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Ó Cuív, Éamon

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


Priority Questions. - Údaras na Gaeltachta.

Tá soláthar €32.3 milliún ar fáil sna meastacháin d'Údarás na Gaeltachta i gcomhair 2003. Tá €25 milliún den soláthar...More Button

Maidir leis an leithdháileadh laghdaithe atá i gceist do 2003 tá mé sásta gur soláthar sásúil é seo ag cuimhneamh ar an éileamh...More Button

Mar atá a fhios ag an Teachta, tá moladh sonrach maidir le hatheagrú a dhéanamh ar Údarás na Gaeltachta mar cheann de na moltaí i dtuarascáil...More Button

Cuireann an méid atá a rá ag an Teachta íontas orm. Ar lámh amháin tá sé ag rá gur cheart airgead a chaitheamh ar infrastruchtú...More Button

Tré H2 and H3 le chéile agus tré €1.5 milliún a thabhairt ag deireadh na bliana seo, móide cead a thabhairt €2 mhilliún a aistriú ó...More Button

Tá plé déanta agam leis an údarás mar creidim, maidir le go leor de na modhanna atá á úsáid acu and le cúrsaí tóg...More Button

Tá mé ag plé leis an údarás chomh maith maidir le roinn sealúchas a dhíol. Tá níos mó ná €150 milliún seal&u...More Button

Níl sé sin ceart. Tá mé ag plé leis an údarás faoi foinse eile airgid. Má éireoidh liom, leis an cur chuige atá agam beidh i bh...More Button

Trí bliana ó shin thionscnaigh mé scrúdú ar mhaoin an údaráis mar is é an rud a bhí ag tarlú ó bhliain go bliain go rabh...More Button

Tá mé fosta ag scrúdú bealaí níos éifeachtaí leis na foirgnimh a thógáil. D'fhéadfadh páirtnéir bheith i g...More Button

Priority Questions. - Languages Bill.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 257 of 26 June, 2002, if he is still of the view that broadly speaking no significant additional costs are envisaged on Departments, over and above those alrea...More Button

As I stated in reply to the Deputy's question of 26 June 2002, while no formal costing has been done in regard to the full implementation of the Official Languages (Equality) Bill, 2002, clearly th...More Button

I am surprised at the Deputy's question because my predecessor, Deputy Michael D. Higgins, introduced voluntary guidelines, and he told us for years that these were working perfectly. The onus in r...More Button

In relation to issues in general and to the court scene, there is an existing constitutional right in relation to the Irish language and there have been court rulings in this regard. Therefore, in ...More Button

I have never understood why anyone would think that the appointment of people who are both Irish and English speakers to provide services to, for example, Gaeltacht areas would be any more expensiv...More Button

Tá an ceart ag an Teachta. The Deputy is probably right in that there may not be as high a percentage now. I presume the number of Irish speakers in the public service would be at least the ...More Button

With regard to the type of approach one could take, for example, there is a rule in terms of frontline services that a small number of people provide the majority of frontline services. In a major ...More Button

Priority Questions. - Rural Development.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the progress made to date in fulfilling the commitments made in the programme for Government on rural development.More Button

The first commitment on rural development in the Agreed Programme for Government is to give clear priority to the protection and development of rural communities. The White Paper on Rural Developme...More Button

Last week the Government published the national spatial strategy. As I said then, this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the Government's commitment to rural development and to the revitalising of ...More Button

In relation to the CLÁR programme, as I indicated in reply to recent questions, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at NUI Maynooth has recently completed its analysis o...More Button

I am considering how a rural social economy programme, as referred to in the Agreed Programme for Government might best be established. The implementation of the county development strategies will ...More Button

Responsibility for post offices rests with my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. In so far as I am concerned, I intend to co-fund on a 50-50 basis with the I...More Button

I thought one was not allowed to read from a script during Question Time, that the protocol was to ask questions, not to read from a script.More Button

Those are the most extraordinary questions I have been asked. When I was in Opposition we asked questions, we did not read statements. I cannot agree with what the Deputy said and, unfortunately, i...More Button

In relation to my Department, I am confident that I can carry out a full programme under the CLÁR and Leader programmes next year and I will fulfil that remit. As the Deputy will be aware, a...More Button

Was asked: if he will have sufficient funds in his community and rural affairs sections to maximise the cross-Border and other benefits from the EU, INTERREG and PEACE programme funds; if, under the CLÁ...More Button

The rural affairs allocation for 2003 is over €38 million. This includes Leader, the rural development measures in PEACE II and INTERREG III and the national development plan – rural dev...More Button

Although the provision for the CLÁR programme is reduced from the 2002 allocation, I expect to complete a comprehensive work programme in 2003. CLÁR funds act as a lever to elicit fun...More Button

The review of the Western Development Commission is ongoing and the reduction in the western development fund reflects projected actual expenditure this year. The decrease in the 2003 allocation wi...More Button

With regard to the European Union funds, I am happy that I will be able to complete a full programme with the funds I have for next year. We happen to be in that stage of the cycle so I do not anti...More Button

Obviously I would like to have more money for CLÁR but in the current circumstances we have to be prudent with public finances. However, I am happy that, due to a number of factors, I will b...More Button

I am also in negotiation with other Departments to ensure that the European Union money we spend under CLÁR is additional and that it continues to contribute its share of the money to these ...More Button

I could not agree more. My experience in the past, whether it involved money for the Gaeltacht or for Border areas, was that there was a tendency in some of the agencies to pull back mainframe fund...More Button

Priority Questions. - Representation of Women.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the level of representation of women on the boards of Leader and other programmes.More Button

The present representation of women on Leader local action group boards is 27%. While less than might be hoped for, I believe that this is a reasonable achievement on the part of the Leader boards....More Button

Of the 12 board members of the Western Development Commission, four are women, giving a 33.3% representation.More Button

The situation with regard to Leader boards is that there is great autonomy at local level. We lay down guidelines but each Leader board is elected and nominated by the social partners. I do not hav...More Button

The situation is different with the Western Development Commission in that the board is appointed by the Minister. Thirty three percent of the board members are women. We tried to fulfil a large nu...More Button

The Government is already spending a great deal of money on child care so it is dealing with that issue. I am not sure what the Deputy means with regard to access to halls. We are investing money i...More Button

The reason more women are not involved is more complex than stated. Some areas have a high representation of women in community activities while others have a lower one. My perception is that many ...More Button

Other Questions. - Charities Legislation.

