Attending the photocall for the first LEADER contract signed in Cork County, are from left to right: Valerie Murphy, CEO of Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership CLG; David Foley, Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership CLG development officer; Kay Keegan, chief officer of Cork county LCDCs; Tom Dineen of Bo Rua Farm; Cllr Gerard Murphy, chair of North Cork LCDC and Norma Dineen of Bo Rua Farm. 
Picture: David Keane.


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LEADER Contracts

Contracts to the value of €468,000 in LEADER projects have been signed over the past few weeks in Cork County.  The first contract to be signed in the County was by Avondhu/Blackwater Development Partnership CLG for the construction of and commissioning of a specialised Cheese Dairy at Bo Rua Farm, Ballynoe which fell under the LEADER theme of Enterprise Development. This will enable them to scale up and commercialise their …

Inaugural Meeting of North Cork LEADER Local Action Group October 2016

LEADER Programme to commence in North Cork from 1st December.

The  North Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – has been confirmed as the new LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for North Cork and the programme will officially commence on the 1st December 2016. The new group – which will be branded “LEADER North Cork” – will manage the allocation of €5.1 million in LEADER funding across North Cork for the period 2016-2020. …


North Cork LEADER Programme to Launch soon

Cork County Council is pleased to announce that the North Cork LEADER Programme will be launched in the coming weeks, with a funding allocation to the value of €5.1m over the lifetime of the programme (2016 – 2020), supplemented by a Cork County Council funded top-up of 25%. This supplementary fund of €1.28m is has been made available by Cork County Council as a response to the dramatic cut in …

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys

Government signs off on LEADER funding for rural Ireland development

The Government signed the first batch of funding agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020 on Friday and said the €250 million programme would “support hundreds of jobs” across rural Ireland. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys said the agreements were signed with local action groups from around the country at an event in the Virginia Show Centre in Cavan, which previously benefitted from €500,000 in LEADER funding. …

Boost for LEADER rural development programme likely after 2017

Additional funding after 2017 for the LEADER rural development programme has been suggested by Environment, Community and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney. The funding is referred to in the Programme for Government. “I believe there is sufficient funding allocated under the programme to meet demand in 2016 and 2017,“ said Mr Coveney. “It is likely, therefore, that the allocation of additional funding will be considered for the latter years of the …