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Over 6.3 million is being allocated locally under the Transitional Leader programme for 2021-2022. Sligo Leader will receive €2.6m, €3.8m will be allocated to Donegal Leader and the Leitrim Development company will benefit to the sum of €1.77m. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys announced a national fund…

The CEO of Sligo LEADER Partnership Company says a recent funding announcement by a government minister provides ‘welcome clarity’ for the year ahead. It’s after Minister Heather Humphreys announced arrangements for what’s being described as ‘a transitional’ LEADER programme for 2021. There had been concern over the lack of clarity…

The Sligo LEADER Partnership Company has a new CEO. He is John Feerick, a former Independent News and Media executive who previously worked as managing director of INM Regionals-West and as general manger of The Sligo Champion newspaper. Speaking to Ocean FM News, he says he is joining Sligo LEADER…

Farms in recent times have become increasingly linked to tourism activities leading to the establishment of a number of on farm rural tourism enterprises. Indeed the concept of ‘Social Farming’ has also grown roots in Ireland. Social Farming became established in Ireland as part of an EU INTERREG IVA Funded…

Donegal will not be getting any additional money under the 2014-2020 Leader Programme.   That’s despite an additional 30 million euro having been added to the national budget for Leader. . Donegal has so far drawn down only 35% of the original allocation.   As a result the Minister for…

Applications for ‘expression of interest’ in the Renewable Energy Sector of the LEADER programme are open until the end of October. Applications for the programme itself end on the 16th of November Under the LEADER programme 2014 – 2020, €250m has been allocated nationally for the development of rural areas.…