Tuesday, 5 November 2002
Dáil Eireann Debate
709. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of applications submitted for counties Sligo and Leitrim for funding for voluntary and community organisations under the federation and networks grants supporting voluntary activity scheme; the names and addresses of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19757/02]
Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Mr. N. Ahern): The funding scheme to support the role of federations and networks in the community and voluntary sector is one of a number of measures included in the White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activity. The scheme attracted 152 applications of which four applications were from County Sligo and two applications from County Leitrim. While it is not proposed to provide details of the applicants pending completion of the scheme, all applicants will be advised of the outcome in respect of their application at the earliest possible date.
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): I have commissioned the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at NUI, Maynooth, to analyse the 2002 population census data to assist me in reviewing the CLÁR areas. An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment to review the census data and consider additional areas for inclusion. At present, CLÁR covers some inhabited islands in Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Cork in line with the criteria used for the selection of CLÁR areas. I expect the review will be completed by the end of 2002.
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