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

-   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.

 

 

ENDS

 

 

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.


 

 

County

Amount approved

Carlow County Council Total

€884,488

Cavan County Council Total

€929,728

Clare County Council Total

€944,000

Cork County Council Total

€1,347,827

Donegal County Council Total

€1,159,000

Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown Total

€80,000

Fingal County Council Total

€252,000

Galway County Council Total

€1,004,231

Kerry County Council Total

€868,472

Kildare County Council Total

€416,403

Kilkenny County Council Total

€873,364

Laois County Council Total

€983,397

Leitrim County Council Total

€1,098,538

Limerick County Council Total

€1,087,943

Longford County Council Total

€637,400

Louth County Council Total

€775,726

Mayo County Council Total

€1,348,178

Meath County Council Total

€905,546
Monaghan County Council Total

€580,000

Offaly County Council Total

€300,000

Roscommon County Council Total

€575,508

Sligo County Council Total

€1,063,968

South Dublin CoCo Total

€20,000

Tipperary County Council Total

€857,384

Waterford County Council Total

€625,800

Westmeath County Council Total

€596,000

Wexford County Council Total

€1,157,525

Wicklow County Council Total

€265,000

Grand Total

€21,637,425

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