Published 14 February 2018
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, visited rural communities in Wicklow and officially opened rural initiatives which are being supported through his Department.
Minister Ring opened a new skate park in Baltinglass, a playground in Rathdangan and a Multi Use Games Area in Knockananna, all of which have been built with funding from his Department’s CLÁR programme. He also visited a project being supported under his Department’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme in Rathdrum.
Minister Ring was joined on his visit by the Minister for Health and TD for Wicklow, Simon Harris TD. The visit was also attended by other Oireachtas members and by Members of Wicklow County Council.
Minister Ring said: “I’m delighted to be in Wicklow today to officially open these wonderful new community amenities. Today’s visit to Wicklow provides a great opportunity to see how rural communities in Wicklow are working together to improve their local areas and how targeted Government investment is supporting them. By funding a new skate park in Baltinglass, a playground in Rathdangan and a Multi Use Games Area in Knockananna, we are supporting families in these rural towns and villages.
“I will also visit Rathdrum where €100,000 has been allocated under my Department’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Footpaths, Street Furniture, Signage and Works on the Town Square which will encourage people to use it as an area to congregate and hold events.
“I am delighted as a Government representative to be able to visit these wonderful facilities and to communicate the Government’s commitment to supporting rural communities for the future.
“Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s 20 year planning and investment strategy, will be launched on Friday. It will mean more investments in rural towns, villages and communities in Wicklow and throughout the country.
“People should have the opportunity to have a decent quality of life, no matter where they choose to live. By having a practical, workable growth plan and backing it up with smart and significant investment in our rural communities, towns and villages, Project Ireland 2040 can enable rural Ireland to realise its potential.”