Funding for five LEADER projects in Co. Wexford

LEADER funding has been announced for the development of water tourism operating from New Ross.

Five LEADER projects in Co. Wexford will be funded to the tune of over €285,000 across the towns and villages of New Ross, Kiltealy, Monamolin, Enniscorthy and Ferns.

Minister Michael Ring has announced over €81 million in funding for 2,294 LEADER projects. Good news in Wexford for Kiltealy Village Enhancements, Kilcannon Industries, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Monamolin Walking Track, 1km walking track at Buffers Alley GAA Club, Ballinastraw, Monamolin, River Tourism Ltd, New Ross for galleys and river cruising on the Three Sisters, and Tombrack Community Garden, Ferns, (biodiversity) all of whom will benefit project wise.

Commenting on the announcement, Fine Gael candidate for the General Election, Verona Murphy, said; “I am delighted this increase reflects a significant expansion of activity over the last two years since Minister Ring introduced a range of measures to make the programme work better for both potential applicants and for the LEADER Local Action Groups LAGs which deliver the programme on the ground. Wexford Local Development should be congratulated on their involvement delivering projects and in assisting applicants.

She added; “I want to see this momentum continue over the coming months and the funding for the approved projects drawn down as quickly as possible as I believe LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for rural businesses and communities that are in need of investment like New Ross and the St Ciaran river cruise boat otherwise known as The Galley. It’s great to see the programme continuing to grow as it will make a difference for rural Ireland over the coming years nationally and locally.”

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