Three Offaly Projects To Benefit From 415,000 REDZ Grants

Thursday, 1 December 2016

THE County of Offaly has received €415,000 in funding from the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) scheme from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The money being granted will be distributed between three projects within the Birr Municipal District area, this will include Birr, Banagher and Kilcormac.

Offaly County Council Forward Planning and the Local Enterprise Office have been commended by both Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and Renua leader John Leahy for their active involvement in securing the investment.

Birr will receive €316,870 for a new Education Centre as part of the I-LOFAR Telescope project in Birr Castle and Banagher has been awarded €50,000 to facilitate the town's enhancement around the Marina.

Meanwhile Kilcormac is set to benefit from the scheme also, with €48,000 being secured in a bid to brand the town as the 'Gateway to Lough Boora.' Deputy Corcoran Kennedy stated 'Lough Boora Discovery Park is a wonderful tourism amenity, the attraction is becoming increasingly popular every tourism season and this funding support under REDZ will allow Kilcormac to share in its success.'

Renua leader John Leahy who has been actively involved with both Banagher and Kilcormac development groups, has welcomed the announcement. 'It's positive news, it's a substantial amount of money for Birr Municipal District and timely too for Banagher and Kilcormac who need to enhance their towns and promote businesses.'

The Offaly County Councillor has further stated 'we'd be hoping improvement works will begin in the first quarter of 2017 but first the groups have to link up and discuss the spending of the money, it's vital the funding is spent on revitalising the area showing Banagher and Kilcormac in the best light possible.'

The REDZ scheme was designed to create links between rural towns and their hinterlands while generating economic activity in rural towns across the country.

The Minister for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy further stated 'I am delighted with the significant allocation of funding to these worthy projects in the county. I would like to congratulate all the stakeholders involved particularly the Local Enterprise Office who were so helpful with the submission of the application.'

Minister Corcoran Kennedy believes the funding further enhances the government's commitment to promoting economic activity and enhancing living standards across County Offaly.


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