County Kildare Leader Partnership, a member of the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) who represent the 35 Local Development Companies (LDCs) who deliver the LEADER Programme nationally, have welcomed the announcement by the, Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, of an increased allocation of €70 million in 2021 & 2022 for the LEADER Programme.

Welcoming the announcement, County Kildare Leader Partnership General Manager Pat Leogue said:

“ As the deliverers of the LEADER Programme in Kildare we are greatly encouraged by this week’s announcement of an increased allocation of €70 million to the end of 2022.”

“The LEADER Programme is the ideal vehicle for the delivery of development funding to Rural Areas in the most effective manner, and focussed attention on the future shape of rural communities as good places to live and work. The allocation of this increased funding will deliver critical stimulus to Rural areas to help drive the post COVID recovery.

Furthermore, the funding announced today will ensure that more vital projects in Kildare focused on digital transformation and remote working, climate change, Blueway and Enterprise Development can be progressed in our rural communities throughout the country to meet the expectations of the EU in terms of the requirements of its Recovery funding criteria. We are delighted to work with the energy and ideas that come from communities and individuals all around Kildare and look forward to further news from the Department with regard to the funding that will support the many exciting ideas already coming forward”