Annagassan Harbour
What is LEADER?
Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities, across County Louth, with the resources to enable local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through a community-led local development (CLLD).
LEADER is a French acronym (Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économie Rurale), which roughly translates as ‘Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development.’
Decisions on LEADER funding are made at a local level by a Local Action Group (LAG), through the framework of a Local Development Strategy (LDS). A LAG is made up of people from the local community as well as from the local public and private sector. The LDS is a plan that is developed by local rural communities to support sustainable development of their area.

 Blackrock Promenade

The LEADER Approach

LEADER supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities. It is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) approach that involves the participation of rural communities in developing local responses to key economic, environmental and social challenges identified in their

To this end, LAG membership comprises public and private partners from the economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors.
The LEADER approach has a distinct methodology with the following features or specificities:-

1. Area-based Local Development Strategies;
2. Bottom up approach;
3. Public-private partnerships – the LAG;
4. Innovation;
5. Integrated and multi-sectoral actions;
6. Networking; and
7. Co-operation.
 Carlingford Marina

The County Louth LDS

LEADER involves the design and delivery of a Local Development Strategy (LDS) for County Louth. The Local Development Strategy is a community-led plan, developed and driven by rural communities through the Louth Local Community Development Committee, to address the locally identified needs and to achieve a defined set of local objectives.

During the public consultation process participants were specifically invited to comment on each of the Rural Development Programme Themes and Objectives.  This means that all funding decisions taken by the Louth Local Community Development Committee are underpinned by the Local Objectives and Actions contained in the County Louth Local Development Strategy.​

This strategy has been engineered to identify the best approach for achieving these objectives.

The foundations for this plan build on previous programmes and initiatives and draws heavily from the current trends identified in the socio-economic and demographic analysis, the review of the challenges and successes experienced in the previous programme round, and by those people most in need that did not have the opportunity to benefit.
County Louth Local Development Strategy
You can download a copy of the Strategy here:
 Termonfeckin Beach, Drogheda

The LEADER Programme

​​The Programme includes themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland. They reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.

Each LEADER theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities. The sub-themes are considered sufficiently broad and flexible to encompass the diversity of local needs and the actions required to address these needs through the Local Development Strategy.

A brief overview of each sub-theme is provided in the links below and some examples of potential projects are also provided.
 North East Food Hub, Ardee
 Tullyallen Playground
 Biodiversity Garden, Blackrock