Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Department of Rural and Community Development
Community Enhancement Programme
578. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to the threat to the viability of a community centre (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if assistance will be provided to ensure the centre is rebuilt to comply with new building rules and regulations and can continue to operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24904/19]
My Department supports Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) who are responsible for the delivery of the community elements of their Local Economic and Community Plans (LECPs). These plans, adopted in each local authority area, identify local needs, such as essential community infrastructure, in each area including the area referenced in Dublin 15.
Community facilities are funded from a range of sources; including via schemes and programmes provided by my Department which provides a range of supports to communities nationwide, helping citizens to participate in the development of their communities and providing funding to improve facilities.
For example, the Community Enhancement Programme funded capital projects to the total value of €12.5m in 2018 and can be used to contribute towards the renovation of community infrastructure. Funding of €4.5m is bring provided nationally under this programme in 2019. The Community Enhancement Programme is administered locally by the LCDC in each Local Authority area.