County Wexford Arts Strategy 2017 – 2022: links & background info

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Deadline: Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, Wed 31/May – info & application details

Background: The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and will provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure or the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland. Funds are provided to projects where works have not yet commenced and will be released to successful applicants in tranches based on a specified level of works being completed.

Timeline for completion of works

For the most part, projects will be required to be completed in 2017. Large scale projects (see Measure 3 below) must be completed by the middle of 2018. A total of €11 million will be allocated to projects approved in 2017, with up to 60% of this (€7 million) available for draw-down in 2017; the balance will be available for draw-down in 2018.  Funds will be released to successful applicants in tranches, based on a specified level of works being completed.

Categories of Application

 Applications will be accepted under three measures:

 Measure 1: ​Small Scale Maintenance/Promotional and Marketing

Projects to include grant aid amounts of up to €10,000 (€2 million available in total).

 Eligible Activities: Resources to support countryside recreation, including for the upkeep and maintenance of already established trails/walkways/cycleways/blueways, improved access to leisure or recreational facilities, and the promotion and marketing of such infrastructure.

 Eligible Applicants: Local Authorities in cooperation with local communities and/or other local stakeholders.

Max No of Projects: Maximum of 15 projects per county, either as individual applications, or as part of one overall application. The number of projects approved for funding will be limited by the overall funding available.

Expected Project Completion Date: All projects must be completed during 2017. 

Measure 2:​ Medium Scale Repair/Upgrade and New Trail Development

Grant Amounts: Grant amounts of up to €100,000 (€3 million available in total)

Eligible Activity: These projects could include the development of new trails/walkways/cycleways/blueways, or other recreational facilities, or extensions to already established trails/walkways/cycleways/blueways. Projects can also include works for the enhancement, maintenance or promotion of such infrastructure.

Eligible Applicants: Local Authorities individually, or working collaboratively with other Local Authorities and/or other local stakeholders.

Max No of Projects: ​Maximum of 4 proposals may be submitted by each Local Authority. The number of projects approved for funding will be limited by the overall funding available.

Expected Project Completion Date: All projects must be completed during 2017.

 Measure 3:​ Large Scale Repair/Upgrade and New Strategic Trail Development

Grant amounts: ​ Grant amounts of over €100,000 and up to €1million

(€6 million available in total).

Eligible Activity:​ These projects could include the development of new larger-scale recreational infrastructure, or resources to complete larger scale/longer term developments, as well as significant repair and maintenance on already established trails/walkways/cycleways/blueways.

Eligible Applicants: ​State Agencies acting either individually or collaboratively and/or Local Authorities acting either individually or collaboratively. Projects involving State Agencies and Local Authorities working in partnership will also be accepted.

Max No of Projects: Applicants under this measure will be confined to one application in this category.

Expected Project Completion Date: Proposed projects must be ready to commence by September 2017 at the latest, and be completed in the first half of 2018.

 Ineligible Activities

• Sports/play grounds

• Marked street trails within towns

Rate of Aid

The scheme will fund up to 80% of the project costs in the case of all Measures, with the additional 20% to be provided from other sources, including Local Authority and/or other resources. Labour or other verifiable and apportionable costs can be counted towards match funding, but should not exceed 15% of the overall cost. A minimum 5% cash contribution is required. It should be noted that the number of projects approved for funding will be limited by the amount of funding available in each category.

Payment Schedule

Subject to the grant levels outlined above, the payment schedule will be as follows:

• 50% of the total allocation will be paid when a minimum of 20% of the total project cost has been expended, and

• 50% payment on completion, based on expenditure actually incurred.

 

Any funding approved in 2017 will be conditional on satisfactory progress with regard to funding approved for similar rural-based schemes in 2016 and previous years.  

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from the following entities on the application form attached in Appendix 1: 

1. Measure 1 and 2: Local Authorities in cooperation with Community Groups and/or other local stakeholders. All applications for these measures must be submitted by email to cnat@ahg.gov.ie by 5 pm on Wed., 31st May 2017. 

