The LEADER Rural Development Programme is split into three themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland. An application must fit with one or more of the themes to be eligible. The themes reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion. Each theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

Click on the section titles below for information on priority areas for support under the LEADER Rural Development Programme

Theme One focuses on driving continued local economic development, including diversification of the rural economy and the creation of employment opportunities for the local community, including those from disadvantaged groups.

Theme Two focuses on promoting the cohesion of the sub-regional area, from both an economic development and social inclusion perspective.

Theme Three seeks to maximise the potential of environmental actions to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. It focuses on utilising the landscape within a local area, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection.

Projects We’ve Helped



PROGRAMME: TUS PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Sportslink provides State of the Art Sports and Leisure facilities for its members and their families based in Santry, North County Dublin.  It has a full membership of approximately 6,000 and overall family members of close to 20,000. Sportslink has been working with Fingal LEADER Partnership TÚS Community Work Place Initiative since September 2013.  Since [...]


North Dublin Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force

PROGRAMME: Ringcommons Sports Centre PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Shirley Groves successfully completed her one year fixed term Tus contract with Fingal LEADER Partnership on the 28th of October 2016 working as a Receptionist and Administration Assistant with the North Dublin Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force in Swords. Shirley is now [...]


Jobs Club

PROGRAMME: Job's Club PROJECT DESCRIPTION: What people say abut job's club.... I really found the jobs club very helpful, interesting and enjoyable. I got great help with my CV and was shown how to edit it for different jobs. Kate was a great help to me when applying [...]

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