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Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2015 - 2020

The priority for the new LEADER programme is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas. This acknowledges the key challenges facing the region following the economic downturn and facilitates the provision of supports to address issues, such as the impact of high levels of unemployment and an increase in levels of poverty and exclusion. As LEADER aims to build the capacity and skills of the local community and socio-economic interests to tackle local development objectives, it directly contributes to the promotion of local development in rural areas, which itself has three focus areas:

  • Facilitating diversification, creation of new small enterprises and job creation;
  • Promoting local development in rural areas;
  • Enhancing access to, use and quality of ICT in rural areas.

The priority themes and associated sub –themes for economic and community development proposed for the programme are as follows -


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If you would like to get in touch to discuss potential projects please contact:-

Ms Claire Connors (Project Officer for East Waterford) on 058 51505 / 087 2311062

Ms Caroline O'Brien (Project Officer for Mid Waterford) on 058 51502 / 086 6065070

Ms Niamh Budds (Project Officer for West Waterford) on 058 58024 / 087 2311061

Mr Jimmy Taaffe ( CEO ) on 058 54646


(Please note that all projects must fit into the Local Devleopment Strategy for County Waterford).


Further detail on the new programme can be found at

LEADER Factsheet

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