Seven smaller Carlow towns to benefit from Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland – Deering

8th September, 2016

Fine Gael Carlow TD Pat Deering welcomes the selection by Councillors of the Carlow towns which will benefit from the recently launched “Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland”, which aims to revitalise up to 200 towns and villages across the country. In August the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, launched a €10 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland.

Speaking today (Tuesday) Fine Gael TD for Carlow Pat Deering said “ I am delighted to see that smaller towns and villages in County Carlow are to receive renewal funding worth €438,000 under the “Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2016”. Following yesterday’s Council meeting these are the 7 towns and villages which have been selected to participate in the scheme:

Hacketstown – €60,000, Rathvilly – €43,000, Tullow – €100,000 (max possible award), Bagenalstown – €100,000, Borris – 50,000 Leighlinbridge – €45,000, and Myshall – €40,000.

The funding available to Carlow County Council is designed to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project. The Council will then be required to partner with local businesses and local communities to develop and implement ideas that can make a real and lasting impact in revitalising our local rural towns and villages.

Deering added “Outline plans will need to be submitted to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in September for approval and funding spent by year end. And there is expected to be a similar allocation next year”.

“The funding can be used to increase the attractiveness of the town or 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. It can also be used to enhance the culture and local heritage assets of the town/village and promote tourism. Another potential use for the fund is to tackle minor physical infrastructure deficits and land assembly issues.

“The focus of this fund for 2016 will be on small towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000, but there will be some funding available for towns and villages with a population of between 5,000-10,000.

“The economic crash which occurred after years of Fianna Fáil led Government really left its mark on small towns and villages across rural Ireland. We have seen the evidence of it here in Carlow. Thankfully the economic recovery is underway, but many towns and villages in Carlow are still feeling the after effects of the recession. This Government has made sure that rural development is a key priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government and appointed a dedicated Minister, Heather Humphreys. This Town and Village Renewal Scheme is just the start of our work to ensure that all regions of the country feel the benefits of our strong economy.”