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Archive for November 5th, 2008

LEADER Budget at Last

Great news – we finally got word today about the new LEADER programme, an announcement by Minister Eamonn O Cuiv, preceded by a local press release by his colleague Minister Batt O’Keefe – our budget for the next five years will be €14.6M. It will be brilliant to get going on projects again – it’s now two years since we had money to commit to new project ideas. That space hasn’t been all bad of course – for one thing I don’t think I’d have had the opportunity to start this column/blog. But it is very satisfying to be able to help local projects get funding, especially when we’re involved from the early stages and it’s also great to be able to put our ideas into action through our own proposals. We don’t quite have the timeframe to launch date worked out yet, there are a number of steps yet to be completed but the announcement of the group budget is the most significant stage towards programme launch. I’ll add more here soon, perhaps a broader look at LEADER and local food, not just in West Cork but around Europe.

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