Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

CLÁR Programme

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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47. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the CLÁR scheme nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43044/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 but was closed for applications in 2010.  I re-opened the programme in 2016 and, since then, over 1,400 projects have been approved for CLÁR funding of almost €33 million. 

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28th February last for projects under the following measures: 

Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures  

Measure 2: Play Areas 

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Support

3a First Response Support

3b Mobility and Cancer Care Transport

3c Sensory Gardens.

The programme was over-subscribed, with almost 500 applications received.  Nonetheless, I have announced 179 successful projects across the 3 Measures, to the value of €5.9 million this year. 

Details of successful projects under each Measure on a county basis can be found on the Gov.ie website at:


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