Written answers

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Rural Development Policy

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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457. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if an initiative (details supplied) will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20338/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The initiative referred to by the Deputy is overseen by a Taskforce chaired by Údarás na Gaeltachta, which falls under the remit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. I am aware that the Taskforce has finalised an Action Plan for the region in question.

While my Department participated on the Taskforce, it does not have overall responsibility for delivery of the measures contained in the Action Plan. However, my Department is supporting the initiative in a number of ways, including through the provision of:

- Funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund to support a Programme Manager to coordinate the implementation of the measures outlined in the Action Plan.

- Funding for the development of community-based renewable energy co-operatives, and

- Funding through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund for a project focused on the historic Transatlantic Cable Station in Valentia, which features in the Action Plan.

I look forward to the publication of the Action Plan and to seeing the actions being delivered for benefit the people of the region in question.


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