Fine Gael Longford Westmeath TD Peter Burke has welcomed confirmation of €237, 560 in funding for Longford under the CLÁR programme.


“My colleague Michael Ring, the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, today announced the allocation of €8.24 million in funding for 651 projects under CLÁR 2016. Under the scheme, Longford will get almost a quarter of a million in funding.


“CLÁR is an investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas in Longford and across the country, that have experienced significant depopulation. The programme has been effectively closed for new applications since 2009, but was reopened by Minister Ring on the 6th of October 2016.


Local projects include improved safety measures around schools in Ballymahon, Ballinalee, Moydow, Rathcline, Granard, Killoe, Killashee and a number of other locations. These measures include the erection of pedestrian and pelican crossings, children crossing signs, flashing lights and improved road safety markings. Road surfacing, improved drainage for roads, fencing and kerbing funding has also been allocated


“Over €14,000 has also been allocated for the Outdoor Play Facilities Enhancement Scheme. This is extra funding for facilities at playgrounds to upgrade current equipment or to make equipment more autism and disability friendly. Drumlish, Newtownforbes, Granad, Ballymahon, Aughnacliffe and Newtowncashel have all received funding under this scheme.


“The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of areas that have experienced significant depopulation, by attracting people to live and work there. In particular, this funding is focused on issues such as safety at schools and community centres and the development of amenities for young people in rural areas.  I am confident that the funding provided through CLÁR will support communities here in Longford as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available to them in their own communities.



“Fine Gael in Government is committed to ensuring that people living and working in rural Ireland feel the benefits as the economy continues to recover. I would like to commend Minister of State Michael Ring and Minister Heather Humphreys for the range of initiatives they have announced to date aimed at supporting rural communities.”