To ask the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the position regarding the introduction of RAPID programme in Rathkeale, County Limerick. – Dan Neville.
AN tAIRE GNÓTHAÍ POBAIL, COMHIONANNAIS AGUS GAELTACHTA (AN tUASAL PAT CAREY, T.D.):-
As the Deputy is aware, Rathkeale was one of five new towns designated as part of the RAPID Programme by a Government decision on 26 May 2009.
At present, Rathkeale has a Taskforce in place made up of members of local State agencies, as well as community representatives. This Taskforce is in the process of becoming the RAPID Area Implementation Team for Rathkeale.
My Department is making €250,000 available to Rathkeale from Dormant Accounts funding to be used on small infrastructural products over the next two years. I am also pleased that Limerick County Council has appointed a co-ordinator with responsibility for RAPID in Rathkeale.