An sum of €1.3 million has been allocated to County Louth for 2014 by the Department for Environment, Community and Local Government.
This amount compares favourable with Meath Community Rural and Social Development Partnership Limited, who received €346,264, and Monaghan Integrated Development Limited will receive €651,864.
Speaking to the paper, Social Inclusion Manager with Louth Leader Partnership Mary McGlynn said that she welcomes the fact that cut to funding was less then in previous years.
“Last year the cut was 13 per cent, and it was 15 per cent hte year before that. This year it is jut 2.5 per cent, which we would welcome.
“This means that will be able to provide the services that have been to the same extent as before.
“We receive more funding then neighbours in Monaghan and Meath mainlyy due to the population and because the social disadvantage in certain areas of Louth are more pronounced.”
Louth Leader Partnership have outreach centres in both Muirhevnamor and Cox’s Demesne.
“90 per cent of start-ups helped by the LLP are still trading,” concluded Mary.
Cllr Colm Markey, who involved with the LLP, said “I’d welcome that is a relatively small cut. It allows the LLP to provide the same services with just nominal cuts.
“This, I believe, is because the good work that is being done in job and business creationis being recognised.”
The LCDP tackles poverty and social exclusion in disadvantaged communities and is a key tool of Government in providing supports for the ‘harder to reach’ in the most disadvantaged areas in society. The scheme assists people in training and re-skilling in order to re-enter the workforce. It is a locally accessible, frontline intervention, supporting disadvantaged communities.