Meath East Fianna Fáil TD and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, has welcomed the allocation of €5.5 million in funding to support rural communities and enterprises across Meath under the LEADER programme.

Interested groups are now being invited to apply for funding under the LEADER programme which will support thousands of locally-led rural development and enterprise projects over the next five years.

Encouraging groups from across Meath to apply, Minister Byrne told Meath Live, “I am delighted to see this significant allocation of leader funding which will support local development and enterprise projects across the county over the next five years. Rural development and supporting rural enterprises is a core belief and value for myself and Fianna Fáil.

Funding streams like LEADER are imperative to supporting rural communities and enterprises across Meath and I would encourage all interested groups to apply.

“LEADER funding has been a very successful project for the county and I look forward to working with local groups in their applications for this funding.”