Minister Joe O’Brien, minister of state for community development and charities, announces funding for Skerries

10th December, 2020

Skerries Farmers market and other town attractions 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, 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 €39,580 has been approved for Skerries to purchase gazebos to develop the farmers market, to purchase stage equipment and develop a community garden.

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 town plays in our community. It is where we live, work, shop and socialise. 

“The impact of COVID-19 has brought changes to all of our daily lives, but the work at the Farmers Market, the stage equipment and the community garden, will assist Skerries to adapt to those changes.  It is important that we make Skerries as welcoming as possible and that we provide the infrastructure to allow people to engage with local traders and services, and with each other, in a safe manner at this time.”

“The funding allocated to Skerries will mean gazebos at the farmers market, dedicated areas for outdoor concerts and festivals and a community garden are delivered quickly and will encourage people to visit Skerries and give them the confidence that they can spend their time safely here.” 

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

“Fingal County Council, together with our local community in Skerries, have brought forward a number of wonderful projects which will further cement Skerries as a destination town for visitors and residents alike. The project will assist businesses, artists 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 town in the short-term.”