Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes funding for the Naul and Oldtown under national renewal scheme

25th February, 2022

Minister Joe O’Brien, TD has welcomed almost €18.5 million in funding from his Department to benefit rural towns and villages the length and breadth of the country.

The funding is being provided under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme as part of Our Rural Future and places a strong emphasis on projects which tackle vacancy and dereliction by bringing landmark town centre buildings back to life.

Speaking today, Minister O’Brien said:

“I am delighted to announce funding from my Department under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.  Naul will benefit from €23,436 in funding and Oldtown will get €22,500. Both of these towns in rural Fingal are receiving this funding to enable them develop a Village Health Check which is a collaborative project, which will empower the local community to assess the development needs and potential of the area. This process will identify specific projects and determine related investment levels.

“The funding announced today will support a variety of projects from improving the public realm to job creation initiatives such as the development of enterprise hubs and remote working facilities. These projects have been identified by local community groups and businesses, in conjunction with their Local Authorities.

“Many of the  successful projects around the country receiving funding today will see vacant and derelict town centre building such as old banks, garda stations and convents transformed into community, cultural and arts spaces. 

“There is also a strong focus on remote working projects in this round of funding and I am pleased to see that a number of counties have set out ambitious marketing plans aimed at attracting remote workers to relocate.

A further announcement in respect of successful projects under the new Project Development Measure of the Town & Village Renewal Scheme will also be made shortly. This new measure will support the development of a pipeline of shovel ready projects for delivery in our towns and villages.