Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed funding of €13,757,843 for three rural regeneration projects in Galway.

 

The three projects cover the areas of Athenry, Tuam and Glenamaddy.

The investment is being provided under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) with a particular emphasis on the revitalisation of rural town centres, which is a key objective of the ‘Our Rural Future’ and ‘Town Centre First’ policies.

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The funding, which is being provided to Galway County Council, sees €6,075,518 allocated to Athenry for the redevelopment a long term vacant town centre building into a community and enterprise hub, alongside the regeneration of the public realm of Athenry’s historic town core in order to create a more vibrant and prosperous town centre.

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In Tuam, €3,679,200 has been earmarked to renovate and repurpose the historic Tuam Town Hall as a multi-purpose remote working, innovation, cultural and community space.

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Glenamaddy will also receive €4,003,125 to create a multi-use facility that will provide much needed facilities for the local community.

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Minister Rabbitte commented:

It’s simply brilliant to see Galway receive over €13.7 million for three projects across Athenry, Glenamaddy and Tuam.

This investment provides strategic capital funding for significant projects in these three communities. 

These three projects will be transformative for Athenry, Tuam and Glenamaddy and will no doubt make a real and lasting difference in these communities, which is what this Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is all about.

 

In essence, each area is getting some form of community hub, which will be support everything from enterprise and remote working to a community and cultural space for groups needing to meet or run events.

For Athenry, there’s also the added layer of funding to help rejuvenate the town centre to make it more vibrant, which I know both residents and businesses will greatly welcome.

The aim of this funding is to revitalise towns and villages in line with the Town Centre First Policy, addressing vacancy and dereliction, stimulating rural economies and responding to community needs.

The funding announced by Government today is the largest allocation of funding since the RRDF was established.

The RRDF alone has now invested over €577 million in funding for projects in rural Ireland.

concluded Minister Rabbitte.

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