2. Measure 3: State Agencies individually or in cooperation with other stakeholders such as Local Authorities. All applications for this measures must be submitted by email to cnat@ahg.gov.ie by 5 pm on Friday, 16th June 2017.

Selection of projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2017 will be by means of a competitive process. Final project selection will be made by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, on the basis of proposals submitted by the Local Authorities/State Agencies.

The Scheme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and will be administered through the Local Authorities and/or State Agencies as outlined above.

Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge the support of the Department in all public announcements and advertising relating to the project, and the Department may seek to use the project in the broader promotion of its policies. 

Queries and Completed Applications

Queries can be directed to 096-24240

Queries and completed application forms should be sent to cnat@ahg.gov.ie.

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Deadline: expressions/interest 5pm Fri 19/May – Town & Village Renewal Scheme – FULL INFO & LINKS

Express an Interest for your local town or village through WexfordCoCo.ie

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

Expression of Interest application form

Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is 5.00pm on Friday the 19th May 2017.

Background to the scheme

Town and Village Renewal Scheme outline 2017

A framework for town centre renewal



Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017 Scheme Outline

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Queries can be addressed to: townandvillage@ahg.gov.ie

April 2017
Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017 1. Introduction

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland[1].

[1 Complementary initiatives which can help support the rejuvenation of rural towns and villages include the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, the Structures at Risk Fund, capital grants for local arts and cultural centres, SEAI energy efficiency grants for homes and communities, Local Authority Business Incentive Schemes, Shop Front Improvement schemes, Repair and Lease scheme, Tidy Towns competition, Purple Flag initiative, etc.]

Vibrant towns and villages are at the heart of our rural communities and can play an important role in revitalising rural Ireland. In 2016, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys T.D., launched a new Town and Village Renewal Scheme, with funding of €10 million, to start the process of rejuvenating Ireland’s rural towns and villages to make them more attractive places in which to live and work, and to increase their tourism potential.

2. 2017 Scheme

As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, an enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2017 will again focus on improving the economic development of our rural towns and villages and will be run in two phases:

Phase 1, which is the focus of this document, is the main scheme concentrating on projects to enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally.

Phase 2 will involve a pilot to encourage residential occupancy in rural towns and villages. This phase will be launched in the second half of 2017.

Projects under Phase 1 will be required to commence in 2017 and be completed by the middle of 2018. 

  • A total of €20 million will be approved for projects in 2017, 
  • with up to 50% of this available for draw-down in 2017 and 
  • the balance available for draw-down in 2018.

3. Categories of Towns

As with the 2016 scheme, the 2017 scheme will be targeted at two categories of Towns/Villages as follows:

Category 1: Towns and villages with a population of less than 5,000 people.

Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,001 to 10,000 people.

  • The primary focus of the 2017 scheme will be on villages and towns with population of less than 5,000 (Category 1). 
  • These towns/villages will receive at least 60% of funding available.

[Note: As the full 2016 CSO data has not yet been released, towns may qualify for either category based on either the 2011 or 2016 CSO data. For example, Town A, Population 10,400 under the 2011 Census but 9,900 under the 2016 Census will qualify and vice versa.]

4. Application Process

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and will be administered through the Local Authorities.

  • Selection of projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2017 will be by means of a competitive process. 
  • Final project selection will be made by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 
  • on the basis of proposals submitted by the Local Authorities
  • Applications must be submitted by 30th June 2017

Full involvement by community interests and business interests will be an essential feature of successful projects. 

The following stages will apply to the application process:

  • Local Authorities will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns/villages in their area and 
  • will select up to 15 proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department.
  • Local Authorities, in consultation with town/village community and business interests will develop the selected expressions of interest into detailed applications to be submitted.

 A total of 15 project applications may be submitted by each Local Authority. 

  • Only one application can be submitted in respect of any individual town; however, 
  • the application may include several linked components to support the rejuvenation of the town/village.

