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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 November 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Questions (1266, 1268, 1269)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

1266. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the way the €70 million allocated by her Department with regard to the existing LEADER transition programme until 2023 will be allocated for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53149/21]

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Claire Kerrane

Question:

1268. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding for the LEADER and LEADER transition programme by county for the periods 2007 to 2013, 2014 to 2020 and 2021 to 2023, in tabular form; and the breakdown of LEADER funding by county in each year since 2014. [53151/21]

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Claire Kerrane

Question:

1269. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding allocation per local action group for the periods 2007 to 2013, 2014 to 2020 and 2021 to 2023 with regard to LEADER and the LEADER transition programme in tabular form; and the LEADER funding allocations to each group in each year since 2014. [53152/21]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1266, 1268 and 1269 together.

The original allocation for the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 was almost €400 million.

LEADER funding for the 2007-2013 programming period was not allocated based on county boundaries but to individual Local Action Groups (LAGs) on completion of the Local Development Strategy process. The allocations were revised in 2013 on foot of the formal amendment of the Rural Development Programme, resulting in a decrease in the overall programme allocation.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the 2007-2013 Programme allocations, including the original and revised allocations.

The 2014-2020 LEADER programme had a total allocation of €250 million. €225 million of this budget was allocated directly to the LAGs who deliver the programme and approve projects at local level. Funding was allocated to each LAG for the full duration of the Programme to give greater flexibility to the LAGs to manage their resources.

The balance of €25 million is provided for thematic projects which are approved at national level.

In December 2020, I launched the Transitional LEADER Programme, which came into effect from 1 April 2021 and will run to the end of 2022. A total of €70 million has been made available over this programming period. €65 million of this budget is available to LAGs who deliver the programme and approve projects at local level. This funding is distributed between the LAGs on a pro-rata basis, commensurate with the allocations made at the start of the 2014-2020 LEADER programme.

A further €3 million of the funding has been allocated to support Co-operation projects and innovation between LAGs, while the remaining €2 million is being provided to support strategy development for the next LEADER programme.

Table 2 below provides details of the LAG allocations for the 2014-2020 and Transitional LEADER Programmes.

The new LEADER programme will commence in 2023. I recently announced the indicative allocation for the new LEADER programme of €180m. Taken together with the €70m secured for the transitional programme this gives a total funding allocation of €250m for the originally envisaged 7 year programming period from 2021- 2027.

Table 1: LEADER 2007-2013 programme allocations

Local Action Group

Original Allocation

Revised Allocation

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd.

€9,057,810

€7,563,093

Ballyhoura Development Ltd.

€11,673,519

€18,832,677

Carlow County Development Partnership Ltd

€8,878,177

€7,619,278

Cavan-Monaghan LEADER

€12,035,118

€10,235,403

Cill Dara Ar Aghaidh Teo

€12,282,448

€10,642,073

Clare Local Development Company Ltd.

€14,028,529

€16,175,841

Co. Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

€11,523,729

€13,587,910

Co. Wicklow Community Partnership

€11,135,560

€9,128,172

Co. Sligo LEADER Partnership Company Ltd

€10,888,673

€9,791,787

Comhar na nOileáin Teoranta

€4,642,415

€7,218,571

Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.

€12,831,901

€12,693,035

Fingal LEADER Partnership Co.

€7,766,780

€6,488,129

FORUM Connemara Ltd.

€9,668,965

€7,925,982

Galway Rural Development Company

€15,257,985

€12,512,676

Inishowen Development Partnership

€8,286,143

€7,410,663

IRD Duhallow Ltd.

€10,315,943

€12,852,160

Laois Community and Enterprise Dev

€10,993,608

€9,564,731

Leitrim Integrated Development Co Ltd

€10,845,497

€10,332,659

Longford Community Resources Ltd

€8,714,110

€7,198,679

Louth LEADER Partnership

€8,839,815

€7,265,162

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co.

€10,751,894

€9,663,562

Meath Community Rural and Social Dev.

€12,748,771

€15,139,043

North East Kerry LEADER Partnership Teo

€10,558,882

€9,267,641

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

€9,708,008

€12,917,884

Offaly Integrated Local Dev Co. Ltd.

€11,520,489

€10,856,445

Roscommon Integrated Development Company

€12,838,021

€11,230,957

South and East Cork Area Dev Ltd.

€10,641,494

€10,600,928

South Kerry Development Ltd.

€12,370,667

€10,341,450

South Tipperary Local Development Co Ltd

€11,106,187

€12,515,649

South West Mayo Development Company Ltd

€12,150,007

€10,820,318

Waterford LEADER Partnership Ltd.

€10,558,519

€11,486,013

West Cork Development Partnership Ltd.

€14,601,149

€13,481,280

West Limerick Resources Ltd

€9,997,751

€9,091,221

Westmeath Community Development Ltd

€10,987,060

€9,015,451

Wexford Local Development

€12,515,565

€11,919,814

Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta*

€17,278,809

€3,371,751

Overall Total

€399,999,998

€376,758,090

*Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG) went into liquidation in 2012

Table 2: Funding Allocations for the 2014-2020 and 2021-2022 LEADER Programmes

Local Action Group

LEADER 2014-2020 Allocation

LEADER 2021-2022 Allocation

Carlow

€6,416,803

€1,895,874

Cavan

€9,022,286

€2,517,948

Clare

€8,920,225

€2,635,521

Cork North

€5,591,846

€1,504,409

Cork South

€3,831,303

€1,131,976

Cork West

€5,015,674

€1,481,904

Donegal

€13,413,878

€3,815,464

Dublin Rural

€6,370,438

€1,882,175

Galway East

€7,655,851

€2,261,956

Galway West

€4,540,033

€1,341,373

Kerry

€10,719,868

€3,019,507

Kildare

€5,261,600

€1,554,564

Kilkenny

€7,791,573

€2,302,056

Laois

€7,124,587

€2,104,992

Leitrim

€6,498,475

€1,772,277

Limerick

€9,776,594

€2,740,812

Longford

€7,597,623

€2,244,752

Louth

€6,101,862

€1,802,823

Mayo

€11,621,432

€3,285,878

Meath

€6,903,124

€2,039,559

Monaghan

€7,592,720

€2,243,303

Offaly

€8,536,761

€2,374,498

Roscommon

€8,852,659

€2,615,558

Sligo

€7,655,648

€2,261,896

Tipperary

€10,603,443

€2,985,108

Waterford

€8,022,796

€2,222,644

Westmeath

€7,384,206

€2,181,697

Wexford

€9,840,141

€2,907,314

Wicklow

€6,336,549

€1,872,162

Total

€225,000,000

€65,000,000

Question No. 1267 answered with Question No. 1265.
Question No. 1268 answered with Question No. 1266.
Question No. 1269 answered with Question No. 1266.
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