A local development firm has launched a staunch defence of its record amid recent government claims it had still to spend over €4m in LEADER funding.
Chief Executive of Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL), Adrian Greene hit back at claims by Department of Environment chiefs that only €2.7m from a €7m budget allocation had been assigned to local community based projects.
“LCRL have in fact just over €2.6m of the funding allocated to spend to the end of the LEADER programme,” said Mr Greene in response to an article carried in last week’s Longford Leader.
He said the Longford based company has set aside over 90 per cent of their funding entitlements with the remaining nine per cent currently in the process of being allocated.
“The announcement in May by Minister (Phil) Hogan’s Department which reduced the LEADER programme budget for County Longford by over 19% or €1.7m has had considerable implications for a number of projects,” he said.
The future of local Leader companies was among the issues examined at a Seminar in Longford Women’s Link last week. See page 28.