Councillor Tom O’Leary has welcomed the news that €190,125 has been granted for projects in Fingal which will help towns and villages adapt to Covid-19. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, recently announced the funding and details of a further 147 towns and villages that will benefit from over €15.4 million to help them adjust to Covid-19 restrictions.
Councillor Tom O’Leary , said, “I am delighted that Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has made this funding available through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. “This funding has always been vitally important to help towns and villages in Finagl thrive, and it is even more beneficial as communities respond to the challenges presented by Covid-19. “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 Fingal safe.” Funding for projects in Fingal include: Balrothery €99,000 for Development of new walking, cycling facilities , streetscape enhancement, Rolestown , Lusk €21,600, St Margarets €69,525 enhancement of physical environment. The amount is in addition to €10.4 million allocated by Minister Humphreys to 363 towns and villages since August 2020 for COVID response measures.” Councillor O’Leary concluded, “Covid-19 has highlighted the huge opportunities that remote working presents for regional development. Funding has also been provided for the development of a number of remote working facilities in towns and villages. Successful projects will see the renovation and conversion of vacant buildings into digital hubs as well as adaptions to local community centres to provide for remote working and eLearning facilities.”