Who We Are

Who are Dublin Rural LEADER?

Fingal LEADER Partnership (Dublin Rural LEADER) was formed in 2008 with the amalgamation of Co-operation Fingal and Rural Dublin LEADER Company through a process known as cohesion. In this time Dublin Rural LEADER has delivered a wide range of European and National programmes such as LEADER 2007-2013, LCDP, TUS Community Policing, FAS LTI Training, Jobs Club, Care and Repair, Youth Mental Health Programme, Friends of ADHD Programme to great success.

Dublin Rural LEADER is managed by a Board made up of up to 17 representatives from national social partners, community & voluntary sectors, and statutory sectors. The Board is the overall decision-making body on policy, appointments, and finance. The Board is responsible for deciding the strategic approach of the company, formulation of policy, and for the implementation of its programmes. The specific powers and duties of the Board are set out in the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, which were prepared in accordance with the Guidelines on the Governance of Integrated Local Development Companies and Urban Based Partnerships.

The strategic roles of the Board are described below:

  • To maintain a long-term overview of Fingal LEADER Partnership Company Ltd. and its work
  • To make strategic, major, and often difficult decisions about the company’s objectives, policies, and procedures
  • To ensure that the company’s strategic plans are implemented in accordance with the company’s mission statement
  • To ensure that adequate resources (particularly people and funding) are available to implement the strategic plans
  • To guarantee that the expenditure of allocated funds will accord strictly with funding guidelines
  • To regularly monitor the implementation of the company’s strategic plans
  • To adjust the strategic plans in response to changing circumstances
  • To oversee and communicate with the committees, working groups, and associated special project working groups
  • To accept legal responsibility for the company’s strategy

All Board decisions are recorded in the minutes of Board meetings by the recording Secretary. Board meetings are held monthly, with a minimum of 8 in a year.

Our Board

  • Chris Harmon
      Chris HarmonChair
    • Chris Keogh
        Chris Keogh
      • Ken Duffy
          Ken Duffy
        • Martin Tully
            Martin Tully
          • Pat McNamara
              Pat McNamaraVice Chair
            • Roger Cronin
                Roger CroninSecretary
              • Sean Corrigan
                  Sean Corrigan
                • Tom Hahesey
                    Tom Hahesey

                  Our Programmes

                  DLR currently run three programmes promoting social inclusion, providing supports for enterprise development and employment creation, providing education opportunities reducing climate change and assisting community groups to find local solutions to local problems. The Rural Development Programme, in the entire rural area of county Dublin, Jobs Club in Swords and the Tús programme in North County Fingal.

                  Implementation partners for the LEADER 2014-2020 programme
                  A work placement scheme with 240 placements in situ in communities in the north of county Fingal
                  JOBS CLUB
                  JOBS CLUB
                  The Swords Job Club providing individual supports, a drop in service and workshops to job seekers in the Swords catchment area.

                  Our Partners

                  Local Action Group (LAG) / Financial Partner

                  The Local Action Group functions as the Board of the Dublin Rural LEADER Programme, making the final decisions on how funding is to be allocated and which projects are approved. It has representatives drawn from all three local authority areas participating in the programme.

                  The Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group is comprised of:


                  Chairperson Dr. Pat O‘Connor, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Fingal

                  Adeline O’Brian, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Fingal

                  Alice Davis, Public Participation Network, Fingal

                  Billy Coman, South Dublin County Council, South Co Dublin

                  Cllr. Tony Murphy, Fingal County Council, Fingal

                  Cllr. Paula Donovan, South Dublin County Council, South Co Dublin

                  Cllr. Peter O’Brian, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

                  Cormac Shaw, Southside Partnership DLR, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

                  Ed Hearne, Fingal County Council, Fingal

                  Justin Byrne, Public Participation Network, South Co Dublin

                  Larry O’Neill, South Dublin County partnership, South Co Dublin

                  Laurence Ward, Irish Farmers Association, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

                  Maire O’Brian, Public Participation Network, Fingal

                  Oisin Gheoghegan, Local Enterprise Office, Fingal

                  Prof. Mary Corcoran, Public Participation Network, South Co Dublin

                  Tom Kivlehan, Public Participation Network, South Co Dublin


                  The LAG’s were established in 2014 under the provision of Part 6 of the Local Government Reform Act. The LAG comprises of experienced public and private sector members, including local authority members and officials, State agencies and private sector local and community development representatives. Collectively they have extensive experience of the ‘served’ markets and communities across the three sub-regions contained in the Dublin Rural catchment area.


                  The Independent Evaluation Committee is an independent group whose experience, expertise and backgrounds provide a balanced perspective on the programme. It scrutinises proposals for project funding in depth and provides recommendations on each project to the Local Action Group.

                  Michael Maher, Social Inclusion, SD

                  Gillian Blackburn, Social Inclusion, F

                  Jim Colgan, Social Inclusion, DLR

                  Des English, Economic Development, SD

                  Billy Linehan, Economic Development, F

                  Charlie Cullen, Economic Development, F

                  Elaine O’Sullivan, Economic Development, F

                  Nicola Fitzgerald, Economic Development, F

                  Seamus McGrath, Environment, DLR

                  George Mongey, Environment, F

                  Dr Rosaleen Dwyer, Environment/Heritage, SD

                  Fingal County Council

                  FINANCIAL PARTNER

                  Dublin Rural LEADER

                  – IMPLEMENTATION BODY

                  Dublin Rural LAG

                  South Dublin


                  Dún Laoghaire
                  Rathdown LCDC

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