£11.18m rural development funding allocated to Newry and Mourne

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Community, Politics
Alliance South Down spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the recent announcement from the Rural Development Minister that £11.18 million has been allocated to Newry, Mourne and Down on rural development as part of an overall EU funding programme of almost £70 million for rural areas across the North. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “I warmly welcome that Newry Mourne and Down is to receive the largest allocation of EU funding allocations from the EU under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. “The EU Funding will be used to grow local development in rural areas by supporting business development, basic services, the renewal of villages and activities aimed at the restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage of rural areas and to promote the sustainability of rural areas. “Given that many rural areas across Newry, Mourne and Down have suffered from poverty and isolation I am very pleased that as part of the new EU Funding programme greater emphasis has now been placed on poverty and isolation. Clarke added, “Priority 6 funding for Rural Development is a European priority and is designed to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas which will focus on supporting: business development, diversification and basic services.”
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