More than €278,000 in funding has been awarded to three tourism and leisure projects in Cork East Constituency, say Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton. Projects were funded under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme which forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.
“I am very pleased that three large projects in Cork East Constituency are to receive funding under this scheme. These projects in Buttevant, Fermoy and Youghal will not only enhance the public amenities available to people living in the areas but will also add to the tourism offering of the individual places and greater east and north Cork area.
“In east Cork, Youghal lighthouse project will receive a total of €78,400 to allow for renovations to take place”, said Minister Stanton.
“Two leisure projects have been funded in the north Cork area. €100,000 has been allocated for the development of a Blueway in Fermoy and €100,000 has been approved for the development of a medieval heritage trail and river walk in Buttevant.
“The 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme was opened in April this year. Its aim is to rejuvenate towns and villages in rural areas and, in turn, stimulate economic growth by supporting enterprise and job creation. The main focus of the scheme is on projects which will stimulate economic growth but applications to develop or improve public amenities in towns are villages are also accepted.
“As administrators of the scheme Cork County Council has worked hard with communities, community groups and businesses to help identify projects eligible to apply under the Scheme. For successful projects funding of up to 80% of the cost of each approved project will be provided by the Department of Rural & Community Development with the balance being provided by either community groups or Cork County Council.