Was asked: when the promised consultation document will be pub lished to encourage public discussion on the nature of the legislative changes required in regard to charities; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Other Questions. - Reachtaíocht Molta.

Níl sé ar intinn agam Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla (Comhionannas) a tharraingt siar.More Button

Maidir le cúrsaí Meastachán de, tá beagnach €77 milliún curtha ar fail don rannán Gaeilge, Gaeltachta agus oileán de mo Roinnse don bhliain 200...More Button

Cé go bhfuil laghdú freisin ar an leithdháileadh do scéimeanna feabhsúcháin sa Ghaeltacht, is ceart é sin a mheas i gcomhthéacs na hinfheist&...More Button

Tá soláthar breise de thart ar €1 milliúin curtha ar fáil do na scéimeanna cultúrtha agus sóisialta chun tacaíochta níos mó...More Button

Maidir leis an leithdháileadh laghdaithe d'Údarás na Gaeltachta, tá mé sásta go mbeidh an soláthar sin leordhóthanach ag cuimhneamh ar an &ea...More Button

Sna cúinsí sin ar fad, tá mé lán-sásta go leanfar ar aghaidh an bhliain seo chugainn le clár suntas ach oibre ar mhaithe leis an nGaeilge, leis an n...More Button

Ní féidir ar chor ar bith. Tarlóidh mórán i 2003, mar a tharla i 2002. I láthair na huaire tá muid ag obair ar roinnt leasuithe teicniúla agu...More Button

Níl aon deacrachtaí ann leis na leasuithe. Is leasuithe beaga teicniúla go leor acu agus feicfidh an Teachta cé chomh beag agus teicniúil is atá cuid acu &...More Button

Ní phléifidh mé Céim an Choiste anseo.More Button

Baineann siad leis an mBille. Tá siad léite agam ach níl mé ag dul mo thuairimí a thabhairt don Teachta. Pléifidh sé sin liom ar Chéim an Cho...More Button

Other Questions. - An Foras Teanga.

Faoi mar is eol don Teachta, tá soláthar de €12.416 milliún don bhForas Teanga san áireamh san imleabhar Meastacháin giorraithe do 2003. Chomh maith leis sin...More Button

Cé go bhfuil aiféala orm maidir leis an laghdú atá déanta ar an soláthar don bhForas Teanga, ní mór é a chur i gcomhthéacs an m...More Button

Tá mé muiníneach go mbeidh An Foras Teanga in ann leanúint de chlár iomlán a chur chun feidhme laistigh den soláthar airgead a bheidh ar fáil...More Button

Ceist don Fhoras Teanga sin. Is foras tras-Teorainn é agus mar sin ní bheadh sé ceart domsa bheith ag leagaint síos polasaí sa Dáil. Tá mé s&...More Button

Caithfidh mise airgead mo Roinne féin a thógáil san áireamh. Ba bhreá liom go mbeadh breis acmhainní ar fáil agam. D'fhéadfainn á n-&u...More Button

Sa gcás seo, tá an chuid is mó den airgead ag dul ar Fhoras na Gaeilge. An coibhneas atá ansin ná 3:1. Tá an caillteanas réasúnta beag m&aacu...More Button

Ní mar an gcéanna seasamh agus úsáid na Gaeilge agus úsáid Ulster Scots. An rud is mó a chuaigh i bhfeidhm orm ná cuairt a thug mé ar ...More Button

Other Questions. - Western Investment Fund.

Was asked: the way in which the Western Development Commission will operate in 2003 in view of the 10% cutback in the Western Development Commission budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the cut in the 2003 Estimate for his Department of 10% for the Western Development Commission and 68% for the Western Investment Fund; if his attention has been drawn to the serious ...More Button

Was asked: the way in which the Western Development Fund will operate in view of the cutbacks of 68% in his budget for the Western Investment Fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 79, 89 and 101 together.More Button

Despite the 10% reduction in the grant-in-aid for general expenses, I am satisfied the commission will be able to operate effectively. While €1.5 million was provided in the 2002 Estimates, th...More Button

I met the chief executive officer on Wednesday, 27 November in relation to the matter and I remain satisfied as to the adequacy of the allocation.More Button

According to the Act, except in very limited circumstances relating to a particular project, it is beyond the scope of the Western Investment Fund to spend money on infrastructure. This is not an i...More Button

With regard to the other issue the Deputy raised, the current position is that at the beginning of this year we provided more than €6 million in the Estimate. However, it emerged at my meeting...More Button

Yes, if my Estimate is shown to be wrong. However, I do not believe I will be proved wrong. I have no doubt that had I made this decision last year, there would have been the same hullabaloo and si...More Button

There appears to have been a misunderstanding on the part of the board about the way Government finances operate. I clarified to the chief executive that what we provide in the Estimates is the amo...More Button

Before being elected to office and since becoming a Minister my experience was and continues to be that considerable delays arise between projects being approved and drawing down of the money. When...More Button

Written Answers follow Adjournment Debate.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way in which the CLÁR programme will operate in 2003 in view of his Department's cutbacks of 25% in the budget for the CLÁR programme for 2003; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: when he expects to receive the analysis commissioned from the national institute for regional and spatial analysis at Maynooth which is required to assist in the review of CLÁR areas; and if...More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date in regard to the implementation of the CLÁR programme; the number of areas in respect of which plans have been submitted to his Department; the total projected budg...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80, 82 and 122 together.More Button

I launched the CLÁR Programme, Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais, a targeted investment programme in rural areas, on 5 October 2001.More Button

The 16 areas selected are those which have suffered the greatest depopulation since 1926 – with the exception of the Cooley peninsula, which has been included based on the serious difficultie...More Button

The CLÁR programme will fast-track NDP spending in the selected areas. The priorities identified in the selected areas are being dealt with in the following measures: non-national roads, cla...More Button

To date, I have committed over €22 million to these measures, which are already under way or will commence in 2003. All of these measures have been agreed with the lead Departments or State ag...More Button

Although the provision for CLÁR programme is reduced from the 2002 allocation, I expect that to be able to complete a comprehensive work programme in 2003. CLÁR funds act as a lever t...More Button

An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment for annual funding for the CLÁR programme and to consider additional areas for inclusion in light of the 2002 population census resul...More Button

Was asked: the way in which his Department will function in 2003 in view of the overall cutback of 17% in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Next year will represent the first full year of operation of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and I am very much looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. I am also ...More Button

