Minister Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath has announced that €5.9 million of government investment has been earmarked for Ballymahon.
The project, which will transform the appearance of the town centre, will renovate and extend the Old Convent in the centre of the town and bring local buildings back into community use. It will also see the Library be developed as a youth hub.
“I want to welcome this significant funding from my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys, who understands the importance of investing in our rural towns. Longford County Council have put huge work into this proposal and the community have all worked together in order to achieve a common goal – to address the social, economic and physical needs of Ballymahon which has grown significantly in recent years and needs further investment from government to keep apace with the growth.
“As Minister for Planning, it is a goal of mine to see derelict buildings within towns be brought back into use, and the key historic buildings which are central to our communities developed and used by current generations, as they have done in the past. This will bring more footfall into our town centres and benefit our business community also. I look forward to work beginning in Ballymahon and to see the benefits this investment will bring to South Longford and the region. I am glad to see Fine Gael in government continue to prioritise and invest in our rural towns, and I will be working to ensure this investment is maintained as we exit from the pandemic”.