Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Ceisteanna (59)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

59. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount approved for projects to date under the current LEADER programme by local action group, LAG; the total paid out to date by LAG; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22846/19]

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 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.

Total expenditure on the LEADER programme since it commenced, effectively in 2016, is in excess of €50 million.  This includes expenditure on projects and the operating costs of the Local Action Groups.

The level of project activity under the LEADER programme has increased significantly over the last year, and 1,991 projects have now been approved for funding of almost €69 million.  A further 373 project applications, requesting in excess of €26 million, are at various stages in the approval process.

Table 1 provides a breakdown of the projects approved by each Local Action Group together with details of the project payments made to date. The figures do not include expenditure or approvals under national-level thematic schemes, such as the LEADER Food Initiative and Co-operation Projects, as they are not funded from the LAGs' existing allocations. 

 Table 1: Total LEADER Project approvals and payments by LAG as at 26th May 2019

Local Action Group

Project  Allocation

Projects Approved

Projects  Approved

Project Payments made

Name

Value

No

Value

Value

Carlow

€4,797,602

32

€1,926,280

€1,047,831

Cavan

€6,391,715

48

€2,937,974

€1,035,548

Clare

€6,645,000

126

€2,437,046

€716,579

Cork North

€3,810,543

52

€1,944,561

€559,971

Cork South

€2,803,477

22

€873,004

€291,376

Cork West

€3,691,755

27

€1,265,267

€203,364

Donegal

€9,631,407

108

€4,805,920

€2,541,080

Dublin Rural

€4,777,829

49

€1,433,976

€467,865

Galway East

€5,741,888

47

€1,768,286

€53,019

Galway West

€3,425,425

31

€685,654

€215,412

Kerry

€7,650,904

222

€4,402,952

€1,632,026

Kildare

€3,946,200

21

€912,242

€211,422

Kilkenny

€5,798,949

61

€1,628,417

€686,708

Laois

€5,325,000

61

€1,374,314

€741,053

Leitrim

€4,490,000

54

€2,032,537

€453,919

Limerick

€6,946,151

78

€4,294,519

€1,268,845

Longford

€5,698,500

54

€1,351,669

€358,706

Louth

€4,576,397

65

€1,740,610

€477,644

Mayo

€8,260,822

121

€4,811,744

€788,010

Meath

€5,137,345

50

€2,182,725

€223,235

Monaghan

€5,694,500

41

€2,420,542

€690,942

Offaly

€6,000,000

126

€2,995,345

€1,119,990

Roscommon

€6,581,283

44

€2,484,487

€546,829

Sligo

€5,720,737

84

€2,679,588

€884,398

Tipperary

€7,562,584

118

€3,926,055

€932,154

Waterford

€5,525,346

50

€3,393,484

€1,657,159

Westmeath

€5,563,495

55

€1,339,403

€402,401

Wexford

€7,580,104

95

€3,465,816

€860,356

Wicklow

€4,728,231

49

€1,331,716

€229,727

Grand Total

€164,503,189

1,991

€68,846,135

€21,297,571