Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (22)

Dara Calleary

Question:

22. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent to date under the 2014 to 2020 LEADER programme by project and administration costs; the amount expended to date on project costs by each LAG; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50620/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Total expenditure on the LEADER programme since it commenced - effectively in 2016 - amounts to over €75 million. This comprises:

- €1.5 million in costs incurred by the LAGs to develop their Local Development Strategies.

- €33.5 million in administration costs of the LAGs and the cost of their engagement with communities to generate projects.

- €40.1 million on project expenditure. 

Project payments continue to increase as approved works reach completion and claims are submitted for payment. Of the €40 million project expenditure which has been incurred to date, €27 million has been paid out in 2019.

Over 1,000, or 40%, of project promoters have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project. The Programme is now delivering real and tangible results for communities right across rural Ireland and I am confident that the increased stream of project approvals by the LAGs and payment claims being submitted to my Department will continue at pace for the remainder of the programming period.

The following table provides a breakdown of project payments made to date to each LAG. The figures do not include payments made under the thematic schemes funded outside of the core budget allocated to each LAG.

Total LEADER Project payments by LAG as at 2 December 2019  

Local Action Group

Project Payments to date

Carlow

€1,517,662

Cavan

€2,069,249

Clare

€1,413,934

Cork North

€950,714

Cork South

€504,996

Cork West

€540,069

Donegal

€3,458,456

Dublin Rural

€742,469

Galway East

€889,452

Galway West

€449,358

Kerry

€2,775,881

Kildare

€476,217

Kilkenny

€937,460

Laois

€1,007,502

Leitrim

€1,113,277

Limerick

€2,086,560

Longford

€850,063

Louth

€922,467

Mayo

€2,542,483

Meath

€536,852

Monaghan

€1,300,585

Offaly

€2,218,523

Roscommon

€1,308,789

Sligo

€1,453,487

Tipperary

€2,452,718

Waterford

€2,311,326

Westmeath

€622,187

Wexford

€2,032,760

Wicklow

€713,524

Grand Total

€40,199,022