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  •  The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced funding of €1.26 million for deprived and marginalised communities in Co Mayo, through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

    This is part of a national allocation of €190 million through SICAP over five years to support the most disadvantaged individuals and communities in society.

    The programme supports unemployed people, people living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single-parent families, people on low income and other disadvantagedgroups.

    The programe is overseen at a community level by the Local Community Developent Committees.

  • €1.7m in funding has been allocated for an extension at St Tiernan’s College in Crossmolina.

    The funding will be used to construct 5 classrooms at the school.

    The classrooms will replace a number of prefab buildings that are in the school at present.

    The funding has been welcomed by local Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus says the school is 60 years old and this building work will make a huge difference to the 235 students and 22 teachers in the school.

  • €1.4 million euro in funding has been allocated to transport people in rural Ireland to hospital appointments and other medical services, with over €220,000 allocated for six voluntary groups in Co Mayo.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring approved the funding, which will go to voluntary organisations under the CLÁR programme to assist them in buying vehicles to transport people with mobility issues and to bring cancer patients to their medical appointments.

    Three separate allocations have been announced for the Western Care Association to provide transport in a number of areas of Co Mayo, with funding also for the Irish Wheelchair Association and Foxford & District Alzheimers Trust.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News that the funding will provide vehicles to enable people living in rural areas to travel to medical care or respite centres free of charge.

  • 53 Mayo groups will receive a total of €15,090 to fund physical activity for older people
    1,028 grants totalling almost €300,000 allocated to groups nationwide under 2018 programme.

    The ‘Go for Life’ National Grant Scheme this week celebrated a momentous allocation of funding for sporting activities in older age-groups.
    The grants scheme, a combined initiative from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland, will distribute almost €15,090 across 53 groups in Mayo. Nationwide over 1,000 groups will receive grants totalling almost €300,000.
    Today’s allocation brings the total grants allocated over the last 18 years to over 14,000 and the total fund allocated to date is €5.7 million.

    Of the successful funding allocations, 205 grants were awarded to Active Retirement Associations, 268 grants were awarded to Irish Countrywomen’s Associations and 23 applications were made by Local Sports Partnerships.

    The successful Mayo groups are:
    Castlebar Social Services, Ballindine/Irishtown ARA, Foxford ARA, Hi-noon club (Tithe Cois Tra), Ballina ARA, Lacken Carer's Support Group, Lacken Community Care, Ballyhaunis Social Housing, Ballinrobe Womens Group, Westport ARA, St. Colman’s Care Centre, Curam Family Centre, Thursday Club Kilmovee Active Age Group, Meelick ICA, Ballina ICA, Mulranny ARA, Castlebar ICA, Arthritis Ireland Mayo Branch, Charlestown Widows Group, Balla ARA, Erris Women's Group, Mulranny ICA, Cairdeas Family Resource Centre, Kilmaine ARA, Charlestown ARA, Shrule Active Over 55s, Cara Iorrais, Moy ICA, Behy ICA, Westport ICA, Ballintubber Over 55's Club, Mayo Sports Partnership, Ballyhaunis ARA, Clogher ARA, Moy Valley Over 55's Club, Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna Teo, Ballyheane "55" Club ARA, Fr Peyton Memorial Centre (Day Care), Ballina Carer’s Group, Westport Ladies Social Group, Clar IRD, Swinford Cruisers, Irish Wheelchair Association Castlebar, Young at Heart Parke Castlebar ARA, Knockmore/Rathduff Women's Group, Bonniconlon ICA, Friends of TACU (FRC), Islandeady Cycling Group, Lecanvey Community Centre, Castlebar Men's Shed, Swinford Go Getters, Westport Careers Group, Kilkelly ICA.

  • Efforts are underway to ensure the development of small ports in remote areas of the Irish islands.

    Amendments have been passed by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to give coastal communities special protection.

    It would also equip fishing boats to improve the health and safety of crew members.

    Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada says there'll be other benefits if funding goes ahead

  • Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the government of having no ambition for indigenous enterprise in County Mayo. 

    The Ballina TD’s comments comes on foot of two recent government announcements – one for regional enterprise development funds totalling €29 million and another for the Government Disruptive Technology Fund totalling €75 million – in which Mayo applicants were overlooked.

    Deputy Calleary say that despite being home to many excellent local and multinational companies, we are falling way behind in terms of investment. 

