Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (644)

Pat Casey

Ceist:

644. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the roll-out and take-up of the multi-annual rural water programme announced in February 2019 and for which the deadline for applications was 14 March 2019; the number of applicants successful and unsuccessful by local authority area for each measure under the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39863/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

On 8 February this year, I announced details of the measures being funded through my Department under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021. Local authorities were invited to submit their bids for the funding of schemes or projects in their functional areas.  An Expert Panel has been put in place to support the evaluation process and its membership includes Departmental, stakeholder and independent representation.

The Expert Panel has made recommendations to my Department on the suitability of schemes and projects for funding based on objective criteria which are set out in the framework document issued to local authorities when requesting proposals. I expect to conclude consideration of the Panel's recommendations and to make an announcement of the allocations shortly.