Funding for two projects in Wicklow
TWO projects in West Wicklow will receive funding under a scheme to support rural infrastructure.
A plan to upgrade foot paths in Knockananna has been allocated €50,000 while Rathcoyle NS in Rathdangan is to get €50,000 for a new multi-use play area.
Gerry O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District said ‘it’s good news for these areas. Funding for small rural community projects is to be welcomed.’
The two projects are among 104 nationwide that will share over €3.8 million. Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Affairs, the programme supports small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced high levels of population decline.
‘I welcome the provision of funding to Knockananna and Rathcoyle NS. There are a very limited number of areas in Wicklow which qualify for CLAR so it’s good to see two west Wicklow projects being recognised,’ said former TD Billy Timmins.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said, ‘we must remember that the communities themselves have fundraised and worked alongside their Local Authorities to put forward these initiatives, and the CLÁR programme is ideally placed to reward that collaborative spirit.
‘I am delighted to be able to contribute in a positive way to the efforts of these communities to make their towns and villages more attractive places for families to live and settle, in line with the aims of the programme.
‘The projects announced will help improve safety around schools and within the wider community.
‘They also provide children within the community a place to explore and develop through play. This investment in our children will always be money well spent.’
The Minister added that further monies may be allocated to other projects if funding becomes available.