Irish Local Action Groups and Implementing Partners Database
The NRN team at NUI Galway have collaborated with David Kelly, Research Technologist at the Whitaker Institute and Moore Institute at NUI Galway to create an informative interactive Local Action Groups (LAGs) map of Ireland.
This new interactive map outlines the geographical boundaries of each of the 29 LAGs located throughout Ireland as well as an updated list of the Implementing Partners located in each LAG region. Links to each of the LAGs and Implementing Partner’s websites and social media pages are also embedded into this map.
This ‘one-stop-shop’ LAGs map provides those interested in accessing assistance under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020, with convenient access to information about the Local Development Strategy and geographical coverage of their LAGs as well as contact details, such as email address and phone numbers.
Local Action Groups (LAGs)
Decisions on LEADER funding are made at a local level by a network of Local Action Groups (LAGs), through the framework of a community-led, Local Development Strategy (LDS). LAGs are made up of groups of people from the local community as well as both public and private partners from a defined geographical area. Currently, there are 29 LAGs who have contracts in place with the Department of Rural and Community Development to support the sustainable development of their sub-regional area.
Within each of the 29 LAGs, Implementing Partners are responsible for the day to day management and co-ordination of the Rural Development Programme, ‘on the ground’. These companies provide rural communities and local businesses in the catchment area of the region they are located with various supports on behalf of the LAGs, such as advice, training and mentoring.