€1m dereliction funding will boost local commerce

Roscommon commerce has received a welcome boost this week with news of €1 million in Government funding aimed at tackling vacancy and dereliction in the county.

The funding, says Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy, will help local authorities to bring vacant properties back into use with the dual benefit of improving streetscapes and providing additional housing.

The funding is being allocated to Roscommon County Council as part or the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), a €150 million fund to tackle vacancy and dereliction in our towns and cities.

Local authorities will acquire vacant/derelict properties which are either not on the market for sale or to which the market has not responded. They will then offer these properties for private sale to individuals who in return will commit to bringing the property into use as a home.

Senator Murphy said it was hugely positive news for the county and would help make towns and villages across Roscommon more attractive to live and do business in.