The Estimates process presented me with the opportunity to critically examine my Department's collective spending programmes, which were previously spread around the Votes of various Departments. T...More Button

I also point out that direct comparisons with the 2002 allocations – particularly in relation to the administrative budget – are misleading given that the published administration costs...More Button

I wish to deal with some of the main operational areas of my Department in 2003, com mencing with An Ghaeilge agus an Ghaeltacht. I am confident that the 2003 allocations to Gaeltacht schemes &ndas...More Button

With regard to community affairs, there will be some reduction in 2003 for both the community and voluntary service and local development and social inclusion measure. The allocation will be adequa...More Button

With responsibility for both community and local development now in the one Department, streamlining can take place to ensure more efficient delivery of services and better value for money. In the ...More Button

I recognised the need to prioritise funding in certain cases – an example being the drugs initiative, for which an increase of 16% in funding has been provided in 2003. This shows my continue...More Button

Under rural affairs, the allocation to the western investment fund simply reflects the likely expenditure next year. Also, in the course of making hard decisions on future priorities, I have decide...More Button

With regard to the rural development NDP programme, Leader, and the rural development measures under INTERREG and PEACE, these programmes are generally set to operate in a long time frame to 2006 a...More Button

Despite the reduced allocation, a comprehensive work programme will still be undertaken under CLÁR in 2003. The focus will move away from investment on non-national roads and smaller roads ...More Button

Question No. 82 answered with Question No. 80.More Button

Was asked: the way in which he can justify a cut of 16% in grants for community and voluntary services at the same time as his colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, is withdrawing over...More Button

Was asked: the criteria which apply to applicants in view of the cutbacks of 16% in his Department's budget for 2003 for community and voluntary service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the levels of support his Department will offer community development projects in 2003; and the way in which these supports differ from those given in 2002.More Button

Was asked: the details of his proposed review of community development programmes in view of the budget cutback in his Department of 16% for grants for community and voluntary service; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the cut in the 2003 estimate for his Department of 16% in the allocation for grants for community and voluntary service; the specific areas in which the cuts will take place; the imp...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 83, 85, 124, 127 and 129 together.More Button

This Department operates a range of grant schemes and community development support programmes which concentrate, inter alia, on a wide range of support for local self-help groups, community...More Button

Some €29,538 million was allocated in the Estimates to community and voluntary services in 2003. This allocation will enable my Department to meet its current core commitments to existing comm...More Button

Overall, it is not envisaged that the reduction in funding will negatively impact on the work carried out by community development projects, including those groups which focus on the aged or the di...More Button

The community employment scheme comes within the responsibilities of the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.More Button

I am committed to undertaking a review of the programmes and activities which come within the remit of my Department, with a view to achieving optimal coherence across the various schemes. While th...More Button

In relation to the two schemes arising from the White Paper, funding will be available for these schemes but at a reduced level. Funding for research projects arising from the White Paper is suspen...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 110 of 23 October 2002 the progress which has been made regarding the allocation of grants for federations and networks to support their member groups; and if ...More Button

The funding scheme to support the role of federations and networks in the community and voluntary sector is one of a number of measures introduced by the White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activit...More Button

The scheme attracted 152 applications which required detailed examination and assessment which was carried out with the assistance of the White Paper's implementation and advisory group. The group ...More Button

A number of legal issues have arisen in the course of processing the applications. So as to ensure that eventual funding decisions command full public confidence it is necessary to re-advertise the...More Button

The scheme will therefore be re-advertised at the earliest possible date. Accordingly, it will be necessary for any applicants who applied for funding under this scheme to re-apply under the re-adv...More Button

Was asked: the way in which certain programmes will operate in 2003 in view of the 4% cutback in the Leader, INTERREG and PEACE programme budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the cut in the 2003 estimate for his Department of 26% in the allocation for rural affairs; the way in which it is intended to meet the Government's commitments in regard to rural de...More Button

Was asked: the way in which rural development will operate in 2003 in view of the 7% cutback in the rural development budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way in which the rural affairs section of his Department will function in 2003 in view of the budget cutbacks of 26% in the rural affairs section of his Department; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90, 94, 112 and 130 together.More Button

The provision for rural affairs in my Department's Estimates for 2003 is over €38 million. This encompasses the Leader programmes, INTERREG, PEACE Programme and CLÁR.More Button

While the 2003 provision for Leader and the rural development measures in PEACE and INTERREG are reduced from 2002 by 4% it is not anticipated that the programme cuts will have any significant nega...More Button

Although the provision for CLÁR is reduced from the 2002 allocation, I expect that I will be able to complete a comprehensive work programme in 2003. CLÁR funds act as a lever to elic...More Button

The decrease in the 2003 allocation will not, in any way, detract from either this Government's commitment or my own in ensuring that the problem of depopulation, decline and lack of services in ru...More Button

With reference to the Western Development Commission, the reason for the reduction in the allocation to the western investment fund simply reflects the projected actual expenditure in 2002. The rev...More Button

The State will spend approximately €265 million next year on community, rural and Gaeltacht affairs. This shows the continued commitment, even in these times of financial pressure, to the prio...More Button

The CAIT budget should be put in the context of the overall budget for community development in my Department, which is over €100 million. I am confident that with efficiencies and the refocus...More Button

Was asked: the way in which the Gaeltacht section will function in 2003 in view of the cutbacks of 10% in the Gaeltacht section; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the way in which the Gaeltacht improvement schemes will operate in view of his Department's cutback of 20% for Gaeltacht improvement schemes.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 and 115 together.More Button

The Gaeltacht improvement schemes administered by my Department allocate capital grants for the improvement of roads and marine works in Gaeltacht areas. Capital grants are also available for the p...More Button

A seven year programme of works, under the National Development Plan 2000-2006, was initiated in 2000. The objective of the seven year plan is to have one road of suitable standard into every Gaelt...More Button

A total of €10.294 million has been allocated for these schemes in 2003. It is intended to continue with the Gaeltacht improvement schemes programme, including the completion of certain marine...More Button

Also, expenditure on other Gaeltacht schemes within my Department has been sustained or increased in the estimates for 2003.More Button

Question No. 92 answered with Question No. 84.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the cutback in the budget for An Foras Teanga of 11%.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, a provision of €12.416 million for An Foras Teanga is included in the 2003 Abridged Estimates volume. In addition, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the No...More Button