     He says only 23 out of a total of 3,289 IDA Ireland client visits undertaken between 2011 and 2017 were to Co. Mayo and we have not attracted a new IDA Ireland supported company in a number of years.

  • Funding in excess of €100,000 has been approved for 24 organisations in Mayo under the Community Services Programme Support Fund.

    The funding is being provided on a once off basis in 2019 pending the review of the programme.

    The CSP supports community-based organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model, providing a contribution towards the cost of staff in CSP organisations. It typically supports organisations to meet local service gaps and provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.

    The CSP Support Fund will enable community organisations which are participants in the Community Services Programme to pay their staff the newly increased minimum wage which rose to €9.80 per hour from this month.

    Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News about the organisations to benefit.

    Name of Organisation  
    Ballina Community Sports Centre
    €5,500.00
    Ballina Heritage & Costume
    €5,500.00
    Ballintubber Abbey Trust
    €4,400.00
    Ballycastle Community Hall
    €2,200.00
    Ballyheane Community Sports Club
    €2,200.00
    Brickens Logboy Tulrahan Housing Association
    €5,500.00
    Clár Regional Centre, Claremorris
    €4,400.00
    Claremorris Community Radio
    €2,200.00
    Comharchumann Forbartha Chill tSeadna Teoranta, Bangor Erris
    €5,500.00
    Comhlacht Forbartha Aitiul Acla, Achill
    €3,300.00
    Community Radio Castlebar F.M.
    €3,300.00
    Crossmolina Community Council
    €3,850.00
    Custom House Studios, Westport
    €2,200.00
    Dolmen Rainbows Cleaners, Ballina
    €6,600.00
    Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre
    €5,500.00
    Ionad Ealaiona Iorras, Erris
    €4,400.00
    Killala Community Council (Newstart)
    €5,500.00
    Kilmovee Community Housing
    €3,300.00
    Lacken Sports And Recreation Association
    €1,650.00
    Mayo Celtic Holidays, Kiltimagh
    €2,200.00
    Mayo North Family Heritage Centre, Ballina
    €6,050.00
    Moy Innovations, Ballina
    €6,050.00
    SDCC, Ballina
    €2,200.00
    Seirbihisi Curam Chill Chomain, Kilcummin
    €6,600.00
    Total
    €100,100

    Meanwhile additional funding of €64,350 will be made available for new social enterprises in County Roscommon.

     The latest beneficiaries are:

    • Arigna Mining Experience Company - €8,800
    • Ballinagare Health & Leisure Centre Company -  €4,400
    • Cait Roscomain Company  - €3,300
    • Croghan Organic Excel Company  - €5,500
    • Crossna Community Co-operative Society Limited - €4,400
    • Elphin Community Centre Company  - €2,200
    • Kilbride Community Centre Company  €4,400
    • Roscommon Integrated Development Company Limited - €4,400
    • Sesame Building Services Company - €12,650
    • The Melting Pot Community Society Limited - €3,300
    • Triest Press Co. Ltd Roscommon - €2,200
    • Tulsk Action Group Company - €4,400#
    • Una Bhan Tourism Co-Op Society - €4,400

    This allocation has been welcomed by Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan.

  • Funding of over €3.3 million has been allocated for 34 community organisations across Co Mayo.

    The funding has been announced by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring under his Department's Community Services Programme for 2019, and will assist these organisations in meeting staff costs.

    ORGANISATION

    ALLOCATION

    An Sportlann, Ballinrobe

    €70,066

    Ballina Community Sports Centre Company 

    €142,182

    Ballina Heritage & Costume Company 

    €132,665

    Ballintubber Abbey Trust Designated Activity Company

    €112,532

    Ballycastle Community Hall Company 

    €40,266

    Ballyheane Community Sports Club Company 

    €40,266

    Brickens Logboy Tulrahan Housing Association Company 

    €132,665

    Castlebar Social Services Company 

    €89,099

    Claremorris Irish Centre for Housing Company 

    €127,165

    Clár Regional Centre Company, Claremorris 

    €112,532

    Claremorris Community Radio Company 

    €72,266

    Claremorris Social & Family Centre Company 

    €38,066

    Comharchumann Forbartha Chill tSeadna Teoranta, Bangor Erris

    €132,665

    Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiuíl Acla, Achill

    €92,399

    Community Radio Castlebar

    €92,399

    Cong Community Centre

    €19,033

    Crossmolina Community Council

    €102,466

    Custom House Studios, Westport

    €91,299

    Dolmen Clubhouse, Ballina 

    €89,099

    Dolmen Rainbows, Ballina

    €152,798

    Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

    €132,665

    Ionad Ealaiona Iorras Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Belmullet

