€200,000 funding approved for Community hall in Killeshandra.

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D., today (Friday 27th) informed TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, that he has given sanction for Cavan-Monaghan Leader to approve funding of €200,000.00, to Killeshandra Community Council Ltd. This funding is for the redevelopment of the community hall at Killeshandra, Co Cavan, under the Basic Services for the economy and rural population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said, “This project will be of immense benefit to Killeshandra, with it’s total project costs of €327,970.13. The hall is currently in a very run-down and unsafe condition and is unusable in its current state. The project consists of a complete and major redevelopment of the existing community hall to restore it to an acceptable standard for use by the local community. The programme of work will include the removal of the existing asbestos roof and the building up of the side walls of the existing side rooms to incorporate a complete roof cover plan. The provision of the refurbished facility will encourage greater involvement by local groups in their community. I know it will improve the quality of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the areas inhabitants.”

The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.

The Minister added “the project will now go back to the Board of Cavan-Monaghan Leader for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development”.

Welcoming the announcement Deputy Joe O’Reilly stated that it was further testament to the Government’s commitment to advancing small, rural towns and communities. He also congratulated the voluntary community and leadership in Killeshandra who made a strong case and who were doing great work. In particular, he paid tribute to the strong representation given to Killeshandra by his colleague, Councillor Maura Maguire Lynch.

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