Minister Michael Ring

  • €938,000 has been confirmed for Castlebar Urban Greenway  Link under the Urban Regeneration and Development fund.

    This news has been confirmed today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who says Project Ireland 2040 established four new funds earlier this year with a combined allocation of €4 billion nationally to 2027.

    Along with the Castlebar Urban Greenway Link, €1,647,000 has been approved in principal for Castlebar Military Barracks with three other projects.

  • Funding totaling 2.8m euro has been allocated to two projects in Mayo today under the Rural Regeneration Project.

    Today the Government launched a one billion euro fund for investment in rural towns and villages with a population under 10,000 over the next 10 years.

    24.4m has been allocated from that fund today to 18 projects nationwide and 2 of those are in Co Mayo.

    2.1m has been granted to the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Claremorris for the construction of an air dome.

    The dome will be able to facilitate GAA and other sporting codes and will cost a total of 3m euro to construct.

    Meanwhile just under 800,000 euro has been allocated for the provision and redevelopment of 8 digital hubs at 6 locations in the Gaeltacht areas in Mayo. The hubs will be located in Belmullet, Geesala, Aughleam, Achill, Tourmakeady and Greanai/Ballina, with 2 facilities each in Belmullet and Achill.

    The application by Udaras na Gaeltachta for the hubs is in an effort to create jobs in the Gaeltacht areas in Mayo.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News today that this funding will make a significant difference in rural areas

  • Funding of almost €780,000 has been announced today to improve private rural roads in Mayo through the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that he has allocated €778,496 to Mayo County Council for improvement to rural non-public roads in Mayo under the 2019 LIS.

    Minister Ring says that over 155 roads in Mayo have been improved and upgraded since the scheme was re-introduced in 2017.

    He has also confirmed that he has amended the scheme, so that participants will pay a maximum contribution of €1,200.


    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs Seán Canney has announced Government funding for the county's local roads under the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Galway County has received €856,959 for minor roads that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the county council.

    In Roscommon funding of €355,104 has been allocated for private and non-public roads, funding which has been welcomed by local Independent TD Denis Naughten.


  • Funding of almost €150,000 has been confirmed for playgrounds in Newport and Ballntubber under the LEADER programme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed €74,984 for the development of a community playground in Ballintubber and €74,979 for the upgrade and expansion of Newport playground.

    The upgrade work on Newport playground will include the works to cater for children with disabilities and wheelchair users.

  • Funding of over €1.4 million has been announced for St Vincent de Paul.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has allocated over €1.4 million to St Vincent de Paul and €180,000 to Protestant Aid, to recognise the contribution of both organisations in fighting poverty through the provision of practical assistance to people in need across the country.

    Minister Ring says the funding will be used to assist those most in need during what can be a financially challenging time for families.

  • Funding of over €5.7 million has been confirmed for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The airport has been approved capital expenditure of over 4.7 million public policy remit-Capital funding of a little under one million euro.

    €4.7 million will go towards the runway overlay, €18,750 will go towards a snow vehicle and €18,750 for an airside maintenance vehicle.

    The PPR-Capital funding will be used for CCTV upgrade.

    €849,986 will be used to upgrade baggage screening and €90,000 for fire simulator and training ground upgrade.

    Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says this is a substantial boost to Ireland West Airport Knock and will help the airport to continue to develop as a top quality airport for the West and North West of the country.

    Minister Ring says 2011, Fine Gael led Governments have invested more than €23 million in Ireland West Airport Knock.

  • Funds totalling over €20,000 have been allocated for 16 Mens' Sheds in Co Mayo.

    Last Summer, Minister Michael Ring announced half a million euro nationally under the Men's Sheds programme, to enable individual groups to upgrade their facilities.

    Following the allocation to each local authority areas last July, an application process was overseen by the Mayo Local Community Development Committee.

    Minister Ring has now confirmed that, following that process, funding has been allocated to 310 Mens Sheds across the country.

    This includes a sum of €1,367 for each of 16 Mens Sheds in Co Mayo - in Ballina, Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris, Crossmolina, Erris, Glen Nephin, Kiltimagh, Louisburgh, Mulranny, Newport, Killala, Swinford and Westport.

    The funding is aimed at improving their sheds or purchasing equipment and tools.

    Minister Ring says the emergence of Men's Sheds in recent years has been a very positive development for communities across Ireland.


  • Saturday 8th February has been confirmed as the date for the general election.

    As anticipated, Taoiseach Leo Varadker named the date at this morning's Cabinet meeting but has taken many by surprise with the selection of a Saturday for polling day.

    The Taoiseach will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon to ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve the 32nd Dáil and to summon the new Dáil on 20th February.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring believes a Saturday poll will provide a greater opportunity for students and people working away from home during the week to cast their votes.


  • Government have today announced a €2 million euro investment  to upgrade the roof in GMIT.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says this represents a major statement of intent by the Government in the Castlebar Campus.

    Today's announcement is part of the Government's multi-billion investment in education as part of Project Ireland 2040.

    Minister Ring says investment of this kind can only bode well for the future of the Mayo GMIT Campus.

  • There's good news for householders in Mayo whose homes have been affected by pyrite damage.

    The Government has agreed to provide €20 million euro this year for a scheme to repair homes affected by pyrite and mica in Mayo and Donegal.

    Some 350 homes in Mayo are affected by pyrite - some with serious structural damage.

    Last October, the Government agreed in principle to a grant aid scheme to assess and repair the damage, and at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, it was agreed to provide €20 million from central Government funds this year to repair homes.

