A Fine Gael Senator for Limerick City, has welcomed the announcement of LEADER funding for the renovation and development of a new Community Centre in Castleconnell.
Senator Maria Byrne received confirmation from the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD.
Senator Byrne said “ACM Community Development Society will receive a grant aid of €116,725.16 towards the renovation and development of a new Community Centre in the village centre premises which was purchased for the expansion of current services.
“This funding will allow the ACM to deliver it’s highly regarded services and venue provision for locals and service providers. These include existing services in childcare through Breakfast and Afterschool’s Clubs and full day Crèche, office and meeting room rental, community secretarial services, heritage centre, foundation and promotion of a wide range of community based activities and organisations, e.g. Castleconnell Village Singers, Active Social Group”
“The works required to re-develop the building include water proofing roof & window areas. It will involve electrical re-wiring, toilet & plumbing improvements, , some interior wall adjustments of former dry wall additions, and the relevant fire standards being met. The fit out and decoration of the interior will bring the building into a usable state, while not interfering with the fundamental structure of the building”
“I am delighted for the community in Castleconnell. The building being proposed for re-development is currently derelict, and a negative image in the village centre. The building has traditionally held a special place in the heart of the community as a well-loved pub, hotel and social venue. It is also of important historical interest from the War of Independence”
Senator Byrne continued; “LEADER 2020 is a very important initiative for the rural Ireland and is a key part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. In total it will provide funding of €250 million to enterprises and community groups throughout rural Ireland. As our economy recovers it is essential that the Government puts in place measures to revitalise rural Ireland, so that the benefits are felt in every community in Limerick and across the country.
“This funding puts rural development back in the hands of local communities in Limerick and empowers them to address their own development needs.
“Investing in our rural economies and supporting communities across rural Ireland is a top priority for this Government. Fine Gael’s ambition, and my ambition as a Fine Gael Senator, is to build a strong economy and deliver a fair society, so that communities across Limerick can thrive.”
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