Follow the LEADER …€8.8m in the kitty!

Roscommon politicians have called on promoters of local projects to apply for LEADER funding without delay.

  Michael Ring TD, Minister for Regional Economic Development, recently launched the Roscommon LEADER Programme with over €8.8m in funding available between now and 2020.

  Speaking at Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea, the Minister said: “LEADER will fund enterprise development, job creation, rural tourism and recreation. In addition, it promotes social inclusion and basic services for hard-to-reach communities.”

  The Minister went on to say: “The new LEADER Programme provides a great opportunity to build on the projects of past LEADER Programmes throughout the county, to the benefit of County Roscommon and Rural Ireland generally.”

  Minister Denis Naughten is calling on promoters of local projects, which can develop tourism, support existing employment or create new jobs to make an application to the local Roscommon LEADER fund.

  “There is no doubt that this funding programme will be oversubscribed so I would strongly urge anyone who may be interested to make contact today with Roscommon LEADER Partnership on 090-6630252 or through their website at,” stated Minister Naughten.

  Senator Maura Hopkins stated: “This funding is extremely important for projects in our rural towns and villages in areas such as job creation, tourism and recreation. Roscommon have been successful in securing €8.8 million to support and facilitate the continued development of rural communities all over the county.

  “I know of many communities and groups across the county who are very eager to access this funding and I would encourage them to contact Roscommon LEADER Partnership regarding this programme and how to make an application.”