Rathkeale Rapid Foru

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding an application under the dormant accounts for €250,000 in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding payment of RAPID grants to Rathkeale, County Limerick. – Dan Neville.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 17th May, 2011.

Ref Nos: 11170/11 and 11578/11

Reference REP405/PH/11 Rathkeale Rapid Forum County Limerick. There was a commitment given from the outgoing Minister.

REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Hogan)

I propose to take Question Nos. 320 and 341 together.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 257 of 10 of May 2011.

Under the programme in question, I understand that an Area Implementation Team (AIT), which draws up a plan based on the particular needs of the area so that available funding can be targeted where it will do the most good in the community, has been established for the area in question. The inaugural meeting of the AIT took place on 15 April 2010.

The AIT includes representatives of the Department of Social Protection, the relevant local authority, An Garda Síochána, Youth Services, HSE, VEC and others. I understand that the community forum structure has been agreed, task groups have been formed and there is agreement on the role of agencies and on chairing of task groups. A Co-ordinator for the area is in place since January 2010, funded by the local authority.

As regards the proposal to allocate additional funding for the area in question from the Dormant Accounts Fund, I can confirm that eight projects have been prioritised by Pobal. These are currently being considered by my Department in the context of the reduced level of funding available to the Department in the current year, and also in the context of the review of expenditure that is being undertaken. Any decisions arising will be notified to all applicants as soon as possible.