3 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Six outdoor amenity projects in Co Monaghan are to benefit from a €250,000 funding announcement under the CLÁR programme. Cavan/Monaghan TD Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, made the announcement on Monday, following a visit to one of the benefiting areas – Mullan Village – on Friday last. The Mullan Tidy Towns and Community Development body are to receive €50,000 for the development of a community play area within the village. €50,000 is also going to Drumhowan Community Centre for the development of an outdoor recreation area and sensory garden. Clones Town FC gets €48,539.56 to provide a turning space, lighting and parking measures at the car-park of their facility. Aughnamullen Community Centre receives €50,000 for the upgrade of its car-park and the provision of additional footpaths, planters and LED lighting. €30,217.50 has been allocated to St Enda’s National School in Scotshouse for the provision of safe car-parking. €19,919.70 towards the construction of a new car-park and the installation of drop zones is going to Mullyash Day Care Centre.

Nationally 104 projects are being supported in rural communities under Measures 1 and 2 of the 2021 CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd- Riachtanais) programme to the tune of over €4.2 million. Minister Humphreys said she would make further CLÁR funding announcements in the coming weeks. Referring to the Co Monaghan allocations, the Minister stated: “These projects will make a huge difference to their communities and I want to thank all of the committees and volunteers for working closely with Monaghan Co Council to secure this funding. “The CLÁR programme 2021 puts our young people at the fore. If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that our young people are our shining lights. In investing in our schools, playgrounds, outdoor amenities and other projects, we are demonstrating the value and appreciation we have for the leaders of the future.

“Investing in them is an investment in our future – that’s what this announcement is all about. This particular announcement, under my Department’s CLÁR programme, is a perfect example of why the Government’s Our Rural Future strategy will be a gamechanger for rural Ireland.” Noting that the population of the village of Mullan had been reduced to just one person during the period of the Troubles, the Minister added: “The likes of Mullan are a prime example of small…

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