Michael Ring

  •  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.

  • The Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring has confirmed that 26 Mayo schools will be enhanced under the Government’s Summer 2020 Works Scheme.

    The work will be focused on three main areas; the upgrading of safety systems, surfacing of play areas and car parks, and to plan for electric vehicle charging.

    The work will be predominately carried out over the summer holidays to avoid disturbance to students and staff.

    With 18 schools benefitting from the scheme in 2019, this marks a significant expansion of the school infrastructural project.

    SCHOOL                             ADDRESS                      TYPE OF SCHOOL           WORKS

    SCOIL NA GCOILLINI       Meelick Swinford            Primary External Environment

    GARRACLOON N S          Garracloon        Cloghans           Primary External Environment

    S N NAOMH FEICHIN       Cross     Claremorris       Primary External Environment

    SN INBHEAR       Inver     Barnatra            Primary Life Safety Systems

    BARNATRA N S   Barnatra            Ballina  Primary External Environment

    S N Dhumha Thuama      Dumha Thuama Béal an Átha      Primary External Environment

    CORCLOUGH NS Corclogh West    Belmullet          Primary External Environment

    ST JOHNS  NS     Logboy  Tulrahan           Primary Life Safety Systems

    KNOCK N S        KNOCK  CLAREMORRIS    Primary External Environment

    MYNA N S           Kilmeena           Westport            Primary External Environment

    SCOIL NA TIGHEARNAIN NAOFA  VIA CROSSMOLINA P.O.  BALLINA            Primary External Environment

    S N REALT NA MARA       MULRANNY        CO MAYO           Primary External Environment

    S N DRUIM SLAOD           Cross Hill           Ballycroy           Primary External Environment

    St Joseph's NS     Rehins   Ballina  Primary External Environment

    S N ACHAIDH AN GHLAISIN         BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD   CO MHAIGH EO  Primary External Environment

    SN Baile Cuisin   Ballycushion       Kilconly Primary External Environment

    NEWPORT CENTRAL       BAILE UÍ BHFIACHÁIN     CO MHAIGH EO  Primary External Environment

    SCOIL NAOMH FEICHIN   Kilgellia            Attymass            Primary Life Safety Systems

    SCOIL NAISIUNTA THOLA            BOTH THOLA     CLAR CHLAINNE MHUIRIS            Primary Life Safety Systems

    ST PETERS NS    Snugboro           Castlebar           Primary External Environment

    S N UILEOG DE BURCA    LOCHÁN NA MBAN          CLÁR CHLAINNE MHUIRIS            Primary External Environment

    Scoil Íosa           Convent Hill       Ballina  Primary Life Safety Systems

    St. Gerald’s College       Newport Road    Castlebar           Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Mount St Michael            Claremorris       Co. Mayo           Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Moyne College   Ballina  County  Mayo     Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Coláiste Pobail Acla        Achill Sound       Westport            Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

  • Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that €145,353 has been allocated to 83 projects in Mayo under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). 

    The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities. It supports a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds,  landscaping, and supporting the elderly.

    The full list projects which are approved to receive support in Mayo are listed below.

    Organisation

    Project

    Funding Allocated (€)

    Crossmolina No name Club

    Winter entertainment equipment for members

    850

    Naionra Cois Fharraige, Drum, Ballina

    Equipment for indoor and outdoor use to make naionra more inclusive for children with disabilities.

    850

    Ballina Town F.C.

    2 x sets of goals

    850

    North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Ballina

    Creating a support trellis for growing plus irrigation system for 4 polytunnels

    733

    River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG

    Purchase of Defibrillator

    850

    Tithe Cois Tra   Hi-Noon Club, Carrowmore-Lacken

    Purchase of presentation equipment for training

    850

    Lacken Carers

    Purchase of I.T. tablets and equipment for use by carers

    850

    Lacken Community Care

    Purchase of I.T. equipment for the group.

