Minister Michael Ring

  • Mr Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that he has approved €313,000 in Leader supports for projects in Moorehall, Westport, Aghagower, Mulranny, Kilmaine and Louisburgh.

     

    The following projects have been approved for funding:

     

    Project Name

    Implementing partner

    Location

    Project Description

    Amount (€)

    Co-operation capital regeneration project for Moorehall, Carnacon, Mayo and Derrymore Estate, Co Armagh

    South West Mayo Development Company CLG

    Moorehall Estate

    A co-operation cross-border project involving the regeneration of the Moorehall Estate in Carnacon and including pathway surface and trail access improvements, and provision of street furniture and signage and natural play equipment pieces within the estate

    200,000

    Education Desty Pilot Product

    Education Desty Ltd

    Aghagower

    To develop a pilot product for testing and potential roll-out for 12-16 year olds

    30,000

    Old Irish Goat Visitor Centre

    Mulranny Community Futures CLG

    Mulranny

    To complete the works at the Old Irish Goat Visitor Centre in Mulranny on the Wild Atlantic Way which will interpret Mayo's farming history and the conservation of the genetic signature of this charismatic animal

    52,027.32

    Outdoor walkway

    Kilmaine Community Recreational Trust

    Kilmaine

    To develop a walkway 1/2 km in length along the community pitch grounds and provide outdoor exercise equipment for adults along the walking track

    8,044.31

    Two pedestrian footbridges

    Glen Keen Farm Limited

    Louisburgh

    To install two pedestrian footbridges at Glenkeen Farm and Visitor Centre in Louisburgh

    19,797.50

    Westport Tourism Survey

    Westport Tourism Organisation

    Westport

    Funding for the formatting and printing costs of the fifth tourism survey of Westport over a 25 year period

    3,692.72

     

    Minister Ring  told Midwest News this evening that it's a major announcement which will provide a significant boost for these six communities.  The monies have been allocated through his Department’s LEADER Programme and brings to over €650,000, the amount of Mayo LEADER projects which he has announced since last week

  • 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 €100,000 has been allocated for the enhancement of five walking trails in Co Mayo.

    €20,000 goes to each of five trails - including the Nephin Trailwalk in Laherdane, Brackloon Woods in Westport, the Pullathomas Loop Walsk, Killeen Walks and the Cattle Raid of Mayo Trail in Glencastle and Ceathrú Thaidhg.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring is providing the funding under his Department's Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for small-scale local projects.

  • Government funding totalling €17,500 has been allocated for eight community-based festivals and Summer Schools in Mayo.

    The scheme is designed to assit local cultural events, which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger-scale grants, such as those supported by Failte Ireland and the Arts Council.

    The Seosamh McGabhann Summer School in Kilmovee gets the largest allocation of €5,000 with grants also for the North mayo Summer School of Traditional Music, Swinford 250 and More festival, the Ballina Fringe Festival, Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival and the Mac Luí Children's Arts Festival in Westport, Mayo North Old Engine & Tractor Club Heritage Day and Feile Iorrais - the folk arts festival in Erris.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says it's important to support these local events that bring visitors to areas across Co Mayo...

  • 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.

     

  • Further Government funding of €22,500 has been approved for Mayo County Council to progress the helipad on Inishturk Island.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says the funding will enable the local authority to progress the design and planning for the site that has been identified.

    This latest grant will enable the council to advance the project, which Minister Ring says, will benefit the island community and the safety of emergency services staff.

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • 12 social enterprise groups in Co Mayo are to share funding totalling €98,000 allocated under the Small Capital Grants scheme.

    The scheme is funded under the Dormant Accounts Fund, and €1 million was allocated in December to groups nationally.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the scheme was heavily over-subscribed, so he's now allocating a further €1 million in small capital grants to another 107 social enterprises across the country, including 12 in Mayo.

    Social Enterprise

    Amount

    Sensational Kids, Claremorris

    €2,935.00

    Western Care Belmullet

    €2,700.00

    Western Care, Bright Knights Club, Castlebar

    €5,325.00

    Foxford and District Alzheimer Trust

    €3,000.00

    Seirbhisí Curam Chill Chomáin, Rossport

    €12,000.00

    Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna, Geesala

    €12,596.00

    Lecanvey Community Centre

    €11,282.00

    Louisburgh Senior Resource Committee

    €2,243.00

    Aughagower Community Developments Ltd

    €12,882.00

    Cushlough Community Centre

    €6,097.00

    Brackloon & Drummin Community Council &CLG

    €15,000.00

    Newport Town Hall

    €12,000.00

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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

  • Almost 139,000 euro has been announced for Ballina Library.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced funding to enable the My Open Library service to be provided in Ballina Library.

    It will allow the public to access and use the services of the library on a self-service basis from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year. 

    The Minister has also approved funding to provide Ballina and Swinford libraries for “Magic Tables” which benefit people with alzheimers, autism and learning difficulties

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that the government's public libraries strategy aims to introduce the My Open Library service to 100 library branches around the country by 2022. The My Open Library service is currently available in 15 public libraries with a further three, including Swinford, due to open before the end of the year.

  • 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.

  • €20,000  has been allocated to Mayo County Council to construct a reinforced concrete wall at Kilmurry National School close to Crossmolina in order to protect the school from potential flooding.  

    The announcement was made this morning by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

     Minister Ring told Midwest News that the wall will replace the existing wall and will protect the school in the event of raised water levels on the river Deel. A pump sump will also be installed as part of the works.

    He is urging Mayo County Council to ensure that this work is carried out without delay.

  • 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.

  • €26,600 in grant aid to provide sensory facilities and equipment in public libraries in Mayo has been announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

    The equipment can assist individuals with sensory impairments, special educational needs and other learning difficulties, and those on the Autism spectrum. €20,000 of the funding will be provided by Minister Ring’s Department while a further €6,600 will come from Mayo County Council.

    The funding is part of €800,000 national investment in public libraries to support people living with autism or learning differences. 

    Minister Ring says the funding aims to improve the library experience and services for parents, guardians and carers of children and adults with sensory impairments, additional needs and learning differences. 

    This is in addition to funding of over €190,000 nationally that has been approved for the provision of 21 Magic Tables in public libraries which are used by carers and people with dementia, autism spectrum disorder and learning differences.

     It is expected that the new services will be available in mid-2020. 

     

     

     

  • €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