Carlow to receive €68,760 in CLÁR funding – Deering 

2nd June, 2017

Fine Gael TD, for Carlow, Pat Deering has warmly welcomed €68,760 in funding that Carlow is due to receive through the CLÁR programme.

The programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017. This round of funding, CLÁR Measure 3, covers Targeted Community Infrastructure Needs

Deputy Deering said: “I am delighted to see this much needed funding. This funding will enable the local community groups to upgrade and renovate established community infrastructures and is an important part of keeping communities together. Community halls and other such buildings are places where a diverse range of groups meet and socialise on a regular basis, often in less than ideal surroundings. The funding provided through this measure will support renovation projects”

“Here in Carlow the following organisations received funding totalling €68,760:

Drumphea Community Centre, funding of €50,000 for taking down partition between new and old building and securing roof of old building and extending existing kitchen to provide larger space for catering.

Newtown Hall Committee, Refurbishment Project will receive €18,760

“This is part of the second round of funding Minister Ring has announced, having re-opened the CLÁR programme last October. The programme had been closed for new applications by Fianna Fáil in 2009 which was a huge loss to rural communities across Carlow.

Deering added “CLÁR forms part of a suite of measures introduced by Fine Gael to support our rural communities.

“The scheme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and delivered, for the most part, by the Local Authorities in consultation with local communities. The initiatives under this measure have come from the communities themselves and are examples of projects that are considered important to those rural communities in providing support to further enhance social inclusion and economic development”.

“These funding streams are an important part of the Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising Our Rural Potential, which was launched by Minister Heather Humphreys in January 2017.

“The Plan provides a framework for a co-ordinated approach across Government to support the economic and social development of rural Ireland.”