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McHugh announces €450,000 funding for Donegal islands


MINISTER of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced a €450,750 funding boost for Donegal’s islands.

The money will be provided to Donegal County Council to carry out improvement works on various islands in the county in 2017 – with 25pc matching funding from the council the investment will be more than €600,000.

The islands concerned are Árainn Mhór, Toraigh and Oileán an Bhráighe.

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Arranmore will see more than 4km of road improvements including the road from the pier as part of a total investment of €244,500.

Extensive works will also take place on Tory with an investment signed off by Minister McHugh of €187,500.

Island Roy is to get €18,750 for causeway repairs.

Funding for other islands in the state were announced three weeks ago.

Islands and Gaeltacht Minister McHugh said today: “I am delighted to make this announcement for our Donegal islands today.

“This financial assistance being provided by my Department to Donegal County Council facilitates the improvement of infrastructure on Donegal’s islands and it is further evidence of my Department’s commitment to supporting our offshore islands.

“The islands and its inhabitants are an important part of who we all are as a nation and providing infrastructural improvements is key to improving and enhancing island life.”

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