A two day conference is taking place in Newry to improve cooperation among local development groups on both sides of the border.
Irish Rural Link and the Rural Network for Northern Ireland are launching a programme of enhanced cooperation between Local Action Groups in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The €15 million programme has been agreed for the next five years.
Seamus Boland is CEO of Irish Rural Link.
He believes the conference will be a catalyst for cooperation projects to positively influence the lives of rural communities.................