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Minister Ring approves €21.6 million for towns and villages across rural Ireland

281 projects to benefit under 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme

4th October 2017 - Michael Ring TD

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today (4th October 2017) announced that 281 rural towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from over €21 million in funding under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.


The 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which was launched in April this year, focuses on projects which can help to enhance and develop rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.


Announcing the successful applicants today in Granard, Co. Longford, Minister Ring said:


“The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of my Department’s work to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland and should have a significant impact on towns and villages across the country.


Following on from the success of the 2016 scheme, I am delighted to be able to allocate €21.6 million this year for projects in 281 towns and villages right across rural Ireland. This funding will be put to good use over the coming 12 months for the benefit of the people who live in rural Ireland.”


The Minister continued:


“I have placed a particular emphasis this year on projects which have the capacity to support the economic development of rural town and villages as well as their neighbouring townlands. The scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live and work and to visit.


I am delighted with the response which I received to the call for proposals this year. Amongst the successful projects which I am announcing are many fine examples of initiatives which will support enterprise and job creation. I want to thank the Local Authorities for their efforts and co-operation in engaging with local and business communities to identify these projects. Most of the funding will benefit towns and villages, with populations of less than 5,000 people.”



Funding awarded to individual towns and villages this year generally range from €20,000 to €100,000, with 40 projects receiving in excess of €100,000 for more ambitious proposals.


The allocation of €21 million by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village Renewal scheme follows the roll out earlier this year of a range of other initiatives to support rural Ireland, including the CLÁR scheme, the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure scheme and the Local Improvement Scheme.






Notes for Editors

The Town and Village Renewal scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a suite of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is administered by the Local Authorities.


The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government and the Action Plan for Rural Development. Under the 2017 scheme, up to 80% of the total cost for each approved project will be provided by the Department, with the remaining 20% being provided either through community contribution and/or the Local Authority.


Under the 2017 scheme a wide variety of projects have been approved. These projects have been identified by local community groups and businesses, in conjunction with their Local Authorities. Projects approved range from employment initiatives to tourism amenities, and other measures aimed to help make small towns and villages a more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.


A summary of projects approved on a county basis is provided below.




Amount approved

Carlow County Council Total


Cavan County Council Total


Clare County Council Total


Cork County Council Total


Donegal County Council Total


Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown Total


Fingal County Council Total


Galway County Council Total


Kerry County Council Total


Kildare County Council Total


Kilkenny County Council Total


Laois County Council Total


Leitrim County Council Total


Limerick County Council Total


Longford County Council Total


Louth County Council Total


Mayo County Council Total


Meath County Council Total

Monaghan County Council Total


Offaly County Council Total


Roscommon County Council Total


Sligo County Council Total


South Dublin CoCo Total


Tipperary County Council Total


Waterford County Council Total


Westmeath County Council Total


Wexford County Council Total


Wicklow County Council Total


Grand Total


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