Shannon, Clarecastle, Kilkee & Scariff to benefit from Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Minister Pat Breen.

November 11th, 2016 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has said that towns and villages in Clare are to benefit from funding under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“My colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has today (Friday) announced that 172 towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from €10 million in funding under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“A total of € 95,000 will be provided to delivering and implimenting an element of the Shannon Town Green Plan, while a further €95,000 will be provided to improve the streetscape in Clarecastle,” said Minister Breen.

“Another €95,000 will be provided for public art at the Percy French Green in Kilkee and landscaping and public art at Carrigaholt roundabout. In Scariff €95,000 will be used to rebalance the public realm, and improve accessibility and safety,” added the local junior minister.

“The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government. Under Budget 2017, Minister Humphreys also announced that she has secured increased funding for the scheme for 2017, when €12 million will be made available to towns and villages in Clare and across the country.

“The funding awarded to towns and villages in Clare is being used for a wide variety of projects, identified by Clare County Council, in conjunction with local community groups and businesses in Clare. These include improving playgrounds and footpaths, tourism amenities, public art pieces and a wide range of works to improve the streetscape and public realm of towns and villages nationwide, to help make towns and villages in Clare more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.

“We are determined to get this funding out to rural Clare as quickly as possible. Now that the projects have been approved, work can get underway on improving Clare towns and villages,” said Minister Breen.

“This scheme is an important part of Fine Gael’s commitment to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland. We are also rolling out a range of other initiatives, including the REDZ scheme, the recently reopened CLÁR scheme and the Rural Recreation Scheme. In addition, work on the Action Plan for Rural Development is progressing well.

“Our towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but many of them are still recovering from the economic downturn. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to help breath life back into our rural towns and villages here in Clare.”


Notes for Editors:

· The Town and Village Renewal scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic recovery are felt in every part of the country. The scheme also addresses one of the recommendations in the CEDRA report, which was published in 2014.

· Total funding of €10 million in Capital funding is being provided by the Government in 2016 for the scheme. An allocation of €380,000 will be available in each of the 26 counties for Town and Village renewal projects.

· There are two categories of eligible Towns/Villages:

Category 1: Towns/villages with a population <5,000. Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,000 – 10,000. · Funding is being allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project.