Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (337, 338)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

337. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the breakdown of the €125,882,000 capital allocation in rural development and regional affairs, that is, Vote 42 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44561/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

338. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the breakdown of the €15,118,000 capital allocation in community development, that is, Vote 42 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44562/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 337 and 338 together.

The Abridged Estimates 2019, published as part of the Budget 2019 Expenditure Report, sets out a total gross capital allocation of €141 million in respect of the Department of Rural and Community Development. This compare to a 2018 capital allocation of €87.5 million.

It is my intention to ensure that the existing programmes delivered by my Department continue in 2019. These include the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, CLÁR, the Local Improvement Scheme, the LEADER Programme and Libraries Development. Given the increased allocation I also intend to allocate €55 million for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. Applications under this fund are currently being evaluated and I hope to make an announcement regarding successful applications in November.

The Revised Estimates Volume 2019 will set out the breakdown of individual capital schemes to subhead level; the €125.882 million allocation under rural development and regional affairs and the €15.118 million allocation under community development. The Revised Estimates will be published in early December by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.