Minister, Joe O’Brien, minister of state for community development and charities, announces funding for four projects in Fingal

10th December, 2020

Swords Castle, Skerries Farmers Market, Malahide Demense and Bremore Castle to benefit from third round of the Rural Towns and Villages Accelerate Scheme

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Green Party T.D for Fingal and the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the third round (including large towns) of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19.

The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise.

In the latest allocation of funding €158,254 has been approved for four projects in Fingal. In Swords €39,586 has been allocated to develop the outdoor trading facilities at Swords Castle through the purchase and installation of 40 cabins. In Skerries, €39,580 has been allocated to purchase gazebos to develop the farmers market, to purchase stage equipment and develop a community garden. In Balbriggan €39,580 has been allocated to Bremore Castle for the purchase of 25 log cabins / artist craft units as well as benches and planters for the castle. In Malahide €39,580 has been allocated to purchase log cabins, planters and benches for Malahide Demense.

Speaking on the funding announcement, Minister O’Brien said; 

“I’m delighted with the third round of funding for projects under the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The challenges of recent months have highlighted the central role that our towns and villages play in the lives of people in Fingal.  They are where we live, work, shop and socialise. 

“The impact of COVID-19 has brought changes to all of our daily lives, but the projects in Swords, Skerries, Balbriggan and Malahide will assist these rural towns and villages to adapt to those changes.  It is important that we make our towns and villages all across Fingal as welcoming as possible and that we provide the infrastructure to allow people to engage with local shops and services, and with each other, in a safe manner at this time.”

“The €158, 254 in funding allocated to these projects will mean they are delivered quickly and will encourage people to visit Swords, Skerries, Balbriggan and Malahide, and give them the confidence that they can spend their time safely there.” 

Welcoming the funding, Green Party Councillor for Skerries and Balbriggan, Karen Power said”

“Fingal County Council, together with our local communities, have brought forward projects that will help meet the specific needs of people of Swords, Skerries, Balbriggan and Malahide. The four projects approved will assist businesses and communities to adapt to the specific challenges posed by COVID-19 (for example, social distancing) and to increase footfall and generate economic activity in the short-term.”

The €158,254 allocated to Fingal will help adapt outdoor spaces for social gatherings, dining or the hosting of outdoor events all of which will entice people back into Swords, Skerries, Balbriggan and Malahide.”

  

For further information contact: Karen Power Karen.power@oireachtas.ie