As Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources I can confirm the allocation of over half a million euro for a range of measures under the CLAR Programme in Galway. The funding of €514,223 has been allocated under the CLAR Programme and covers the first two measures of the Programme – safety at schools and play areas.
This funding of €514,223 is very significant and will fund important projects across Galway which will improve safety at schools and provide new recreational facilities for children.
The funding, which has been confirmed to me by my colleague at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Michael Ring TD will provide €226,700 for projects including the construction of footpaths and the upgrading or installation of parking and drop-off/collection areas at schools. The schools benefiting include Letterfrack National School, St. Kerrills and St. Oliver’s in Athenry and Scoil Naomh Padraig in Clonbur.
Under the second strand of funding Galway has been allocated €287,523 which will provide new playgrounds/play areas at Clonbur, Laurencetown, Abbeyknockmoy and Kilconly while funding will also enable the refurbishment of the playground at Ballygar.
Having closed for applications in 2010 the CLAR Programme was re-opened last year by Fine Gael and is providing targeted capital investment for rural areas at risk of depopulation. The designated areas in Galway include West Connemara alongside large areas of North and South Connemara excluding main urban areas such as Galway city.
This funding today brings to over €610,000 the funding invested in Galway under the CLAR Programme which is strengthening local communities by providing new facilities, supporting schools and community services and boosting local employment.