January 12th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the news that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D., has sanctioned for Clare Local Development Company to approve funding of €386,193 for the development of a Community and Cultural Centre in Kilkishen under the Conservation and upgrading of the Rural Heritage and the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measures of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D. and the Clare Local Development Board for their support for this project. The protected cost of the entire project in Kilkishen is €520,000 and the provision of this €386,193 in grant aid will allow the Kilkishen Development Company to develop a Cultural and Heritage Centre which is wonderful news for the people of Kilkishen.”

“I would like to pay tribute to the members of the Kikishen Development Ltd for their foresight in developing this project. This grant-aid of €386,193 is a tremendous boost to these volunteers who have invested a lot of hard work developing this project. The remainder of the funding will be secured through their voluntary work and that of the local community and they are to be commended for their efforts.”

“This is a very worthwhile and innovative project and from the first time that I visited Kilkishen to meet with members of the Local Development Company, I saw the potential that this project had for the entire area. There are two elements to the project; the conservation and refurbishment of the existing 19th century stone Church together with the construction of a new extension. The restoration of the building will allow for the creation of a hub for sustainable development which will enhance the village. The construction of a community multipurpose centre promoting the cultural and tourism potential of the area will become the focal point of the Community and the development of the Centre will also facilitate the development of local businesses.”

“During the Restoration phase it will provide much needed local construction jobs. While there are plans also to create a number of local jobs when the Centre is up and running.”

“The Rural Development Programme is playing an important role in improving the quality of life in rural areas. It is now focused on developing micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism and by focussing on these areas it is hoped that the Programme will lead to sustainable development which in turn will improve the social and economic fabric of Communities like Kilkishen the real beneficiaries of this Programme.