy/.