While I regret the reduction that has been made in the provision for An Foras Teanga, this must be set in the context of the major increases in funding provided by the Government to this body in re...More Button

I am confident that An Foras Teanga will be able to continue to implement a full programme of work within the overall funding it will receive next year.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the cut in the 2003 estimate for his Department of 6% in the allocation for grants for local development and social inclusion measures; the specific areas in which the cuts will take...More Button

The local development social inclusion programme or LDSIP is administered on behalf of the Department by ADM Limited and delivered at local level by 38 area partnerships and 33 community groups loc...More Button

While there is a reduction of approximately 6% in the allocation for this programme in 2003, the Deputy should be aware that ADM is actively working with partnerships and community groups to minimi...More Button

Questions Nos. 110 and 111 answered with Question No. 106.More Button

Question No. 112 Answered with Question No. 90.More Button

Was asked: the way in which the community affairs sections of his Department will function in 2003 in view of the overall cutback of 7% in the community affairs section of his Department; and if he will make ...More Button

Provision has been made of over €100 million for community affairs in 2003, a decrease of just under 9% as compared with 2002. These cutbacks reflect the tight Estimate provision across Govern...More Button

There will be a cut of approximately 6% in the subhead for the local development social inclusion programme in 2003. This programme is administered on behalf of the Department by ADM Limited and is...More Button

The reduction in funding available will result in some slowing down of the work of the partnerships during 2003. However, the Deputy should note that ADM are actively working with the partnerships ...More Button

On the drugs side, I am very happy there is an increase of 16% in the monies available for 2003. Problem drug use remains a major public policy issue and the Government is firmly committed to addre...More Button

The increase in expenditure for next year clearly reflects the Governments ongoing commitment to addressing the problem, particularly in areas where heroin misuse is most prevalent. The moneys avai...More Button

Given the financial pressures on the Department and in order to focus on resources available in the best possible way, it has been decided to discontinue the student summer jobs scheme in its prese...More Button

Also, this Department operates a range of grant schemes and community development support programmes which concentrate, inter alia, on a wide range of support for local self-help groups, com...More Button

Some €29.538 million was allocated in the Estimates to community and voluntary services in 2003. Although this represents a decrease of 16% on the 2002 provision, the allocation will enable my...More Button

Overall, it is not envisaged that the reduction in funding will negatively impact on the work carried out by community development projects, including those groups which focus on the aged or the di...More Button

In relation to the two schemes arising from the White Paper, funding will be available for these schemes, but at a reduced level. Funding for research projects arising from the White Paper is suspe...More Button

Was asked: if the Carmichael Centre for voluntary groups, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 1, will receive his full support, especially in relation to funding and grants.More Button

The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs operates a range of schemes designed to provide financial support to groups operating in the community and voluntary sector including fundin...More Button

The Carmichael Centre received a once-off capital grant for refurbishment –€150,000 – from the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs in January 2002. Applications have...More Button

In relation to the federations and networks scheme, a number of legal issues have arisen in the course of processing the applications which could give rise to court challenge. So as to ensure that ...More Button

Question No. 124 answered with Question No. 83.More Button

Was asked: the funding made available for training purposes to community and voluntary groups.More Button

The White Paper on a Framework for Supporting Voluntary Activity and for Developing the Relationship between the State and the Community and Voluntary Sector published by the Government in Septembe...More Button

My Department also funds a number of once-off grant schemes which concentrate on provision of support for local self-help groups, community development, welfare rights and information work. The all...More Button

Question No. 126 answered with Question No. 106.More Button

Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 83.More Button

Was asked: the percentage of his Department's fixed line budget which is allocated to his Department's largest telephone supplier.More Button

All my Department's fixed line budget is with Eircom.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: the actions being undertaken to tackle the level of social disadvantage in the local drug task force areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to tackle the level of social disadvantage in the local drug task force areas in view of the cutbacks in his Department's budget for 2003; and if he will make a state...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 92 together.More Button

Problem drug use remains a major public policy issue in Ireland and the Government is firmly committed to addressing this most serious and complex issue. Drugs policy continues to be positioned wit...More Button

The local drugs task forces were established in 1997 in the areas experiencing the worst levels of drug misuse, particularly heroin. Currently, there are 14 such forces – 12 in Dublin, one in...More Button

The role of the LDTFs is to prepare local action plans which include a range of measures in relation to treatment, rehabilitation, education, prevention and curbing local supply. In addition, the L...More Button

All the LDTFs, with the exception of Bray, are currently implementing their second round of action plans and, to date, over €14.2 million has been allocated. In total, the Government has alloc...More Button

The Deputies should note that in addition to the moneys available under the action plans, €12.7 million was provided under the premises initiative which is designed to meet the accommodation n...More Button

While the overall level of funding available to my Department in 2003 is down, I am very happy to report that there is an increase of 16% in the moneys available for drugs work for 2003. The increa...More Button

The Deputies should also note that the young peoples facilities and services fund also operates in the LDTF areas. The main aim of the fund is to attract “at risk” young people in disadvantaged are...More Button

As the Deputies will also be aware, the LDTF areas are co-terminus with partnership areas. The partnerships are responsible for delivering the local development social inclusion programme at local ...More Button

Under the services to the unemployed measure, the partnerships target measures that address the long-term unemployed and those most distanced from the labour market. This is done through specifical...More Button

The community development measure aims to enhance the capacity of the people living in the disadvantaged area to participate in the development of their areas. It also provides support for small sc...More Button

While there is a reduction of approximately 6% in the allocation for this programme in 2003, ADM are actively working with the partnerships and community groups to minimise the impact of the cuts o...More Button

Finally, as Deputies will be aware, all LDTF areas contain areas identified under Strand One of the RAPID programme. The programme is a focused initiative by Government to target the most concentra...More Button

Question No. 85 answered with Question No. 83.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Costs.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 257 of 26 June 2002, the additional costs which have arisen from the obligations on his Department in relation to the adoption by the Government in July 2000 o...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, in July 2000 the Government approved the adoption of official languages equality as one of three new principles for the delivery by public bodies of quality customer service...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: when it is intend to establish the early warning system, involving all key agencies, to track the potential spread of heroin into new areas in regard to the commitment given in An Agreed Programme ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the role of my Department is to co-ordinate the implementation of the national drugs strategy 2001-2008.More Button

However, I am aware of the commitment in the programme for Government and, in this context, my officials recently held preliminary discussions with officials from the Departments of Health and Chil...More Button

Question No. 89 answered with Question No. 79.More Button

Written Answers. - Inland Waterways.

