A half a million euro has been secured as a bonus for LEADER funding in county Mayo. The bonus was announced this morning by the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring.

Nationally the top ten performing counties for Leader funding have been given a 5 million euro boost, resulting in a 500,000 top up payment to these counties, including Mayo and Leitrim.

It comes just days after Minister Ring announced 241 million euro government funding for the construction of the new 20 km road from Westport to Turlough.

Minister Ring told Midwest News today that this half a million euro for Leader in Mayo is additional money. 8.2 million euro was the original budget allocated to Mayo Leader.

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