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The South Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – is confirmed as the new LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for South Cork and the programme officially commenced on the 1st December 2016. The new group – branded “LEADER South Cork” – manages the allocation of €3.8 million in LEADER funding across South Cork for the period 2016-2020.
In addition Cork County Council is providing a supplementary Community Development Initiative Fund of €1m to support the LEADER programme which brings the total funding available to communities in South Cork to € 4.8 million. The programme is being rolled out by a consortium of the South Cork LAG and the four incumbent local development companies operating in the South Cork Council division namely; Avondhu-Blackwater Partnership, IRD Duhallow, Údarás na Gaeltachta and SECAD.
The LEADER Programme supports local and community projects across a diverse range of themes including; Rural tourism, enterprise development, rural towns, access to broadband, basic services targeted at hard-to-reach communities, rural youth, protection and sustainable use of water resources, protection and improvement of local biodiversity, and development of renewable energy.
The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Members of the newly formed LAG include;
|Cllr Michael Hegarty (Chair)||Cork County Council|
|Cllr Cathal Rasmussen (Vice-Chair)||Cork County Council|
|Cllr Ger Keohane||Cork County Council|
|Cllr Marcia D’Alton||Cork County Council|
|Mr. Declan Daly||Divisional Manager Cork County Council|
|Mr Sean O’Sullivan||South Cork LEO,|
|Mr. Dónal Ó Liatháin||Údarás na Gaeltachta|
|Ms. Maria Hurley,||Department of Social Protection|
|Mr. John Fitzgibbons,||Cork ETB|
|Mr. Ryan Howard,||SECAD|
|Ms. Maura Walsh||IRD Duhallow,|
|Mr. Sean Hegarty,||Avondhu/Blackwater Development|
|Mr. Peter Dineen,||PPN|
|Mr. Martin O’Brien||PPN|
|Ms Mary O’ Leary||Environmental Pillar|
|Mr. Conor Healy||Business Pillar|
|Mr Jimmy Hosford,||Agricultural Pillar|
|Mr. Brian Williams||Youth Pillar|
|Mr. Michael Delaney||Civic Society|