Eight towns and villages across the county are set for a significant economic boost under the Town and Village renewal scheme following Friday's announcement by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
In Cashel a total of €200,000 has been awarded for public realm improvements while Thurles will receive funding of €70,000 for the production of a ten year integrated renewal strategy for the town centre.
In North Tipperary both Nenagh and Terryglass were successful in their applications for funding for public realm improvements with Nenagh awarded €100,000 and Terryglass €152,000.
I am delighted to announce funding of €913,266 for #Tipperary from the Department of Rural and community development and Minister @MichaelRingFG for the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. See the list below for full details.... pic.twitter.com/r2DrgnT2l3— Garret Ahearn (@VoteNo1Ahearn) October 5, 2018
In Carrick-on-Suir a total of €174,362 has been awarded for the upgrading of their heritage centre.
The village of Puckane was awarded €116,904 for village enhancements while the village of Aglish will receive €78,400 for the installation of footpaths and street lighting to link the village, park and village hall.
Cloughjordan will also receive €21,600 for the extension of a local woodland walking trail.
Speaking about the announcement Fine Gael candidate Mary Newman Julian said: This is most welcome news for the eight towns and villages who have received news of this funding today. The 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development and the scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. Over €21 million has been allocated in this round of funding and I am delighted that towns and villages in Tipperary have received such significant funding as awards generally range from €20,000 to €100,000, with more ambitious projects receiving funding between €100,000 and €200,000.
The funding news was also welcomed by Fine Gael candidate Garret Ahearne who described it as "a real boost to communities in towns and villages across Tipperary."
“Fine Gael in government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. The Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000 people, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development," he said.