The Inishowen Development Partnership has earned high praise for their ongoing work in supporting local communities through LEADER and other EU funding programmes.
Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands Northwest Chris MacManus was speaking after meeting with Inishowen Development Partnership Joint CEO’s Shauna McClenaghan and Andrew Ward and Henry O’Donnell from ACRES Donegal alongside his Sinn Féin colleague Cllr Albert Doherty in Carndonagh.
MacManus said: “I was delighted to visit Inishowen Development Partnership last week and hear about the positive impact of LEADER and other EU funding programmes in the local area. I would like to commend the team for their excellent work in supporting local communities across Inishowen through these programmes.”
He continued: “Local development strategies are more effective and efficient if decided and implemented at grassroots level. LEADER funding supports a ‘bottom-up’ approach to bring about positive change in rural areas through training and up-skilling in communities and in supporting individuals and community groups to access the required funds for their development projects.”
“This provides rural individuals and community groups with greater decision-making responsibilities around the future development and direction of their local area. It helps to revitalise rural society by creating greater employment opportunities at local level and builds strong social cohesion and collaboration within rural communities.”
“LEADER has benefited countless individuals and groups in almost every town and village across the northwest of Ireland. It is a hugely important programme for our rural communities, many of which would be lacking in basic facilities without it.”