The Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD has announced an additional €172,105 in funding for Longford Community Resources Ltd.
The allocation was made under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP), with a total of €4 million being divided between 22 local development companies. Funding has been targeted at both Gaeltacht areas which suffered a loss of funding after the liquidation of Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta in 2011, and also to the areas which experienced a reduction greater than 15 per cent in the revised allocation awarded in May of this year.
“I am delighted to be able to announce the allocation of an additional €4 million to rural communities in Ireland,” Minister Hogan said. “This funding will be targeted at the areas that experienced the greatest reduction in funding when the Programme value was reduced in May this year. At the time I ring-fenced €6 million for the Gaeltacht areas and today I have allocated an additional €1 million for these areas. I have also awarded an additional €3 million to the areas which experienced a reduction of greater than 15 per cent in their Programme funding in May.”
Minister Hogan went on to say that, “The Programme not only facilitates the development of small scale community infrastructre to ensure a strong community foundation for a healthy rural economy, but it also provides vital support for rural entrepreneurship and in this context has the capacity to support the creation of sustainable jobs in rural Ireland.”
To date over €231 million has been spent under the Programme with a further €139 million yet to be drawn down. The funding released today will ensure that the Programme can continue to provide resources which are critical to rural communities