€250m EU boost for rural areas
RURAL areas will get €250m of EU funding up to the end of the decade.
The funding is for economic development, job creation, rural tourism, improving broadband and community job projects.
The money under the LEADER programme will be announced today, with the funding being spread right across the country.
EU rules say 5pc of the Rural Development Programme must go to LEADER projects, the Government has increased the allocation to 7pc "to shows a commitment to economic development in rural areas".
The allocation of the funding will be set out today by Environment Minister Phil Hogan.