Two organisations in Galway will receive funding for new vehicles under the CLÁR programme, Minister Heather Humphreys has announced.
Ability West in Mountbellew will receive €54,000 for a bus, and almost €43,000 will be given to East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support to purchase a vehicle.
Nearly €750,000 will be provided to 14 organisations in the State that provide free transport for cancer patients so that they can attend medical appointments.
The vehicles can be used to assist people who use wheelchairs and they will also be used to transport people to day care centres to give respite to family members who are caring for loved ones.
“This funding will ensure some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can access vital supports or attend medical appointments,” Minister Heather Humphreys said today.
“It also reflects a commitment in the Government’s rural development policy, ‘Our Rural Future’, to improve transport and accessibility in Rural Ireland.
“The organisations receiving this funding are voluntary and community-based. They provide their services free of charge and I want to commend them for the invaluable work they do.”