Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of more than €50,000 in funding to two Clare projects from the latest round of approvals under the LEADER fund.

€31,464 will go towards the provision of a physical therapy centre at Lismunga, Ruan for the rehabilitation of racehorses, sport horses and foals following injuries and surgery. €19,163 was allocated towards the provision of a self-catering cabin at a rural tourism business offering residential yoga retreats at Querrin, Kilrush.

Deputy Carey said that the latest allocations brought total LEADER funding for Clare projects to more than €6.8 million as of February 16.

“This increase reflects a significant expansion of activity since the introduction of a range of measures to make the programme work better for both potential applicants and for the LEADER Local Action Groups which deliver the programme on the ground.

“I want to see this momentum continue and the funding for the approved projects drawn down as quickly as possible. 

“LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for rural businesses and communities that are in need of investment and it’s great to see the programme continuing to grow and make a difference for rural Ireland over the coming years,” Deputy Carey added.