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

Published 12 July 2018

Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, today announced details of funding of €1.2 million to a range of First Responder organisations in rural areas under Measure 3 (First Responders Support) of the CLÁR Programme 2018.

The funding will go towards a range of supports including:

  • Vital equipment for mountain and sub aqua rescue groups
  • Ambulances for local ambulance groups
  • Defibrillators for local communities

Speaking today, Minister Ring said: “Today I am delighted to be in a position to announce further funding under the CLÁR programme of €1.2m for 70 First Responder groups in rural areas around the country who provide an excellent service often under very difficult circumstances.

“These community-based volunteer organisations do life-saving work. They need to have proper equipment and training in order to ensure they can perform their work; that’s exactly what the funding I am announcing today will provide. This support will mean that if someone gets into difficulty, these groups will be better equipped to help them.

“I’m delighted to support these community-based organisations in the vital work they do. This Government supports and invests in community groups throughout the country because we recognise the invaluable contribution they make to our society. No one epitomises this contribution more than voluntary first responder groups. I have great respect for the volunteers that put themselves on the line in order to help others.  I know that this funding will go towards keeping members of our communities safe and well.

“Today’s announcement builds on the funding of €1.2m I provided last year to 44 organisations around the country. Since I re-introduced the CLÁR Programme in 2016, it has provided funding to over 1,200 projects throughout the country under various measures.”

The full list of recipients under CLÁR Measure 3 2018 can be found on the Department’s website:


Note for Editors

The CLÁR programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.

CLÁR 2018 was announced in March 2018 with applications invited under three Measures:

  • Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
  • Measure 2: Play Areas (Including MUGAs)
  • Measure 3: First Response Support Measure

Successful applicants under Measures 1 and 2 have previously been announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development and details are available on the Department’s website, Details of the successful projects under Measure 3 will also be published on the website after the Department has notified the Organisations of their successful applications.