Minister Michael Ring

  • Minister Michael Ring is confident that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will sit down and work out the continuation of the Confidence and supply agreement for the sake of Ireland.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development believes that no one wants a general election at this very critical time in the Brexit negotiations. He has complimented Fianna Fail for its cooperation with government over the past three years.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement between the present government and Fianna Fail has kept the government in office since 2016.

    Minister Ring also insists thatthe restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget.

    He says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored. It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

  • Funding of €2.3 million euro has been announced for seven projects in Co Mayo under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that three of the projects are solely within the county - this includes €825,000 to support the regeneration of Ballinrobe town, including upgrading the library and grounds and the Bowers Walk area and developing Market House; while €75,000 has been allocated towards developing plans for a national cycle network in Mayo from Leenaun in Co Galway to the Sligo county boundary; and €56,000 has been announced for developing the Lost Treasures Trail linking Westport and Cong and highlighting heritage assets along the way.

    The other four projects cover a number of counties including Mayo.

    They include €3.9 million for a major upgrade of 6 National Parks including Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, along with funding to develop the Dark Sky Planetarium project in the national park,

    almost €1 million has been allocated to develop an existing Geopark in the Joyce Country and Western Lakes area of Galway and Mayo,

    and €644,000 has been alocated for the Western Development Commission to establish digital working hubs in Swinford, Tubbercurry, Tulsk and Stranorlar in Co Donegal.

    This is part of a €62 million euro package of Government funding for 66 projects in rural communities across the country, to create jobs, rejuvenate communities and transform local economies. 

  • A total of €216,000 has been allocated this morning for 11 recreational amenity projects across Co Mayo.

    The funding is being provided under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure scheme, which provides grants of up to €20,000 for outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails.

    Five of the Mayo projects allocated funding are under the banner of South West Mayo Development Company, while Mayo North East had applied for funding for the other 6 successful projects.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards improving local walks, trails and greenways.

     

  • Half a million euro is being allocated for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the Clew Bay Trail.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced the funding as part of a national allocation of over €8 million for 18 projects nationally under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

    The Clew Bay Trail is a 19 km walking and cycling trail along the southern edge of Clew Bay between Belclare and Louisburg, which forms part of the Great Western Greenway.

    This morning, Minister Ring said he's delighted to announce €500,000 for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the trail, following on from an allocation of almost €1 million euro last year....

  • €60,000 in European funding has been allocated to Mayo County Council, to provide free public WiFi hotspots in locations across the county.

    Mayo Co Co secured the funding under the WiFi4 EU (wiFi for you) initiative, and Minister Michael Ring says his department has offered to match that funding.

    The initiative will bring free WiFi hotspots to a number of public spaces in Mayo, such as town squares, parks, hospitals and libraries, where there is no other free WiFi service available, and the locations will be decided by Mayo County Council.

  • Funding of €800,000 has been announced for four walking and cycling trails in Co Mayo.

    The funding was announced at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar this morning by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring, under his Department's Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

    Minister Ring announced a total allocation of almost €11 million for 78 projects across the country.

    In Mayo, four projects will each receive €200,000 - The Great Western Greenway, for major essential trail works at Kilmeena and Turlough,

    The Achill Island Greenway, for bridge crossing and approach works at Achill Sound,

    The Bangor Trail and Erris Access Bridge - to upgrade and plan suspension footbridge, and €200,000 also to construct a new riverside trail from the Bowers, Ballinrobe to Lough Mask on The Way- A Spiritual Journey.

    Minister Ring says the investment will provide the people of Mayo, and those who visit the county, with a wonderful way to experience our outdoor areas.

     

  • There’s good news this morning for Glencastle National School, Bunnahowen as the Minister for Education has allocated 1.2 million euro to build a special needs unit at the Gaeltacht primary school.

    Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that the unding has been approved to build an extension at the school for an SNA unit.

  • 132 small scale local community initiatives in Mayo have been supported under the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme.

    The news was confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring.

    The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted at enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities.

    Last year Minister Ring allocated €403,732 to Mayo LCDC to support small scale local initiatives. The Minister has today announced the identity of the projects supported under the 2018 CEP funding.

    The full list of 132 Mayo based projects supported can be found on https://drcd.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/CEP-Jan-2019-Project-approvals.pdf

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today approved a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries in Mayo.

    The following libraries will receive investments in technology under this initiative.

    Library branch

    Amount

    Achill                                                    

    €12,000

    Ballina

    €75,500

    Ballinrobe                                          

    €13,000

    Ballyhaunis                                        

    €11,500

    Belmullet                                            

    €12,000

    Charlestown                                     

    €11,000

    Claremorris                                        

    €11,500

    Foxford                                                       

          €11,000

    Kiltimagh                                            

    €12,000

    Louisburgh                                         

    €12,000

    Swinford                                             

    €13,500

    Westport                                            

    €14,000

    Castlebar                                            

    €60,500

    Crossmolina                                      

    €11,000

    Total                                                     

    €280,500

     

    This is part of an almost €8 million investment in libraries comprises of approximately €6 million from Minister Ring’s department and a further €2 million contribution from local authorities.

