Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Éamon Ó Cuív has said the expenditure on projects under the LEADER Programme across Galway has been disappointing to date.

Deputy Ó Cuív said “It is concerning that more funding has not be drawn down from LEADER funding across Galway. I am urging companies running LEADER schemes to expedite the approval of projects to see greater expenditure from the programme in 2019.

“The LEADER Programme is to run from 2014-2020 and we are already in the second last year of approval of projects. The money is there and must be invested back into communities.

“In Galway East there is €7.6 million yet only €21, 367 has been spent from the LEADER funding while in Galway West €4.5 million is available but only €102k spent.

“There is an urgent need in both east and west Galway to accelerate approval of projects to ensure that all funding is provided to Galway. I will continue to press this matter with the Minister and insist that he ensures that this money is spent,” concluded Deputy Ó Cuív.