 The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will assess these proposals and will approve up to 300 of the best projects for funding, depending on the quality of the projects and the level of funding sought.

5. Selection Criteria

The following is a guide to the criteria which will be applied by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the selection process:

  • Successful proposals will include activities which have clear positive economic impacts on the town, rather than just public realm-type actions. In this context, some weighting will be given to projects that demonstrate a REDZ-type component[2], such as stimulating economic activity between a town/village and neighbouring townlands.

[2 Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZs) are functional areas that utilise synergies and interdependencies between rural towns and their townlands to generate economic activity in their local area.]

  • Successful proposals will demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects and must have the support of the Local Authority. Successful town revival is most likely to be achieved where there is close partnership on projects between the community, public, and private sectors.
  • All project proposals should outline the consultation processes followed with local community and business interests
  • Weighting will be given to projects which demonstrate leveraging of, or linkages with, other schemes operated by Government Departments or agencies (e.g. in the areas of heritage, arts, culture, tidy towns, recreational facilities, re-use of vacant premises, vacant sites, energy efficiency schemes, etc.).
  • Towns aiming to achieve Purple Flag[3] or similar recognition will also be viewed positively.

[3 Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town & city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.]

 Towns approved under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme may be considered if:

  •  All 2016 funding has been fully and satisfactorily expended by end-June 2017, and 
  •  A clear case is made that the new project offers value for continuing investment. 6. Types of activities which can be supported

As indicated earlier, a general objective of the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme is that projects should, where possible, utilise or leverage other national or local government initiatives to create projects of scale and maximise the impact on towns or villages. Measures which are taken under the Scheme should also have a sustainable and visible impact on the town/village.

The following are indicative lists of the types of activities that can be supported (these lists are not exhaustive).

Projects which display the following will be considered High Priority by the Department for assessment purposes:

  • Projects that support entrepreneurship (e.g. development of Enterprise Hubs, Hot Desk Facilities, Digital Hubs, Creative Hubs, training facilities)
  • Integrated approaches to developing individual sectors within the town and/or its environs (e.g. artisan food hubs, craft hubs)
  • Projects which demonstrate collaboration between town centre businesses and the surrounding area to produce economic benefit
  • Tourism initiatives
  • Enhancement of heritage and/or other community assets
  • Town safety and accessibility enhancements
  • Provision/enhancement of leisure facilities (e.g. Town Parks, walking trails)
  • Conducting/commissioning of Town/Village health check
  • Development of quality marks, such as Purple Flag, Heritage Town, etc.

The following types of activity are eligible for support, but will be considered a lower priority for towns with a population of over 1,000 people unless they can be shown to be an integral part of a higher priority project:

  • Enhancement of streetscape and town environment
  • Shop front enhancement
  • Branding and promotion of the town/village to attract new customers and/or business investment
  • Car parking improvements
  • Targeted actions to tackle minor infrastructural deficiencies in access, services, site development works and other infrastructure that may be needed to support housing and commercial development

Funding will be provided from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs’ capital budget. On-going current costs (e.g. salary/wages cost of staff directly employed on the project) are not eligible for grant funding. However, current costs which form part of the match funding will be considered eligible for the duration of the project.

7. Grant level

Up to 80% of the total cost of a project under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be provided for any individual project. The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum is €100,000.
Up to 10% of the total cost may be provided in the form of “in-kind” contributions (e.g. land lease or voluntary labour[4]); a minimum cash contribution of 10% will also be required.

[4 Contributions-in-kind can be provided in the form of voluntary labour (i.e. unpaid work) which must be based on the verified time spent and the rate of remuneration for equivalent work. The Local Authority must ensure that the rate applied is properly justified in the application.]

A higher maximum of €200,000 will be considered for a limited number of projects where a robust case can be made demonstrating exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town.

