Philipstown gets X200,000 for a
state-of-the-art Community Centre

Philipstown gets X200,000 for a 
state-of-the-art Community Centre
Louth Leader Partnership has approved funding of €200,000 to Philipstown Development Committee for the development of a new community centre.

Louth Leader Partnership has approved funding of €200,000 to Philipstown Development Committee for the development of a new community centre.

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said this project will be of immense benefit to Philipstown with its total project cost of €664,298.

“I know it will improve the quality of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the community.”

He said The Louth LEADER programme offers many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.

“The project will now go back to the Board of Louth Leader Partnership for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development,” the minister said.

Local minister Fergus O’Dowd also welcomed it.

“I am delighted to welcome the decision of my colleague Minister Hogan to sanction Louth Leader Partnership to approve funding of €200,000 to the Philipstown Development Committee,” said Minister O’Dowd.

“This is a fantastic project which will form the centrepiece of community life in Philipstown.

“The project has a total cost of €664, 298 and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the community, and I congratulate the Development Committee in their work to date.

“The new community centre will be developed under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

“I believe that the project will now go back to the Board of Louth Leader Partnership for final approval in line with the EU’s ‘’bottom-up’’ approach to rural development’.

“The LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification.

“It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism.

“It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.”

The Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013 is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The measures to be funded under the Programme include: Diversification into non-agricultural activities for farm families - e.g. Development of niche tourism and educational services such as arts and crafts, open farms etc.

Support for business creation and development -e.g. Support to start a new business or expand an existing enterprise including the adoption of new technologies. Encouragement of tourism activities.