Great News for Fingal as 10 projects identified in the leader programme within minister O’Briens department

10th December, 2020

Joe O’Brien congratulates Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group for their decisive work on identifying the investment projects under the Rural Development Programme

Minister for State for Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien has welcomed the approval of €1.14 million in funding for 10 new projects in Fingal. The Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) which oversees the LEADER programme in Rural Dublin approved the investment in projects at an online meeting recently.

The Dublin Rural LEADER LAG oversee the implementation of the LEADER Programme which is a key component of the Rural Development Programme, an initiative of the Department for Rural and Community Development in rural parts of Dublin.

The approved projects are in areas of Enterprise and Job Creation, Social Inclusion and Rural Environment.  Ten of the projects approved for funding are based in Fingal. These will generate new enterprise employment opportunities as well as significant investment in rural community facilities.

Speaking on the announcement, Minister O’Brien said;

“I am delighted to see some really tangible community based projects coming out of the Leader funding that comes from my Department to the Dublin Rural Leader local action group. The targeted funding to local enterprises, community centres and awareness raising on biodiversity has a real and lasting impact.”

“I want to acknowledge the work of the Dublin Rural LEADER LAG, and thank them, they have worked hard to encourage these worthy projects to come forward for funding under this programme.”

Fingal County Councillor, Karen Power, welcomed the news, saying;

“I am delighted to see the funding announcement and am particular pleased to see the significant funding for Lambay Irish Whiskey, a new whiskey distiller that has been going from strength to strength located on Lambay Island just off the Skerries shore.”

“The funding for the BEaT Centre CLG is also great to see, there are so many opportunities in Balbriggan for businesses, it is key they have the necessary supports to grow and develop and the renovation works at the centre will ensure that happens.”

The 10 projects awarded were as follows:

  • 153rd Lusk Scout Group €28,262.32 Carry out essential works on their Scout Den
  • The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre Company CLG €23,426.87 Purchase event seating, picnic benches and upgrade IT Systems
  • Oldtown Community Council CLG €12,030.14 Upgrade works on the Community Centre
  • Balbriggan Enterprise and Training Centre CLG €182,947.54 Renovation works on one unit of the centre
  • Clann Mhuire GFC Naul €23,077.38  Installation of a new walkway and upgrade of the carpark area
  • Keoghs Crisps Limited €100,615 Further development of factory resources to aid in company growth
  • Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society €6,750 Roll out training courses in Biodiversity for local community groups
  • Musicantia CLG Balbriggan €10,427.17 Undertake a Feasibility Study for the creation of a dedicated Roma Centre
  • Lambay Irish Whiskey Company DAC €192,283.5 Establish a micro-distillery on Lambay Island with independent energy supply.
  • Taylor’s Irish Chillies Lusk €62,228 Development of new product lines to expand their business

For more information please contact Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie