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Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Rural and Community Development

Rural Schemes

Photo of Steven MatthewsSteven Matthews (Wicklow, Green Party)
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514. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of towns and villages in county Wicklow that have been awarded funding under the rural regeneration and development fund in the lifetime of this Government, broken down by funding level, location and year, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28714/24]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) provides funding for the development and construction of capital projects in towns, villages and rural areas across Ireland.

The RRDF supports the Our Rural Future vision of a thriving rural Ireland that is integral to our national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development. It is also aligned with the Town Centre First policy.

Funding is allocated on a competitive basis to State-funded bodies. State-funded bodies are local authorities, Local Development Companies and other State agencies.

To date, 245 projects have been approved for RRDF funding of €577 million.

Since the formation of this government, two projects in county Wicklow have been awarded RRDF funding of almost €1.4 million. Details are set out in the table attached.

Funding awarded to Wicklow under RRDF since 2020

County Year Project Name Town/Village RRDF Amount Approved Description of Project
Wicklow 2020 Placemaking for Newtownmountkennedy Newtownmountkennedy €357,750.00 This project will develop plans to enhance the public realm in the town centre, with a view to improving the pedestrian experience and creating new focal points.
Wicklow 2022 Blueprint for Blessington Blessington €1,034,704.00 The project will develop plans for public realm works and includes the acquisition of a key town centre site for future development.


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