Twenty-two coastal community projects in counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim on Ireland’s west coast will receive almost €316,000 in grant aid to support overall investment of half a million Euro under the BIM administered Fisheries Local Action Group programme.

FLAG 2017 Northwest1FLAG Northwest Co-ordinator Declan Nee; BIM chief executive Jim O’ Toole; Minister Michael Ring andFLAG Northwest chairman, Ger Hassett. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

Co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the FLAG initiative is being rolled out across seven regions. Throughout the programme (2014-2020), funding of €12m will be delivered to support coastal communities.

Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, highlighted the importance of supporting coastal communities, and in particular the 22 “original, dynamic and creative projects” in the northwest by people who are “passionate and committed” about their future development.

“It is obvious from the interest in the FLAG Northwest that the approved projects will inspire future generations to see the economic and social benefits of our amazing marine resource and its related maritime industries.”

Jim O’Toole, BIM chief executive said the agency had “worked closely” with the group to enable members across the three counties “to tailor their strategy to meet the dedicated needs of the maritime community in this region”.

The northwest is “renowned for its seafood, fishing, aquaculture and marine tourism industry” he added.

The group’s strategy focuses on economic and coastal community development and aims to maximise cooperation across counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim and marine organisations under the ethos of the over FLAG strategy.

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