Minister Heather Humphreys

  • The Mayo towns of Castlebar and Ballina can now avail of funding, due to an expansion of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

    As part of the changes announced by Minister Heather Humphreys, 41 towns with a population of over 10,000 will be eligible to apply for funding for the first time, specifically for Covid-related measures - including Ballina and Castlebar.

    Funding of up to €40,000 can be provided for projects which would increase footfall and social activity in towns, while addressing social distancing measures - such projects could include the creation of outdoor areas for social interactions, enhancing town centres by painting, cleaning and improving pedestrian access, providing equipment to run local festivals or events in towns and villages, and enhancing community buildings to accommodate remote working.

    Communities can apply for the funding through their local authority by August 28th.

  •  Residents on Clare Island have won their battle for an improved ferry service to and from the island.

    Currently, there are two sailings per day between Clare Island and Roonagh Pier near Louisburg, but islanders have been calling for this to be increased to 4 sailings per day, to improve connectivity to the mainland, and their quality of life.

    A new contract for the ferry service will come into operation from the start of next month.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys has today confirmed that a preferred bidder has been identified and says it's expected that an improved service, with a minimum of four daily sailings, will be in place from the 1st July.

    The Minister met with a delegation from the island yesterday, in a statement today , Minister Humphreys says she's glad to be in a position to ensure Clare Island has the kind of ferry service that will serve the needs of local residents and tourists.

    Ian McCabe, chairman of the Clare Island Development Group, has welcomed the Minister's announcement.

  • The Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humpheys is in Swinford today, where she's launching the Connected Hubs Network - Ireland's first national network of remote working hubs.

    It will see over 100 hubs connected by the end of this year, with 66 already in operation across the country - including the Swinford Digiwest Hub, the Cairn Enterprise Hub in Kiltimagh, the Leeson Enterprise Centre in Westport, Knockmore Resource Centre and Gteic Belmullet.

    Minister Humphreys also officially opened the Digiwest Hub at the old Courthouse in Swinford, which has been developed in conjuction with the Western Development Commission.

    Minister Humphreys told Midwest News that she's urging existing or new remote working hubs to become part of the new network - connectedhubs.ie

  • The Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys will visit Swinford next Monday, 31st May.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon has told Midwest News that the Minister will open the Digiwest Hub at the Old Swinford Courthouse, which has been developed in conjunction with the Western Development Commission.

    Funding from the Rural Regeneration Fund was allocated for refurbish the 18th century courthouse into a hub for remote working.

    Minister Humphreys will also launch the National Hub Network in Swinford on Monday.