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Gildernew discusses rural development opportunities with the GAA

24 February, 2011

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has met with Ulster GAA representatives for a presentation on the Association’s work in the field of rural development.

While the Association is much more commonly known for its sporting and cultural activities it also has a long standing and deep seated history of undertaking community development initiatives.

At the meeting the Minister recognised the valuable contribution which the GAA made to the lives of those in rural areas both in developing youth and community activities. Speaking at the meeting the Minister said: “Today’s meeting has been a useful exercise to discuss what scope the RDP may offer to community organisations like the GAA. I was very keen to hear what opportunities the GAA have identified within the various axis of the RDP.

“The Gaelic Athletic Association has a long history of serving the rural community and their interest in enhancing their community activities through the RDP is very encouraging. I hope they found today’s discussion as informative as I did and will now be able to bring forward projects eligible to complete for funding through the RDP. The ideas discussed today were very constructive and will improve the quality of life for all rural dwellers and in so doing strengthen and increase the vibrancy of the community.”

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