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November 04, 2008

Kildare Funding Boost Under Rural Development Programme


Local Fianna Fail TD, Seán Ó Feargháil, has welcomed a funding boost for Kildare under the largest ever Rural Development Programme.
“Cill Dara ar Aghaidh Teo will receive €12,282,448 from the Department of Community, Rural, Gaeltacht Affairs.”

“The funding is channelled through the Cill Dara ar Aghaidh Teo to support and facilitate the development of local rural communities.”

“They will distribute funding to local community groups for non-agricultural activities, supporting business creation, to encourage tourism, develop services for the rural population, renew and develop villages, to upgrade and conserve rural heritage and to provide training.”

“The projects will begin in November.”

“Under the Rural Development Programme, funding of €425.4 million will be provided to support rural communities, 55% from the European Union and 45% from the Exchequer.”

“This is almost treble the amount available in the last Programme (2000-2006), and the largest ever package for rural development.”

“Funding from the Rural Development Programme is vital if we are to develop and maintain vibrant rural communities.”

“This practical assistance ensures that the funding is going directly to those groups and communities who need it most.”

“I would like to wish all of those workers and volunteers who will benefit from the funding all the best in their work,” concluded Deputy Ó Feargháil.