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RAPID in 2013

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan informed Eamon O Cuiv (FF, Galway W) of the progress of the RAPID programme of urban local development (Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th February 2013, 9-10).  There were 51 RAPID areas and the government had made no changes to the programme since coming into office.  The national monitoring committee had not met for two years but he had met the RAPID chairs and coordinators at a conference in February 2012.  He has found some additional money for the five towns added in 2009 (Ballina, Dungarvan, Enniscorthy, Mullingar and Rathkeale) and used leverage for projects for traffic calming, graffiti removal and play groups.  Social inclusion measures would continue to play a major role and he gave the assurance that this would be the case when RAPID and other agencies were more closely aligned with local government.  Measures to improve the areas identified by RAPID would continue to be prioritized under social inclusion measures in 2014 and beyond.  In 2013 all they had was money to meet existing contractual obligations.  He did not have money for everything and there must be priorities. He would consider meeting the chairs under the auspices of the national monitoring committee.

 

Separately, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan told Martin Heydon (FG, Kildare S) and Michael Moynihan (FF, Cork NW) that the allocation for the programme in 2013 would be €2m (Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th February 2013, 18-19).  This would be used to meet contractual obligations, mainly sports and CCTV.  His department was not in a position to meet the salary costs of coordinators, who were local authority employees, but did fund local authorities to meet day-to-day operational costs.