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LEADER Programmes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 November 2020

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Questions (165)

Thomas Gould

Question:

165. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the allocation provided to towns, villages and organisations in Cork under the LEADER programme in 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [34120/20]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020. €225 million of this budget is allocated to Local Action Groups (LAGs), who deliver the programme and approve projects at local level in accordance with their Local Development Strategy (LDS). County Cork is divided into three sub regional areas for the purposes of LEADER.

The total allocation for the county is €14,438,823. The allocation for each sub-regional area is provided for the duration of the programme rather than on an annual basis. This provides greater flexibility to the LAGs in managing their resources.

The funding provided supports the preparation of the Local Development Strategy fro each area, project activity, and the administration costs of the LAGs including their engagement with potential promoters to develop LEADER projects.

Table 1 below provides details of the budget allocations to each of the Cork LAGs under the LEADER 2014-2020.

Details of individual project approvals are available on my Department’s website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b849be-local-action-groups-approved-projects-2014-2020/ .

Table 1: LEADER Allocations by sub regional area for County Cork

LEADER sub-regional area

Allocation

Cork North

€5,591,846

Cork South

€3,831,303

Cork West

€5,015,674

Total

€14,438,823

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