15 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys has signed an agreement with the Monaghan Local Action Group which approves €7.6 million in funding for the county under the LEADER Programme 2020.

At the signing of 20 funding agreements with 20 sub-regions at a special event in the Virginia Show Centre last Friday, Minister Humphreys said that the €7.6 million package would support jobs and investment in Co Monaghan over the next four years.

A total of €250 million in LEADER funding will be distributed to entrepreneurs and community groups throughout Ireland via a network of Local Action Groups, which are made up of public and private representatives.

The Minister pointed out that the latest LEADER programme would fund projects under a diverse range of themes including enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.

“LEADER will deliver some €250 million into rural towns and villages right across the country over the next four years,” she told Friday’s Virginia event.

“By signing the funding agreement with the Monaghan Local Action Group, we are unlocking €7.6 million in vital funding for rural communities across the county. There are a number of fine examples of LEADER-supported projects in Monaghan such as the Latton Resource Centre, the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross and Sliabh Beagh, Knockatallon. I look forward to many more projects in Monaghan benefiting from this round of funding.”

Minister Humphreys said she was aware that communities across Monaghan were very eager to access this funding for the benefit of local groups and organisations.

“Upon taking over responsibility for rural and regional affairs, I was very keen to ensure the funding agreements could be signed as quickly as possible so that this …

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