Boost for Fingal communities as €600k allocated in new scheme

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Almost €600,000 has been allocated to seven Fingal communities under the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Funding of €598,000 will benefit a variety of projects including a tourism hub, a heritage project and village enhancements.

Welcoming the news, Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) revealed that Balrothery will receive €100,000 for the Glebe community park, Lusk will get €200,000 for the tourism hub project and €36,000 has been granted to the Naul for the development of the community’s heritage product.

In addition, Portmarnock will receive €57,160 for the restoration of heritage stone walls, Portrane has been granted €32,000 to carry out village enhancements, Rush will get €100,000 for village enhancements, and Skerries is to receive €72,000 for town centre enhancements.

Deputy Farrell said: “Community groups and volunteers work throughout the year in our local towns and villages to maintain the beauty of our localities, and this funding will support, and build upon their work by supporting local projects.”

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) said he was pleased with the Portrane allocation and commended Ray Brett who worked with the council on behalf of the Burrow Residents’ Association to apply for funding.

Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) welcomed news of €72,000 in funding for the next stage of Skerries Floraville Park development.

He said the €200,000 grant for a tourism and heritage hub at Katie Hunt’s cottage in Lusk would boost the project.

He added: “I understand there may be plans to mark the connection of Thomas Ashe with Lusk at this location, near the historic round tower. Ashe died on hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail.

“Brian Arnold and others in Lusk have been driving this proposal forward.”

Fine Gael local area representative Bob Dowling also welcomed funding for Rush, Lusk and Portrane.

Mr Dowling, who has called for Fingal to get its fair share of the national €40 million capital sports grants, said he would continue to raise the need for investment in Rush, Lusk, Donabate and Portrane.

He said: “This is a very welcome investment in all of these towns; however, we still have chronic infrastructural deficits in these areas, with huge population increases.

“I will continue to press on all relevant authorities the obvious need for investment in all of these areas, and I am hoping for a positive result from the announcement of the Sports Capital Programme funding over the coming weeks and months.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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