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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Rural and Community Development

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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1168. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the estimated amount of funding to be allocated to the rural regeneration and development fund over the lifetime of National Development Plan 2018-2027; the amount allocated in each year over the 2018-2020 period to the fund; the amount of funding allocated for each approved project in 2018 and 2019; and the amount issued in payments to date. [6259/20]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Under Project Ireland 2040, the Government has committed €1 billion to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund over a 10 year period to support rural economic development and help build strong communities.  The Fund has been allocated €315m over the period 2019 to 2022 and the various allocations over that period will be confirmed as part of the annual budgetary process. €52 million was allocated to the Fund for 2019 and €53 million is allocated for 2020.

Following the conclusion of the first call under the Fund in February 2019, a total of 84 successful projects had been announced, with funding of €86m provided from the Fund to support projects worth a total of €117m.  Under the second call concluded in November 2019, another 26 projects were allocated funding of €62 million from the Fund.  These 26 projects will deliver total investment of €97 million. Table 1 sets out the list of projects and the amount of funding which were approved under both calls.

Progress continues to be made on the implementation of the successful projects. To date, €31.8 million has been drawn down from the Fund by 66 separate projects.  Now that's the Government's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and Return to Work Safely Protocol are in place, I look forward to further progress in the implementation of projects over the coming weeks and months.

The second call for Category 2 projects relating to project development and enabling initiatives closed on the 28th  February 2020.  My Department is currently engaged in the assessment process in relation to the applications, carried out in conjunction with the Project Advisory Board for the Fund, which is comprised of representatives from key Government Departments and independent experts.

Table 1. List of projects which were approved for RRDF Funding under the first and second calls.

Project Title Category Location County Lead Applicant RRDF Funding
Great Southern Greenway Limerick 1 Abbeyfeale, Newcastlewest, Rathkeale, Ardagh Limerick Limerick City and County Council €2,724,657.00
gteic Hub An Spidéal 1 An Spidéal Galway Údarás na Gaeltachta €548,887.00
Ardee Castle 1 Ardee Castle Louth Louth County Council €2,147,000.00
Athenry / Bia Innovator 1 Athenry Galway Galway County Council €3,554,000.00
An Bealach Project 1 Ballaghdarreen Roscommon Roscommon Integrated Development Company Ltd €1,656,750.00
Ballinrobe Regeneration 1 Ballinrobe Mayo Mayo County Council €825,000.00
International Mountain Biking Project 1 Ballyhoura, Coolaney, Ticknock, Ballinastoe, Slieve Blooms Limerick,






Coillte  €10,262,900.00
Banteer Amenity Project 1 Banteer Cork IRD Duhallow CLG €1,128,000.00
gteic Hubs 1 Béal a' Mhuirthead Mayo Údarás na Gaeltachta €795,062.00
Borris Railway Viaduct 1 Borris  Carlow  Carlow County Council €654,820.00
Boyle Regeneration 1 Boyle Town Roscommon Roscommon County Council €1,705,705.00
Callan Town Regeneration 1 Callan Town Kilkenny Kilkenny County Council €561,750.00
Castlebayney Enterprise Centre 1 Castleblayney Monaghan Monaghan County Council €2,138,560.00
An Chistin Project 1 Castlerea Roscommon Roscommon County Council €1,545,000.00
Claremorris Indoor Sports Facility 1 Claremorris Mayo Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG €2,100,000.00
Cootehill Industrial Estate 1 Cootehill Cavan Cavan County Council €867,174.00
Edgeworthstown Regeneration 1 Edgeworthstown Longford Longford County Council €1,269,019.00
Athy / Ernest Shackleton Project 1 Emily Square, Athy Kildare Kildare County Council €2,707,500.00
Emo Court 1 Emo, Emo Court Laois Office of Public Works €1,200,000.00
Ennistymon Innovation Centre 1 Ennistymon Clare Clare County Council €1,023,300.00
gteic Gaoth Dobhair 1 Gaoth Dobhair Donegal Udaras na Gaeltachta €1,500,000.00
Glenbrohane Local Hub 1 Glenbrohane Limerick Ballyhoura Development CLG €626,369.00
Historic Granard Motte Project 1 Granard Longford Longford County Council €2,872,434.00
Johnstown Castle & Gardens 1 Johnstown Castle Wexford TEAGASC €658,696.00
Vandeleur Estate 1 Kilrush Clare Clare County Council €1,720,000.00
Kinsale Library Project 1 Kinsale Cork  Cork County Council €2,157,375.00
The Seaworld Project 1 Lahinch Clare Clare County Council €2,860,000.00
Loophead Visitor Attraction 1 Loophead Clare Clare County Council €868,500.00
Murroe Community Hub 1 Murroe Limerick Ballyhoura Development CLG €3,816,451.00
National Parks 1 National Parks (multiple) (6) Clare; 





Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht €3,915,000.00
National Centre of Excellent for Surfing 1 Strandhill Sligo Sligo County Council €615,752.00
Swan Park 1 Swan Park, Buncrana Donegal Donegal County Council €1,728,042.00
Thomastown Regeneration 1 Thomastown Kilkenny Kilkenny County Council €2,080,486.00
Tipperary Town Regeneration 1 Tipperary Town Tipperary Tipperary County Council €600,000.00
Tullycross Residential Education Centre 1 Tullycross, Renvyle Galway Western Development Commission €1,728,000.00
Valentia Trans-Atlantic Cable Station 1 Valentia Island Kerry  Kerry County Council €1,270,000.00
DigiWest 1 Various Donegal,



Western Development Commission €644,734.00
The Yeats Trail 1 Yeats Trail Sligo Sligo County Council €500,000.00
Virginia Civic Centre 1 Virginia Cavan Cavan County Council €3,963,525.00
Multifunctional Performance Auditorium at Cnoc na Gaoithe Cultural Centre, Tulla 1 Tulla Clare Clare County Council €900,000.00
Briery Gap Theater and Library 1 Macroom Cork Cork County Council €2,000,000.00
Kanturk Regeneration - Phase 1 1 Kanturk Cork Cork County Council €619,500.00
Killybegs 2040 - Town Centre Regeneration Project 1 Killybegs Donegal Donegal County Council €3,631,758.00
Ailt an Chorráin (Burtonport)/ Oilean Árainn Mhór (Arranmore Island) - Harbour to Island Regeneration 1 Burtonport/Arranmore Island Donegal Donegal County Council €3,089,199.00
Regeneration Loughrea, Breaking through 1 Loughrea Galway Galway County Council €1,628,879.00
Listowel Food Hub 1 Listowel  Kerry North East West Kerry Development NEWKD €1,365,226.00
Barrow Blueway, 46km 1 Barrow Blueway Kildare, Laois Kildare County Council €5,067,941.00
The Junction, Ballinamore - Regeneration of Ballinamore 1 Ballinamore Leitrim Leitrim County Council €1,728,075.00
Manorhamilton Public Realm improvement works including re-imagining employment and Enterprise Lands 1 Manorhamilton Leitrim Leitrim County Council €1,613,250.00
The Yard, Abbeyshrule - Community and Economic Hub 1 Abbeyshrule Longford Longford County Council €522,265.71
Áras Scéalta an Atlantaigh - Visitor Centre and Tourism Hub 1 Aghleam Mayo Udaras na Gaeltachta €1,879,350.00
Ballintubber Abbey Culture and Heritage Visitor Centre 1 Claremorris Mayo Mayo County Council €2,677,352.00
Clew Bay Greenway Project 1 Mayo Mayo County Council €1,924,800.00
Trim Library and Cultural Centre 1 Trim Meath Meath County Council €3,718,670.00
Kells Creative Placemaking (Phase 1) - Kells Courthouse Cultural Hub and Kells Printworks and Topgraphy Centre 1 Kells Meath Meath County Council €992,834.00
Castleblayney Market Square Regeneration 1 Castleblaney Monaghan Monaghan County Council €2,611,150.00
Edenderry Regeneration - Phase 1 1 Edenderry Offaly Offaly County Council €522,207.00
Life Sciences Innovation Hub and Soft Landing Space 1 Athlone Roscommon Roscommon County Council €2,751,544.16
Roscrea Enterprise, Digital and Social Impact Hub 1 Roscrea Tipperary North Tipperary Development Company €1,925,546.00
Fetherd Town Park 1 Fethard Tipperary Tipperary County Council €2,600,000.00
Templemore Town Hall: Enterprise and Cultutal Centre, with associated Civic Plaza 1 Templemore Tipperary Tipperary County Council €2,107,500.00
Ireland's Global Garden - Mount Congreve Estate 1 Kilmeaden Waterford Waterford City and County Council €3,726,000.00
Wexfordia - the New Ross Tourism Transformation 1 New Ross Wexford Wexford County Council €5,560,000.00
Making Baltinglass the Hub for South West Wicklow 1 Baltinglass  Wicklow  Wicklow County Council €2,675,226.00
Anne’s Grove 2 Anne’s Grove Cork OPW €375,000.00
Ardee Regeneration 2 Ardee  Louth Louth County Council €526,743.75
Kildare Town Centre Regeneration 2 Athy Kildare Kildare County Council €80,000.00
Coláiste Íosagáin Campus 2 Baile Bhuirne/Coláiste Íosagáin Cork Udaras na Gaeltachta €180,000.00
Baile na Fheirtéaraigh Development 2 Baile na Fheirtéaraigh Kerry Údarás na Gaeltachta €292,500.00
Creative Studios Ballaghdarreen 2 Ballaghdarreen Roscommon Roscommon Integrated Development Company Ltd €20,250.00
Altmont House and Gardens 2 Ballon Carlow OPW €450,000.00
Ballybay Regeneration 2 Ballybay Monaghan Monaghan County Council €410,400.00
Kenmare 2 Kenmare Kerry Kerry County Council


