€90 million funding released under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 – BREEN

April 24th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade has welcomed the news today (Wednesday) that the review of the Leader Programme has been completed and that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan has released €90 million funding for the Leader elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013

“I was pleased to be informed by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D, that the review of the Leader Programme has been completed and that he has released €90 million funding for the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

The Minister has now authorised the issuing of contracts for approximately €42 million worth of projects which have all the necessary approvals in place.

He has also given two weeks to the Local Development Companies to let his Department know whether all of these €42m worth of projects are ready to proceed or not. Once this is complete his Department will then be in a position to establish the remaining balance of funding in the Programme and will notify each Local Development Company of their allocation to the end of the Programme.

This is very good news for projects which have been approved here by the Clare Local Development Company and are ready to proceed. 350 Leader Projects have been approved by the Clare Local Development Company since 2009. Last year funding to the tune of €5.8 million was made available to the various Clare Leader projects with projects like the new County Camogie Grounds and the development of a Community and Cultural Centre in Kilkishen benefitting.

The Rural Development Programme is playing an important role in improving the quality of life in rural areas and is very much focused on developing micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism and this funding is playing a critical role in sustaining our rural areas and is making a real difference.”

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