The good news on the critical issue of LEADER’s eligibility to fund food projects is that a number of possible solutions have been identified. The bad news is that it will still be some time before LEADER companies like Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) can actually entertain new applications.
Irish rural development stakeholders are shocked to learn that the LEADER programme is not eleigible to fund the crucial sctor of small-food businesses. LEADER compnaies and government officials seek a quick solution to the EU ruling that prevents food projects been funded from axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme,
KLP will roll-out the TÚS programme aimed at placing peopl 12 months or more unemployed into non-profit bodies for one year at a time.