Local projects across Roscommon and Galway are to benefit from €25 million in funding to make homes and businesses more energy efficient under the SEAI Community Grants Scheme.
The announcement was welcomed by local public representatives including Independent TD Denis Naughten and Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins this week.
Deputy Naughten said: “A total of 18 local families will have their fuel-poor homes upgraded through improved insulation, heating, lighting, window and floor upgrades which will reduce energy bills and make these homes more comfortable and healthier.
“Not only does this investment reduce electricity and oil bills but it makes local businesses more viable, helps community groups keep their doors open and ensures the homes of families in fuel poverty are more comfortable and healthier to live in. There are also significant supports available for individuals”.
The community and public buildings in County Roscommon to be upgraded include: Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle; Athleague Community Centre; Athleague National School; and Boyle GAA Club. Harmac Medical, Castlerea, will have their premises upgraded under the programme.
Senator Maura Hopkins also welcomed the news: “This funding which is being made available by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton will have a huge impact on the ground for communities locally.
“This funding under the climate action plan will support innovative community groups who are leading these projects. I continue to work closely with Minister Bruton to ensure that we deliver increased funding for retrofitting initiatives for homes and businesses across Roscommon and Galway,” she concluded.