Supporting Rural Development in
Waterford County


Leader 2023 -2027 Targeted Call

A new round of LEADER funding is available under LEADER 2023-2027.

Please find details of the targeted call in the link below.

LEADER 2023 -2027 Targeted Call for Funding

Waterford Leader Partnership new CEO Christine Rossi

Waterford LEADER Partnership (WLP) has a new Chief Executive Officer. Christine Rossi joined WLP in 2021 and started in her new role on 2 January 2024 replacing her long-serving predecessor, Jimmy Taaffe. 

With 29 years’ experience working in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Christine is looking forward to this new challenge.

“I feel privileged to have this opportunity to make a tangible difference to rural development in County Waterford, together with the excellent team at WLP, the WLP board and local and national role-players,”

WLP delivers programmes on behalf of local and national government to address the needs of individuals and communities within County Waterford and in the case of Social Farming, the Southeast.

“I trust that my experience in the diplomatic service and more recently as Rural Recreation Officer for the Walks Scheme and Social Farming Development Officer will make a valuable contribution to the work of WLP.”

WLP is community-based and people centred, delivering on the following programmes: LEADER, the Rural Social Scheme, the Local Area Employment Scheme, the Tús Community Work Placement Scheme, the Walks Scheme and Social Farming.

“I particularly look forward to engaging and supporting individuals and groups on the ground who are participating or want to participate in our programmes.  I believe that close collaboration towards a joint goal can make a real difference.”


Cheers to a well-deserved retirement, Jimmy!

Last Friday was a momentous occasion as we marked the retirement of Mr Jimmy Taaffe from Waterford Leader Partnership CLG (WLP). For the past 32 years Jimmy has served as CEO of WLP and we sincerely thank him for his tremendous commitment and contributions to the company, County Waterford and beyond. Jimmy’ dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment over the years have been extraordinary and it certainly won’t be the same without him.

Newly elected Chair, Vice Chair and Company Secretary

WLP are delighted to introduce our newly elected Chair, Vice Chair, and Company Secretary:
Chair: Austin Flavin (Teagasc)
Vice Chair: Richard Hayes (SETU)
Company Secretary: Brid Kirby (WCCC)
We wish them every success in their new roles.

Thank You to Our Retiring Volunteer Board Members

It was with both sadness and immense gratitude that we bid farewell to our esteemed volunteer board members who have dedicated their time, passion, and expertise to Waterford Leader Partnership CLG over their years of service.

Mr Micheál Cosgrove  (IBEC),   Mr James Coughlan (IFA), Mr Donal Murphy (WCCC) and Mr Noel Hackett (WWETB).

Mr Austin Flavin, newly elected Chair made a presentation to each retiring Board member as a small token of appreciation of all their work on behalf of WLP.

Thank you for your invaluable contributions.


Schedule of Public Consultations taking place throughout County Waterford for new LEADER plan!

Advert for the public information meetings 2023

Waterford Leader Partnership (WLP) CLG is currently in the process of developing a  community led Local Development Strategy (LDS) for implemening the new Leader 2023 -2027 programme.Read More