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€30m for rural towns and villages 23.09.15

DONEGAL is to benefit from a new €30m village and town renewal scheme announced today, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh has said.
“Fine Gael is keenly aware of the impact the economic downturn has had on towns and villages throughout Ireland and this year we launched the Standing Up for Rural Ireland campaign where backbench TDs came together to work to advocate on behalf of rural communities to ensure that the economic recovery spreads to all parts of Ireland," he said.
“The Village and Town Renewal Scheme will support the revitalisation of towns/villages, making them better places to live and to work, and increasing their potential to support growing economic activity."
The new scheme proposed will run over six years and the €30m will be channelled through local authorities throughout the country with oversight by the Local Community Development Committees. Minister McHugh said he expected people would see a positive impact from the scheme in Donegal.
“Other parties talk up the demise of rural Ireland. Fine Gael doesn’t buy into this. Rural Ireland is alive, but it needs support and through the Village and Town Renewal Scheme we can promote rural Ireland.
“In order to take advantage of this scheme we are dependent on local stakeholders in Donegal to come together and to decide which projects should be selected to apply for this funding. €30 million is a lot of money and can make a huge difference to rural Ireland and to our towns and villages here in Donegal," he added.
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