Successful Project in Laois awarded funding from Energia Get Ireland Growing

The Get Ireland Growing Fund run by GIY (Grow It Yourself) in partnership with Energia have announced the winners of the grants from a fund of €70,000 for 2017. Grants will be awarded to the successful food growing projects planned by community groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations all across the country.   The teams behind […]

If we want flourishing communities, we must invest in women

In a letter this week to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called for urgently-needed funding to be restored to women’s community groups in Budget 2016. Eilís Ní Chaithnía, Membership Development Officer with NWCI, said, “Austerity and cutbacks over recent years have disseminated […]

IFA Call for Greater Co-ordination Between Gardai and Community Groups in Fight Against Rural Crime

IFA President John Bryan has said today’s meeting with the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was an important opportunity to raise the concerns of IFA members about rural crime.  He said Minister Shatter has agreed to set up a meeting between IFA and the Garda Commissioner to develop proposals aimed at tackling the problem.   […]

Enhanced concentration on enterprise support in RDP will drive recovery process in rural areas

Extra allocation of €10 million assigned to Basic Services Rate of aid for private promoters will increase from 50% to 75% Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government announced today (25th April, 2012) a number of changes to the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme that will see increased availability of […]