Galway County Council has been allocated €166,500 in funding for three road resurfacing projects on Inis Mór.
The funding announced on Thursday includes €90,000 for the resurfacing of Bóthar Cill Mhuirbhigh, Bothar lar Airne, and the ‘Low Road’.
In total these works will involve resurfacing 8,350sqm of roads on the island.
The funding for Galway County Council is part of a €1.1 million package announced by the Department of Rural and Community Development for islands off Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.
This will be used for capital works such as road resurfacing, repair works to piers and slipways, and works to combat coastal erosion.
The largest share of the pot is going to Mayo County Council, where €747,000 will be spent on eight projects on Clare Island, Inishturk, and Inis Bigil.
Announcing the funding, Minister Heather Humphreys said that it was part of a commitment towards investing in “critical infrastructure” in offshore communities.
“The funding will allow the relevant Local Authorities to undertake improvement works on the islands. These improvements will greatly benefit these communities, as well as those visiting these beautiful locations.”
“Our coastal islands are an integral part of the State’s heritage and hold a wealth of cultural tradition. Funding for these projects further demonstrate the Government’s commitment to supporting our island communities.”
The Minister added that a second round of funding will be announced shortly after the evaluation of projects currently being considered.