Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Rural and Community Development

Community Enhancement Programme

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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946. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of women's sheds groups that applied for and were successful under the most recent community enhancement fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11527/20]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Men's Sheds provide a valuable service, strengthening communities by bringing people together and helping to tackle social isolation.  Recently a number of Women’s Sheds have emerged, and in order to support this positive development, I ring-fenced funding under the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme(CEP) for both Men's and Women's Sheds. 

This provided €0.5 million of small capital grants to Sheds throughout Ireland to carry out minor capital works or to purchase equipment.  In total 372 Men’s and Women’s Sheds were allocated funding, this included 33 Women’s Shed Groups.


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