Funding Announced for Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) Pilot Projects

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Leitrim County Council                                                                                  


Funding Announced for Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) Pilot Projects

Ms. Ann Phelan, TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs recently announced €3,758,479 in funding for the Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) pilot scheme. REDZ is focused on a community led approach to rural development and the whole concept involves supporting communities to avail of opportunities to help themselves and their local areas.

Under this REDZ pilot scheme Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim has received funding of €40,687 to support the establishment of a local rural economic development team. This project will develop an enterprise and job creation strategy complex with a land use strategy for Manorhamilton Town and a number of specific business initiatives.

In addition, the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project has been allocated €209,692 towards the development of the Blueway in counties Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon. The Blueway is developing a multi-activity water side trail which links walking, cycling, canoeing, paddle boarding and cruising with local towns and villages. The Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project is led by Leitrim County Council and its partners Cavan, Longford and Roscommon Local Authorities, Bord Na Mona and the ESB in conjunction with Waterways Ireland. The funding received will go towards infrastructure development, capacity building, trail development and signage along the Blueway regionally.

Leitrim Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Curran, has stated that ‘Leitrim County Council is delighted with the funding received which is specifically aimed at community participation, boosting employment, tackling rural isolation, and helping communities to identify issues and also solutions’. He added that ‘This funding will have a positive impact on the lives of many local rural communities’.

The Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, John McCartin, welcomed the announcement by the Minister noting that the project developments ‘Will add significantly to the work done over the years in building on the community spirit and business acumen of the counties. We look forward to working with all the relevant partners and stakeholders in the delivery of these projects this year’.


For further information please contact:

Sinead Flynn,

Media Liaison Officer.

Leitrim County Council

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