Ring, Michael

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Economic Growth Initiatives

Was asked: the status of proposals to establish the Atlantic economic corridor; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Programme for a Partnership Government and the Action Plan for Rural Development both contain a commitment to progress the concept of an Atlantic Economic Corridor which was proposed in Februar...More Button

The overarching objective of the Atlantic Economic Corridor concept is to maximise the assets of the western region, from Kerry to Donegal, and connect the economic hubs, clusters and catchments ...More Button

I established an Atlantic Economic Corridor Taskforce in March to progress the proposal. The Taskforce includes senior representatives from the business sector, key Government Departments and ot...More Button

The Taskforce has met four times since it was established and will continue to meet on a regular basis. A number of sub-groups of the Taskforce have also been established to progress specific as...More Button

The Atlantic Economic Corridor has the potential to contribute to effective regional development in the context of the forthcoming National Planning Framework.More Button

Leader Programmes Data

Was asked: the number of contracts that have been signed under the new Leader programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of projects that are at contract stage of the new Leader programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the bodies responsible for entering into contracts under the new Leader programme; if his Department received legal advice on whether the local community development committees are the appropriate ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 239, inclusive, together.More Button

The 20014-2020 LEADER programme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver funding in accordance with Local Development Strategies that have been approved for each LAG area. More Button

In the case of 4 LEADER areas under the current programme, the Local Action Group is a Local Development Company. In the other 25 areas, the Local Action Group is a Local Community Development C...More Button

To date, 429 projects have been fully approved by the LAGs for funding. The approach to the issuing of contracts is a matter for each individual Local Action Group. However, I would expect that ...More Button

My Department does not have details regarding the number of contracts that have been signed at this stage. Information regarding the date that the contract enters into effect is provided by the ...More Button

Leader Programmes Administration

Was asked: the steps undertaken by his Department to reduce the bureaucracy associated with the new Leader programme; the steps taken to monitor the impact of these changes; his views on whether these steps a...More Button

Was asked: if the operation of the Leader programme will be reviewed; if so, when this review will commence; the consultation process associated with the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 241 together.More Button

LEADER plays a valuable role in supporting rural development and is an important part of the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development.  I am committed to implementing the LEADER programme a...More Button

In light of those concerns, a forum was held in May with participants from all of the Local Action Groups and the Local Development Companies delivering LEADER. The forum provided a platform to ...More Button

Arising from the forum, my Department identified a series of 31 actions designed to improve programme delivery. Most of the measures have already been introduced, while the remainder are being p...More Button

I am satisfied that these actions are far reaching and will result in very significant changes to the way the programme is delivered, making the application process easier for all concerned. I a...More Button

Progress on the delivery of the LEADER Programme was discussed by the Monitoring Committee on the Action Plan for Rural Development at its meeting of 26 October. There was general agreement at t...More Button

Other mechanisms for reviewing the delivery of the LEADER programme include annual reporting to my Department by each Local Action Group on progress in the delivery of their Local Development Str...More Button