    €112,532

    Killala Community Council (Newstart) 

    €132,665

    Kilmovee Community Housing

    €92,399

    Knockmore/Rathduff Economic and Social Development Company

    €127,165

    Lacken Sports And Recreation Association

    €30,199

    Mayo Celtic Holidays Limited, Kiltimagh

    €40,266

    Mayo North Family Heritage Centre Company, Eniscoe 

    €142,731

    Moy Innovations Company, Ballina

    €142,731

    Moy Valley Community Services Company, Ballina 

    €89,099

    Sean Duffy Community Cenre, Ballina

    €40,266

    Seirbihisi Curam Chill Chomain Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Kilcummin

    €152,798

    The Father Patrick Peyton C.S.C. Memorial Company, Ballina

    €127,165

    Turasóireacht Acla Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Achill

    €108,132

    TOTAL

    €3,352,741

     

  • Funding of over €5.7 million has been confirmed for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The airport has been approved capital expenditure of over 4.7 million public policy remit-Capital funding of a little under one million euro.

    €4.7 million will go towards the runway overlay, €18,750 will go towards a snow vehicle and €18,750 for an airside maintenance vehicle.

    The PPR-Capital funding will be used for CCTV upgrade.

    €849,986 will be used to upgrade baggage screening and €90,000 for fire simulator and training ground upgrade.

    Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says this is a substantial boost to Ireland West Airport Knock and will help the airport to continue to develop as a top quality airport for the West and North West of the country.

    Minister Ring says 2011, Fine Gael led Governments have invested more than €23 million in Ireland West Airport Knock.

  • Funding totalling €12,000 has been allocated for 7 festivals taking place in Co Mayo this Summer.

    The Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has allocated funding for local cultural events - with grants ranging from €1,000 to €3,500.

    Funding has been allocated to the following events:  

    €3,500 - Seosamh MacGabhann Summer School, Kilmovee

    €2,500 - Ballina Fringe Festival & Mayo North Promotions Office

    €1,500 - Féile Iorras

    €1,500 - Kiltimagh Coillte Come Home Festival

    €1,000 - Ballyhaunis Summer Festival

    €1,000 - Mr Yeats' visit to Killala

    €1,000 - Erris Chamber / Children of Lír festival

     

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    The Irish Cattle Sheep Farmers Association wants to see farmers on difficult land getting more funding from the ANC scheme.

    It also says those who've been taken out of the initative should be given a chance to appeal the decision.

    It believes the overall scheme needs a significant injection of funding even though an extra 23 million euro has been announced.

    ICSA Rural Development Chairman Seamus Sherlock says farmers with less quality land should get funding.

     

     

  • A Mayo Senator is advising small local festivals, arts and cultural events in the region that they can seek funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

    Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin says the Department has opened its annual funding scheme for small local festivals and summer schools around Ireland, with a particular focus on arts, culture and film events.

    The closing date for applications is Friday April 19th.

    It’s only relevant to small local events, as the total fund for the scheme is only €75,000 and individual grants are for only relatively small amounts between €1,000 - €5,000.

  • Minister Michael Ring has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €22m for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019.

    The allocation for improvement of roads in Mayo is €21,058,639, while the allocation for maintenance of roads is €1,296,569.

    Included in the allocation is €10m for the Westport to Turlough road.

    Minister Ring says this project is going out for tender in January and all going well a contractor should be onsite by September or October of 2019.

    This is just one of a large number of projects to be funded under today’s allocation.

