Rural Schemes

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD is highlighting the massive under-spend in rural schemes, despite a number of announcements in recent weeks of successful projects across Co Mayo.

    While welcoming any funding for Mayo communities, Deputy Dara Calleary says there's often a two year gap between when the announcement is made, and when the money is drawn down, due to difficulty with the co-financing of the project.

    Usually Mayo County Council has to provide a certain percentage of the funding, and it's putting financial pressure on the local authority at a time when they can barely afford essential services like hedge-cutting and repairing pot-holes, according to the Fianna Fail TD.

    He believes the Department of Rural, Community & Gaeltacht Affairs needs to review the model of co-funding, as he says there was an underspend of over €20 million in the Town & Village Renewal Scheme for monies allocated in 2017 and 2018, and -  of the €52 million allocated for 2019 under the Rural Regeneration Scheme - just €14 million has been drawn down - representing a 74% underspend.