Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is inviting people from local communities to have their say and help shape the new LEADER plan for Co. Clare, and to discuss how other CLDC programmes can address community needs in the county. A series of public meetings will be held in eight locations around the county in April. CLDC is encouraging anyone with views and ideas to come along, get involved in the discussion, and have their voice heard. The new LEADER programme will open for business late in 2023 after a LEADER Plan has been agreed for the county.

CLDC Chairman, Mike Hogan, wants to hear from people on the ground. “These are the people who can tell us what they need from LEADER and the other supports that CLDC has to offer to local communities,” he said. CLDC has delivered LEADER for 31 years in Clare, and also delivers the social inclusion programme SICAP, the Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Rural Walks Scheme, Ukrainian Response, Roma and Traveller projects, community childcare, Local Area Employment Service, and other supports.

“These public meetings with CLDC staff and Board members are a great opportunity to influence the shape of LEADER and CLDC for the next five years,” added Mike Hogan. “With a smaller LEADER budget and growing demand from communities, we need to decide how LEADER and CLDC can be most effective at supporting communities and the rural economy through very challenging times.”



The public consultation meetings will take place from 7 – 8.30 p.m. in the following locations: Kilfenora April 4th, Miltown Malbay April 5th, Clarecastle April 18th, Kilkee April 19th, Corofin April 20th, Sixmilebridge April 25th, Labasheeda April 26th , and Tulla April 27th. An online consultation event will take place on May 3rd.

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