    850

    Bonniconlon I.C.A

    I.T Equipment

    850

    Drum Community Council

    Community enhancement

    850

    Glencastle Special Class

    To provide Specialised & Adapted Sports Equipment for Children with Special Needs

    850

    Killasser Community Care Group

    Purchase of a Defibrillator

    850

    Kiltane Community Gardens

    Community enhancement composting tumbler bin

    680

    Geesala Tidy Towns

    Purchase of a lawnmower and 2 strimmers

    850

    Quay Foroige Club, Ballina

    Storage facility for equipment

    850

    Attymass Community Centre

    Purchase of a defibrillator

    850

    Glen Rí Residents Association, Ballina

    Enhancement of community area

    1000

    Brusna Court Residents Assoc.

    Purchase of 6 semi-mature trees for community enhancement

    549

    Fr Peyton Memorial Centre, Attymass

    Office Equipment

    850

    Bangor Erris Tidy Towns

    Replace fence – Community Enhancement

    850

    Barnatra Village Enhancement Committee

    Community Enhancement works

    850

    Coiste Pobal Thuar Mhic Eadaigh

    Community Enhancement works

    850

    Corrib Mask Search & Rescue

    Emergency medical bag including defibrillator equipment

    850

    Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Castlebar

    Water irrigation system to support gardening project.

    170

    Breaffy Community Council

    Community enhancement equipment - Ride-On Mower

    850

    Carnacon LGFA

    Replace existing equipment and purchase new equipment

    850

    Belcarra Ladies Group

    Purchase of tables

    850

    Ballintubber Bord na Nog

    Essential Equipment for the club

    850

    Race 2 Glory Adventure Race Committee, Kiltimagh

    Marquee equipment

    850

    Mayo LGFA

    Test development, measure and monitoring equipment.

    850

    Straide N.S Parents Association

    Safety fence.

    850

    Kilmovee Community Housing Ltd

    I.T Equipment

    850

    Swinford - Killasser Ladies GFC

    Sports Equipment

    850

    Kilkelly FRC

    Enhancement

    1000

    Kilcolman Bridge Club

    Equipment for the bridge club

    850

    Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre Ltd

    I.T Equipment

    850

    Tooreen National School Parents Association

    To make a defibrillator available to the community

    850

    Neale Heritage & Development Committee

    Refurbishing an old post office, painting and cleaning it

    850

    Rooskey Community Council

    Purchase of Safety Equipment

    850

    Seirbhísí Curam Chill Chomáin Teo

    Health / Safety equipment - 6 DEIS Schools in Kilcommon Parish require insulated cool boxes

    850

    Achill Tourism CLG

    Equipment & Community Enhancement

    850

    Aughleam Residential Assoc.

    Communal garden areas to be landscaped – Community Enhancement

    820

    Inver Community Centre

    To set up a parent & toddler group in the community

    850

    Order of Malta Ireland-Westport Unit

    Installation of CCTV of premises

    1000

    Achill Community Futures

    Equipment

    850

    St. Joseph's Community Alert, Dooniver,

    Achill

    Purchase of equipment for use by the community

    850

    Belmullet Tidy Towns

    Cleaning Equipment

    753

    Coiste Dhuinibhir, Dooniver, Achill

    Community function equipment

    850

    Valley National School, Achill

    Purchase of P.E. equipment

    795

    Burrishoole Community Partnership

    Purchase of a equipment for the new community pitch

    850

    Inver Community Enhancement Group

    Purchase of a I.T. Projector equipment

    850

    Comharchumann Forbatha Cill tSeadhna Teo

    Erect signage on interior and exterior of the community and visitor centre to identify it as a community & visitor centre and community services provider

    1000

    Ballina Family Resource Centre

    Upgrade and purchase equipment for the facility: CCTV, I.T equipment, Furniture, Office Equipment

    7700

    Crossmolina Community Council CLG

    Installation of Tiered Seating and equipment

    5000

    Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club, Ballina

    Equipment for search & recovery

    4500

    Moy Villa Football Club, Ballina

    Purchase of Lawnmower and training equipment

    3800

    St Cormac’s Society, Moygownagh

    Purchase IT Equipment.