Was asked: if he will give a commitment that over the next five to seven years he will provide matching funds with his Northern Ireland counterparts to restructure and reopen the Ulster Canal; if or when he h...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware from my reply to him of 9 October 2002, Waterways Ireland commissioned a feasibility study into the re-opening of the Ulster Canal which estimated the cost to be in the ...More Button

Question No. 94 answered with Question No. 90.More Button

Written Answers. - Volunteering Report.

Was asked: his views on the report of the National Committee on Volunteering, Tipping the Balance.More Button

The National Committee on Volunteering was established on 21 November 2000 as provided for in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness with the dual tasks of marking the 2001 UN International Year...More Button

The national committee published its report Tipping The Balance on 16 October 2002. It is an extremely detailed and comprehensive report covering many aspects of volunteering. The report contains w...More Button

Given the complexity of issues covered in Tipping The Balance and the wide-reaching implications associated with its recommendations, a thorough examination of the report is required. This process ...More Button

Written Answers. - Isliu i Meastachain.

Tá soláthar €32.3 miliun ar fáil sna meastacháin d'Údarás na Gaeltachta i gcomhar 2003. Tá €25 mhilliún den soláthar seo i g...More Button

Maidir leis an leithdháileadh laghdaithe atá i gceist do 2003 tá mé sásta gur soláthar sásúil é seo ag cuimhneamh ar an éileamh...More Button

Written Answers. - White Paper Implementation.

Was asked: the progress made to date in implementing the White Paper, Supporting Voluntary Activity, published in September 2002.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on progress made in his Department in furthering the White Paper on Voluntary Activity.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 137 together.More Button

The Government published the White Paper on a Framework for Supporting Voluntary Activity and for Developing the Relationship between the State and the Community and Voluntary Sector on 13 Septemb...More Button

A unique feature of the White Paper was the establishment of an implementation and advisory group or IAG to oversee the implementation of the White Paper's recommendations, co-chaired by my Departm...More Button

The implementation and advisory group has met on 14 occasions since its establishment in July 2001. Much of the detailed work of the group has been carried out by sub-committees formed to examine s...More Button

The White Paper included a commitment to reform the law on charities and charitable fundraising. The work of reviewing the legislation is currently under way in my Department. The community and vol...More Button

The White Paper provides for a formal review of the workings of the group after three years.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Strategy Statements.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the promised statement of strategy 2003-2005 for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As previously indicated in my replies to Deputy O'Dowd – 23 October 2002, Priority Question No. 55 – and to Deputy Richard Bruton – 5 November 2002, Priority Question No. 721 &nda...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of new house grants paid to applicants in Gaeltacht areas in respect of each of the past five years; the average amount paid; the criteria used to determine eligibility for such grants; ...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to grants paid under the Housing (Gaeltacht) Acts. The number of new houses completed with assistance under the Acts, as well as the expenditure involved in the las...More Button

The new house grant under the Acts –€5,100 in mainland Gaeltacht areas and €15,300 on Gaeltacht islands – is paid by my Department to qualified applicants who speak Irish as t...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an Údarás na Gaeltachta grant application by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason a response in relation to this application has not ...More Button

The promoters of the business referred to by the Deputy are in ongoing discussions with Údarás na Gaeltachta regarding the possibility of developing their business. The current positi...More Button

The assessment of such business proposals is, of course, solely a matter for Údarás na Gaeltachta.More Button

Written Answers. - Gaeltacht Commission Report.

Was asked: the progress made to date in implementing the report of the Gaeltacht Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Gaeltacht Commission which was established in spring 2000 was presented with the overall task of making recommendations to the Government in regard to strengthening the position of the Irish la...More Button

In order to advise me on the actions necessary to give practical implementation to the proposals contained in the commission's report, I have established an advisory committee whose recommendations...More Button

As Minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht it is my intention to implement, in so far as possible and within the context of the resources available to me, whatever measures are considered to...More Button

Question No. 101 answered with Question No. 79.More Button

Was asked: the new initiatives he will take following the recent census data to attract new Irish speaking families into the Gaeltacht; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Coimsiún na Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht Commission, was established by the Government in spring 2000 with the broad remit of making recommendations regarding the strengthening of the Irish lan...More Button

The advisory committee's recommendations will form the basis of action plans which will have deliverable targets and be aimed at strengthening the language in Gaeltacht communities. The general iss...More Button

Written Answers. - Functions Statement.

Was asked: if the functions statement for his Department has been drawn up; the grant areas for which his Department or agencies operating under it have responsibility; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 52 and 58 of 23 October in which I gave the following information.More Button

The following functions have been transferred to my Department from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, under S.I. No. 296 of 18 June 2002, functions in relation to rural dev...More Button

In relation to the transfer to my Department of the functions relating to Comhairle and the Combat Poverty Agency, a working group has been established between my Department and the Department of S...More Button

In line with the statutory requirements in the Public Service Management Act, 1997, a draft strategy statement for my Department covering the period 2003-2005 is now being finalised for my consider...More Button

For 2003 the grant areas for which my Department and agencies operating under it will have responsibility are as follows: community and local development community development support programmes, o...More Button

Rural development schemes – CLÁR, rural development fund, Leader, INTERREG, PEACE II operated by Area Development Management Limited and farm relief services.More Button

Gaeltacht and Irish language – Irish language maintenance schemes in the Gaeltacht, Gaeltacht infrastructural improvement schemes, miscellaneous Gaeltacht services, Ciste na Gaeilge, grant to...More Button

Offshore Islands – capital grants for economic and social development on offshore islands and subsidies for operation of ferry-air servicesMore Button

My Department also funds the work of the local drugs task forces and the premises initiative for drugs projects. These plans are assessed by the national drugs strategy team and allocations are ult...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: when the promised regional drugs task forces will be set up; the way in which the membership will be selected; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the national drugs strategy 2001-2008, it is proposed to set up regional drugs task forces or RDTFs in the ten health board regions throughout the country. The present position regarding thei...More Button

Regarding the membership, it is proposed that the membership of the RDTFs will, where appropriate, include representation from the following sectors-agencies: area-based partnerships, community sec...More Button

In relation to representatives of the statutory sector, it is proposed that each Department-agency will nominate one representative to the RDTF. The representatives should hold senior positions wit...More Button

