TD ‘baffled’ at underspend on rural projects

Eamon O Cuiv...critical.

Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD said he’s ‘baffled’ that the Department of Community and Rural Affairs is set to return millions in unspent funds to central Government.
Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív said it’s hard to understand how the full allocation could not be used when so many rural projects are desperately seeking funding.
He argued the unspent funds should be used to roll out badly-needed village and town upgrade projects under the CLÁR programme.
CLÁR provides funding for small scale projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
The Fianna Fáil Deputy suggested the funding could be used for the badly-needed upgrade of non-county roads in rural areas.
He said there’s no excuse for money earmarked for rural development to be returned to the Government – and the Department of Community and Rural Affairs needs to get its act together.