Funding of €1,048,000 has been confirmed for the Sligo / Leitrim / West Cavan / South Donegal constituency under the 2016 REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) programme. The funding is being made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD has been warmly welcomed by local TD Tony McLoughlin and Cathaoirleach of South and West Sligo Municipal District, Cllr Dara Mulvey.
The REDZ scheme aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and villages.
Deputy McLoughlin said, “This is the latest in a series of funding schemes which have been announced by the Government which aims to boost economic activity and improve living standards here in the Sligo - Leitrim constituency and across rural Ireland. See below
“Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.
“The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity.
“Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys and her colleague Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.
“Minister Humphreys will be publishing the first ever Action Plan for Rural Development in the coming weeks, which will be a cross government approach to supporting rural communities and stimulating regional development.”Cllr Dara Mulvey expressed his delight that €700k has been allocated to County Sligo as part of the scheme.
"I am particularly delighted that Coolaney National Biking Centre received €200,000 and can now proceed. Having been involved with this magnificent project since its inception,and I want to compliment all involved.
"Tubbercurry Enterprise Centre has been given €100,000 to support town development and I would like to pay tribute to Michael Carty and Dorothy Clarke in Sligo County Council for their work with these projects."Funding has been approved for the following projects;
€48,000.00: The Gables, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal: for upgrading of facilities in town to enhance area for tourism.
€100,000.00: Tubbercurry Enterprise Centre, Co. Sligo: for support to Enterprise Centre and town development
€100,000.00: Ballinmore REDZ, Co. Leitrim: for assist towards the development of an Angling Centre
€200,000.00: Carrick on Shannon Co. Leitrim: to develop a Taste Leitrim Food Tourism & Enterprise Zone.
€200,000.00: Ox Mountain, Sligo: for Ox Mountains Mountain Biking Centre & Wild Nephin Wilderness.
€400,000.00: Ireland West Airport Knock: for new discovery centre for Sligo at Ireland West Airport and Regional branding.