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New LEADER to launch next month

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the news that Roscommon LEADER Partnership is planning to launch the new LEADER funding programme for the county next month.

“The LEADER 2014-2020 Funding Agreement for Roscommon has already been signed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys. I now understand Roscommon LEADER Partnership is planning to launch the new LEADER programme for the county in mid-October, which is very good news for rural communities.

“As part of this new LEADER programme, more than €8.85m is available for groups and enterprises in Roscommon. This funding will be provided to projects that are selected by local action groups, made up of local representatives from both the public and private sector.

“The money will fund projects across a range of areas, such as enterprise development, rural tourism, enhancement of rural towns and the provision of basic services for hard to reach communities

“Investing in our rural economies and supporting communities across rural Ireland is a top priority for this Government. LEADER 2020 is a very important initiative for rural Ireland and is a key part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

“In total, the programme will provide funding of €250 million to enterprises and community groups throughout rural Ireland.”

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