Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring has confirmed the inclusion of Boyle, Co. Roscommon as one of the six towns included in the Town and Village Pilot Residential Occupancy Scheme.
This is a new pilot initiative to encourage more people to live in rural town centres.
Senator Frank Feighan said: “Funding of €100,000 has been made available in order for Boyle (and the other selected areas) to prepare a plan with practical solutions to increase the number of people living in our rural towns.
“This pilot scheme will consider ways in which properties that are currently not in use can be renovated to allow them to be used for residential purposes. This is all about encouraging people to move back into town centres such as Boyle.
“This is one of the key objectives of the Boyle 2040 Plan which was launched recently. This pilot scheme will have a two-fold effect: it will help rejuvenate the town centre while also contributing to the housing needs of people”.
Senator Maura Hopkins said: “This Pilot scheme will encourage these six rural 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 into them. The lessons learnt through this pilot initiative will inform our approach to supporting and investing in rural towns and villages”.