    2500

    Eskeragh Old School House

    Purchase and Installation of Defibrillators in the Eskeragh area

    2000

    Manulla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades

    5000

    Killawalla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades

    3400

    Clooncundra Trails Development Group

    Trail Enhancement works

    3100

    Laherdane Tidy Towns Group

    Enhancement works on scenic route and introduce wildflowers

    3000

    Belcarra Community CoOp Society Ltd

    Repair of stone walls – and planting of Native trees

    2500

    Castlebar Social Services CLG

    Freezer equipment for Meals on Wheels purposes

    2000

    Ballintubber Cycle Club

    Purchase indoor equipment for club

    1750

    Ballintubber Community Council

    Community enhancement - Fencing, seating, planters, info signs - complete with boards & posts, safety barriers, bicycle racks

    1750

    Michael Davitt Museum, Straide

    Presentation equipment

    1500

    Straide Community Development Group

    External Storage Facility and furniture

    1500

    Foxford & District Alzheimers Trust

    Equipment to help those with dementia and brain injury.

    5000

    Kiltimagh Community Futures

    Electric charging point, Defibrillator Signage & Bike Stands

    4500

    Ballinrobe C.D.C

    Community enhancement - Sustainable lighting surface

    4000

    Killasser Community Centre Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades

    3700

    Ballyhaunis Family & Community Resource Centre

    Equipment and Furniture

    2700

    Claremorris F.R.C

    Upgrade computers in IT Internet community café facility

    2100

    Hollymount Defibrillator Group

    Defibrillator equipment

    2000

    St. Patricks Festival Committee, Kilkelly

    Safety Barrier Equipment

    1500

    Erris FM Community Radio

    Enhance the infrastructure and facilities of the Erris Arts Centre

    4750

    Glencastle Parish Enhancement Group

    Community Enhancement - Reconstruct walls & construct footpath

    4150

    Westport F.R.C

    Upgrade of facilities, safety Equipment & I.T equipment

    4000

    Erris Heartbeat Defibrillator

    Purchase defibrillators

    4000

    Killeen Community Council Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades

    3500

    Irish Wheelchair Association, Belmullet

    Conversion of office space to Snozzle Room for young people with Autism

    2800

    CLG Acla - Community Resource Centre, Achill

    Purchase signage, CCTV, Equipment and furniture, complete community rooms

    2300

  • The Mayo Fine Gael Selection convention was held last night in Castlebar.

    Three candidates were selected to represent the party in the next general election.

    Current Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin and former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon were selected.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien from Hollymount lost out on a place on the party’s ticket at last night’s selection convention.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially called time on his Dáil career also last night.

    A total of 870 delegates cast their votes and the venue was packed to capacity as party supporters from throughout the county turned out in force in a clear show of the organisation's strength, having attracted 51% of the vote in the Mayo constituency in the 2016 general election.

    However, they had to wait until shortly after 12.30 a.m. before the names of the three selected candidates were announced by Minister of State Sean Kyne, who chaired the convention. 

    Tom Garvey, director of election, said the party's objective is to win three seats out of four in Mayo.

  • Funding of €75,000 has been approved for Aughagower Community Playground under the LEADER programme.

    The funding will be provided by Minister Michael Ring’s Department through the Mayo LEADER Local Action Group.

    This follows on from a recent announcement of €250,000 for five community playgrounds and multi-use games areas in Mayo through the CLAR Programme.

    Minister Ring says this amenity will be a wonderful addition to Aughagower and in particular to families with young children in the area.

  • Funding of €31,320 has been approved to Scian Mara Teo in Achill under the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme for the expansion of oyster production.

    Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed today announced the award of €4,863,643 in grants to 26 seafood enterprises and 3 research institutions in 11 different counties under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

    Minister Michael Ring says he is pleased this funding has been approved which is a total investment of €78,300 in Sciana Mara Teo.

  • Michael Ring

    The government has launched the National Planning Framework with 116 billion euro of investment announced.

    There's 22 billion for measures to tackle climate change as well as large investments in health, housing, education and transport.

    Project 2040 was formally approved by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers at a special Cabinet meeting in Sligo.

    This is a plan that aims to prepare the country for a population expansion of around one million people over the next 20 years. The plan also aims to have an extra 660,000 people at work.

