The future of the EU LEADER programme is safe, according to MEP Mairead McGuinness.
The MEP was officially unveiling the Dromiskin Tidy Towns-LEADER project in the village.
She said the LEADER programe will continue to be delivered by local development companies. The programme is tried and tested and delivers for rural regions, communities and individuals, McGuinness said.
“I welcome confirmation from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government that the development companies will deliver the key programme actions, including animation, facilitation and implementation actions under the LEADER rural strategy, managing calls for proposals-projects and developing funding proposals with project promoters.
“This provides clarity to those who wish to access funding and to those charged with implementing the programmes at local level,” she concluded.
McGuinness said the Dromiskin project served to celebrate the unique heritage of the village with heritage flags adorning new flagpoles, heritage style lighting standards with banners in English and Irish, a visitor information map, new fingerpost directional signage and heritage style estate signage.
Some 75 per cent of the overall cost of the project was funded by way of grant assistance under the EU Rural Development Programme, with rest coming from the local committee and generous sponsors.