Local public representatives have welcomed the recent announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, that funding of €780,000 will be allocated for seven projects in Co. Roscommon through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The funding includes €200,000 for the development of Boyle town centre; €100,000 for the development of a local economic and community action plan for Athleague; €100,000 for a town enhancement project in Ballaghaderreen; €100,000 for a skate park for Monksland; €100,000 for the improvement of Rooskey townscape; €100,000 for the improvement of recreational facilities at Roscommon Castle and €80,000 for the enhancement of Strokestown building frontage.
Minister Denis Naughten said: “These works will make a real difference to towns and villages and are part of our ongoing work as a Government to bring life back into our local towns”. The Minister went on to thank local communities and Roscommon County Council for their work in securing the investment.
Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said the funding was “a welcome boost for areas struggling with economic decline in recent years”. Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan described it as a “real boost” for towns and villages across Roscommon while fellow Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins said the funding would have a strong positive impact in rural communities.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Orla Leyden welcome the allocation of €100,000 to Roscommon town and said that a further €25,000 has been committed by the Roscommon Town Team, who are “proactively developing the potential of the town”.