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LEADER Programme

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.

LEADER Programme

30th Anniversary of the LEADER Programme

Taking a look back at the LEADER programme, including the various ways the NRN has engaged with it.

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

Webinar Series

‘LEADER and the Bioeconomy’ 2021 Booklet

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...

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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...

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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

Reimagining Rural Futures

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...

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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.​ 

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