The National Rural Network (NRN) is delighted to host the 2021 LEADER Conference on the 15th of November 2021 from 9am to 1pm.
This online event entitled 30 Years of LEADER – Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future will allow us to reflect on past and current programmes, while also debating rural policy and practice via the next LEADER Programme.
The free conference is open to all stakeholders in the LEADER programme, including LAGs, IPs, rural enterprises, academics, community organisations and policymakers.
Keynote: Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE
Children’s Competition Time
‘Spot the Difference’ is a competition which aims to raise awareness among children about the importance of healthy farmlands to biodiversity. Farmland’s support and provide habitats not only for farm animals but also for Irelands wildlife all year round.
The Sign Post Webinar Series
In association with our industry partners, we are pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture through informative webinars.
These one-hour webinars will focus on key topics to provide and equip agri-professionals with a better understanding of current research to meet the needs of clients.
Join us Friday October 22nd from 09:30-10:30am
Guest Speakers: James Gaffey, MTU; Johan Sanders, GRASSA and Wageningen UR & Xavier Dubuisson, XD Consulting
Topic: Biorefinery Glas and the potential of the bioeconomy to transform grassland agriculture in Ireland / Questions & Answers
Latest NRN News
The National Rural Network (NRN) has today published the ‘LEADER and the Bioeconomy’ 2021 Booklet, showcasing 10 bioeconomy projects and initiatives throughout Ireland, which have been supported by the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 (extended to 2022), as part of...
McConalogue Announces Overall CAP Strategic Plan Funding, and Indicative Allocations for Pillar II (Rural Development) Measures
Funding over the seven-year period 2021-2027 increases by almost 30%, or €1.2 billion, compared to the 2014-2020 period €2.3 billion in national funding to bring Pillar II spending to €3.86 billion, and overall spending to €9.8 billion in the 2023-2027 period The...
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today welcomed an allocation of €180 million to the LEADER programme for the period 2023-2027. The indicative allocation, agreed as part of the new CAP Strategic Plan (CSP), will form the...
EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019 Booklet
The National Rural Network team at NUI Galway have designed and produced a booklet entitled ‘EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019’ to highlight and promote the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups selected by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Latest NRN Blog Posts
In this National Rural Network Farm Viability and Competitiveness guest blog, Dr Aisling Murtagh, RURALIZATION Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Unit at NUI Galway and Dr Maura Farrell, Lecturer in the Discipline of Geography at...
In this National Rural Network EIP-AGRI guest blog, Dr Brendan Dunford, Manager of the Burren Programme, explains that the role of the farmer is much more than just being a ‘food producer’, but also one that deliveries a number of agri-environmental public goods as...
In this National Rural Network EIP-AGRI guest blog, James Gaffey, Co-Director of the Circular Bioeconomy Research Group (CIRCBIO) at Shannon ABC in IT Tralee and coordinator of the Biorefinery Glas EIP-AGRI Project, small-scale grass biorefinery demonstration project...
The National Rural Network (NRN)
The National Rural Network (NRN) is a component of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) led by Irish Rural Link in partnership with The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co.
The overall aim of the NRN is to build and sustain a membership-based network that maximises the beneficial outcomes of the Rural Development Programme.