• €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.

  • €5m is being made available under the latest CLÁR programme, which has reopened this morning.

    The reopening of the scheme has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Funding will be available under 3 measures of the programme – the Community Safety Measure; Play Areas and the First Response Support Measure.

    Local Authorities and Community Groups and Organisations can apply for funding under the programme.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News he is delighted to be able to reopen the scheme once again.

  • €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


    Project Description






    St. Brendan's College


    Carpark resurfacing and lights


    Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa


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


    Attymass National School


    Construct & upgrade footpaths, carparking facilities and public lighting


    St. Peter & Paul National School


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


    St. Joseph's National School


    Traffic Calming Measures


    Glencorrib Kilroe Community Centre Ltd


    Upgrade of existing street lighting


    Ballyhaunis Community Preschool


    Resurface approach road and carpark


    Newport National School


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


    Mount Palmer National School

    Kincon, Ballina

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


  • Funding of €82,300 for two, first responder organisations, in Mayo has been announced this morning by Minister Michael Ring under the First Response Support Measure of CLÁR.

    The Mayo branch of the Irish Community Rapid Response is to receive 50,000 euro for the purchase of a vehicle, while the Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua club in Ballina has been given 32,300 for the purchase of a 4x4 vehicle.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that he is delighted to support these community based organisations in the vital work they do to keep members of the community safe and well. He says these groups need to have proper equipment and training in order to ensure they can perform their important, life saving work.

  • Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, today announced funding of €250,000 for five community playgrounds and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) in Mayo under the CLÁR Programme 2018 (Measure 2).

    Minister Ring has allocated funding to the following communities:



    Project Description


    Achill Community Futures

    Dumha Éige

    Community playground


    St. Joseph's National School, Bonniconlon

    St. Joseph's National School, Bonniconlon



    Carracastle Future Ltd




    Geesala Community Council & Development Ltd

    Cnoc na Ráithe (Rathhill)

    Community playground


    Ballindine National School

    Ballindine National School



  • The Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring  warned his Cabinet colleagues not to treat his department as a “soft touch” for projects that come under their responsibility.

    He also accused local authorities of failing to spend the 2018 Clar funding that his department provided.

    In an outburst during question time on rural and community affairs in the Dáil, Mr Ring said other government departments had their own “programmes and schemes and they have their own money. I have to make them accountable as well.”

    According to the Irish Times, Minister Ring came under pressure from Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary about the need to use regional funding for infrastructural projects and long-term developments.

     Deputy Calleary pointed out that a quarter of the 2018 Clár budget is still unspent.

    But Minister Ring insisted that he had spent all the 2018 funding, and the problem was with the local authorities who had not spent the money they received.


  • Six County Galway schools and community projects are to receive more than a quarter of a million euro in CLÁR funding.

    The funding, which is targeted at areas of population decline, is awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney says that he is delighted that these worthwhile projects have been successful in the Department's first round of funding this year.

    The projects to benefit are: Brownsgrove NS Tuam, €50,000 for car parking and footpaths; St Colman's Park Trustees Gort, €45,000 for footpaths and public lighting; St Jarlath's NS Skehanagh, €39,600 for car parking and footpaths; Killererin Development Company, €50,000 for a playground; Cleggan/Claddaghduff Community Council, €50,000 for the construction of footpaths for a public facility and public lighting; and Coiste Pobail Charna, €29,700 for footpaths.