Local politicians welcome €6m Just Transition funding

Local politicians have welcomed the announcement of over €6 million in funding for local projects under Fáilte Ireland’s EU Just Transition Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme, which saw €32 million in investment grants awarded nationally.

This funding includes almost €1.2 million for Lough Key Forest Park, €370,000 for Clondra Village enhancements, €150,000 for Lanesboro Amphitheatre, €84,000 for the Clondra to Tarmonbarry Cycleway Scheme, over €487,000 for the Royal Canal Greenway, over €260,000 for Corlea Iron Age Roadway and Visitor Centre, €561,000 for Athlone Town Centre, and over €3.2 million for Athlone Castle’s visitor enhancements.

In welcoming the funding, local Fianna Fáil senator Eugene Murphy again highlighted the major local fallout from the demise of Bord na Mona and ESB.

“More funding will be forthcoming, and is particularly needed in North East Roscommon”, he commented.

“I welcome funding for Lough Key Forest Park, Lanesboro/Ballyleague, Tarmonbarry/Rooskey and Tarmonbarry/Clondra. I also welcome the funding for Shannonbridge; this area right back to the Ballinasloe region has suffered because of power station uncertainty in the region.

“This allocation of money is mainly focused on tourism development and will create jobs and will bring extra visitors to the area.

“I am glad to have been able to lobby for this type of development; Government investment is very welcome”, he concluded.

Fine Gael senator Aisling Dolan also welcomed the funding, stating, “I am delighted to see €1,185,712 in funding for the award-winning Lough Key Forest and Activity Park. Lough Key is a national treasure.

“This Just Transition funding is for design and planning on how to maximise capacity as well as develop more activities at the park. It is a huge boost for Boyle and North Roscommon as well as surrounding counties.

“I’m also happy to see investment to Bord na Móna to further enhance a trail between Tarmonbarry to Rooskey (roughly 12 kilometres) linking towns on the River Shannon”, Senator Dolan continued.

“This initiative, jointly supported by the Government and the European Union, not only creates new job opportunities and boosts the local economy in County Roscommon, but also promotes biodiversity and enjoyment of outdoor activities”, she concluded.