Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the allocation of €276,513 in funding to support schools, playgrounds, infrastructure projects and community organisations across Galway.

The funding comes under Department of Rural and Community Development’s CLÁR Programme, which is a key part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s five-year strategy to revitalise our rural towns and villages.

Today’s announcement will see six projects supported in rural communities across Galway, under Measures 1 & 2 of the CLÁR 2021 programme.

Minister Rabbitte commented,

This is very welcome funding for rural Galway, and it signals this government’s commitment to investing in our schools, playgrounds, outdoor amenities and other projects across the county.

This will make a big difference to the communities in the likes of Woodford, Abbey and Lurga.

She continued:

The funding will be used to upgrade footpaths, lighting, playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas, which makes it clear that this funding is focused on the young people in Galway. If the Pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that our young people are our shining lights. Investing in them is an investment in our future – that’s what this announcement is all about.

And she concluded:

This also shows why the government’s ‘Our Rural Future’ programme is a game changer for Rural Ireland, ensuring it’s no longer overlooked and the people in rural towns and villages are supported. If we do not support villages such as these through investment, we run the risk of them falling into decline.

A full breakdown of funding provided is in the attached document:

This year, Measure 1 of the Programme will provide almost €2 million in support for projects in 52 communities across Ireland.

The projects will provide and improve safety infrastructure such as footpaths, public lighting, traffic calming measures and car parking facilities. This measure also continues to support projects that help adapt the environs of schools and community facilities to help meet challenges arising from the pandemic.

Measure 2 funds outdoor community recreation facilities and this year funding of over €2.2 million will be provided in support of 52 projects across communities throughout the country. This measure includes supports for the development of new and enhanced community spaces including supports for playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs).




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