Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Regional Aid

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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146. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the value of regional aid granted under the regional aid guidelines granted by her Department or agencies under the remit of her Department in each of the past seven years; the value by county or lowest possible NUTS level over the period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30907/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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I am advised that two agencies under the remit of my Department – Údarás na Gaeltachta and Fáilte Ireland – have engaged in expenditure under the Regional Aid (Industry and Services) Scheme General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) 2014-2020, during the period in question. As the Deputy will be aware it is not possible to provide information by county or NUTS, as all aid is reported at aggregate level for a Scheme under the GBER.

Details in respect of aid granted by Údarás Na Gaeltachta are set out in the table below.

Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Value of aid Scheme launched €2.46m €2.21m €3.3m €2.18m €2.52m Not yet available

With specific regard to any regional aid that Fáilte Ireland has granted through its tourism capital grants schemes under the Regional Aid Investment category of the General Block Exemption Regulation(GBER) Rules during the period in question, I am referring the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland as an operational matter for direct reply to the Deputy. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

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