Written answers

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Local Improvement Scheme Funding

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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227. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of co-funding required for each project under the 2019 local improvement scheme; the projected source of co-funding as outlined in the application for project funding; and the projects that were not approved for funding that applied to the 2019 scheme by county in tabular form [50652/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Since I reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) in 2017, I have allocated over €48 million to improvement works on more than 2,000 non-public roads throughout rural Ireland.

The LIS is funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities.

Co-funding is required for each project in the form of a local contribution from householders/landowners. The contribution is set at 10% of the total cost of works for roads with up to 5 householders/landowners, and 15% for roads with 6 or more householders/landowners. The maximum amount that any individual household/landowner can be asked to contribute has been capped at €1,200 under the 2019 scheme.

Local Authorities may also include a number of amenity roads in the LIS which lead to public places such as beaches and graveyards. These roads may not exceed 25% of the total value of the overall LIS allocation to a Local Authority. The co-funding for these projects is paid by the Local Authority.

The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works is a matter for the relevant Local Authority. My Department does not hold records of projects that have not been approved at Local Authority level.


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