Dublin Rural LEADER

Who is LEADER?

The LEADER Initiative (Liaisons entre actions de development de Léconomie Rurale – links between actions of rural development) was established by the European Commission in 1991 and is a method of mobilising and delivering rural development in local rural communities. LEADER uses a ‘bottom-up’ or community led local development approach to rural development. Through the framework of local development strategies with all funding decisions being made at a local level by Local Action Groups (LAG) LEADER can and does make a real difference to the daily lives of people in rural areas.

The purpose of LEADER

The main aim of LEADER is to strengthen the rural economy and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Through focusing on the key principles of innovation, sustainability, social inclusion and economic viability and links with other organisations, LEADER can make a significant contribution to sustaining our rural economy, communities and environment. economic growth and job creation are essential to the growth of rural areas. Sustainable use of local and natural resources will improve the economic viability of rural areas in the long term.

Who are Dublin Rural LEADER

Dublin Rural LEADER is a not for profit community led local development company with responsibility for implementing the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme in the rural areas of Fingal, South Dublin County and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown. It is also responsible for implementing the TÚS and Jobs Club initiatives in North Fingal. Dublin Rural LEADER has over 20 year’s experience delivering a wide range of supports and services to communities, individuals and rural businesses.

We are the Implementing partner for Dublin Rural LAG which is a sub group of the Fingal LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) The LAG will have the final say on all funding applications.

Dublin Rural LEADER is committed to the creation of a vibrant and sustainable rural economy, sensitively harnessing the natural resources and underpinned by learning and development leading to resilient local communities

Our Team

Our team is here to help you with all stages of the application process from Expression of interest to draw down. Our experience as means that you’ll get all the help and support you need from people who understand the particular and specific needs and wants of the peri-urban rural Dublin region.

  • Dr. Chris O’Malley
      Dr. Chris O’MalleyCEO

      Recently took up post as CEO, Fingal Leader Partnership

      Previous roles have included:

      Pro Vice Chancellor, Business & Development, University of Worcester (2015-16). In this post strengthened the University’s relations with employers to make it a more powerful catalyst for the development of the private sector economy in Worcestershire.

      Strategic Management Consultant (2013-15 and previously). Provided advice and support to client organisations in developing strategic plans, developing policy, and in organisational development, including design of structures, policies and processes. Consultancy projects over periods in this role have included the Irish Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority, the Disability Federation of Ireland, the Dublin Airpot Stakeholders Forum and Ballymun Partnership.
      Pro Vice Chancellor, Regional & International Development, University of Wales, Newport (2007-2013). Responsible for line management of the International, European, Marketing, PR, and Fund-raising Departments as well as the Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning. Led three major strategic initiatives to strengthen to role of education and skills in the Welsh Valleys.
      Director of Strategic Development, Dublin City University (1994-2005). Led development and implementation of strategic plans over a period that saw the University grow from 3,000 to 12,000 students (including associated colleges) and become proportionately the most successful Irish university in securing both philanthropic support and research funding. DCU has become recognised by the Times Higher and QS league tables as one of the Global Top 50 Young Universities.
      Manager, European Market Strategy, British Telecom (1990-1994). Developed the company’s first European market strategy, winning approval from the Board to implement it through investment of over £500m, with a five-year revenue target of £2bn.

    • Phil Moore
      Phil MooreDeputy CEO

      Phil has been actively involved in the EU LEADER Initiative in Dublin region since 1997 with a wealth of experience at Board/Evaluation and Delivery level. Phil joined the LEADER team as a Rural Development Officer in 2002. She was involved in the successful delivery of the LEADER+ & NRDP Tourism Programme 2000-2006. Phil assisted in the development of the Strategic Plan for the 2007-2013 rural development programme when she was appointed programme manager in 2013 until 2015.

      Phil was a key participant in the development of the Local Development Strategy for the Dublin Rural sub-region which secured the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme for the Dublin rural area.
      Phil brings practical and professional experience to the staff of the implementing body DRL for the delivery of LEADER 2014-2020 which ensures a dedicated and committed service to the communities and businesses of the Dublin Rural sub-region for the duration of the programme.

    • James McLean
      James McLeanLEADER Administrator

      James has been RDP programme Administrator since December 2013. He spent 11 years as an Internal Auditor with West Sussex County Council in the Treasurers Department. He then spent 8 years as an Accounts Administrator with Countrywide Freight Ireland Limited in Lusk, Co. Dublin with responsibility for preparing company accounts and liaison with international depots. James was an integral component in the development of the Local Development Strategy for the Dublin Rural sub-region which secured the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme for the Dublin rural area.

    • James Masterson
      James MastersonRural Development Officer

      James has 6 years’ experience as Rural Development Officer with FLP working on the RDP 2007-2013 Programme. James came to Dublin having worked in North Tipperary LEADER Partnership. James is from a farming background and is currently studying for a level 5 degree in Agriculture and a level 6 in Farm Administration. James was highly involved in the development of the Local Development Strategy for the Dublin Rural sub-region which secured the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme for the Dublin rural area.

    • Nellie Horvath
      Nellie HorvathRural Development Officer

      Nellie has joined the LEADER team since March 2014 and has worked on the RDP 2007-2013 Programme. Previously she worked as a translator, translating six books from English to Hungarian. She graduated from UCD with a BSc in Rural Development in 2015 and was awarded the NUI Scholarship in Rural Development as the best student in the country in her year. She is currently in the process of completing her MSc in Environmental Policy, also from UCD. She was highly involved in the development of the Local Development Strategy for the Dublin Rural sub-region which secured the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme for the Dublin rural area. Nellie has a strong interest in community development and environmental projects.

    • Angela Manoli
      Angela ManoliRural Development Officer

      Angela joined the team recently with a passion to deliver LEADER Programme 2014-2020 for the Dublin Rural Area.
      She graduated from Maynooth University with a BA Double Honour Arts Degree in Accountancy and Mathematical Studies.
      Angela is also actively involved in delivering Community Projects in Rural Areas in other Countries.

    • Ligia Daroi
      Ligia DaroiClerical Officer and Media Coordinator

      Ligia is a new member to FLP team. She is currently studying Digital Marketing at Dublin Business School. Her creativity brought a great improvement to the company’s Social Media Channels, helping FLP to engage more audience and to increase the visibility within the Social Media environment. All the skills that she achieved during her education process it is a great bonus for the position she occupies in Fingal LEADER Partnership CLG.

    Contact Dublin Rural LEADER

    T. 01 807 4282 E. info@dublinruralleader.ie

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