Cashel Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has revised upwards its allocations under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2009-2015 (RDP) for South Tipperary Local Development Company.
This announcement releases €1.86 million of the revised Programme, which is now estimated at nearly €12.5 million in total, and includes both funding for projects and LDC administration. “The fact that the revised allocation for South Tipperary Local Development Company is actually greater than the original allocation (112% of the original allocation) is testament to the work being achieved at local level. The refurbishment project of the scouts den in Cahir is evidence of this. Today’s announcement will ensure that the Programme can continue to provide such resources which are critical to rural communities in these difficult economic times.”
“This funding of €1.86 million in financial resources under the RDP will benefit rural communities like Golden, Fethard and Kilsheelan and others right across South Tipperary. I have no doubt that the LEADER element of the RDP will continue to provide the resources and support necessary to facilitate the continued sustainable development of rural communities in these difficult times.”
“The Programme not only facilitates the development of small scale community infrastructure to ensure a strong community foundation for a healthy rural economy but it also provides vital support for rural entrepreneurship and in this context has the capacity to support the creation of sustainable jobs in rural Ireland. The LEADER elements of the RDP have already provided significant financial resources to communities and individuals all over rural Ireland since it commenced in 2009. So far nearly €5 million has been paid in project payments through South Tipperary Local Development Company.”