    Minister Ring has been telling Midwest Radio that this funding will transform our public library service in Mayo, with 14 libraries benefitting.

  • 18 Mayo schools have been approved for significant improvements under 2019 Summer Works Scheme.

    This news has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Twelve Primary Schools and six post primary schools will benefit from this round of funding.

    The schools included are Ballindine National School and Cloonlyon National Scholl for structural improvements.

    Scoil Naomh Colm Cille, Westport, Scoil Naisiunta Coill mór Westport and Cormaic Nfa, Garranarad, Ballina for upgrade to windows.

    Scoil Naisiunta Sheamais, Barnacogue and Scoil Naisiunta Balla Aluinn, Balla have both been included for structural improvements.

    Elsewhere, upgrading of windows has been approved for Scoil Naisiunta Gort Sceiche, Hollymount, Ballyvary Central N.S, Barnacarroll N.S, Kiltimagh N.S and St. Joseph’s N.S Ballinrobe.

    Upgrading of windows has also been granted for Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford, Colaiste Mhuire, Tuar Mhic Eadaigh, and Ballinrobe Community School.

    Sancta Maria College Louisburgh and St. Patrick’s College Lacken Cross have both received funding for Curricular requirements.

    Moyne College Ballina have also been granted funding for structural improvements.

    Minister Ring says the work will be carried out in schools mainly over the summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other staff will be kept to a minimum.

  • The 2019 Clár programme opens for applications today for infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered population decline.

    Over the last two years, almost €2 million has been allocated for 54 community projects across Co Mayo under the Clár programme, and Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring is encouraging local communities to work with Mayo County Council on applications for this year's funding.

    As well as funding for school safety measures, playgrounds and multi-use games areas, applications can also be made this year, for the first time, for developing sensory gardens for people with certain disabilities.

  • €320,000 in grant aid has been announced today for School and Community Safety supports in Mayo under the CLÁR programme


    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring , has announced details of €324,166 to be awarded to 9 projects for safety measures for schools and communities in Mayo under the 2018  programme which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    The following projects in Mayo will be supported:

    School/Community Group

    Location

    Project Description

    Amount

     

     

     

     

    St. Brendan's College

    Bellmullet

    Carpark resurfacing and lights

    €50,000

    Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa

    Louisburgh

    To facilitate set down area temporary parking area on school grounds; Extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school

    €50,000

    Attymass National School

    Attymass

    Construct & upgrade footpaths, carparking facilities and public lighting

    €50,000

    St. Peter & Paul National School

    Straide

    Upgrade of parking and set-down area, and pedestrian access and safety at Straide National School

    €29,700

    St. Joseph's National School

    Ballinrobe

    Traffic Calming Measures

    €30,000

    Glencorrib Kilroe Community Centre Ltd

    Shrule

    Upgrade of existing street lighting

    €30,000

    Ballyhaunis Community Preschool

    Ballyhaunis

    Resurface approach road and carpark

    €23,850

    Newport National School

    Newport

    Create 10 new parking spaces, reconfigure busbays, upgrade road and line markings

    €31,000

    Mount Palmer National School

    Kincon, Ballina

    Resurface carpark and new road markings, provision of child safety signs

    €29,616

  • Minister Michael Ring announced a €1.4 million national grant scheme earlier this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.

    The scheme allows each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €3000 to support the work they do. 38 Mayo towns and villages are eligible to receive a total of €51,000.

     Under the scheme, villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that details on how to avail of the Fund will be announced shortly.

    Eligible towns and villages in Mayo and amount they are eligible to receive:

     

    Town

    Grant

    Achill

    €1,000.00

    An Geata Mor (Binghamstown)

    €1,000.00

    Attavally Luffertaun

    €1,000.00

    Aughagower

    €1,000.00

    Ballycroy

    €1,000.00

    Ballyheane

    €1,000.00

    Ballyvary

    €1,000.00

    Bonniconlon

    €1,000.00

    Clare Island

    €1,000.00

    Clogher

    €1,000.00

    Cong

    €1,000.00

    Kilkeeran

    €1,000.00

    Kilmaine

    €1,000.00

    Lecanvey

    €1,000.00

    Balla

    €1,000.00

    Ballindine

    €1,000.00

    Ballycastle

    €1,000.00

    Belcarra

    €1,000.00

    Carracastle

    €1,000.00

    Killala

    €1,000.00

    Knock

    €1,000.00

    Louisburgh

    €1,000.00

    Mulranny

    €1,000.00

    Murrisk

    €1,000.00

    Newport

    €1,000.00

    Shrule

    €1,000.00

    Tonragee

    €1,000.00

    Turlough

    €1,000.00

    Ballyhaunis

    €2,000.00

    Beal an Mhuirthead

    €2,000.00

    Crossmolina

    €2,000.00

    Kiltimagh

    €2,000.00

    Swinford

    €2,000.00

    Ballinrobe

    €2,000.00

    Claremorris

    €2,000.00

    Westport

    €3,000.00

    Ballina

    €3,000.00

    Castlebar

    €3,000.00

     

     

    Total

    €51,000

     

     

  • €50,000  euro has been sanctioned for  Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, (Louisburgh National School) Louisburgh under the  Clár Programme, Safety Measures. 
    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Minister Ring told Midwest News today he sanctioned the funding under the 2018 Clár Programme – safety measures for schools and communities.

