Termonfeckin will get €100,000 for village enhancement works.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today (5th October 2018) announced that 224 rural towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from over €21 million in funding under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Included in the scheme are 12 projects in towns and villages in County Louth with a combined funding value of €892,000.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said: “The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of the Government’s work to rejuvenate rural Ireland and is having a significant impact on towns and villages across the country.
“As well as supporting initiatives which support enterprise and job creation, 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, work and visit.
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“I am delighted with the response which I received to the call for proposals this year. I want to thank the Local Authorities for their efforts and co-operation in engaging with local communities to identify these projects. Once again most of the funding will benefit towns and villages, with populations of less than 5,000 people.”
Under the funding announced today Termonfeckin will get €100,000 for village enhancement works which will include works to make the beach wheelchair accessible and the car park area upgraded.
In Baltray a €42,000 viewing platform is to be built at the promenade to allow for easier viewing of the wildlife of the Boyne estuary. Annagassan Village is to benefit to the tune of €100,000 for village enhancement works.
There was widespread welcome for the announcement of €80,000 for the repair of the roof at Collon’s historic Church of Ireland Church. Mid Louth Councillor Dolores Minogue spoke of her delight at the news.
"I'm absolutely delighted for the Friends of Collon, the Committee and Louth County Officials and residents who will now see their beautiful church receive the repairs it so desperately needs” she said. “I had the great honour to see first-hand the works that have been completed to date, the church has a great history and will now be secured for future generations.”
Local TD Fergus O'Dowd said that the €892k funding for the 12 Louth projects will give communities the opportunity to become better places to live and to work in by increasing their potential to support growing economic activity that we are seeing throughout the country.
"I have alongside my Fine Gael colleagues in County Louth supported many of the successful projects directly to the Minister. I have continued to raise the importance of County Louth's Rural Renewal at the top table of Government and will continue to do so” he said.
“The funding is used to increase the attractiveness of local towns and village as a local commercial and social centre, and increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work. It will help to enhance the local environment and amenity in the interests of residents, businesses and visitors.
Today’s news comes hot on the heels of the announcement earlier in the week, also by Minister Ring, of grant aid worth €42,000 is to be made available to Tidy Towns Committees in Louth.
This scheme will allow each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support their work.
“I have no doubt that towns and villages across Louth will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism,” O’Dowd said.