Written answers

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

LEADER Programmes Expenditure

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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22. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent to date under the 2014 to 2020 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. [50620/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Total expenditure on the LEADER programme since it commenced - effectively in 2016 - amounts to over €75 million. This comprises:

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

- €33.5 million in administration costs of the LAGs and the cost of their engagement with communities to generate projects.

- €40.1 million on project expenditure. 

Project payments continue to increase as approved works reach completion and claims are submitted for payment. Of the €40 million project expenditure which has been incurred to date, €27 million has been paid out in 2019.

Over 1,000, or 40%, of project promoters have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project. 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.

The following table provides a breakdown of project payments made to date to each LAG. 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 2 December 2019

Local Action Group Project Payments to date
Carlow €1,517,662
Cavan €2,069,249
Clare €1,413,934
Cork North €950,714
Cork South €504,996
Cork West €540,069
Donegal €3,458,456
Dublin Rural €742,469
Galway East €889,452
Galway West €449,358
Kerry €2,775,881
Kildare €476,217
Kilkenny €937,460
Laois €1,007,502
Leitrim €1,113,277
Limerick €2,086,560
Longford €850,063
Louth €922,467
Mayo €2,542,483
Meath €536,852
Monaghan €1,300,585
Offaly €2,218,523
Roscommon €1,308,789
Sligo €1,453,487
Tipperary €2,452,718
Waterford €2,311,326
Westmeath €622,187
Wexford €2,032,760
Wicklow €713,524
Grand Total €40,199,022


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