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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 14 October 2021

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Questions (245, 247, 252, 258)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

245. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the extent to which her Department has supported rural and community renewal throughout County Kildare in the past year; her plans in this regard in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50289/21]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

247. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the extent to which her Department has assisted, directly or indirectly, voluntary and or community groups throughout County Kildare in the past year; her plans in this regard for 2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50291/21]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

252. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the total monies allocated by her Department for urban and rural development and renewal purposes in the past two years to date in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50296/21]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

258. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the extent to which her Department has identified specific local initiatives in County Kildare worthy of support by her Department since its inception; her ongoing proposals in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50302/21]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245, 247, 252 and 258 together.

My Department delivers a wide range of policies and measures to support urban and rural communities. Funding strands include the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, LEADER, Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), Community Services Programme, Community Enhancement Programme, CLÁR Programme, Local Improvement Scheme, and funding for public libraries across the country. Funding is available to eligible community groups and organisations throughout the country.

The amount allocated by my Department for urban and rural development and renewal purposes in the past three years to-date is, €133 million in 2017, €251 million in 2018, €315 million in 2019, €313 million in 2020, and €267 million to date in 2021.

Kildare was allocated €2.9 million in 2017, €4.2 million in 2018, €10.9 million in 2019, €7.6 million in 2020 and €3.3 million to date in 2021. Details of funding allocations under specific schemes provided by my Department are available online at www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-rural-and-community-development/.

My Department is also responsible for a number of national policies containing measures to improve the lives of people throughout the country. These include the National Policy on Social Enterprise, and Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: 5 Year Strategy to Support the Community and Voluntary Sector 2019-2024 .

The new national rural development policy Our Rural Future, which I launched in March, sets out a blueprint for the development of rural Ireland over the next five years. The policy is supported by 150 commitments across Government, which will address the challenges facing communities and deliver new opportunities for people living in rural areas.

Delivery of the measures contained in the policy will help rural Ireland to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enable long-term development of rural areas, and create more resilient rural economies and communities for the future. Ongoing dialogue over the course of the five year policy timeframe will ensure that rural communities are at the heart of designing and delivering responses that meet local needs.

My Department will continue to deliver these important funding schemes and policies to support both urban and rural communities, improve quality of life, and enable local and community development sectors to continue to provide valuable much needed services and supports to all communities throughout the country.

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