Government stands over massive underspend in rural scheme – Murphy



Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has said that overspending in the Town and Village Renewal Scheme prior to 2019 will leave many projects across Roscommon and Galway in doubt.

  “Under figures revealed to Fianna Fáil, and despite announcements and photo opportunities, under the town and village scheme 2018 Galway only received 28% of their allocation while Roscommon only received 22%. What is promised by government is clearly not what is delivered in communities,” he said.

  “It is not good enough for Minister Michael Ring to simply show up and announce projects, he needs to take the initiative and review the expenditure rules which would allow the funds to be drawn down more efficiently.

  “Information received by Fianna Fáil recently, shows that nationally there was an underspend of over €20 million in the town and village renewal scheme for monies allocated in 2017 and 2018,” Deputy Murphy added.

  The Fianna Fáil TD took a swipe at Minister Ring, saying there was a “major difference” between what was in Government press releases and launches and what was being delivered on the ground.

  “Instead of laying blame at the feet of the local authorities, the Minister should try taking a proactive approach and review the expenditure rules,” he said.