Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

Deegan's hangar has LPC chief singing the praises

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Anne Goodwin, the CEO of Laois Partnership Company, had no hesitation in calling out to see Jerry and Geraldine Deegan when they submitted an application to build a hangar.

"Geraldine had completed a course on Strategic Planning for Enterprise run by the then Laois LEADER company in conjunction with UCD," Ms Goodwin says.

"When she invited me to come and look at what they had already done on the farm, I was amazed and delighted.

"Jerry's passion for the business was infectious and their proposal ticked all the boxes for a good farm diversification project."

According to Anne, these boxes included the fact that the project was innovative, generating income, was exploiting the assets of the farm in a creative and enterprising way, and the people running it had a passion for what they were doing.

"Anyone who comes to us now or in the future with a project, no matter how sensible or far-fetched they may think it is, we will be willing to talk to them and work with them," she says.

Ms Goodwin says this is true of all the Local Partnership Companies around the country.

"There is a stimulus package available in every county in Ireland at the moment and it is called the Rural Development Programme; it is there to provide stimulus for a huge range of enterprises and is open for business.

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"We are delighted to talk to people and will be more delighted to fund them if we can at all," she adds.

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