Minister flags likely rise in Leader approvals

Rural development projects worth over €183 million are in the process for grant aid in the Leader Programme.
Minister flags likely rise in Leader approvals

They are covered by 3,953 Expressions of Interest from potential applicants.

However, no project expenditure has yet been incurred in the LEADER 2014-2020 programme,with local action groups (LAGs) currently concluding calls for proposals, and working with potential applicants to develop and finalise project applications in each LEADER sub-regional area.

“On the basis of the progress now being made by the LAGs, I anticipate a significant increase in project approvals and payments over the coming months, “ said Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys last week.

Further along in the LEADER process are 15 projects for which funding is already approved, with a total estimated development value of €308,136.37.

Eleven of these projects are Offaly, two are in Kilkenny, one in Laois, and one in Sligo.

Kerry heads the lost of regions from which Expressions of Interest in LEADER 2014-2020 have been recorded , with 488 projects of total estimated value €11,630,147.26.

Next comes Mayo, with 451 Expressions of Interest in LEADER projects valued in total at € 23,555,091.11.

The 292 Expressions of Interest in LEADER in Co Cork consist of 128 in Cork North for projects estimated at € 6,002,822.90; 66 in Cork South estimated at €2,189,356.25; and 98 in Cork West worth € 2,839,139.00.

There were Expressions of Interest in LEADER grant aid for 296 projects in Donegal of total estimated value € 11,169,196.80; 274 in Clare worth € 9,735,628.15; and 272 in Tipperary at €10,878,509.15.

Othr regions from which expressions were received are Carlow (70); Cavan (173); Dublin (19); Kilkenny (148); Laois (65); Leitrim (187); Limerick (94); Longford (80); Louth (84); Meath (125); Monaghan (137); Offaly (110); Roscommon (93); Sligo (89); Waterford (86); Westmeath (97); Wexford (221); and Wicklow (2),

Minister Humphreys has revealed expenditure of approximately €1.35 million has been incurred to date in 2017 under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme. This represents expenditure on administration and animation costs by the Local Action.

She was replying to a Dáil question from Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív.

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