Wait for rural development cash goes on

The wait for rural development grants in Gaeltacht areas continues, following the liquidation last September of Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG).

MFG is the group contracted by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to deliver LEADER funding of €17,278,809 in Gaeltacht areas in counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Donegal, Galway and Mayo.

No LEADER funding has been approved in these areas since the liquidation.

And current project expenditure has been held up, totalling €115,330.04 in Co Cork, €365,118.34 in Co Kerry, €35,734.12 in Co Waterford, €537,771.65 in Co Donegal, €646,874.44 in Co Galway, and €267,213.94 in Co Mayo.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said outstanding payments due to groups and individuals are not yet fully clarified, as the winding up process continues, but all project promoters will be contacted shortly. He said significant progress was being made in determining an alternative delivery mechanism for rural development funding in Gaeltacht areas.

He was responding in the Dáil to Laois-Offaly TD, Brian Stanley (Sinn Féin), who said the long delay in funding was causing hardship.

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