Pilot initiative will complement €1 billion Rural Regeneration Fund and other Government supports for rural towns and villages
Six rural towns have been invited to develop innovative proposals to encourage more people to live in rural town centres. The six towns which have been identified for the initial pilot are:
1. Boyle, Co Roscommon
2. Callan, Co Kilkenny
3. Ballinrobe, Co Mayo
4. Banagher, Co Offaly
5. Castleblayney, Co Monaghan
6. Cappoquin, Co Waterford
Each of these towns will receive funding of up to €100,000 to engage with their communities and local businesses, and arrive at practical solutions that can be delivered to achieve the objective of increasing the number of people living in our rural towns.
Announcing the initiative today (Thursday), the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., said:
“Today, I am inviting six rural towns to develop innovative approaches to encourage town centre living. This Pilot scheme will encourage these towns to come up with solutions to the challenges they face and to exploit the potential they have, all with a view to encouraging people to move back in to them. The lessons learnt through this pilot initiative will inform our approach to supporting and investing in rural towns and villages.