Senator Aisling Dolan, who accompanied Minister Heather Humphreys when she visited a number of locations in County Roscommon recently, has said that up to €8m in funding from the Department of Rural & Community Development will have a tremendous positive impact across a number of local towns and villages.
“This means new buildings and centres, public spaces, outdoor park amenities. This incredible multi-million funding has a major impact which we all see in our towns through enhancement programmes – and together with regeneration teams in Roscommon County Council we can see how it brings life back to local areas”.
Senator Dolan paid tribute to the immense contribution of volunteers and community groups.
“The Minister came to visit the new walkway in Monksland. We also viewed plans for €3.3 million funding under Rural Regeneration for a Life Sciences Hub in Daneswell Business Park in Monksland. This will be a game-changer and will cement Roscommon as a word class pharma, lifesciences & software centre.
“Next up was Portrunny bay, a few miles from Roscommon town. A brand new deep slipway has been developed with Inland Fisheries Ireland for angling boats. The Minister then travelled to Athleague to view the ‘Epicentre’ – new hot desk spaces upstairs in the community centre which will promote remote working.
“In Roscommon, the Minister had the opportunity to explore Loughnaneane Park and the new outdoor amphitheatre, bandstand and sculpture park. In Castlerea the Minister turned the sod on the food incubator units, a project that has received close to €2.4 million in government funding to further develop enterprise in the area.
“The Minister’s last stop was at King House in Boyle viewing exhibitions in the beautifully restored Georgian mansion.
“Visiting Roscommon and the successful projects through the Department of Rural & Community Development was a key priority for Minister Heather Humphreys and a very enjoyable one as the Minister met with active community groups all across the county”.