Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (212)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

212. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the spend on rural regeneration in each year since 2011; and the amount allocated for 2018, in tabular form. [9171/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

My Department was established in July 2017 and therefore I do not have details of the amount spent on rural regeneration since 2011. Rural regeneration involves a coordinated effort across many Government Departments and agencies and each relevant Department has its own budgetary allocation to support rural renewal.

My own Department has a total allocation of €231.5 million for 2018 to support both rural and community development. This represents an increase of almost €70 million on 2017.

The Action Plan for Rural Development and the Government's new National Development Plan underpin a whole-of-Government approach to rural development. The Action Plan contains over 270 actions for delivery across a range of Government Departments, State Agencies and other organisations to support the economic and social progress of rural Ireland.

The National Development contains details of capital investments which will support rural areas across a range of thematic objectives. The National Development Plan includes a commitment to establishing a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which will provide an additional €1 billion for rural renewal over a ten year period.

The objective of the new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund will be to drive collaborative, co-ordinated and complementary packages of investment between Departments, agencies, local authorities and other public bodies in pooling their assets and working with local communities, and the private sector where appropriate, to transform our rural towns and villages and outlying rural areas.

The Action Plan for Rural Development, coupled with the investment under the National Development Plan, will bring an even greater focus to the regeneration of rural Ireland and make a real and lasting impact for the people who live in rural areas.