Four Tipperary organisations have been approved €274,609 in funding for mobility and cancer care transport under the CLÁR Programme.
The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Tipperary South has received approval of €98,634 towards three wheelchair accessible buses and IWA Tipperary North is to receive €65,675 towards two new buses.
In addition, St Cronan’s Association (Ballingarry, Cloughjordan, Rathcabban, Killea) and the Order of Malta in Cashel received €37,000 and €73,300 respectively for new vehicles.
Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman Julian has welcomed the funding.
“I am absolutely delighted for the members of these organisations as many of them participate in regular fundraising to support vital services and this significant funding support from the government is most welcome.
Members of the IWA Tipperary South recently participated in a parachute jump to raise funds for new vehicles as the current fleet consists of a few old 2001 Ford Transits and a 2007 Mercedes, which given their age and mileage can be troublesome.
This funding of nearly €100,000 for Tipperary South will fully bridge the finance required for 3 new vehicles which is fantastic news for all service users.
“I was delighted to help both Josephine Carroll in Tipperary Town and Joe O’Connell in Roscrea with their applications, in compiling maps and ensuring all details required were provided, as well as emphasising the importance of the funding to Minister Ring and the Department of Rural and Community Affairs. This is a great outcome for all IWA service users in Tipperary.
IWA Tipperary South currently have 56 regular service users, many of whom live in CLÁR designated areas as well as a waiting list of 28 people. It is hoped that with the availability of new vehicles all those who wish to avail of IWA services will be in a position to do so. Many of the members are solely reliant on the IWA to provide transport, and it is essential that the service is supported to continue providing vital services to people with disabilities
88% of the IWA members in Tipperary North are from CLÁR areas so this will be money well spent in ensuring those who are most in need receive the necessary support to avail of vital services.
CLÁR provides funding for small scale capital projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017.