Three projects in Co. Galway have been included in today’s announcement of €412,000 in funding to support offshore islands.
Coiste Chomhlacht Forbartha on Inis Meáin will receive over €114,000 for a plug-in hybrid minibus, PV panels, and a plug-in charging point.
On Inis Óirr, Comhar Caomhán Teo will get €56,800 for the enhancement of existing public toilets facilities and associated litter/recycling infrastructure.
More than €43,000 has also been announced for Comharchumann Forbartha Árann, to purchase raised beds, signage, equipment, bins, picnic table, seating and CCTV.
The funding under the CLÁR Programme is designed to make the islands more attractive places to live and visit.
The funding for community groups is on top of the €1.62 million announced by Minister Heather Humphreys this week to support community first responders across the country.
“I am delighted to announce over €412,000 for 11 successful projects under the new ‘Our Islands’ measure, which comes under my Department’s CLÁR Programme,” said Minister Humphreys.
“Community and voluntary organisations play a critical role in providing vital services to our offshore communities – making them more attractive places to live and visit.
“These islands have seen significant levels of depopulation over the years and face challenges such as rural isolation and population decline.
“I was therefore delighted to tailor the CLÁR Programme so that specific supports could be channelled directly to our island communities.”