    The funding approved for Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, will facilitate a set down area parking area on school grounds and extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school.

  • The Achill Experience visitor attraction has been allocated €75,000 to fund a 60 square metre extension.

    The funding has been granted through the Dormant Accounts Fund in Minister Michael Ring’s Department.

    This investment will support the building of an extension to the front of the property which will contain a new enlarged entrance, retail space, rest area and cafe.

    Almost 70,000 visitors have enjoyed Achill Experince since it opened its doors in 2016.

    Minister Ring has been telling Midwest Radio that the aquarium and visitor centre is the feather in the cap of Achill.

  • €247,500 which has been allocated to Mayo County Council for development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.  

    According to Minister Michael Ring the announcement is part of an overall €2.2 million Capital Investment Programme which will allow 13 Coastal Local Authorities to undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that the package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.



    The details of the funding are as follows: 

     

    County Council

    Location

    WorksGrant aid approved

    Mayo County Council

    Achill (Green Pier)

    Repair to pier wall 22,500

     

    Killala Harbour

    Installation of new A to Ns on immediate approach channel to Killala Harour. Repair defective/undermined section of main pier. Remove silt from harbour area. Safety works 90,000

     

    Rathlackan Pier

    Emergency underpinning of existing pier end which is dangerously undermined. Further repairs and reconstruction of harbour deck and breakwater wall. Safety works to include ladders and edge rails. Construction of protective winch house 112,500

     

    Ballina Harbour

    Improvement/upgrade/ replacement of aids to navigation on approach channel along River Moy from Killala Bay to Ballina Harbour. Improvement/upgrade /replacement works to existing 150No. moorings as required 22,500

     

    Total Mayo

    247,500

  • Almost one million euro in funding has been announced this morning for local road improvements in county Mayo.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has allocated 988,235 euro under the LIS scheme, in a second tranche of funding under the scheme this year.

    Last February Mayo received 855,000 euro in LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) funding.

    Residents living along these local roads, not in the charge of Mayo county council, must also make a contribution towards the scheme to have their local road improved.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that 150 roads in Mayo have been done under this scheme since he re-introduced the scheme.

  • Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, topped the poll at the Fine Gael Selection Convention in Castlebar on Sunday night last.

    While party headquarters did not release the full details of the ballot, Midwest West News understands the Ballina based Senator was ahead by two votes after the first count.

    Senator Mulherin led the charge on Sunday night taking 256 votes

    Westport based, Minister Michael Ring was second, receiving 254 votes.

    While Castlebar based former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon received 193.

    South Mayo based councillor, Patsy O’Brien lost out in the 4 candidate contest with 140 votes.

    The party has decided to contest the 4- seater constituency of Mayo with a three candidate ticket.

    At present it holds two of the 4 seats. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny remains a Dail deputy but declared some time ago that he will not be contesting the next time round, while the second seat is held by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring.

    It would be considered highly unlikely that Fine Gael could do any better than retain 2 seats in this constituency, however, as a 5 seater constituency back in 2011,  the party managed to secure 4 of the 5 places.

  • Ballinrobe is one of 6 rural towns nationally that have been chosen to take part in a new pilot programme - aimed at encouraging more people to live in rural town centres.

    Ballinrobe, Boyle, Banagher, Callan, Castleblaney and Cappoquin will each receive funding of €100,000 to develop proposals and solutions to increase the number of people living in smaller, rural towns.

    Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., that Ballinrobe has been named as one of six towns nationally to receive funding of up to €100,000 towards increasing the number of people living in rural towns.

    The council will engage and work alongside the local community and businesses in Ballinrobe to ensure the pilot scheme is a success both for Mayo and the country as a whole. 

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news stating; “We are delighted to see funding of €100,000 coming to South Mayo in order to encourage more people to come and live in our rural towns. This pilot scheme will hopefully lead to many ideas on how we can achieve that goal coming from the local community and local businesses in Ballinrobe.”

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin also welcomed todays announcement; “I am delighted to see Ballinrobe has been chosen for this pilot scheme. The e people of the South Mayo town will no doubt embrace the opportunity  and will bring forward their ideas for how we can entice more people to live in these rural areas.

     

  •  The Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring and former Taoiseaseach, Mayo deputy Enda Kenny will officially jointly open the new Castlebar branch of Heat Merchants at 12 noon today.

     The new facility is located in Castlebar Retail Park on the Breaffy road.

    Heat Merchants are opening nine new stores nationally over the next three years, in a 4 million euro expansion.

    Heat Merchants Group is one of the largest suppliers of heating, plumbing and home improvement materials to the professional and retail markets in Ireland.

    Alan Hogan of Heat Merchants  told Midwest News today that they are very excited about today's opening.