Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, made a whistlestop tour of the county on Friday as part of his visit to the North West.
His visit began with the launch of the Western Development Commissions’ €1m micro Loan Fund for Creative Industries in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.
The fund is a pilot initiative, allocating €1m over a three year period from the Western Investment Revolved Fund to the creative industries sector.
Moving on from here Minister Hogan met with managers and officials of Leitrim County Council with the ongoing difficulties surrounding planning, high on the agenda.
From here Minister Hogan travelled to Fenagh to visit Patrick Curran’s tourism accommodation, one of the tourist projects founded by Leader and the Leitrim Development Company (LDC), before making his way to Drumshanbo to meet with the LDC board members and programme co-ordinators.
Minister Hogan then formally announced over €184, 000 in funding for the People’s Park Project. He also took the opportunity to view McGuire’s Cottages and Bakery, a leader funded business.
The official opening of the new sewerage plant in Drumkeerin was also on the agenda before a meeting with Leader and LDC funded company Lock Up Alarms in Manorhamilton. He also joined in Manorhamilton Community Festival’s formal opening before rounding off his visit with the official sod turning ceremony at the Glencar Sports Park and a tour of the Lough Melvin Eco Park near Kinlough.