8. Payment Schedule

Subject to the grant levels outlined above, the payment schedule will be as follows:

  • 50% of the total allocation in 2017, provided a minimum of 20% of the total project cost has been expended, and
  • 50% payment on completion, based on expenditure actually incurred.

9. Optional funding for public art works

In addition, Local Authorities may seek further optional funding of up to €20,000 ( in total) for art works to enhance public spaces, as part of one or more project proposals submitted in respect of their area. Local Authorities opting to apply for this funding are required to complete a separate Art Works application form for each project, this should include a brief outline of their proposals as part of their applications. It will be a matter for each Local Authority to commission and choose the works to be funded, ideally with an emphasis on participation by local artists. Funding for art works will only be paid on full completion of the works in question.

10. Scheme Requirements
All expenditure registered through this scheme will be subject to the terms of the Public Spending Code which can be found at http://publicspendingcode.per.gov.ie/.

In this context and in addition to this, the following requirements will apply to all funding approved through the Town and Village Scheme. The need for adherence to all of the requirements will be reflected in the contractual arrangement between the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Local Authorities approved for funding under the scheme.

Projects will be required to commence in 2017 and will be expected to incur a reasonable proportion of expenditure by mid-November (minimum 20% of total project costs, inclusive of match funding). The capacity to deliver this level of activity should be taken into account by applicant towns/villages and by Local Authorities in selecting their projects for submission to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. All projects must be completed by mid-2018.

All appropriate financial and Government procurement and accounting rules and regulations will be complied with in relation to the expenditure and each Local Authority will fully account for the sum advanced in a timely manner.

Every effort should be made to expend the full grant awarded by mid-2018.

Full and accurate documentation to support all expenditure should be maintained and accessible by Department officials for audit purposes at all times and for a period of six years from the date of completion of the project.

Local Authorities will acknowledge the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in all public announcements and advertising relating to the project, and the Department may seek to use the project in the broader promotion of its policies.
Local Authorities will provide any reports and information relating to the project as may reasonably be requested by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from time to time.
On-going monitoring and evaluation of the project outputs and outcomes should take place in the context of assessing the impact of the intervention and as part of the learning process associated with such interventions. Local Authorities will be expected to collect appropriate data to facilitate this learning on an on-going basis and make this data available to the Department.
Each Local Authority will provide contact point/points to the Department to facilitate timely interaction in the context of payments and information requests.
A final report detailing all elements of expenditure relating to the grant aid will be required upon project completion.
Non-Compliance with the rules as outlined or any additional stipulations agreed during contract negotiations may result in the requirement to refund part or all of the grant aid awarded.
All applications must be submitted by 30th June 2017
Scoring Framework

The scoring framework below will be applied to all applications In order to ensure that successful projects are of a high quality. A minimum threshold of 65% will be required for each criterion and the mark required to meet this is also outlined below.

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To show just the level of esteem in which this man’s life and contribution is held worldwide, here is a selection of coverage on his life and death in the international media:

  • IrishCentral.com: Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness dies after short illness 
  • The Washington Post: Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander turned statesman, dies at 66
  • The Financial Times: Martin McGuinness — from the Armalite to the ballot box
  • New York Times: Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66
  • National Post (Canada): Mandela moment: …IRA revolutionary turned peace-monger achieved his life’s desire
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Martin McGuinness, IRA commander who signed historic Northern Ireland peace, dies at 66
  • South China Morning Post: Martin McGuinness, IRA street-fighter who shook queen’s hand, dies
  • Times of India: Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel-turned-politician, dies at 66
  • The Times (South Africa): North Ireland’s former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has died
  • Reuters America Latina: Duelo en Irlanda del Norte por muerte de ex líder del IRA y hombre de paz Martin McGuinness
  • Bloomberg: McGuinness, IRA Man Turned Northern Irish Leader, Dies at 66
  • Time Magazine: Martin McGuinness, Irish Rebel Turned Politician, Dies at 66
  • CNN: Clinton hails ‘calm and courageous’ Martin McGuinness
  • IrishCentral.com: Martin McGuinness, rebel, revolutionary and man of peace
  • The Irish Times: Gerry Adams – The Martin McGuinness I knew
  • Sunday World: Ian Paisley Jnr pays tribute to Martin McGuinness’ journey to peace 
  • An Phoblacht: ‘Our Martin’

Keep the Republican flame burning, keep passing the torch. Be a part of the movement.

