277. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will request Pobal to accept a business plan requesting an increase to three FTEs in respect of a club (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20609/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Community Services Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports around 400 community organisations to provide local services through a social enterprise model with funding provided as a contribution to the cost of a manager and an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions.  Some €46m will be provided under the programme in 2018. 
The organisation in question is approved for funding under the CSP until end-December 2018.  In late April it ...

278. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding opportunities or grants that are available to tidy towns committees in order to improve their local area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20765/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tidy Towns Committees Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): 2018 is a very special year for the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition as it marks the 60th Anniversary of what has been a very successful Government initiative. The work done by the TidyTowns committees down through the years has played an important part in the improvement of the appearance of our villages, towns and cities around the country.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, I allocated funding in excess of €1.3...

258. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding available for a project (details supplied); the funding provided to the end of 2017; the funding available in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20348/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Library Services Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The provision of premises and facilities in the public library service is generally a matter for each local authority in its capacity as a library authority under the Local Government Act 2001. Accordingly, the development of the new library in Portlaoise is primarily a matter for Laois County Council.
That said, my Department funds a Libraries Capital Investment Programme that will invest some €22m in 16 or so projects over th...

259. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the capital allocation across his Department in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 20456/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
My Department’s Capital allocation to 2022 is as follows: 
 - 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Total Capital Allocation 88* 141 150 152 175 

* + 7.7 Capital Carryover 
My Department provides funding at programme level to support local authorities and others in the delivery of individual projects. In respect of allocations for 2018, the b...

260. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his Department’s capital allocation for projects underway and projects already tendered or committed to spending contractually. (Question 20473/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
My Department’s Capital allocation to 2022 is as follows: 
 - 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Total Capital Allocation 88* 141 150 152 175 

* + 7.7 Capital Carryover 
My Department provides funding at programme level to support local authorities and others in the delivery of individual projects. In respect of allocations for 2018, the b...

261. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022 disaggregated according to capital allocated to projects underway, projects contractually committed to and projects yet to be initiated. (Question 20490/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
My Department’s Capital allocation to 2022 is as follows: 
 - 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Total Capital Allocation 88* 141 150 152 175 

* + 7.7 Capital Carryover 
My Department provides funding at programme level to support local authorities and others in the delivery of individual projects. In respect of allocations for 2018, the b...

429. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the level of CLÁR funding which will be made available under each strand in 2018; the level of funding under each strand which was granted in 2016 and 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19726/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 and closed for applications in 2010. I re-opened the programme in 2016. In 2016 and 2017 my Department approved and funded 900 projects under CLÁR.
I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15th March, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifyin...

430. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when a decision regarding the 2018 CLÁR funding allocations will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19727/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 and closed for applications in 2010. I re-opened the programme in 2016. In 2016 and 2017 my Department approved and funded 900 projects under CLÁR.
On 15th March last I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qual...

431. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the SICAP funding received by an organisation (details supplied) in 2016 and 2017. (Question 19750/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 432 together.
SICAP funding is allocated to the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) via the Local Authorities. The Local Authorities, on behalf of the LCDCs, issue the funding to the contracted SICAP Programme Implementers.
No SICAP funding was provided to the organisations in question in 2016 and 2017.  Supports to the groups referenced transferred in 2015 from the then Depart...

432. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the SICAP funding received by an organisation (details supplied) in 2016 and 2017. (Question 19751/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 432 together.
SICAP funding is allocated to the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) via the Local Authorities. The Local Authorities, on behalf of the LCDCs, issue the funding to the contracted SICAP Programme Implementers.
No SICAP funding was provided to the organisations in question in 2016 and 2017.  Supports to the groups referenced transferred in 2015 from the then Depart...

433. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding issued to each county via the community development programmes LDSIP, LCDP and SICAP on a yearly basis since 2008, in tabular form. (Question 19890/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Community Development Initiatives)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I would like to refer the Deputy to the replies to PQ17873/18 (Question No 554) of 24 April 2018, which sets out the LDSIP and CDP funding for the period 2008 and 2009, PQ11821/18 (Question No 907) of 20 March 2018, which sets out the LCDP funding for the period 2010 - 2017 and PQ13350/18 (Question No 274) of 22 March 2018, which sets out SICAP funding for the period 2015 to 2018 in the requested format.
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434. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding for the RAPID programme in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19910/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - RAPID Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The following table sets out funding provided under RAPID from 2007 to 2017. The original RAPID programme was closed to applications from 2011 onwards. Spend in the years from 2011 to 2016 reflects my Department’s contractual commitments under existing RAPID projects, mainly under the Sports Capital Scheme. 
In 2017, a recast RAPID programme was launched. The spend in 2017 includes expenditure relating to contractual commitments...

435. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding for the CLÁR programme in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19911/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 and closed for applications in 2010.  
I re-opened the programme in 2016 and launched further calls for proposals in 2017 and 2018. The amounts allocated in each of the years 2016 to 2018 under the CLÁR programme are provided on Table 1.  The closing date...

436. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the total funding for the SICAP programme in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19912/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. SICAP funding for the years 2015 to 2017 is set out in the following table. The 2018 full year allocation is €38.028 million.
 2015 2016 2017 2018 (paid to date) 28,038,...

437. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there are grants available in relation to the establishment of community halls in rural areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19946/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Community Services Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I can confirm that funding is available through a number of schemes run through my Department to support the management, and development, of community centres, respectively.
The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community organisations to provide local services through a social enterprise model.  Such services include community owned, or community managed, buildings and facilities that are used for community benefit, i...

438. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if funding will be provided to Louth County Council and ring-fenced to further develop the Great Eastern Greenway to extend it south of Carlingford and to Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19971/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure or the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.  The scheme was implemented in 2016 and 2017 and has facilitated the development of greenways, blueways, walks and other trail...

439. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of an application for CLÁR funding submitted by an association (details supplied) in County Cork; when final decisions on 2018 applications will be made public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20033/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. 
I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15th March last, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifying projects under the following measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures 
Measure 2: Play Areas/Multi-Use Games Areas 
Measure 3: First Response Support Measure 
The cl...

440. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of an application for CLÁR funding submitted by an association (details supplied) in County Cork; when final decisions on 2018 applications will be made public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20034/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15th March last, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifying projects under the following measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
Measure 2: Play Areas/Multi-Use Games Areas 
Measure 3: First Response Support Measure 
The c...

237. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the way in which his Department allocates funding to counties under the local improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19322/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Administration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I reintroduced dedicated funding for the Local Improvement Scheme in September 2017 after a gap of 8 years. This scheme is a lifeline for people living in rural areas because it directly improves their access to and from their family homes and farms, and has made a huge difference for rural communities around the country. 
I launched the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme in February of this year, with an indicative allocation of €1...

238. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19403/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department officials have not attended any social media training conferences or received any training in social media since the date the Department was established, on 19 July 2017.
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16. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans for the roll out of the RAPID programme in the coming years; the method by which he will ensure that RAPID funding is spent for the benefit of the persons living in RAPID areas; the method by which the programme will leverage actions and funding from other Departments towards the RAPID areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19154/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - RAPID Programme)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: Contrary to a sometimes popular perception, the reality is that the most deprived communities in the State are in urban areas. Many of them are in this city, even though we are told it is a very successful one, but they are also in towns around the country. How is the Minister going to ensure that the RAPID programme helps the most disadvantaged communities and does not get spread out into more affluent areas?
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17. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the reason only 0.3% of funding under the Leader programme to 31 December 2017 has been allocated, his views on whether allocation methods are failing and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19082/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Deputy Martin Kenny: We have just finished talking about RAPID. I will tell the Minister one thing. The Leader scheme is far from rapid because there is nothing rapid about the pace at which people around the country are getting the money. It started in 2014. It is now May 2018 and in my county of Leitrim, not one community project and not one person who applied for funding has got a red cent. The statistic showing that only 0.3% of funding has been allocated is a scandal. It is time to re...

18. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he is in discussions with other Departments regarding the transfer of further rural and community functions and schemes to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19155/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Departmental Functions)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: It is a tragedy that when the Minister’s Department was established, it was given so few functions. Some 99% or 99.5% of the functions and spend in rural Ireland do not come within the Department’s remit; therefore, despite the Minister’s best efforts, his effect on the well-being of rural Ireland is, by definition, limited. Has he asked for more powers and functions? There are functions in other Departments which should rightly have been transferred to the Minister’s Dep...

19. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the reason for the anomalies regarding CLÁR funding in 2017 which saw only three successful projects under measures one to three in County Donegal; the reason funding under measure four is within the discretion of his Department and not directly under the local authority; if a scoring matrix will be used in the processing of applications for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19156/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Deputy Thomas Pringle: This question is about CLÁR funding for County Donegal. There were anomalies in the 2017 figures for CLÁR funding for the county. Can the Minister explain them? For example, County Donegal received 0.6% of the funding under measure one, even though it encompasses 6.4% of the district electoral divisions, DEDs. Overall, the funding the county received was 45% below the pro rata average. Will the Minister explain why County Donegal was granted significantly lower amount...

20. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans in relation to the 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns; if there are special elements to 2018 competition in view of the anniversary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18924/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Tidy Towns Committees Funding)

Deputy Joe Carey: I wish to ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans for the 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns, if there are any special elements in the 2018 competition in view of the anniversary, and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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