Leitrim Secures CLÁR 2020 Funding For Rural Schools And Communities.

Leitrim County Council has been successful in securing funding totalling €267,907 for a total of 8 projects out of a total of 10 submitted for consideration under funding announced yesterday (2nd November) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD,  The funding announced by the Minister totalled over €4.1 million in funding to support 115 projects in rural communities nationally under Measure 1 and Measure 2 of the 2020 CLÁR programme.

This funding will support the provision of safety measures around schools and community facilities, as well as the development of community recreation areas.

The successful projects in Leitrim are as follows:

·  Leckaun National School Parking facilities, set down area and footpaths (€50,000.00)

·  Breffni Community Development Company CLG Develop a recreational facility at Breffni Cresent.(€42,238.00)

·  Mohill Community & Sports Hub Provision of access footpath and car parking works (€45,000.00)

·  St. Patrick's National School, Drumshanbo Upgrade of walk and installation of lighting (€45,000.00)

·  Keeldra Lake Amenity Renewal works at Keeldra Lake amenity and seating area (€16,200.00)

·  Newtowngore Development Association Provision of pedestrian crossing and speed limiting ramp (€19,800.00)

·  Glencar Manorhamilton Handball Club Restoration of Manorhamilton Handball Alley (€23,247.00)

·   Aughawillan National School Footpath, car parking & bus shelter (€26,422.00)

Speaking at the announcment, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to announce over €4 million in funding today under the 2020 CLÁR programme which will benefit 115 communities across the country.

“Since the CLÁR Programme was re-introduced in 2016, it has provided funding to over 1,400 projects under various measures.

“The projects announced today will help to improve safety around schools and community facilities in CLÁR areas and help people to socialise in a safe and socially-distanced manner. 

“The CLÁR programme supports rural areas that have suffered high levels of population decline.  It is particularly important at this time that we provide people living in those areas with the infrastructure that will help them to stay in touch with each other, within the parameters of the public health guidelines at any given time.”

“There was a high level of interest in the CLÁR programme once again this year and I am pleased to be able to approve funding for 115 projects around the country under Measures 1 and 2 of the programme. I know this funding will help to improve the quality of life for people in many rural communities.

Mary Bohan Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council welcomed the announcement of funding under the Clár 2020 scheme acknowledging “that this support from the scheme will be of great benefit to our local communities and schools especially as we all adapt to life alongside Covid -19.”

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