North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has highlighted his party’s ongoing commitment to rural and community development, with more than €17 million allocation to community groups across County Cork in 2018.
Cllr O’Shea welcomed the €17,494,323 million in funding across a range of community and volunteer led organisations last year, which he said underpinned Fine Gael’s commitment to rural enhancement. More than €2 million was allocated by the government in 2018 through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, and already in 2019 Banteer has received in excess of €1 million through this scheme.
Allocations to Cork organisations from the Department of Rural & Community Development in 2018 also included: more than €3 million through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme; more than €3 million through LEADER funding; more than €2 million through the Community Services Programme; €1.7 million through the Local Improvement Scheme; and more than €1 million each through both the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Community Enhancement Scheme.
“As well as these larger tranches of funding, in 2018 we saw significant allocations made to organisations such as Tidy Towns (€143,000), the Libraries Development Unit (€417,000), National Walks Scheme (€745,000) and Men’s Shed Fund (€44,000), among others, through the Department of Rural & Community Development,” Cllr. O’Shea said.
“Fine Gael in government, with strong representation at local authority level, which we have had in Cork County Council, has shown real commitment to develop rural communities around Ireland. The allocations from the Department of Rural & Community Development in 2018 demonstrate that, and we will see this level of funding allocations continue throughout 2019 and into the future,” he added.