Over €3m for NW rural regeneration under the Towns and Villages Scheme

The North West counties have received a significant funding boost under the new Town and Village funding scheme.

All three counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal got over a million euro with Donegal getting the highest allocation in the country of over a €1.15m.

Up to 300 projects will benefit under this programme which was set up to target rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000.

Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring announced the funding today saying the main focus the allocations are to create jobs:

Meanwhile the local allocations for Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are being welcomed today by local communities and politicians.

Almost 40 projects were funded in this region with three of these getting the maximum grant of nearly €200,000.

The new Cafe Fia project in Coolaney got one of the highest allocations in this region of €196,000.

It was one of a number of projects in south Sligo to benefit and local Fine Gael Councillor Darragh Mulvey is welcoming the news:

The development of a digital hub in Kilcar, a health check initiative in Dunkineely and a Streetscape project in Mountcharles in county Donegal will benefit.

In Leitrim, the slip way in Kinlough was successful as was the Manorhamilton Castle project and a walkway from the Church down to the pitch in Dromahair also got funding.

Independent Councillor Felim Gurn is the Chairperson of the Caisleain Manorhamilton group:

Fine Gael Sligo Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin has commended all the local community groups who put the proposals together: