SOME small companies and business across in the Kerry Gaeltachts have been waiting to make an application for LEADER funding for over a year because there is no one to administer grants in the area.
Since the abolition of Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (which closed in September 2011), those seeking grants under the LEADER scheme in the Kerry Gaeltachts have had nowhere to submit their application.
Cllr Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald ( above) raised the issue at Monday's meeting of Kerry county council, saying that dozens of people have been left in limbo because here is no one to administrate the scheme in south and west Kerry. He called on the local authority to write to the Minister for the Environment and to Pobal to seek clarification on when the responsibility will be transferred the North and East Kerry Partnership and South Kerry Partnership "This situation has been going on from week to week and nothing is being done about it. Some people are waiting over a year and in some cases the scheme runs out next year so this is extremely disappointing and we need clarification fast," he said.
Cllr Michael O'Shea seconded the motion, and said there were dozens of applications in the pipeline and there is no one there to administer the scheme.
"Someone needs to be assigned to take charge of these before it's too late," he said.