Significant LEADER funding approved for five Fingal projects

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Significant investment –  over €230,000 – has been secured for five Fingal projects at the most recent Dublin Rural LEADER Approvals meeting.

The Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group, which oversees the Dublin LEADER Programme, approved €230,748.76 in funding for five new projects for rural Dublinn at its November meeting.

This brings the total number of projects approved during the LEADER Transition Programme to 15 since it began on April 1, 2021, with a total value of €543,984.52. 

The approved projects are in the areas of Economic Development, Rural Environment and Social Inclusion.

Balbriggan Meals on Wheels have also benefitted from the LEADER Rural funding

The projects approved for funding are: Balbriggan Meals on Wheels which is approved for €24,063.75 for an outdoor dining area which will be of enormous help to facilitate the provision of meals to their clients in a safe outdoor setting. 

Donabate Portrane Community Centre CLG which is approved for €24,354.00 for a Feasibility Study to capture the needs of existing groups that use the facilities to assist and guide them in expanding in line with community needs. 

St Maur’s GAA Club Rush which is approved for €89,154.58 to install rainwater harvesting and irrigation in St Maur’s GAA Club premises and for use on the pitches. The project will reduce the demand on the public water supply and reduce the volume of water going into the public drainage system. 

St Maurs GAA has been approved for drainage and club development works

Also Ballyboughal Boxing Club CLG which is approved for €47,051.43 to upgrade the Ballyboughal Boxing Club Premises.          

Phoenix Boxing Ballyboughal

Skerries Tourism CLG which is approved for €46,125.00 for a ‘Winter in Skerries’ event from December 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022. It is intended that several locations across Skerries will be transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays to cheer locals and, more importantly, visitors alike in what have been a challenging 18 months. It is hoped that Skerries winter lights will become an important part of the local Christmas tradition with the primary ambition of increasing footfall and economic activity.   

Fingal LEADER Partnership CEO, Eilish Harrington, welcomed the approval of the projects, stating:

“All were excellent projects enhancing services in the rural towns and villages of Fingal. It’s great to see communities benefiting from LEADER funding to help develop and grow their amenities, especially during the difficult times we are currently experiencing.

“I would encourage more rural communities and businesses to contact LEADER to avail of the remaining funds during the next 14 months.”

Laurence Ward from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and current Chair of the Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group said the investment decision “is a much- needed boost to our rural areas during a very challenging time.”

Commenting on the outcome, Emer O’Gorman, Fingal County Council’s Director of Services for Economic, Enterprise, Tourism and Cultural Development said that the “investment in our rural areas and the continued partnership approach between the Dublin Rural LEADER LAG and Fingal County Council helps to support our communities and provides much-needed stimulus to the local economy.”

Declan Ryan, LAG Manager, thanked the LAG members for their continued support in approving the above projects and said: “Dublin Rural LEADER LAG will continue to deliver new investment in rural areas in 2022 and is now actively seeking new project ideas and proposals in this regard.” 

MAIN PHOTO – Skerries Rural has been approved for funding for a Winter in Skerries event

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