This scheme was launched on August 9th. Speaking at the launch of the Rural Town and Village Renewal scheme for 2016 in Clones, Co. Monaghan, Minister Humphreys said: “Rural development is a key priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government. Ireland’s towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but the economic downturn had a significant impact on many of these towns and villages. It is incumbent on us to help them achieve a recovery. I am launching the Town and Village Renewal Scheme today to begin breathing life back into our rural towns and villages. It is critical that towns and villages become areas where economic activity can flourish, where people can live and work, and where people can meet at a social level.”
Minister Humphreys continued: “An allocation of €10 million is being made available by the Government this year for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. I have more than doubled the allocation for the scheme in my Department’s Vote this year, from €4 million to €10 million, reflecting the Government’s commitment to the development of rural Ireland. Up to 200 towns and villages right across the country will benefit from the scheme this year.
Consultation and collaboration will be key elements of the scheme. It will be administered through the Local Authorities, who will be required to partner with local businesses and local communities to develop and implement ideas that can make a real and lasting impact in revitalising rural towns and villages.”