Monday 19 April 2021

Minister of State and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has announced the allocation of €2.55 million for the redevelopment of ‘Portumna Courthouse Arts Centre’ as part of one of 24 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country. 

The funding, which is being provided under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new policy for Rural Ireland.

Minister Rabbitte commented,

After being vacant for two decades, the courthouse will be the site of new multi-purpose art, performance, remote working and social space, with the courtyard becoming an outdoor social space.
This is a major investment for Portumna and one I’ve long called for. Only before Christmas, I met with officials in Galway County Council to walk through the plans and why such a project was important for the town and the surrounding areas. It’s undoubtedly a major coup for the town.  Such a project will support remote workers and commuters to work from and remain in their own local community. Without such initiatives, we can’t expect people to stay in towns like Portumna, it gives people more reasons to stay local. It breathes new life into the town. 
It is absolutely clear that Local Authorities and communities across the country have picked up the ball on remote working and ran with it. So it’s great to see the development of remote working in the Courthouse project too. 

Minister Rabbitte concluded,

This project will not only enable people to live and work in their community but they will also see the iconic town centre building given a new lease of life and increase football for local businesses.
Today you are seeing Our Rural Future in action – and this is only the beginning. In the coming weeks, new applications will be sought under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme will provide rural communities with more opportunities to make exciting and impactful projects like these a reality.