    The Government announced four new funds totaling €4bn for "rural and urban growth, climate action and innovation".

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says some of the projects included are major improvements to the N4/N5 including on the Westport to Turlough section, the Ballaghadereen to Scramogue section and the extension of the motorway from Mullingar to Longford.

    A special Rural Regeneration Fund worth €1 billion nationally to be administered and will involve targeted investment in towns, villages and townlands in Mayo.  

    A significant investment package in Ireland West Airport Knock in recognition of its strategic importance as a major regional airport.

    An Urban Regeneration Fund which will see significant investment in rural towns with a population of over 10,000 such as Castlebar and Ballina as well as our major cities.

    €19.4 million to be invested in new sewerage schemes for Foxford, Charlestown and Killala.

    4 new consultants will be recruited at Mayo University Hospital as part of the national trauma care strategy.

    €3.5 million investment in GMIT Castlebar campus.

    New cycling and walking trails in Ballycroy as well as Major improvements to the Ceide Fields Visitor Experience.

  • The Irish Red Cross launched their new ambulances for the Mayo, Tipperary and Laois divisions today at the Claremorris centre, alongside a rescue boat for the Corrib/Mask Search and Rescue unit.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring launched the new vehicles for the first responders which were partly funded by his department’s LEADER programme.

    E98,000 was donated towards the vehicles by the Government this year as well as E45,000 from Irish betting company Lottoland.

    Irish Red Cross Chairman and National Director of Units Pat Carey and Tony Lawler applauded the funding to the first responder units.

    They told Midwest Radio News that the renewal of their fleet is of vital importance to the organisation.

    Minister Michael Ring highlighted the importance of making sure first responder units like the Red Cross are adequately funded.

    He told Midwest Radio News that the volunteers in the Red Cross should spend their time doing their important work rather than fundraising.

  • LEADER funding of €143,000 has been confirmed for four initiatives in Mayo today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Just over €70,000 has been approved for Paul Mullins in Claremorris for the expansion of a bale processing business.

    €38,961 has been approved for Claremorris Community Radio to acquire a new broadcast centre and purchase equipment for it.

    €23,983 has been allocated to Ballina Salmon Festival to provide equipment for the successful running and delivery of the 10 day long festival, while €10,655 has been allocated to Charlestown and District Development Association to acquire materials and equipment both maintenance and IT to support Tidy Towns projects to be undertaken in Charlestown during the year.

  • LEADER funding of over €270,000 has been confirmed for 13 Mayo community projects.

    The funding has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Funding of €93,000 has been granted to Distinctive Woodwork Ltd, Partry for the relocation of a bespoke woodworking service to Ireland with the aim of growing the business.

    €42,000 has been allocated to Corrib/Mask Rescue for the replacement of their Inshore Search and Rescue boat.

    €37,000 goes to the Old Irish Goat Society in Mulranny to develop a sanctuary to help conserve the Old Irish goat.

    Just over €35,000 has been granted to Mulranny Community Futures for an Entente Florale Investment project to help the village prepare for the competition.

    Just under €16,000 goes to IRD Kiltimagh for a heatpump energy efficiency upgrade.

    €12,000 has been awarded to Parke Community Hall for the Parke Enhancement proposal 2019 to reduce energy costs by up to 50%.

    €10,000 has been allocated to Mayo Community Transport Ltd, to complete a five year strategic plan for rural transport in Mayo.

    Just under €10,000 goes to Claremorris Folk Festival Committee for the establishment and marketing of a new folk festival in Claremorris.

    Just over €5,000 has been granted to Shrule Village Enhancement to erect two large information signs on village green detailing the history of Shrule

    €5,000 has been awarded to Cliara Development Company for a Clare Island Energy Audit

    €3,800 has been awarded to Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival for the 2019 event

    €1,700 has been granted to Louisburgh Community Futures for an energy audit of the parish hall.

  • The Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring has defended his decision to allocate a second grant late last year to the velo-rail tourism project in Kiltimagh.

    In December, the Mayo-based Minister announced €118,000 for the project, which is being developed by Kiltimagh Tourism Committee and Kiltimagh IRD, with support from Mayo County Council.

