25. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the impact of the LIS, local improvement scheme, since its reintroduction in 2017; the way in which roads were selected at local level under the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18922/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Administration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Local Improvement Scheme was always an important initiative for people living in rural Ireland, as it provides funding for the repair of private roads which are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.  
I reintroduced dedicated funding for the Local Improvement Scheme in September 2017 after a gap of 8 years and I know, from the response of people that I meet, that the reintroduction of the scheme has alre...

63. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of projects that have been applied for and approved under the Leader programme to date; the number of applications being processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18923/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Leader Programmes Applications)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): LEADER is a multi-annual EU co-funded programme to support rural development.  Ireland has an allocation of €250 million under the programme over the period 2014-2020, including both national and EU funding.  The programme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) which deliver funding in accordance with Local Development Strategies that have been agreed for each LAG area.
As of 30th April, 2018, 929 project applications wit...

32. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development to set out the financial allocations in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018 for the seniors alert scheme; the take-up in respect of the scheme since 2016; the changes made to the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8504/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Seniors Alert Scheme)

Deputy Martin Heydon: My question has been grouped with a question tabled by Deputy Fitzpatrick. The seniors alert scheme is good and popular scheme, especially among those living in rural areas and people living alone or in isolation. Can the Minister outline the details of the new seniors alert scheme coming into play?
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