Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes funding from his Department for Lusk among 19 rural regeneration projects

4th March, 2022

Minister of State for Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD, has welcomed over €850,000 in funding to support 19 rural regeneration projects across the country.

The investment, under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, aims to breathe new life into rural communities, support remote working, tackle vacancy and dereliction enhance town centre living.

This strand makes funding of up to €50,000 available to local authorities to assist them to contribute to a pipeline of significant, well-developed projects which will subsequently progress to construction stage with the help of more investment in the future.

The funding follows on from the announcement last week of almost €18.5 million under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which supported 99 projects across the country.

Welcoming the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

“I am delighted that Lusk is to benefit in the sum of €48,600 which will fund preliminary site investigation works and planning studies to facilitate the advancement of phase 2 of the cultural centre project in Lusk to planning and construction.   I visited this site of the new Lusk Cultural Centre at Katie Hunt’s Cottage last August and saw first-hand the enthusiasm of all involved in turning this project into a reality.

“The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is all about breathing new life into rural communities.

“This announcement is testament to my Department’s commitment to breathe new life into our towns and villages. It will assist in facilitating choices around remote working and tackle dereliction & urban decay.

“It’s about creating Public Plazas, Green Spaces and Community Parks in the centres of our towns and villages – building on the objectives set out in our Town Centre First strategy.

“But importantly, it’s also about taking old iconic buildings – the likes of old Garda stations, train stations, old factories, cinemas and convents – and giving them a new lease of life.”

Full details of the projects supported under the Town and Village Renewal Project Development Measures are available at