Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, visited Athleague recently to launch the Athleague 2020 Local Area Development Plan.
The Plan, which sets out a shared vision for the area, was compiled by local voluntary groups, led by an umbrella group, Athleague 2020. It sets out a number of goals for Athleague, focussing on four main aspects of development: physical infrastructure improvements; developing business opportunities; capitalising on the tourism potential of the area; and community engagement.
Minister Ring praised the plan and its ‘authors’. He stressed that the Government is committed to rural Ireland.
While there was no commitment given on the day on future funding support for the project, in a press statement issued later to the Roscommon People, Senator Hopkins said: “A significant amount of work has been completed on improving the streetscape in Athleague. This was made possible through funding of €100,000 last year, approved by Minister Ring under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme along with assistance from Roscommon County Council.
“These future plans will require further funding and I will continue to work closely with the community, Roscommon County Council and Minister Ring to help secure these projects”.
At the recent launch, held in Athleague Community Centre, Ann Conneally and Mike Hourigan gave a detailed presentation of the Athleague 2020 Local Area Development Plan, highlighting the great tourism potential of the area.
The plan also focuses on supporting farmers and maintaining the agricultural tradition that exists in the area.
Local politicians commended the plan and offered their full support.