    However, this decision was questioned in an article in last weekend’s Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday.

    The article says Minister Ring allocated the funding to the project in his own constituency, despite warnings from civil servants that it could set “problematic precedents”, with one official saying the Mayo project appeared to have the least merit of four projects that were seeking extra funding.

    The Kiltimagh velo-rail project is the first of its kind in Ireland or the UK, and will see the development of 12 km of disused railway track.

    Velo-Rail is an outdoor recreational activity using small rail-mounted pedal-propelled vehicles to move along the disused railway line, and is popular in the French countryside where several railway lines had fallen into disuse.

    Speaking to Midwest News this evening, Minister Ring has taken issue with the journalist who wrote the article in the Sunday papers, and insists it’s his job as Minister to make decisions in relation to the allocation of funding, while also outlining his support for the Kiltimagh project.

     

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has been selected as a finalist in the European Innovation in Politics Awards for abolishing library fines and increasing of library opening hours in many libraries.

    The Innovation in Politics Awards acknowledges and supports public initiatives which make a difference in order to highlight innovation in Europe.

    Out of over 400 nominations from across Europe, 80 finalists were selected by a jury of more than 1,000 citizens from all European countries.

    Under the My Open Library Initiative, libraries open from 8am to 10pm, 365 days per year.

    Fifteen libraries, including Tubbercurry’s library, have already adopted the scheme which will extend to a hundred branches by end 2022.

    Minister Ring said the nomination is a tribute to the hard work put in by all the libraries undertaking the initiative.

  • Ballyhaunis is a positive example of a rural town that has “embraced diversity,” according to the Minister of State for immigration and integration David Stanton.

    Yesterday, Mr Stanton and Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring attended an integration event in the town.

    The event heard from speakers such as former Cork senior hurler and footballer Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and was organised by the Department of Justice and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Ballyhaunis was found to be the most diverse town in the country in the 2016 Census, with migrants from 20 different ethnicities making up more than half of the population.

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring officially launched the new Order of Malta ambulance at Knock Shrine this afternoon.

    The Order of Malta received funding for the new emergency service vehicle from the LEADER programme as part of E270,000 allocated by the Minister's department to the organisation nationally.

    The ambulance was launched today at a ceremony at 12:30 this afternoon in Knock Shrine and local priest Fr Richard Gibbons gave it his blessing.

    John Egan is a member of the Knock Order of Malta and praised the allocation of the vehicle for the first aid unit in the town.

    He says the new vehicle is vital for the Knock based service which gets large numbers older patients who are susceptible to illness.

    Minister Community and Rural Development Michael Ring launched the new ambulance at the Shrine in Knock this afternoon

    He told Midwest News that it is vitally important that the Order of Malta in Knock is suitably funded to cope with their large number of pilgrims.

  • Phase two of the Achill Aquarium & Visitors Centre is being officially opened today.

    The acquarium celebrated its 2nd birthday earlier this week, and has already welcomed some 40,000 visitors.

    It’s quickly becoming an important asset to the tourism offering on Achill Island, according to Minister Michael Ring, who will officially open the extension to the Aquarium and Visitor Centre today.

  • St. Peter’s National School in Snugboro near Castlebar has been granted funds under the Additional Accommodation Scheme.

    The accommodation approved includes one classroom, two special Educational rooms and one disabled access Wheel Chair toilet.

    Minister Michael Ring has welcomed the announcement and says he is sure that the teachers and students will benefit from the works being carried out.

  • The sod will be officially turned today for the new development of facilities for Cill Chomain GAA Club.

    The development includes a new clubhouse, Gym, indoor hall and function room in Glenamoy.

    The ceremony will be performed by Minister Michael Ring at 4pm today.

    Meanwhile, the Minister officially turned the sod on a new athletic track at Swinford Amenity Park over the weekend.

    The development of this 200 metre track and 110 metre sprint lane is being jointly developed by Swinford Athletic Club and Swinford Amenities Limited.

    Minister Ring allocated €50,000 for the development of the track during his time as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.