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Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 5 December 2019

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (364)

Charlie McConalogue


364. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of an application made by Donegal County Council (details supplied) under the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme; when an announcement will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50790/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreation infrastructure or the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreation infrastructure in Ireland.

Earlier this year, I launched the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2019 under three separate Measures:

- Measure 1: Small maintenance/promotion of existing infrastructure (maximum grant €20,000)

- Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure (maximum grant €200,000), and

- Measure 3: Repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects (maximum grant €500,000).

A total of 284 applications were received across the three Measures, seeking total funding of over €23 million.

I announced details of successful applications under Measure 1 last week, with a grant value of just over €1.8 million. Details of successful applications can be found on my Departments website at

My officials are currently assessing the Measure 2 and Measure 3 project applications, including the application referred to by the Deputy, and I hope to be in a position to make further announcements with details of the successful applications under both of these Measures in the New Year.