Clare to receive more than €28,600 in this round of CLÁR funding – Minister Pat Breen.

May 30th, 2017 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has welcomed the €28,601 in funding that Clare is due to receive through this round of 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 4, covers Emergency Response. More funding is due to be announced shortly.

Minister Pat Breen said “I am delighted to see this much needed funding for First Response Support measures going to the ICRR in Clare. This is a service based on community spirit that saves up to an average of two lives per month and is deserving of support.”

“This round of CLÁR funding will enable our local first response organisations to purchase or upgrade equipment to assist them in their life-saving activities,” added the Clare Minister of State.
“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 Clare.

“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,” he said.

“These funding streams are an important part of the Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising Our Rural Potential. The Plan provides a framework for a co-ordinated approach across Government to support the economic and social development of rural Ireland.”