We must become better at drawing down EU funding – Cllr Johnny Mythen
Sinn Féin Councillor and general election candidate Johnny Mythen has said that Ireland must do better at drawing down EU funding. He made the remarks at a seminar on EU funding for the Community and Voluntary sector in Enniscorthy today.
Cllr. Mythen hosted the seminar, which was addresses by MEP Liadh Ní Riada, who launched her 'Guide to EU Funding' at the event.
Cllr Mythen said:
“Community and voluntary organisations are the bedrock of our towns, villages and parishes. Without them many of the services and amenities we use on a daily basis would not be available. Adequate and accessible funding is vital to their ability to function and serve the community.
“This document, put together by Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, gives a clear view of the EU funding available to the community and voluntary sector in Ireland, and will be a very useful resource for any group, large or small, wishing to avail of this funding. Liadh is a coordinator on the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets, which oversees EU spending and has a background in the community sector.
“We need to become better at drawing down EU funding. Complicated application procedures and a lack of accessible and clear information often deter organisations from exploring this source of funding. Liadh's 'Guide to EU Funding' presents clear, accessible and relevant information and is a great starting point for many organisations.
MEP Liadh Ní Riada said:
“I hope this short guide will be useful to community organisations, and I am very grateful to Johnny for the opportunity to launch it in Co. Wexford. During my campaign to become an MEP, I met with countless organisations right across Ireland South, who outlined their needs for financial supports, and i have made a clear commitment to try and ensure they can access relevant information.
“Johnny and I will work with community and voluntary organisations that want further information or advice on accessing funding at an EU level. Councillor Johnny Mythen can be contacted on 087-9847278 or [email protected]”