Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (113)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

113. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of the urban regeneration and development fund support for Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38397/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under Call 1 of the Urban Regeneration and Development Kerry County Council was initially allocated €2,256,700 in respect of public realm works in Tralee Town Centre.

The advancement of this URDF supported project is, in the first instance, a matter for Kerry County Council. However, my Department is in regular contact with the Council regarding this important project. The Council has reported very good progress on the project and in that context a request for additional URDF support has recently been approved with the provisional allocation now increased to €2,606,511.

Under Call 2 of the URDF, which was launched earlier this year, Kerry County Council submitted a proposal seeking further URDF support for Tralee.

This is one of seventy-six complex proposals received under Call 2, with every local authority submitting at least one proposal for URDF support, and each of which will require detailed assessment.

This assessment process is in train at present. Before the end of the year I intend to announce a new tranche of approved proposals, which will augment the existing pipeline of projects from Call 1 and contribute to the achievement of Programme for Government commitments and the objectives of the National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040.