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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

LEADER Programmes Expenditure

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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249. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent to date under the 2014-20 LEADER programme by project and administration costs; the amount expended to date on project costs by each LAG; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49626/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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LEADER is a multi-annual programme which has a total budget of €250 million over the period to 2020. It is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver the programme across the country.

Total expenditure on the LEADER programme since it commenced - effectively in 2016 when the majority of Funding Agreements were signed with the LAGs - amounts to over €73.4 million. This comprises:

- €1.5 million in initial costs incurred by the LAGs to develop their Local Development Strategies.

- €32.6 million in administration costs of the LAGs and the cost of their engagement with communities to generate projects.

- €39.3 million on project expenditure.

The level of project activity under the LEADER programme has increased significantly since the start of 2018. Currently, over 2,500 projects have been approved for funding of over €94.6 million. A total of 1,007 projects have been approved to date in 2019 alone.

A further 352 applications, requesting an additional €30.7 million, are at an earlier stage in the approvals process.

In addition, more than 100 Food and Co-operation projects have been approved at national level, outside of the core budget available to the LAGs.

Project payments have increased significantly in recent months as approved works have reached completion and claims have been submitted for payment. Over €39.2 million of project expenditure has been incurred to date, €26.1 million of that in 2019.

Over 1,000 or 40% of project promoters have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project application. The Programme is now delivering real and tangible results for communities right across rural Ireland and I am confident that the increased stream of project approvals by the LAGs and payment claims being submitted to my Department will continue at pace for the remainder of the programming period.

Table 1 provides a breakdown of the project payments made to date by each Local Action Group. The figures do not include payments made under the thematic schemes funded outside of the core budget allocated to each LAG.

Total LEADER Project payments by LAG as at 25 November 2019

Local Action Group Project Payments
Name Value
Carlow €1,439,360
Cavan €1,994,572
Clare €1,413,934
Cork North €942,688.44
Cork South €504,996
Cork West €540,069
Donegal €3,458,456
Dublin Rural €740,183
Galway East €868,655
Galway West €418,083
Kerry €2,768,655
Kildare €476,217
Kilkenny €937,460
Laois €989,437
Leitrim €1,057,027
Limerick €2,074,243
Longford €850,063
Louth €922,467
Mayo €2,521,486
Meath €508,852
Monaghan €1,260,576
Offaly €2,218,523
Roscommon €1,181,447
Sligo €1,311,592
Tipperary €2,347,798
Waterford €2,190,951
Westmeath €622,187
Wexford €2,023,527
Wicklow €699,524
Total €39,283,028

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