Press Releases

Prolonged support required for most vulnerable
Published 19 july 2018

Minister Ring announces €2m funding measure to assist Social Enterprises around the country with the support of the Dormant Accounts Fund
Published 17 July 2018

Minister Kyne publishes Dormant Acounts Action Plan 2018, providing almost €40m to benefit disadvantaged groups
Published 17 July 2018

Taoiseach joins Ministers Ring and Creed to herald an exciting period ahead for rural communities and economies.
Published 13 July 2018

Minister Ring announces CLÁR funding of €1.2 million for 70 First Responder Organisations in rural areas
Published 12 July 2018

Minister Kyne launches the Summer Stars Reading Adventure 2018
Published 9 July 2018

Minister Kyne announces publication of revised Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments
Published 8 July 2018

Minister Ring announces further CLÁR funding of €2.78 million for Play Areas in rural communities
Published 6 July 2018

Ministers Donohoe and Ring announce publication of a report on local public banking
Published 4 July 2018

Minister Ring launches call for proposals under new €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Supports, which will start at €500,000, will strengthen rural communities and economies and improve quality of life
Published 4 July 2018

Minister Ring announces €4.8 million for School and Community Safety Measures under the CLÁR programme
Published 29 June 2018

Online collaborative initiative promotes the benefits of Atlantic Economic Corridor for families, individuals and entrepreneurs
Published 29 June 2018

Minister Michael Ring congratulates the winners in Ireland’s Best Kept Town Competition
Published 27 June 2018

People entering water need to take precautions – Minister Ring
Published 22 June 2018

Minister Kyne welcomes the publication of the Rules for the Charity Appeals Tribunal
Published 21 June 2018

1,000th LEADER project approved as funding allocations increase significantly – Over €29 million in projects now approved
Published 18 June 2018

Government’s ambitious five year Library Strategy will abolish fines and roll out “My Open Library” initiative – Minister Ring
Published 14 June 2018

Positive outcome of ballot by library workers clears way for greater public access to libraries – Minister Ring
Published 13 June 2018

Minister Kyne welcomes publication of Charities Regulator Annual Report
Published 7 June 2018

Minister Ring officially opens Westport Horse and Pony Show. The show has benefitted from funding provided to the Irish Shows Association by the Minister’s Department
Published 3 June 2018

Minister Ring officially opens Kilteevan Community Park and Playground Community Park was part-funded by an investment of €50,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development’s CLÁR programme
Published 1 June 2018

Minister Ring encourages water users to be vigilant following the tragic drownings in County Clare
Published 1 June 2018

Greenways, blueways and cycleways among projects to benefit from €12 million Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme – Minister Ring
Published 1 June 2018

Minister Ring announces new €4.5 million Community Enhancement Programme
Published 31 May 2018

Minister Ring visits community projects during visit to Kilkenny
Published 24 May 2018

New Library for Donegal Town a vital service for the community – Minister Ring
Published 17 May 2018

Department of Rural and Community Development to provide local authorities with co-funding under the European Commission’s Wifi4EU initiative
Published 15 May 2018

Action Plan for Rural Development delivering for rural Ireland with over 90% completion rate – Minister Ring
Published 4 May 2018

State-of-the-art new Athy Library reflects modern library service – Minister Ring
Published 3 May 2018

‘LEADER Food Initiative’ provides €15 million in supports for artisan and small food businesses – Ministers Ring and Creed
Published 1 May 2018

Minister Naughten and Minister Kyne publish Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Q1 2018 Progress Report
Published 30 April 2018

Minister Michael Ring announces €15 million in funding for Rural Towns and Villages throughout Ireland
Published 27 April 2018

Minister Ring announces the upgrade of over 400 private roads under the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) countrywide
Published 23 April 2018

Minister Ring announces €190 million SICAP programme for deprived and marginalised communities
Published 20 April 2018

Minister Ring opens new section of Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly
Published 12 April 2018

Minister Michael Ring launches Beara Breifne Way initiative to enhance visitor experience
Published 9 April 2018

Minister Ring launches the Irish Shows Association 2018 Yearbook
Published 7 April 2018

Minister Michael Ring TD launches 2018 SuperValu TidyTowns as competition marks its 60th anniversary
Published 28 March 2018

Minister Michael Ring visits rural projects in Co. Louth
Published 22 March 2018

Minister Kyne announces TrustIE Recruitment Pilot Programme
Published 22 March 2018

€5 million CLÁR Programme will help improve quality of life in disadvantaged rural communities – Minister Ring
Published 15 March 2018

Minister Ring opens “first of its kind” Community Campus in Carrickphierish, Waterford
Published 9 March 2018

New €250,000 mobile library will serve over 2,000 library users in rural south Wexford – Minister Ring
Published 9 March 2018

€10 million for Local Improvement Scheme is “a lifeline for rural communities” – Minister Ring
Published 27 February 2018

Minister Ring urges people to check on older vulnerable neighbours during adverse weather
Published 26 February 2018

