€7.6 million LEADER fund for Longford

James Bannon TD
The Government has allocated €7.6 million to County Longford for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme.

The Government has allocated €7.6 million to County Longford for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme.

Welcoming the announcement, Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, James Bannon said: “The LEADER programme is all about community-led projects; it is focused on making the recovery local. Once approval for the programme has been given by the European Commission, Local Action Groups of Longford will be invited to submit ideas for how funding should be spent.

“I know in Longford there are any number of projects where funding is needed and will be of huge benefit. Due to the new Local Government Reform Act 2014, this money will be controlled at a local level and therefore the allocation of resources will be much more targeted, cost effective and efficient. Streamlining operations at a local level should maximise the funding available to support important projects and the local communities in Longford.

“Employment is growing in every region in Ireland. We plan to continue the progress by enabling businesses to create 40,000 this year and aim to restore full employment by 2018. This LEADER funding is a further commitment our goal of securing the recovery in the Midlands.”

The funding will be used to support sustainable economic development projects for rural communities ranging from tourism, agri-food, and other business activities.