Dáil Éireann - Volume 578 - 28 January, 2004

Written Answers - Community Development.

  330. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the position regarding community development programmes; if the programme is subject to review at present; if so, the nature and timescale for this review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2402/04]

  331. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if it is the case that community development programmes and rural development programmes under his auspices are still subject to a general review; if so, the programmes or schemes of this nature being reviewed; the nature and timescale of these reviews; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2403/04]

  Éamon Ó Cuív:I propose to take Questions Nos. 330 and 331 together.

I refer the Deputy to earlier questions on this topic, in particular my reply to Question No. 76 on 21 October 2003 and my reply to Question No. 108 and allied questions on 26 March 2003.

Recommendations arising from the review referred to by the Deputy were recently considered by Government. Details of the Government decision in this regard are currently being finalised. I hope to be in a position to set out the Government decision in the near future.

  332. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if the CLÁR programme has been reviewed or amended in the wake of Census 2002; if so, the nature of these changes in County Kerry; if he will supply maps for County Kerry to illustrate these changes or the current CLÁR areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2404/04]

[1080]   Éamon Ó Cuív:An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment to annual funding for the CLÁR programme and to consideration of additional areas for inclusion in light of the 2002 population census data. Arising from the analysis of the 2002 population census, the Government decided on the additional areas for inclusion in the CLÁR programme and I announced these additions on 17 January 2003.

The critical criterion in the review was to maintain the criterion of a 50% overall population reduction and involved identifying and including any DEDs with a 50% plus population decline contiguous or near to existing CLÁR areas.

Arising from the review, no DEDs were removed. The number of DEDs in the revised programme has increased from 701 to 890 and the total population in the programme has increased from 284,000 to 362,000. Waterford is the only new county with areas included. The average decline of population in the total CLÁR area is now 49.89% or, excluding the Cooley Peninsula, 50.32%.

In the case of County Kerry, seven DEDs with a population of 3,111 were added. This brings the total population in County Kerry that is included in the programme to 30,309 in a total of 71 DEDs.

The following table details the number of additional DEDs and the population included in the revised programme.

I am sending separately to the Deputy the map and list of the previous and new DEDs in the CLÁR areas of County Kerry.

Revised CLÁR Programme

County

Pop. 1926

Pop. 1996

Pop. 2002

Avg.% Decline 1926-1996

Avg.% Decline 1926-2002

No. of DEDs

Additional DEDs

Cavan (Total)

82,452

52,944

56,414

-42.32

-28.92

91

old CLÁR

35,883

16,765

16,962

-55.81

-55.30

43

new CLÁR

56,241

28,409

29,435

-51.71

-50.08

69

26

Clare

95,061

94,006

103,333

-11.15

-0.06

153

old CLÁR

40,597

22,814

23,283

-47.42

-46.54

72

new CLÁR

61,093

35,381

35,655

-46.11

-45.95

102

30

Cork

272,226

420,510

448,181

0.62

8.45

398

old CLÁR

43,137

22,936

23,702

-47.36

-45.66

49

new CLÁR

63,517

34,457

35,137

-45.60

-44.83

83

34

Donegal

150,714

129,994

137,383

-19.94

-14.18

149

old CLÁR

46,227

24,717

24,533

-49.36

-49.49

55

new CLÁR

61,072

33,632

33,103

-47.53

-48.11

70

15

Galway

154,508

188,854

208,826

-14.46

-7.32

238

old CLÁR

42,222

22,612

22,517

-48.33

-49.34

57

new CLÁR

50,725

27,386

27,311

-47.60

-48.46

70

13

Kerry

149,081

126,130

132,424

-29.67

-27.09

166

old CLÁR

49,047

25,640

27,198

-51.85

-49.99

64

new CLÁR

55,042

29,041

30,309

-51.05

-49.91

71

7

Leitrim

59,902

25,057

25,815

-59.78

-59.12

77

old CLÁR

59,902

25,057

25,815

-59.78

-59.12

77

new CLÁR

59,902

25,057

25,815

-59.78

-59.12

77

0

Limerick

100,895

165,042

175,529

3.37

8.41

173

old CLÁR

760

402

373

-47.11

-50.92

1

new CLÁR

760

402

373

-47.11

-50.92

1

0

Longford

38,986

30,166

31,127

-33.84

-26.17

54

old CLÁR

16,917

9,350

9,147

-46.07

-46.84

25

new CLÁR

17,417

9,619

9,409

-46.08

-46.87

26

1

Monaghan

65,191

51,313

52,772

-26.83

-23.75

70

old CLÁR

8,975

4,262

4,444

-53.20

-51.12

12

new CLÁR

14,254

7,015

7,149

-51.85

-51.00

19

7

Roscommon

84,456

51,975

53,803

-39.49

-38.44

112

old CLÁR

54,304

25,277

25,436

-54.77

-55.17

66

new CLÁR

59,318

28,128

28,270

-53.23

-53.63

75

9

Sligo

71,406

55,821

58,178

-34.73

-32.48

82

old CLÁR

39,542

18,300

18,478

-55.03

-54.96

53

new CLÁR

48,190

23,148

23,649

-52.92

-52.48

64

11

TippNR

59,645

58,021

61,068

-12.96

-9.12

80

old CLÁR

6,276

3,205

3,234

-49.73

-49.95

9

new CLÁR

8,127

4,205

4,235

-49.51

-49.44

13

4

TippSR

81,370

75,514

79,213

-18.59

-7.67

96

old CLÁR

1,526

808

764

-46.29

-48.73

3

new CLÁR

1,526

808

764

-46.29

-48.73

3

0

Waterford

51,341

94,680

101,518

-5.79

-0.44

129

old CLÁR

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

new CLÁR

9,531

5,081

5,148

-47.24

-47.08

17

17

Westmeath

56,818

63,314

72,027

-0.47

13.30

106

old CLÁR

2,188

902

974

-60.06

-55.34

6

new CLÁR

6,909

3,329

3,452

-52.56

-50.73

18

12

old CLÁR

565,827

283,654

287,270

-51.61

-51.35

701

new CLÁR

695,946

357,947

361,901

-50.06

-49.89

890

189

old CLÁR (exLouth)

557,845

275,858

279,190

-52.14

-51.92

694

new CLÁR (exLouth)

687,964

350,151

353,821

-50.46

-50.32

883

189