FOUR Donegal towns and villages are to benefit from a €400,000 windfall announced this morning by Minister Heather Humphries.
The money is being awarded as part of an overall €15.4 million package under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The four Donegal locations are:
Ardara – €100,000
The installation of a canopy along the Riverside Walk; a Masterplan (regeneration plan); and a Health Check.
Bruckless – €100,000
The provision of a community park and outdoor recreational amenity.
Carrick – €100,000
The reinstatement of a pedestrian bridge crossing Glen River; a Masterplan (regeneration plan) and a Town Health Check.
Crossroads – €100,000
The construction of a pedestrian footbridge over a tributary of the River Finn to provide access to recreational amenities.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD said the money will assist towns and villages in implementing measures that can help them to respond to the challenges associated with Covid-19.
“This funding is about helping communities get back on their feet and adapt to the ongoing challenges Covid-19 presents,” said Minister McConalogue.
“It will help support our rural communities in this challenging time and make our towns and villages safer places to live, work and do business.
“Since August, more than €25 million has been provided to over 500 projects nationwide under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. These projects will make a real and lasting difference and demonstrates this Government’s strong commitment to supporting our rural communities.
“It is clear that now more than ever we must support our local communities, ” he added.
Joe McHugh TD said the money would help towns and villages generate economic activity in what are very trying times.
“It has always been vitally important to help towns and villages in Donegal thrive, and it is even more beneficial as communities respond
to the challenges presented by Covid-19,” said Mr McHugh.
“Towns and villages will be able to implement immediate measures that will encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise,
while adhering to public health guidelines. It is important we generate economic activity while keeping the people of Donegal as safe as possible.”