My Department has no role in relation to the administration of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
However, my Department has been in discussions on a number of occasions in recent times with the authority of the college referred to by the Deputy in relation to its plans to upgrade its building.
I understand that on foot of these discussions the college authority is considering submitting a business plan and formal application for capital funding under the Department's Community and Language Supports Programme. I also understand that the college authority is in communication with a number of other potential funding sources.
The Deputy may be assured that any application for capital funding being made by the college authority, encompassing a business plan in respect of the property, will be carefully considered by my Department in the context of competing priorities and available resources.
The Deputy may also be assured that my officials remain available to the college authority in order to offer guidance and advice in preparing any forthcoming application for departmental funding.