    That's according to Mayo-based Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring, who says the worst-hit homes will be repaired first under the scheme....

  • Government funding of over €1.7 million has been announced for Ireland West Airport Knock, for safety and security measures.

    The allocation, under the Government's Regional Airports Programme, is in addition to a €5.7 million investment by Government in IWAK in June this year.

    Minister Michael Ring says €25 million has been allocated by Government to Knock Airport since 2011, and this year's passenger numbers are expected to exceed 800,000 for the first time.


  • The GP vacancies in both Glenamoy and Bangor are to be advertised next week.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says he has been informed by the HSE that the GP who's currently covering Glenamoy and Bangor will take up an appointment elsewhere, and the twp GP vacancies will be advertised separately  next week.

    It's understood the doctor currently covering these two areas of north Mayo has agreed to take up a permanent position in Laherdane from next February.



  • Grants have been allocated to schools offering Computer Science and Physical Education as Leaving Cert Subjects.

    104 post -primary schools will offer the courses for the first time from September.

    St Mary’s Secondary School in Ballina is offering Physical education for Leaving Cert this September, while Rice College in Westport is offering Leaving Cert Computer Science.

    Minister Michael Ring says the introduction of the new Leaving Certificate subjects is part of efforts to ensure the education system keeps pace with the changing society and needs of the economy.

    40 Schools will offer Computer Science as a subject in the first phase of its introduction from September

    While 64 will take part in the first phase of the introduction of Physical Education.

    The 104 schools have been allocated a total of four hundred and fifty thousand euro in grants.


    It's important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours.

    That's the view of Minister Michael Ring as he launches "The Big Hello" event.

    It's taking place during the May Bank Holiday weekend, with people across the country encouraged to increase community spirit and create friendships.

    Minister Michael Ring hopes it will tackle social isolation.


  • Improvements at two sections of the N59 Westport to Mulranny road are being unveiled this afternoon.

    Minister Michael Ring has officially opened the N59 Rossow Bends Road Project- which involved the realignment of a 1.8 km section to remove a bad bend at a cost of over €6 million.

    The Minister also turned the sod on the N59 Kilmeena Road realignment scheme which involves the upgrade of 2.6 km of road, and the construction of 1km of cycleway, to tie into the recently completed section at Rossow.

    Minister Ring says these are two key sections of the €55 million N59 Westport to Mulranny Improvement Scheme.










  • LEADER funding of over €375,000 has been allocated for five projects in Co Mayo.

    Minister Michael Ring has allocated almost €200,000 for the Kiltimagh Velorail Project, to purchase railcars and provide storage.

    This project involves the running of pedal-powered railcars along the old railway line, and is aimed at bringing in tens of thousands of visitors to the town each year.

    €150,000 has been allocated for the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary in Ballycastle.

    Smaller grants of just over €12,000 have been announced for Knockmore Rathduff Resource Centre, to update computers and IT services, and for Rachel's Irish Adventures in Ballina to purchase bikes and equipment for a start-up tourist business offering tailor-made cycling tours.

    Finally, almost €2,500 goes to the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail to develop a website and promote the trail.

    The Minister for Community & Rural Development Michael Ring, whose Department oversees the LEADER programme, says these projects will help in promoting tourism and creating jobs...

  • The Rural Development Minister has dismissed claims the Carbon Tax is a surcharge on rural Ireland.

    In the Budget it was announced it's increasing by six euro - meaning a rise in the cost of diesel and petrol and also an increase in heating fuels from next May.

    However, Michael Ring says everyone will be affected and not just people living in rural parts of the country.

    He says it's important efforts are made to reduce our carbon footprint:

  • Funding of over €11,000 has been allocated for three community organisations in Co Mayo, to assist the integration of migrants into the local communities.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced grants of €4,950 for Ballyhaunis GAA Club, €3,500 for Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre and €2,800 for Claremorris Community Radio.

    Minister Ring says the funding is provided under the Communities Integration Fund, which is designed to encouraged and assist migrant integration and social inclusion in communities.


  • Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring has been looking at the highlights of Budget 2020.

    Speaking with Midwest News this evening, he said that - as this is the last Budget from the current Government, it could have been a giveaway Budget, but instead they had to focus on the threat posed by a no-deal Brexit

  • The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced further details on the extension of mandatory electronic identification to all sheep.

    Since his announcement  last May of mandatory electronic identification to all sheep, he says his dept  has engaged with stakeholders in relation to the practical concerns raised in introducing the new system and has made some adaptations.

     Minister Creed says the new requirements will now be introduced in two stages as follows:

    With effect from 1st October 2018, all National Sheep Identification System (NSIS) approved tag suppliers will only sell two tag types:

    single electronic slaughter tags (for animals less than 12 months for lambs moving directly from the farm of birth to slaughter), and electronic tag sets (for all other sheep movements). 

    With effect from 1 June 2019 all sheep moving off a holding must be identified electronically, requiring either a single electronic slaughter tag, where lambs less than 12 months of age are moved directly from the birth holding to a slaughter plant, or an electronic tag set, in the case of all other sheep movements.

    There will be a once-off payment of up to a maximum of €100 per farmer, which will be related to the purchase of electronic tags from 1 October 2018. This is double the previous proposed figure of €50 payment. In the context of simplification, sheep farmers will not need to make an application for this funding, as the Department is in a position to use its records to calculate the amount due to each farmer under the scheme.