Tendering process will pit community organisations against each other – Martin Ferris T.D.
Speaking in the Dáil this evening on a motion to protect the Local Community Development Programme and LEADER projects, Sinn Féin’s Martin Ferris TD said:
“The LEADER projects have been a successful job creation mechanism in rural Ireland. From 2011 to last year, they created nearly 3,000 jobs. Meanwhile, they assisted over 6,700 enterprises and supported over 2,000 tourism initiatives.
“Villages and communities which were enhanced in one way or the other by LEADER projects and funding amounted to nearly 4,000 in those three years.
“The model was adapted by other member states in the European Union. It was a valuable tool to combat social exclusion and was a cost-effective job creation mechanism, under democratic control of communities.
“Now, we have a tendering process established which will do no more than pit community organisations against each other and leave the way open for privatisation .”