MACROOM and Kanturk are to be the focus of a rural regeneration scheme after Cork County Council successfully procured government funding of over €2.6million.
The Government’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) has been established to support rural renewal and build resilience in rural communities.
Today's announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring includes an allocation of €2million towards the Briery Gap redevelopment in Macroom.
This is in addition to Cork County Council’s commitment to invest over €2.7million in the project, and the recent allocation of €600,000 from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Funding of €619,500 was today announced by the Minister for the town of Kanturk in North Cork towards the delivery of infrastructural development works that will facilitate the future growth and development of the town.
The proposed new infrastructure aims to alleviate traffic congestion and facilitate new employment and economic development opportunities, and will build upon Cork County Council’s commitment to invest over €370,000 of its own resources in the project.
Speaking following today’s announcement, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’ Sullivan said:
"This is great news for County Cork.
"A huge amount of work has gone into bringing both projects to this stage and credit is due to everyone involved.
"The significant sums awarded to these projects are reflective of Cork County Council's investment in and commitment to the regeneration and development of our rural towns."
Commenting on both allocations, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey welcomed the news and commended the work of Council staff and local stakeholders in securing this funding from the government.
"The RRDF funding announced today contributes significantly to Cork County Council’s own investment in these areas and further strengthens our commitment to rural regeneration in County Cork."