Viability of Cork projects rests on Leader funding

The creation of new playgrounds, tourism and heritage projects and much needed construction jobs in West Cork hangs on whether the Department of the Environment agrees to provide Leader funding to 27 groups.

The €4 million in projects require €3m of State aid to kick-start them in the region and the department is currently carrying out a review of whether it will provide grant aid through additional Leader funding, which would be funnelled through the West Cork Development Partnership.

WCDP chief executive Ian Dempsey recently confirmed that its allocation of €9.8m for the period 2009-2015 had been allocated in full and that further project approvals would be subject to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government providing additional funds.

He said the 27 outstanding projects on the waiting list were dotted all over the region and were planned by community groups and private organisations.

“There are a wide range of projects ranging from the creation of children’s playgrounds to tourism, heritage and craft projects, building of community facilities and small technological projects,” Mr Dempsey said.

However, the prospect of those projects proceeding is dependent on the department providing additional Leader funds to the WCDP.

It is understood a review of additional funding is being conducted by the department.


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