Minister ONeill Meets with Rural Community Representatives

27 February 2014

Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill has met with a number of stakeholders to discuss the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Minister ONeill Meets with Rural Community Representatives

Speaking after the meeting with representatives from the Rural Community Network, Rural Development Council and local Rural Support Networks, the Minister said: “My Department currently provides around £1.2 million a year in support of community development in rural areas. The success of this investment to date is largely due to a close working relationship between the Department, local Networks and regional organisations.”

Outlining her position on the new Rural Development Programme the Minister said: “It is important that I can develop a rural development programme that balances the needs of all rural sectors and that I can allocate funds accordingly. I welcome the support of the rural community and voluntary sector towards this goal.”

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