Burke says the funding set to transform the town, with a new town park, community centre, library and education and training centre




Kinnegad is to be the beneficiary of €7.6 million in government funding in order to regenerate the derelict school and provide a new community centre, education and training centre, library and town park.


Minister Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath has announced that a government funding scheme designed to regenerate rural towns has earmarked €7,663,916 for Kinnegad, with Westmeath County Council contributing another €850,000.


“This funding will see a new community library and an education and training centre in the disused former national school in the large site within Kinnegad.  The money will also be used for a new town park, a community centre and a civic space.


“The community have long called out for such facilities, and we have seen how Kinnegad has grown in population over previous years, with the facilities struggling to keep apace with this growth.  Meetings were held in Kinnegad and widely attended over the last number of years, with residents outlining what they wanted for the town and how best we can all work to achieve this, in partnership with Westmeath County Council and Fine Gael Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys.  An action plan was drawn up and feasibility studies completed.


“I am delighted to announce the final result, which is a multi-million euro project which will transform Kinnegad, make it a better place to live, work and raise a family in.  It was also help to regenerate the middle of town, and promotes the reuse of the old derelict school building which will increase footfall and activity within the town centre.


“We must support our rural and regional towns, and I am looking forward to work getting underway in Kinnegad.  Westmeath County Council have done great work on the design of these plans, as well as local representatives, business owners and residents who all worked together to deliver this ambitious project.  I also want to thank my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys, who I met with to discuss this project on a number of occasions and who recognises the importance of investment into rural Ireland.


“As Minister for Planning, one of the key measures I want to support in every town is to bring derelict buildings within town centres back into use, rather than establishing new developments outside of town.  We must develop the heart of our towns where possible, and ensure that the benefit of government investment and schemes are felt by all within our communities.  This funding for Kinnegad will do just that, and I look forward to seeing the progress in the months ahead.”