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#MartinMcGuinness in Wexford: from 2011 Presidential Campaign to #GE16 (photos)

This gallery contains 44 photos.

See also: Wexford4McGuinness (Facebook 2011 Presidential campaign) Martin McGuinness at National Plowing Championship 2012 (New Ross) Ferns rally for McGuinness press release After the Presidential election press release Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2014 – Wexford Ordinary Unionists appealed to by Martin McGuinness … Continue reading

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New Ross #StPatricksDayParade 2017, Co. Wexford, Ireland (photos)

This gallery contains 27 photos.

From the viewing stand – every organisation participating…  Also, check out: Dunbrody Famine Ship & Emigrant Centre The Ros Tapestry The Norman Way The Kennedy Homestead New Ross Tourism Edit

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Passed: my County Council motion in support of common sense in Young Farmer scheme

Motion 13.4, Monday 13/February 2017

Some background and explanation to this, by Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy.


This Council calls upon the Minister of Agriculture

– to recognise the increasingly complex barriers faced by emerging young farmers;

– to recognise that under Regulation 1307/2013 on Direct Payments, It is completely up to EU Member State Governments whether and how to enforce educational criteria in the Young Farmer Scheme (only 10 of 28 have done so);

– to therefore sensibly relax the formal criteria and deadlines of the Scheme, so as to not unnecessarily exclude otherwise worthy applicants.

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Passed: my New Ross Municipal District motion – proper processing of sewage sludge

Wednsday 8/February 2017

5.1 Notice of Motion -This Municipal council calls for all processing of sewage sludge into biosolids in this County to a class A standard,

– to be done at source in wastewater processing facilities;

– with a preference for anaerobic digestion over chemical-thermal pasteurisation.


New Ross Standard

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Passed: My New Ross Municipal Motions, Wed 14/Dec (estate anti-soc behavior, & demographic policy, CCTV Taghmon):

5.1 Notice of Motion –
This municipal council requests as a matter of urgency, a briefing and explanation by the housing officials on A. Policies on dealing with anti-social behaviour in social-housing estates; B. Policies on achieving demographic and community balance within these estates; (We also invite representatives from the Gardaí and Social Work offices to attend and contribute suggestions or explain their own policies.)

5.2 Notice of Motion –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

This municipal council requests a costing for CCTV security on the main street, and playground, in Taghmon (and any other areas of concern councillors may suggest).

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Motions: passed (@wexfordcoco ) #BCG (TB) vaccinations, & #SolarFarms

This council notes:- That as recently as the international 2005 survey, over half of European countries give BCG (TB) vaccinations to children up to 12 years old[1];

– That there is currently only one, sole, approved manufacturer & seller of BCG Vaccine in the entire EU;

– That even were a selective regime of administering to at-risk population adopted, this would comprise 13% of this state’s population[2];
This council this requests the relevant ministers, departments, and appropriate agencies:

– to update us on what steps are being taken by this state and government to secure a ready supply of BCG Vaccine – regardless of regime adopted for administration – and when this will be available again.
[1] http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=604
[2] http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=24905
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Acknowledging both the importance of renewable energy, entrepreneurial innovation, and community needs and wishes; 

This Council –

– Advises the relevant Ministers, government and state departments, that future state subsidies or special tariffs for solar energy, should only accrue to any commercial solar energy development within this County, that either 

a) Abides by a specific commercial solar-energy planning policy, to be determinedby the members of this Council; or

b) Abides by a state-wide minimum set of planning standards, that we urge the Government and Dáil to formulate;

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