* Project cancelled
Ballydesmond 2 Ballydesmond  Cork Cork County Council €56,250.00
Ballyjamesduff Regeneration Strategy 2 Ballyjamesduff Cavan Cavan County Council €90,000.00
Blackwater River Valley 2 Blackwater Valley Waterford Waterford Leader Partnership €128,842.00
Boyne Navigation and Greenway 2 Boyne Navigation and Greenway Meath Meath County Council €845,250.00
Carrickmacross Town Centre Renewal 2 Carrickmacross Monaghan Monaghan County Council €632,000.00
The Clones Terminus 2 Cavan to Monaghan Cavan to Monaghan Waterways Ireland €325,000.00
Clones Regeneration 2 Clones Monaghan Monaghan County Council €377,250.00
Cootehill Technology Park 2 Cootehill Cavan Cavan County Council €56,000.00
Digital Innovation Hub Strategy 2 Cork County Cork Cork County Council €206,168.00
Dingle Workhouse Masterplan 2 Dingle Workhouse Kerry Údarás na Gaeltachta €415,000.00
Ireland’s National Parks 2 Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Wicklow Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Wicklow Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - NPWS €1,466,250.00
Doolin Pier 2 Doolin Clare Clare County Council €465,571.00
Dunmore Regeneration 2 Dunmore Galway Galway County Council €960,909.00
Edenderry Masterplan 2 Edenderry Offaly Offaly County Council €75,000.00
Community Facilities Enfield 2 Enfield Meath Meath County Council €726,000.00
The Cliff Bath House 2 Enniscrone Sligo Sligo County Council €131,250.00
Esmonde Street Gorey 2 Ferrycarraig and the Hook Peninsuala Wexford Wexford County Council €1,087,340.00
Úibh Ráthach Action Plan 2 Gaeltacht Uíbh Ráthach/Iveragh Taskforce Kerry Údarás na Gaeltachta €174,351.00
Market House Gorey 2 Gorey Wexford Wexford County Council €429,145.37
Ferrycarraig and the Hook Peninsuala 2 Gorey Wexford Wexford County Council €95,224.00
Inis Cealtra Island 2 Inis Cealtra Clare Clare County Council €920,500.00
Kell’s Heritage Development 2 Kells Meath Meath County Council €210,000.00
Community Shops Kilkenny 2 Kilkenny Kilkenny Kilkenny LEADER Partnership €60,000.00
Ocean Innovation Centre Ireland 2 Killybegs Donegal Letterkenny Institute of Technology €293,436.00
Kinnegad Regeneration 2 Kinnegad Westmeath Westmeath County Council €600,000.00
Kinvara Boardwalk and Walkway 2 Kinvara  Galway Galway County Council €124,781.25
Smart Green Mohill 2 Mohill Leitrim Leitrim County Council €37,500.00
Monasterevin Town Centre Regeneration 2 Monasterevin Kildare Kildare County Council €78,000.00
Geopark Development 2 Multi Location Mayo, Galway Geological Survey Ireland €969,387.00
Cycle Network 2 Multi Location Mayo Mayo County Council €75,000.00
Wild Atlantic Way 2 Multiple Clare / Kerry Fáilte Ireland €666,300.00
Enterprise Hub New Ross 2 New Ross Wexford Wexford County Council €328,407.00
West Limerick Tourism Gateway 2 Newcastle West Limerick  Limerick City and County Council €330,000.00
Rathcormac Strategy for Development 2 Rathormac Cork Avondhu Blackwater partnership CLG €122,025.00
Trim Castle 2 Trim  Meath OPW €262,500.00
Tuam Regeneration Strategy 2 Tuam Galway Galway County Council €175,000.00
Tourism Experiences 2 Westport and Cong Mayo Mayo County Council €56,000.00


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