Clare Local Development Company to picket Dáil

Clare Local Development Company to picket Dáil


cldcClare Local Development Company and LEADER groups from across the country are calling on communities to support the national LEADER Rally on July 9th in Dublin in support of community led LEADER.  

The rally ‘Keep LEADER in the Community: No to Alignment’ will take place on Wednesday July 9th at 1.30pm outside Dáil Eíreann and will be addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and others.

Minister Phil Hogan’s proposal to make local authorities the new LEADER groups from 2015 has met with strong resistance from rural communities across the country.

CLDC Chairman Stephen Walsh says that “this rally will give a loud and clear message to the politicians that rural communities will not allow their community led LEADER groups to be dismantled and replaced by state led bodies”.

The proposed policy of ‘alignment’ being driven by Minister Phil Hogan aims to transfer the delivery of the LEADER Programme to newly established committees which are Local Authority led.

According to Stephen Walsh, “LEADER groups are now entering a critical phase in determining the outcome of the alignment process; the LEADER model in Ireland, which is the most successful in Europe, is in danger of being lost, and with it, the years of experience, skills, expertise & local relationships built over 20 years by CLDC and similar groups all over Ireland”.

CLDC is organising buses to take people to Dublin for this rally. The buses will leave from various points across Clare on Wednesday morning. For further information and to book your seat and pick up point, call CLDC on 065 686 6800 or email


  1. The thought of the Leader programme being swallowed up by county councils fill us with absolute dread. The Older People’s Council of Clare Age Friendly County and many of the Active Retirement groups have been supported and encouraged By CLDC over several years. Their knowledge and expertise is irreplaceable. We all certainly support the call ‘Keep LEADER in the Community: No Alignment’