Fund­ing for two projects in Wick­low

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

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.

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