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de Brún to visit Limavady on £18.5 million Rural Development Programme

18 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will visit Limavady tomorrow for a briefing on the £18.5 million available for the North West through the Rural Development Programme (RDP).     Ms de Brún will meet with the Mayor of Limavady Borough Council, Cllr Brenda Chivers, who will host a briefing by Chief Executive of Limavady Borough Council, Liam Flanagan and senior staff regarding the local roll out of Peace III and the Rural Development Programme.     Speaking ahead of the visit Ms de Brún said:     “There are significant funds available for our rural communities through the Rural Development Programme and the roll out of Peace III funding.     “Anyone who is interested in tapping into this financial assistance should make sure that get in touch with the council and the Local Area Groups (LAGs) responsible for distributing much of this funding. Sinn Féin will offer support and encouragement.”     The £18.5 million funding is allocated across rural communities in Limavady Borough Council, Derry City Council, Omagh District Council and Strabane District Council. Sinn Féin Councillor Paddy Butcher is the chairperson of the North West cluster of the Rural Development Programme Joint Committee, which governs the distribution of the fund locally.     Ms de Brún added:     “For the first time the allocation of these resources was heavily influenced by need with 50% of the allocation being determined by deprivation indices. This is an example of a Sinn Fein Minister in Michelle Gildernew skewing resources on the basis of objective need.     “I would encourage people in rural areas to come forward and develop their ideas, particularly in relation to improving competitiveness, improving the environment and improving the quality of life in rural areas.” ENDS

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