Cllr William Quinn PC

Minister Phelan and Cllr William Quinn Announce Over €715,000 in Allocations under 2015 Rural Water Programme For Carlow and Kilkenny

Issued : Wednesday 13 May, 2015

Ann Phelan, T.D., Minister of State for Rural Affairs in the Environment, Community & Local Government and Bye-Election Candidate Cllr. Willie Quinn today (11 May 2015) announced the Department’s 2015 block grant allocations for Carlow and Kilkenny local authorities for group water and group sewerage schemes.

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The allocations, which total almost €715,000 are provided under the Department’s Rural Water Programme.  Funding is primarily aimed at improving water quality in group water schemes, and at upgrading and water conservation works in group water scheme distribution networks.  The programme also provides funding for group sewerage schemes.

Cllr. Quinn said: "This is excellent news for Carlow/Kilkenny and will ensure that our rural water schemes are properly resourced and maintained."

Minister Phelan outlined that “The allocations reflect the high concentration of group water schemes and necessary improvement works still required in certain counties such as our own in Carlow and Kilkenny. It will greatly enhance the water structure for the Constituency and will allow communities access to a good quality, adequate water supply.”

"My colleague Minister Kelly, also confirmed that he has decided to accept a recommendation from the National Rural Water Services Committee, which advises the Minister on rural water policy and investment, to investigate whether some elements of proposed new group schemes would merit a special contribution to help address funding shortfalls.”

Both Minister Phelan and Cllr. Quinn confirmed that the Department will also be engaging with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes to explore the possibility of introducing a rolling, multi-annual funding programme to provide certainty to the sector on funding of projects.

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Note to editors

  •       The Department currently funds 85% of the cost of new group water schemes, subject to a maximum grant per house of €7,475, under the Rural Water Programme.  
     
    ·         Responsibility for the administration of the programme, including the selection of scheme proposals for advancement and funding, is devolved to the local authorities.  

 

  •       A breakdown of the block grant allocations for each county is set out in the table below.



 

2015 Rural Water Programme Block Grant Allocations

Local Authority

Total 2015 Allocation

 

Carlow

220,000

Cavan

505,100

Clare

538,800

Cork

460,400

Donegal

654,500

Galway

1,813,300

Kerry

780,100

Kildare

266,350

Kilkenny

495,300

Laois

313,000

Leitrim

216,000

Limerick

350,400

Longford

285,000

Louth

175,000

Mayo

2,740,600

Meath

202,550

Monaghan

500,000

Offaly

380,000

Roscommon

1,080,000

Sligo

351,900

Tipperary

382,000

Waterford

255,100

Westmeath

299,500

Wexford

500,000

Wicklow

111,650

TOTALS

13,876,550

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