€79,000 for rural recreation projects in Carlow

8th January, 2018

€79,000 in Government funding has been allocated to rural recreation projects in Carlow, according to Local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering..

“This funding of €79k for Carlow comes from the Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure Scheme, and is part of a €2.2 million allocation for 32 rural recreation projects nationally, announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring. The funding comes in addition to the €11.4 million which was made available to 219 projects under Measures 1 and 3 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme last year.

“This funding is a really important part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to to improve walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities, with grants of up to €100,000 being awarded.

“In Carlow the project to benefit from this latest round of Rural Recreation Scheme is the South Leinster Way – Development and Improvement of Walking Options.

“The maintenance of our trails, greenways and recreational amenities is hugely important for tourism across Ireland. With a number of policy measures, Fine Gael has overseen successful growth of visitor numbers since we entered government in the dark days of the recession in 2011. 2017 was a record year for tourism, with overseas visitors up by 3.7% to the end of November, and we will endeavour to keep this trend going. We will continue to prioritise projects that support the tourism industry which is so vital to rural Ireland.”

“Furthermore, funding and improving rural recreation projects in this way is hugely important for the health of the nation. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the fantastic free amenities in our communities all across Carlow. Fine Gael is working to strengthen communities as our economy recovers and this is just one example of how we can deliver better services to local people and improve our tourism offering to help local economies at the same time.”