€158,254 granted to assist Fingal Towns and Villages respond to COVID-19

€158,254 has been provided to projects in Fingal to help towns and villages adapt to Covid-19, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Monday, October 12th) announced details of a further 137 rural towns and villages that will benefit from €4.3 million in funding to help them adjust to COVID-19 restrictions. The funding is being delivered under the Accelerated Measure of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which is in addition to the initial funding for 2020 announced in the summer.

Deputy Farrell said, “I am delighted that my colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced the expansion of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“This scheme has always been a vital source of funding to help revitalise towns and villages in <County> however it is more important than ever in the context of COVID-19.

“The funding announced today will assist our towns and villages 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 Fingal safe. The aim is to allow for social distancing and to make towns and villages more welcoming.

“The funding will help develop:

  • The introduction of 40 cabins to enhance trading facilities at Swords Castle – €39,586.
  • The introduction of gazebos to extend the farmer’s market and the development of a community garden in Skerries – €39,508.
  • The introduction of 25 log cabins at Bremore Castle – €39,580.
  • The purchase of log cabins, planters and benches in the Malahide Demesne – €39,580.”

“These projects have been identified by Fingal County Council in conjunction with local community groups and businesses.

Deputy Farrell concluded, “Applications under the Standard Measure of the Town & Village Renewal Scheme, which will support the medium-term recovery of rural towns and villages from the impacts of COVID-19 are currently being assessed.  The successful projects will be announced when that process is complete.”

Minister Humphreys added: “Our rural towns and villages have always played a huge role in supporting businesses and communities by providing spaces for people to meet, socialise and shop locally. Recognising their importance to the economic and social well-being of rural areas, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme has invested significantly in towns and villages over the last number of years.

“The scheme is now more important than ever to assist businesses and communities to address the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to their towns and villages.

“I am therefore delighted today to announce the award of an additional €4.3 million under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to 137 towns and villages across the country, for measures can be implemented immediately to adapt to COVID-19.

“The allocation includes funding of €1.5 million for 38 large towns with populations in excess of 10,000 which have not previously been funded through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This is in recognition of the important role that these towns play in supporting their rural hinterlands.”