Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2640)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

2640. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of capital projects within the remit of his Department; the amount spent on each project to date; and the anticipated completion date. [34208/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

My Department does not have direct responsibility for procurement or delivery of any capital project; the majority of capital funding is routed through Local Authorities and other bodies.

€28.1 million has been expended on capital projects to the end of June 2019. I have set out details of this expenditure across the Department’s capital subheads in the table provided.

At the start of each year my Department profiles expected spend for that year, and the capital expenditure to date represents 92% of the profiled expenditure at this point in the year.

As is usual for capital programmes, the majority of claims for payment will be made in the final quarter of the year as projects progress to completion and capital grant approvals are drawn down.

This is particularly true for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, one of four funds established under Project Ireland 2040 , for which projects were only recently approved following due diligence .

The Fund seeks to support ambitious and strategic projects which have the potential to transform rural economies and communities. The Government has committed €1 billion over 10 years to the Fund and €315 million is allocated to the Fund for the period 2019-2022.

Continued close monitoring of expenditure is a matter of significant priority so as to ensure full use of our allocated resources, and that value for money is delivered in respect of our funding. I intend to ensure that the resources made available to my Department this year are fully utilised, delivering benefits for all communities and for rural Ireland.

The following table provides the status of capital expenditure funded through my Department to 30 June 2019.

Department of Rural and Community Development, Capital Expenditure, to 30 June 2019

Amount

-

YTD - Actual

V42 – GROSS (€’000s)

28,061

A - REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

27,235

A.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

69

A.4 - NATIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES

4,797

A.5 - LEADER - RURAL ECONOMY SUB PROGRAMME

16,617

A.7 - TOWN AND VILLAGE REGENERATION

3,242

A.8 – REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

4

A.9. - LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES

2,083

A10 - RURAL REGENERATION & DEVELOPMENT FUND

423

B - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

826

B.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

49

B.3 –SUPPORTS FOR COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY SECTOR

0

B.6- SUPPORTS FOR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITES

9

B.7- DORMANT ACCOUNT MEASURES

140

B.8- PROGRAMME FOR PEACE AND RECONCILLIATION

0

B.10 - LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT AND ARCHIVE SERVICE

628

B.11 - COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME

0