TidyTowns groups in Cavan & Monaghan to benefit from Public Area Enhancement Scheme

Fine Gael Cavan/Monaghan TD, Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the announcement of €70,000 in funding each to Cavan and Monaghan County Councils to support community groups, such as the TidyTowns, who work hard to enhance their local areas. The funding comes as part of a €3 million Public Area Enhancement Scheme announced by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.

“I welcome the announcement of €70,000 in funding for Cavan County Council to carry out local area enhancement work. Monaghan County Council is also to receive a separate allocation of €70,000. The funding can be put towards the cleaning-up of parks and recreational areas and towards safety measures for derelict buildings.

“This Public Area Enhancement Scheme is part funded by the Local Property Tax. Having recently called on the Minister to provide funding for the TidyTowns Network from the Local Property Tax, I am particularly pleased that he has specifically recommended that this funding be used to undertake local area enhancement work in cooperation with community based groups. This funding can be of huge benefit to local community groups involved in the TidyTowns competition, who do great work on all our behalf. Living in clean and tidy communities greatly improves our quality of life.

“The work of these groups is also crucial to the tourism potential of this County, as it ensures our towns and villages look their best for visitors. That is why I am particularly pleased to see this extra funding being granted to Cavan and Monaghan County Councils as we enter the busy Summer tourist season. We want tourists to leave with a really good impression of our County come away from our clean, well-maintained towns and villages, recommending these places to their friends and family as pleasurable places to visit.”

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website