Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Heather Humphreys have announced €740,000 in funding for community centres in County Roscommon as part of an overall €33 million allocation to upgrade 280 such facilities’ nationwide.
In Roscommon, the South Roscommon Family Resource Centre at Vita House will receive €38,000, Drum Community Centre has been allocated €100,000, Elphin Community Centre group have received €285,000, Kilbride Community and Leisure Centre is being awarded over €46,000, St Ronan’s Hall in Keadue has been allocated €146,000, Roscommon Gaels have received €25,000, and Boyle Family Resource Centre has been allocated €100,000.
Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed the announcement, stating: “This is incredible funding to be announced as part of the new Community Centres Fund, set up this year by my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys. It represents Government’s commitment under the ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy to invest in community halls and centres across Roscommon.
“This news will have communities around Roscommon jumping for joy at much-needed investment to renovate older buildings and help deal with rising costs”.
Senator Eugene Murphy said: “This announcement represents the largest ever capital investment from the Government to upgrade community centres, parish halls, scouts clubs, youth hubs, family resource centres and sports complexes, and will see grants of between €25,000 to €300,000 provided to successful projects.
“This funding will provide for improvements such as extensions to existing centres, energy-efficiency upgrades and improved access for people with disabilities, and will have really practical impacts at the heart of our communities”.
Minister Frank Feighan also welcomed the announcement, stating: “I am delighted for the hard-working committees associated with the management and running of local community centres and halls who put in a lot of voluntary hours, fundraising and much more to ensure parishes and communities can have a vital piece of infrastructure to host sports, meetings and gatherings.
“Once again, Minister Humphreys and the Tánaiste in government have recognised this and secured funding that will have a deep impact in rural Ireland”.