Exciting times ahead for Dungannon area’s local rural support network, COSTA


Sinn Féin’s Bronwyn McGahan MLA and Michelle Gidernew MP received a very warm welcome when they visited local rural support network COSTA at President Grant’s Homestead.

Speaking after their visit, Bronwyn McGahan MLA said: “We were very impressed with the briefing we received from COSTA staff today regarding the work they have carried out throughout the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough, providing support to local communities, groups and farm families.

“The excellent work carried out delivering the Rural Community Development Support Scheme (RCDSS) as well as the MARA Project (Maximising Access to Grants, Benefits and Services) has truly benefited rural dwellers while enabling empowerment, capacity, and future sustainability through the provision of a wide range of support services to assist local groups and organisations.”

Michelle Gildernew MEP echoed her party colleague’s endorsement of COSTA’s positive contribution to the building of sustainable rural communities and support for farm families and agri-businesses before stating:

“COSTA as the area’s local rural support network is facing into an exciting period in terms of its future development given the formation of the new super-councils that have come about as a result of the Review of Public Administration.”

The MP added: “I have no doubt that they will enjoy a very positive working relationship with the members and staff of the new Mid-Ulster District Council which will cover the area previously administered by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.”

COSTA is funded by the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) – Tackling Rural Poverty & Social Inclusion Programme, Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council and the Public Health Agency.

COSTA is the Local Rural Support Network (LRSN) for Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council area.