€250m plan for rural dwellers
A €250m initiative, which aims to tackle rural isolation, was launched by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan yesterday.
The money will support the Leader programme, which was set up by the European Commission to help develop sustainable rural communities.
The State will now conduct a two-stage selection process to decide where the funding will be allocated. The first stage is an open call for submissions and ends on May 15.