It is proposed that the community fora, which nominate members to the social inclusion groups of the city-county development boards, should have responsibility for the nomination process in relatio...More Button

It is recommended that up to four public representatives be nominated to the RDTF. As with the LDTFs, the local authorities in each RDTF region will be the nominating bodies. The number of represen...More Button

Finally it is proposed that the area partnerships in the region should nominate one representative to the RDTFs. The nomination will be agreed between the partnerships themselves, having regard to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Depopulation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns expressed at the recent convention of the Irish Rural Dwellers' Association that EU policies were forcing large scale population clearances from rura...More Button

I am aware of the concerns of the Irish Rural Dwellers' Association. I have spoken many times about the need for a settlement pattern that would allow for the regeneration of rural areas, particula...More Button

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the progress which has been made in the national drugs strategy dealing with young people drug-taking and in view of the drug-taking in St. Patrick's Institution; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the changes he plans to make to the national drugs strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date in implementing the new national drugs strategy launched in May 2001.More Button

Was asked: the effectiveness of the overall national drug strategy in consideration of the drug culture operating in Irish prisons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the changes he plans to make to the national drugs strategy in view of the fact that there are now 300 people sleeping rough in Dublin every night and the fact that drug misuse and homelessness is ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 106, 111, 116 and 126 together.More Button

As the Deputies are aware, my Department has overall responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008. The strategy aims to tackle the drug problem in th...More Button

The strategy provides for an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the overall framework by end 2004. This will examine the progress being made in achieving the overall key strategic goals...More Button

Since it was launched in May 2001, considerable progress has been made by Departments and agencies in implementing the actions set out for them in the strategy. The interdepartmental group on drugs...More Button

Six monthly progress reports on the strategy are provided to the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion, the most recent of which was presented in September last. In terms of progress, it should be ...More Button

Considerable progress is also being made as regards increasing the number of methadone treatment places. The number of places at the end of September was 6,290 and there is a commitment in the stra...More Button

Regarding the national advisory committee on drugs, it is currently overseeing a three year research programme, on the extent, nature, causes and effects of drug use in Ireland and has made conside...More Button

In relation to the regional drugs task forces, nominations have been sought from the various sectors, including statutory, community and voluntary. In addition, the national drugs strategy team has...More Button

Finally, Deputies should note that I am not in a position to answer questions in relation to the Prisons Service or drug taking in St. Patrick's Institution as these are matters for my colleagues t...More Button

Was asked: his plans to prioritise alcohol policy along with the national drugs strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Was asked: the progress made to date in regard to the implementation of the RAPID programme; the number of areas in respect of which plans have been submitted to his Department; the total projected budgets fo...More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made under the RAPID programme in each RAPID area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 118 together.More Button

Strand I of the RAPID programme targets 25 urban areas and strand two targets 20 provincial towns. An area implementation team was established in each of these areas to prepare a plan for the area....More Button

It is a matter for individual Departments to report on progress in relation to implementing RAPID proposals that fall within their remit. Regarding my Department, proposals from strand one RAPID pl...More Button

In the case of proposals relevant to the YPFSF, the position is that the national assessment committee of the fund, which is chaired by my Department, is currently examining capital proposals submi...More Button

A number of proposals from RAPID plans that are relevant to the drugs initiative, are being pursued through the local drugs task force plans.More Button

Eight priority areas for development of a community development project have been identified in the RAPID plans i.e., Loughlinstown, Shanganagh, Crumlin, Bluebell, Dolphin House, Inchicore, CDP for...More Button

While there has been no allocation of funding in respect of community development projects in the aforementioned areas to date, the Deputy should note that pre-development work is under way. The fu...More Button

Proposals under Strand II of the programme were recently received in my Department and are currently being examined with a view to progressing them as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the steps which have been taken to implement the commitment given in An Agreed Programme for Government, that each relevant Government Department will allocate specific staff whose principal duty w...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the RAPID programme is a focused initiative by Government to target the most concentrated areas of disadvantage in the country. Priority attention is given to tackling...More Button

The programme also calls on Government Departments and State agencies to bring about better co-ordination and closer integration in the delivery of services. There are three strands of the RAPID pr...More Button

The allocation of specific staff to deal with the RAPID programme is a matter for individual Departments. However, the Deputy should note that a series of meetings at official level, between my Dep...More Button

Question No. 134 answered with Question No. 120.More Button

Was asked: the moneys which have been expended, in which areas and in which projects to date, under the RAPID and CLÁR programmes.More Button

It is the role of my Department, supported by Area Development Management Limited, to co-ordinate the implementation of the RAPID programme.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that an area implementation team was established in each RAPID area and a plan for the area was prepared. My Department provided €840,820 to support the work of these ...More Button

Projects included in RAPID plans are to be funded through front-loading of existing NDP resources. The Deputy will appreciate therefore, that it is a matter for individual Departments to report on ...More Button

Proposals from strand I RAPID plans submitted to my Department fall to be considered under the young peoples facilities and services fund – YPFSF – the community development programme &...More Button

In the case of proposals relevant to the YPFSF, the position is that the national assessment committee of the fund, which is chaired by my Department, is currently examining capital proposals submi...More Button

Proposals submitted under the RAPID plans will be considered in the context of decisions to be made under round two and in the light of the overall financial position for 2003. A number of proposal...More Button

While there has been no allocation of funding in respect of community development projects in the aforementioned areas to date, the Deputy should note that pre-development work is under way in Loug...More Button

In the case of the CDP for the arts and Waterford city, I understand that the applications for inclusion in programme have yet to be assessed. Proposals under strand two of the RAPID programme were...More Button

There are 18 measures in the CLÁR programme ranging from local road improvements to village enhancement and sports capital grants. It is not practical here to provide the information sought ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the RAPID schemes in the Dublin south central area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All proposals from the Dublin south inner city, south west inner city and Crumlin RAPID plans have been forwarded to the relevant Government Department for consideration and implementation. My Depa...More Button

In the case of proposals relevant to the YPFSF, the national assessment committee of the fund, which is chaired by my Department, is examining capital proposals submitted by the development groups ...More Button

Eight priority areas, including Crumlin, Bluebell, Dolphin House and Inchicore, have been identified in the strand I RAPID plans for development of a community development project. While there has ...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that it is a matter for individual Departments to report on progress in relation to implementing RAPID proposals that fall within the remit of their Departments.More Button

Written Answers. - Foclóir Béarla-Gaeilge.