Minister Ring focuses on rural employment creation
Published 23 February 2018

Completion of final section of Royal Canal Greenway in Longford will help area realise its great tourism potential – Minister Ring
Published 22 February 2018

Ministers Naughten and Kyne publish annual review of the Mobile Phone & Broadband Taskforce
Published 21 February 2018

Minister Seán Kyne TD announces co-funding for Atlantic Economic Corridor Officers in local authorities
Published 20 February 2018

Minister Ring announces funding award of €815,000 under the Community Services Programme
Published 20 February 2018

Minister Michael Ring opens skate park and playgrounds on visit to rural communities in Wicklow
Published 14 February 2018

Minister Kyne approves €3.5 million to support volunteering across the country
Published 29 January 2018

Minister Michael Ring visits rural initiatives in Connemara
Published 19 January 2018

Appointment of new board members brings gender equality to Board of the Charities Regulator Authority – Kyne
Published 17 January 2018

Minister Ring announces €2.2 million funding for 32 rural trails, cycleways and other recreational amenities 
Published 8 January 2018

Enterprise Ireand and IDA regional job creation stats highly encouraging for rural Ireland – Minister Ring
Published 5 January 2018

Minister Ring approves over €8 million in funding from his Department for Mayo in 2017
Published 4 January 2018

Minister Kyne Announces publication of First PPN Annual Report
Published 3 January 2018

Minister Ring launches Connaught’s first whiskey in 104 years at The Shed Distillery in the Drumshanbo Food Hub
Published 3 January 2018

Minister Ring allocates additional €400,000 for Seniors Alert Scheme after applications quadruple – Minister Ring
Published 13 December 2017

Cabinet agrees transfer of Community Services Programme to Department of Rural and Community Development
Published 12 December 2017

Over three quarters of a million Euro for Foróige from the Dormant Accounts Fund – Minister Kyne
Published 12 December 2017 

Men’s Sheds going from strength to strength as they announce 400th Shed – Minister Ring
Published 6 December 2017

Minister Ring announces approval of 500th LEADER project 
Published 7 December 2017

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region Awards Ceremony
Published 5 December 2017

€800,000 Govt investment will provide huge boost for 120 Agricultural Shows around the country – Minister Ring
Published 1 December 2017

Minister Ring allocates additional €7.4 million for hugely popular LIS Scheme to improve non-public rural roads
Published 27 November 2017

€150,000 to construct cheese dairy at Bó Rua Farm near Fermoy will support rural jobs – Minister Ring
Published 22 November 2017

Minister Kyne praises significant progress made by Mobile Phone and Broadband taskforce
Published 22 November 2017

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East Region Awards Ceremony
Published 20 November 2017

Minister Ring launches Balla Community Futures Plan
Published 19 November 2017

Minister Ring presents TidyTowns awards for North West and West Region in Westport
Published 17 November 2017

Minister Ring announces €1.4 million grant scheme to mark 60th anniversary of Super Valu TidyTowns
Published 17 November 2017

Minister Kyne praises Charities Regulator for their promotion of charity trustees
Published 13 November 2017

Major Government investment will be a game changer for our public libraries – Minister Ring
Published 9 November 2017

Seniors Alert Scheme applicants should only deal with alarm contractors approved by Pobal – Minister Ring
Published 8 November 2017

Ministers Ring and Donohoe launch €5 million RAPID fund in Dublin’s north east inner city
Published 2 November 2017

Minister Michael Ring visits superb rural initiatives in West Cork
Published 1 November 2017

Portwest’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award a great example for rural entrepreneurs – Minister Ring
Published 27 October 2017

€2.3 million new Seniors Alert Scheme will give peace of mind to and security to older rural people in their homes – Ring
Published 19 October 2017

Minister Ring announces over €220 million allocation for rural Ireland and communities in Budget 2018
Published 10 October 2017

Minister Ring approves €21.6 million to help revitalise over 280 towns and villages across rural Ireland
Published 4 October 2017

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Ministers Ring and Moran launch new €10 million scheme to improve non-public roads in rural areas
Published 21 September 2017

Minister Ring announces development of a National Policy on Social Enterprise
Published 12 September 2017

Western Development Commission can help create jobs through closer collaboration with Govt and State bodies – Minister Ring
Published 8 September 2017

Rural Uber” type car-pooling app shows that Clare is thinking ahead – Minister Ring
Published 7 September 2017

Minister Ring no room for complacency despite high progress rate of Action Plan for Rural Development
Published 23 August 2017

Minister Ring approves over €11 million for more than 200 Rural Recreation Projects
Published 31 July 2017

Minister Ring confirms new Senior Alerts scheme will be launched in the coming weeks
Published 27 July 2017

Publication of progress report of Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce
Published 21 July 2017

Minister Ring approves €40m plan to tackle disadvantage
Published 17 July 2017

Minister Ring welcomes announcement of the Northern and Western region as European Entrepreneurial Region for 2018
Published 13 July 2017