Thursday, 28 March 2019

Ceisteanna (184)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

184. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each LAG under the 2014 to 2020 Leader programme; the amount expended under the 2014 to 2020 Leader programme in each LAG based on the latest data; the spend as a percentage of the amount allocated to each LAG to date based on latest data; the amount expended to date on project costs by each LAG based on the latest data in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14708/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a total budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020. €220 million of this funding has been allocated to the Local Action Groups (LAGs) throughout the country who deliver the LEADER programme. This core funding is allocated to the LAGs for the full period of the programme.

The remaining €30 million is available for thematic schemes to be delivered at a national level and is allocated as projects are approved.

Table 1 below provides details of:

- The core allocations to the each of the LAGs under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme;

- The total expenditure to date by LAG which includes project costs, the administration costs of the LAGs and the cost associated with their engagement with promoters to develop projects;

- The total expenditure to date expressed as a percentage of the LAGs' allocation; and,

- The total expenditure to date incurred in respect of projects.

The figures do not include expenditure under national-level thematic schemes which operate on a competitive bid basis.

There was a significant increase in both project approvals and expenditure in 2018. I am confident that the progress now being made by the LAGs in approving projects, along with the administrative improvements introduced by my Department, will result in a continued increase in project approvals and payments under the LEADER programme during 2019.

Table 1: LEADER expenditure data as of 24th March 2019

Local Action Group

Total Allocation

Total Spend

% of Allocation Spent

Project Spend

Carlow

€6,416,803

€1,461,568

23%

€871,066

Cavan

€8,522,286

€1,337,606

16%

€630,488

Clare

€8,920,225

€2,032,250

23%

€613,914

Cork North

€5,091,846

€1,429,607

28%

€514,484

Cork South

€3,831,303

€834,268

22%

€213,124

Cork West

€5,015,674

€1,095,573

22%

€196,938

Donegal

€12,913,878

€3,728,230

29%

€2,122,541

Dublin Rural

€6,370,438

€1,165,923

18%

€401,712

Galway East

€7,655,851

€1,088,380

14%

€38,024

Galway West

€4,540,033

€633,852

14%

€143,852

Kerry

€10,219,868

€2,756,655

27%

€1,127,766

Kildare

€5,261,600

€656,202

12%

€110,037

Kilkenny

€7,791,573

€1,981,479

25%

€674,184

Laois

€7,124,587

€1,421,471

20%

€699,089

Leitrim

€5,998,475

€1,111,097

19%

€433,716

Limerick

€9,276,594

€2,307,910

25%

€796,036

Longford

€7,597,623

€856,749

11%

€111,398

Louth

€6,101,862

€1,129,107

19%

€389,346

Mayo

€11,121,432

€2,380,966

21%

€692,008

Meath

€6,903,124

€1,007,676

15%

€113,876

Monaghan

€7,592,720

€1,196,205

16%

€516,742

Offaly

€8,036,764

€2,010,154

25%

€1,050,077

Roscommon

€8,852,659

€1,209,569

14%

€325,312

Sligo

€7,655,648

€1,449,975

19%

€791,919

Tipperary

€10,103,443

€1,796,796

18%

€649,777

Waterford

€7,522,796

€2,507,106

33%

€1,598,618

Westmeath

€7,384,206

€1,163,426

16%

€348,887

Wexford

€9,840,141

€1,439,575

15%

€576,777

Wicklow

€6,336,549

€1,006,628

16%

€211,000

Grand Total

€220,000,000

€44,196,002

20%

€16,962,709