Ar 21 Meitheamh 2000, thug an Chomhairle Aireachta Thuaidh-Theas cead i bprionsabal d'Fhoras na Gaeilge foclóir nua-aoiseach údarásach ar ard-chaighdeán a chur ar f&aacu...More Button

Dá réir sin, lorg Foras na Gaeilge tairiscintí soláthair le haghaidh Céim I de thionscadal an Fhoclóra Béarla-Gaeilge níos luaithe i mbliana....More Button

Tuigtear dom ó Fhoras na Gaeilge go bhfuil measúnú déanta ar na tairiscintí a fuarthas maidir leis an obair sin agus go bhfuiltear ag súil leis go scr&uacu...More Button

Question No. 115 answered with Question No. 91.More Button

Question No. 116 answered with Question No. 106.More Button

Written Answers. - Survey of Facilities.

Was asked: when the comprehensive survey of the availability of recreational facilities in disadvantaged areas, which was promised in An Agreed Programme for Government, will begin; the person by whom the sur...More Button

With regard to the commitment in the programme for Government, officials in my Department will shortly be initiating discussions with the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism on how best to carry ...More Button

In this context, the Deputy should note that the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism has commenced preliminary work on drawing up a new long-term strategic plan for the provision of sports facili...More Button

Question No. 118 answered with Question No. 107.More Button

Written Answers. - Páistí Scoile sa Ghaeltacht.

D'fhógair mé le gairid go bhfuil mé chun athbhreithniú cuimsitheach a dhéanamh ar Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge chun í a chur in oiriúint don l&a...More Button

Mar chuid lárnach den phróiséis táim ag dul i gcomhairle leis an bpobal agus cuirfear fáilte dá réir roimh mholtaí nó tuairimí ...More Button

Tá súil agam go mbeidh an t-athbhreithniú críochnaithe roimh dheireadh na scoilbhliana reatha.More Button

Written Answers. - Coimisiún na Gaeltachta.

Tá sé i gceist agam Ceisteanna Uimhir 120 agus 134 a thógáil le chéile.More Button

Bhunaigh an Rialtas Coimisiún na Gaeltachta in earrach na bliana 2000 le moltaí a dhéanamh maidir leis an nGaeilge a láidriú mar ghnáthurlabhra phobal na G...More Button

Written Answers. - Ferry Services.

Was asked: the progress which has been made with regard to the review by his Department of the State-subsidised ferry service between Galway and the Aran Islands, which was promised following the recently pub...More Button

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on State subsidised transport services to the Aran Islands was published in September 2002. Following the reports, the Department has advanced a nu...More Button

The independent consultants I have just mentioned will review the ferry services to the Aran Islands as part of their brief. My Department hopes to convene a meeting of the steering committee for t...More Button

Question No. 122 answered with Question No. 80.More Button

Written Answers. - Security of the Elderly.

Was asked: if he will add the purchase and installation of emergency lights to the list of approved works under the scheme of support for older people.More Button

My Department operates the scheme of community support for older people, the purpose of which is to improve the security and social support of vulnerable older people. This funding is provided by w...More Button

Since the commencement of the scheme of community support for older people in 1996, a total of €32.5 million has been allocated to the scheme, which to the end of 2001 has assisted some 89,136...More Button

Under the terms of the scheme, grants for the following equipment are provided for: small scale physical security equipment such as, strengthening of doors and windows, window locks, door chains an...More Button

Question No. 129 answered with Question No. 83.More Button

Question No. 130 answered with Question No. 90.More Button

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Written Answers. - Rural Development.

Was asked: the progress made to date with regard to the implementation of the White Paper on Rural Development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The White Paper on Rural Development, 1999, sets out a vision and a framework for the development of rural communities and marks a new approach and commitment by Government to rural development.More Button

The overall strategy decided by Government provides for, balanced regional development to ensure the benefits of economic and social progress are distributed throughout rural areas; investment in s...More Button

The national development plan is the vehicle for delivering the commitments in the white paper. There is a specific chapter on rural development with a commitment to public investment of €8.5 ...More Button

In addition to the national development plan investments, I also introduced, this time last year, the CLÁR programme for disadvantaged rural areas. The agreed programme for Government includ...More Button

It is not practical here to outline separately every topic covered in the White Paper. However, I am sending, separately, to the Deputy a detailed progress report which outlines the position at the...More Button

Was asked: his strategy for rural development; the way in which these proposals are likely to receive support from other Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I direct the Deputy to my reply today to Deputy Moynihan-Cronin's Question No. 131 on the White Paper on rural development. I will arrange to send to Deputy Durkan the progress report referred to i...More Button

Question No. 437 answered with Question No. 433.More Button

Written Answers. - Youth Services.

Was asked: the progress of the young people's facilities social fund; the allocation which has been made towards this fund; the applications received for funding which are outstanding; and if he will make a s...More Button

The young people's facilities and services fund was established in 1998 as part of the Government's overall strategy to tackle drug misuse. The fund aims to assist in the development of youth servi...More Button

Under the national development plan, €149.65 million has been approved for the fund in the period 200-06. To date, approximately €68 million has been allocated under round one of the fund...More Button

With regard to services projects, the committee is awaiting the completion of the external evaluation of the fund, which is due shortly, before seeking such proposals under round two. Final decisio...More Button

Written Answers. - Western Development Commission.

Was asked: if he has received the results of the review of the Western Development Commission being undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The terms of reference of the review are to examine the purpose, functional area and operation of the Western Development Commission.More Button

The review, being undertaken by officials of my Department, is ongoing. It is expected that the review will be completed and its findings presented to me by end of year.More Button

Question No. 137 answered with Question No. 97.More Button

Written Answers. - Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ar iarratas na mball d'Fhianna Fáil ar bhord an Údarás, chas mé leo tar éis cruinniú an údaráis i nGaoth Dobhair ar an 1ú Samhain, 2002.More Button

Ag an gcruinniú, bhí plé ginearálta againn faoi chúrsaí na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta ina measc. Maidir le casadh le bord an úda...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: if he will identify by location, acreage and other details, the State properties in his Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale at present.More Button

No State properties are currently available for sale or being considered for sale in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.More Button

Written Answers. - Coastal Erosion.

Was asked: if there is funding available from the CLÁR Programme to address the coastal erosion problem at Murrivagh, Mulranny, Westport, County Mayo.More Button

Following the launch of the CLÁR programme, bilateral meetings were held with other Departments and some state agencies to discuss possible co-funding measures under the CLÁR programm...More Button

Coastal erosion will form part of the agenda for the meeting with the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. No coastal erosion measure was agreed to date.More Button

Written Answers. - National Spatial Strategy.

