LCRL questions government budget cut

The Government’s decision to trim a local development agency’s budget by almost €2m won’t be accepted lying down, Leinster House bosses were told this week.

The Government’s decision to trim a local development agency’s budget by almost €2m won’t be accepted lying down, Leinster House bosses were told this week.

Three weeks ago, Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) were told of a €1.7m reduction to its Leader funding programme.

The reduction, which amounts to around 19 per cent of its overall budget, has led to stern objections from those within the organisation.

Members from LCRL’s board held a meeting at the end of last month to discuss the fallout.

The reaction at those talks were this week described as one of shock, with some members signalling their “outrage” at the announcement.

It’s now believed those same members will seek answers as to how Department of Environment officials arrived at the six figure cut.

“This is devastating news for the county and the substantial amount of local projects which LCRL were supporting in accessing Leader funding,” stated LCRL chief executive Adrian Greene.

“These projects would provide badly needed job-creating opportunities or much needed community services and facilities.  On the basis of this cut in funding some of these valuable projects will not now be in a position to proceed.”