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

  • Eilish Harrington
    Eilish HarringtonCEO

    Eilish commenced as CEO of Fingal LEADER Partnership in September 2018.  She has a background in Community Development and brings experience and knowledge in this field to her role in FLP.  Eilish graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Public and Social Policy from NUI Galway.  After her studies she worked with Special Olympics Munster as a Development Officer and most recently as Co Ordinator of EmployAbility Services West Cork.


  • Angela Manoli
    Angela ManoliRural Development Coordinator

    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.

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.

Contact Dublin Rural LEADER

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

Have you a project in mind?

Are you expanding your business, wishing to hire more staff, maybe you want to upskill? Don‘t be held back - Dublin Rural LEADER have the resources to assist people like you to reach your full potential.

Is your project eligible?
Find out if your project meets the criteria
Discuss the project, eligibility and funding with the team
(01) 807 4282 (9am-5pm weekdays)