Was asked: the extent to which he has studied the recently announced spatial strategy and its impact on his Department's work; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The national spatial strategy, published last week, will have implications for the work of all Departments and State agencies, both national and local. In my statement welcoming its publication, I ...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Development.

Was asked: the extent of his work to date in revitalising rural and urban communities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that my Department was established in June of this year and brings together functions previously under the auspices of five different Government Departments. These include ...More Button

Accordingly, a considerable proportion of my Department's work to date has involved the continuation of these schemes and programmes of work, together with the identification of priorities for the ...More Button

The main programmes for addressing the revitalisation of rural and urban communities are as follows. The CLÁR or Ceantair Laga Ard Riachtanais programme was launched in 2000 to address rural...More Button

In tandem with the public consultation process, I held an interdepartmental committee meeting with all relevant Departments. Subsequent bilateral meetings took place with these Departments and some...More Button

The priorities identified in the selected areas are being dealt with in the following measures: non-national roads, class 111 roads, LIS roads, group water schemes, group sewerage schemes, small pu...More Button

The work of the Western Development Commission, including the administration of the western investment fund, also contributes to the revitalisation of rural areas in the western region.More Button

Leader is the EU Union initiative for rural development that provides approved local action groups with public funding, EU and national, to implement multi-sectoral business plans for the developme...More Button

Nationwide, 35 local action groups and three collective bodies were selected by the Government to implement the new programmes. As Minister of State with responsibility for rural development at tha...More Button

The PEACE II and INTERREG IIIA Ireland-Northern Ireland programmes focus on the Border counties and, through the rural development measures of these programmes, on the regeneration of rural communi...More Button

Strand II of the RAPID programme, the provincial towns strand, was launched in February 2002. Lead responsibility for strand II of the programmetransferred to the Department of Community, Rural and...More Button

The community development programmeaims to mobilise the capacity of disadvantaged communities to participate in mainstream local development, training and education, enterprise and employment oppor...More Button

Was asked: the number of urban and rural communities which have currently registered with his Department or the extent to which he has made contact with such groups with a view to offering assistance, whether...More Button

Information in relation to the numbers of urban and rural communities in receipt of assistance from my Department is given below.More Button

Under the CLÁR programme, 99 groups have been offered financial assistance to date while nationwide 35 local action groups and three collective bodies have been selected by the Government to...More Button

The local development social inclusion programme is managed by Area Development Management Limited or ADM on behalf of my Department. ADM has committed funds up to the end of 2003 to 38 area partne...More Button

My Department provides supports to local self help and community development initiatives through a range of once off grant schemes and long-term funding programmes. The community development suppor...More Button

My Department also operates a range of once off grant schemes, which support community development and family support groups. Details of the expenditure under each scheme and all the grants made in...More Button

Assistance is provided to Gaeltacht and island communities through a variety of schemes for the support of infrastructural development and the maintenance of the Irish language in Gaeltacht areas.More Button

Written Answers. - Interdepartmental Liaison.

Was asked: the extent to which he has liaised with other Departments, the activities of which can have an effect on his Department's role and function; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there have been recent discussions with the Department of the Environment and Local Government in regard to the impact of decisions taken jointly or separately which may impact on the quality of...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 433 and 437 together.More Button

Given the broad nature of the remit of my Department, I have initiated a process of consultation with all other Departments. To date I have met the Department of Social and Family Affairs, the Depa...More Button

One of the principal mechanisms for advancing progress on cross cutting issues will be the interdepartmental committee on rural, community and Gaeltacht affairs. The main purpose of the committee i...More Button

In relation to decisions affecting the quality of life for those in either urban or rural areas, my Department was represented on the steering committee which drafted the national spatial strategy....More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the extent to which and the headings under which his Department is likely to provide grant aid towards community based socially or culturally enhancing projects; if all applications in this regard ...More Button

My Department provides supports to local self help and community development initiatives through a range of once off grant schemes and long-term funding programmes. The schemes are aimed at helping...More Button

To be eligible for funding groups must subscribe to a self help, community development ethos and must involve the intended beneficiaries in the management and design of the project. The schemes are...More Button

The once-off grant schemes operated by the Department to support community development and family support groups are as follows. Under the scheme of grants to voluntary organisations, once off gran...More Button

The scheme of grants to locally based community and family support groups provides grants to locally based community and family support groups involved in programmes of self help and personal devel...More Button

The purpose of the community development education and training grants scheme is to fund training and education initiatives aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of local community and voluntary gro...More Button

The aim of the community development support programmes or CDSPs is to support locally based groups involved in anti-poverty and social inclusion initiatives in their communities. The programmes su...More Button

Under the programme of core funding to locally based community and family support groups or CFG the Department has, since 1994 supported women's groups and networks involved in anti-poverty work in...More Button

The focus of the work of projects is on marginalised groups and/or disadvantaged areas, groups and individuals who live in geographical communities, or communities of interest, experiencing high le...More Button

New groups entering the CDP will be expected to adhere to the principles of the community development programme and undertake the core functions of the programme. They should have a commitment to a...More Button

Projects not recognised as charities by the Revenue Commissioners are required to have a current tax clearance certificate. The following factors are considered in respect of the area or community:...More Button

There is no standard application form for these programmes. Community groups wishing to apply for inclusion in the CDSPs should apply directly to the voluntary and community services section of my ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Objectives.

Was asked: his Department's proposals in terms of prioritising objectives in 2003; if any such projects are likely to be affected in a negative way by budgetary restrictions; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Next year will represent the first full year of operation of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead. I am fully confident that ...More Button

The Estimates process presented me with the opportunity to critically examine my Department's collective spending programmes, which were previously spread around the Votes of various Departments. T...More Button

I am confident that the 2003 allocations to Gaeltacht schemes, na scéimeanna feabhsúcháin, cultúrtha agus sóisialta agus tithe Gaeltachta, will be sufficient to m...More Button

With regard to community affairs, the allocation will be adequate to meet existing commitments but the potential for continued expansion will be limited. I have no doubt, however, that with respons...More Button

Under the rural affairs programme, schemes are generally set to operate in a time frame to 2006 and prudent management will ensure that the expected level of delivery will be maintained. Despite th...More Button