The E10m funding announced for Tipperary LEADER has been criticised by Nenagh councillors. The criticism came at Nenagh Municipal District Council following revelations that the funding had been cut from E25m to E10m.
“This was the only thing left to revitalise rural Ireland,” said Cllr John Carroll. “The scheme is now seriously undermined and there is a threat to LEADER staffing.”
He was backed by Cllr Seamus Morris, who said that LEADER was “the only bank open in North Tipperary”.
He claimed the funding was now being withheld by a “cynical Government” that had used spindoctors to try and put the cuts in a positive light.
“They tried to turn water into wine, but, instead, turned it into vinegar,” he said.
Cllr Morris said he was “astonished” at the amount of enterprise LEADER had helped and at its ability to take people by the hand from start to finish.