30 July 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister Heather Humphreys has signalled a major increase in funding for Co Monaghan under the new PEACE Plus programme, the Northern Standard can reveal. The Cavan/Monaghan TD and Minister for Social Protection and Rural and Community Development has confirmed to Monaghan Co Council in writing that an indicative allocation of €4,573,046 is to be provided to them from the PEACE source – representing an increase of 47.2%. PEACE Plus is replacing the previous PEACE IV Programme and is designed to back projects that support peace, prosperity and reconciliation in Border communities.

The funding will be provided to community groups that deliver projects on a cross-community basis. While the programme cannot be launched until agreement is in place with the UK Government, the news of increased funding for Monaghan will come as a major boost. It’s understood Minister Humphreys told Monaghan Co Council to begin engagement with local stakeholders to identity what projects and actions should be prioritised.

She also told the Council that there will be further PEACE Plus funding opportunities in the future under her Department of Rural and Community Development. In the correspondence, Minister Humphreys is understood to have stated that local authorities like Monaghan now have a great opportunity to develop plans that, through PEACE Plus, can benefit communities for years to come.

Minister Humphreys is known to be a major supporter of the PEACE Programme and lives herself just six miles from the Border in Aghabog. In total, over €1.145 billion is being committed under PEACE Plus – more than double the allocation provided under the previous programme. PEACE Plus will support projects in Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo and Louth.

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