€1m in Towns and Villages funding for Roscommon 

Local public representatives have welcomed almost €1 million in Towns & Villages funding announced by Minister Heather Humphreys last week, which is aimed at combatting dereliction in rural Ireland.

  Monksland has been awarded €500,000 for the development of the Central Park project; Cloonfad will receive €249,975 for five proposals, including the creation of a digital hub; Roscommon town has received €100,100 to build on the ‘Global Rossie’ initiative, and Ballintubber will benefit from €99,990 for the development of a community park and recreational amenity.

  Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy welcomed the funding this week.

  “I commend Roscommon County Council and the Ballintubber community for their excellent preparatory work and I was delighted when I received word from Minister Heather Humphreys’ Department last week about this project,” he said.

  Senator Murphy added: “In my opinion, my constant meetings with Ministers are having positive results for the county”.

  Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said the projects would give a much-needed boost to local communities.

  “These are excellent projects bringing total Government investment of €950,000 into Roscommon. Well done to our community groups working with Roscommon County Council who have submitted strong applications for rural development.

  “This is part of the ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy to promote our towns as fantastic places to live and work and encourage community groups and businesses to regenerate areas around our towns and villages”.

  Local Independent councillor Anthony Waldron also said he was delighted with the recent funding announcement.