On Friday, January 27, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tommy Reilly and Minister of State for Sport and Physical
Education Thomas Byrne TD, launched the Meath Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), 2023-
The LECP shapes the development of Meath over the next six years with the aim of making Meath a
vibrant, sustainable, progressive, and climate-resilient county underpinned by inclusive, healthy,
empowered communities and a dynamic economy.
The Meath LECP sets out the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic
development and the local and community development of Meath, both by Meath County Council
directly and in partnership with other economic and community development stakeholders.
In terms of local community development, the LECP aims to meet the needs of individuals, groups,
and organisations by developing community infrastructure, programmes and services. From an
economic perspective the LECP will provide a framework to guide local economic growth and
stability in specific geographical areas through retaining and attracting new business, creating
employment, and supporting people to start their own businesses and social enterprises.
Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Tommy Reilly said, “We want to
make Meath an even better place in which to live, work, and visit by creating new opportunities,
improving connectivity and access between rural and urban areas, and protecting and enhancing
services in the community. This plan gives Meath County Council, businesses, community and
voluntary groups, and local communities a roadmap to follow. It also helps to ensure that everyone
is working together towards the same goal”.
Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Kieran Kehoe, added, “The plan sets out seven high-level
goals, which were developed following extensive public consultation and build on the foundation of
the first LECP (2016 -2021), including new elements which support the vision set out in the Meath
County Development Plan. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development
of the Meath LECP, it is a plan for the improvement of the county, and I look forward to seeing the
benefits of its implementation.”
Suzanne Brady, Chairperson of Meath Local Community Development Committee, said, “The
delivery of this LECP will require leadership from the various agencies, and I look forward to working
with these agencies, many of whom are represented by my colleagues on the Local Community
Development Committee. The LCDC members are committed to empowering and participating in
the continued development of their communities throughout the county”.
The plan is available to view on www.meath.ie; just search for Meath Local Economic and
Community Plan (LECP), 2023-2029.