     

     

    TII 2019 National Road Allocations
    Total of All Allocations: €22,355,208
    Mayo County Council
    Improvement
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    5
    N05MO_088 Swinford
    4,812
    17
    N18MO_041 Knock
    13,740
    17
    N17MO_068 N17 R320 Junction Claremorris
    300,000
    Total National - HD 15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €318,552
    Major Scheme  - Nat
    5
    Charlestown By-Pass
    200,000
    5
    Westport to Turlough
    10,000,000
    Total National Primary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €10,200,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    26
    N26 Clongullane Bridge
    700,000
    Total National Primary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €700,000
    Pavement - Nat
    HD28 NP Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    160,000
    5
    N5 Ballyvarry Ph1 incl N58
    480,000
    5
    N5 Castlebar Distributor Road Section 2 (East)
    250,000
    17
    N17 Kilkelly North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Foxford North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Swinford to the N5
    500,000
    Total National Primary - Pavement - Nat:
    €2,390,000
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59MO_084 Bellacorrick
    7,300
    60
    N560MO_056 Bekan Rail Overbridge
    8,286
    60
    N60MO_079 Claremorris Road, Balla
    38,892
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Traffic & Transportation Study
    19,883
    Total National Secondary - HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €74,361
    Major Scheme - Nat
    59
    Westport to Mulranny
    950,000
    Total National Secondary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €950,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59 Kilmeena LVNS
    600,000
    59
    N59 Newport to Derrada Realignment
    370,000
    59
    Rossow Bends
    160,000
    60
    N60 Heathlawn
    650,000
    60
    N60 Lagnamuck
    850,000
    60
    N60 Manulla Cross
    100,000
    Total National Secondary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €2,730,000
    Pavement  - Nat
    HD28 NS Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    170,000
    59
    N59 Ballina Bunree Bridge / Junction Pavement Strengthening
    265,000
    59
    N59 Ballycroy South
    300,000
    59
    N59 Ballyveeney to Castlehill
    500,000
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Town North
    400,000
    84
    N84 Sandymount to R317
    200,000
    Total National Secondary - Pavement - Nat:
    €1,835,000
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    Fencing Retrofit - Mayo
    100,000
    Total Both NP & NS - HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €100,000
    LA Eng Support - B.1.1.- Nat
    Local Authority Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    330,282
    PO Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    1,380,444
    Total Both NP & NS - LA Eng  Support - B.1.1. - Nat:
     €        1,710,726
    Route Lighting Improvement - Nat
    NW Bypasses Energy Saving Public Lighting Consultancy
    50,000
    Total Both NP&NS - Route Lighting Improvement - Nat:
    €50,000
    Total Improvement Allocations:
    €21,058,639
    Maintenance
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NP Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    253,415
    NP Route Lighting 2019 MO
    88,878
    NP Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    200,000
    Total National Primary - Maintenance:
    €542,293
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NS Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    323,498
    NS Route Lighting 2019 MO
    111,578
    NS Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    230,000
    Total National Secondary - Maintenance:
    €665,076
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    LA Eng - Support - B.1.2. - Nat
    Local Authority Support (Maintenance) 2019 MO
    79,200
    Local Authority Support (Winter Maintenance) 2019 MO
    10,000
    Total Both NP & NS  - LA Eng Support - B.1.2. - Nat:
    €89,200
    Total Maintenance Allocations:
    €1,296,569

     

    Meanwhile local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €14.3m investment by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in the national road network throughout County Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten says this investment includes €4m for the new section of road at the Hill of Oran, resurfacing of Athleague Village and the Town of Castlerea and the upgrading of sections of the Boyle to Athlone road”.

    Funding of €3m has also been set aside to complete the planning and design for the new N5 road between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue which will not only improve access to the West but allow for the future development of Strokestown, Tulsk, Bellanagare & Frenchpark”.

     

  • Over €133,000 in LEADER funding has been allocated for Mayo community projects today.

    The funding will support six community initiatives in Mayo.

    €45,440 has been granted to Louisa Stoney, Rosturk, Mulranny to upgrade self-catering accommodation to meet the needs of older guest.

    €31,705 has been allocated to Niall Russell, Irishtown, Claremorris to develop a new craft workshohp at the promoter’s business base in Irishtown.

    €30,000 has been granted to Atlantic Photonic Solutions Ltd, Pontoon Road, Castlebar to fund the development of a prototype handheld laser device that can be tested in lab and field conditions for the treatment of sea-lice in salmon, while the company has also been allocated €8,060 for a feasibility study to determine if a device can be designed to treat sea-lice using a particular wavelength of light that would not be harmful to fish.

    €11,886 funding will go to Ballina Tidy Towns Company to install a lighting system to light up the archway at the entrance to Belleek Castle.

    And €6,254 has been granted to the Westport Beekeepers Association for the purchase of equipment to support the group’s current activities at their training centre in Knappagh