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€61,000 rural enterprise funding for Ballygawley/Ballintogher welcomed

Regarding the announcement today of rural funding, Thomas Walsh, Local Area Representative- Fine Gael, told Sligo Today,  "I am delighted following my application to Sligo County Council €61,120 has been approved today for development of rural enterprise in Ballygawley, Ballintogher.

This will consist of the upgrading of an enterprise unit in Ballintogher and development of a piece of ground in Ballygawley. I'm delighted that following my meetings with the Council and subsequent application that funding has been announced today as part of Town and Village Renewal Scheme. In total Sligo has been allocated €1,063,968.00.

“I want to thank Sligo County Council and in particular Michael Carty for his trojan efforts and co-operation in engaging with local and business communities to identify these projects. Most of the funding will benefit towns and villages, with populations of less than 5,000 people.”

'Vibrant'

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, said: “Following on from the success of the 2016 scheme, I am delighted to be able to allocate €21.6 million for projects in 281 towns and villages right across rural Ireland.

Mr Walsh, who is also the Chair of Ballygawley/Ballintogher Development continued, “This allocation more than doubles the €10 million allocated to the Town and Village Renewal Scheme last year. This is a clear indication of the Government’s commitment to making rural Ireland a more vibrant and sustainable place to live. This funding will be put to good use over the coming twelve months for the benefit of the people who live in rural Ireland.”

The allocation of €21 million by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village Renewal scheme follows the roll out earlier this year of a range of other initiatives to support rural Ireland, including the CLÁR scheme, the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure scheme and the Local Improvement Scheme.