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Mayo County Council Welcomes New COVID-19 Support Funding

Date: 06-08-2020

Mayo County Council welcomes the Department for Rural and Community Development’s first tranche of funding under the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The funding is in support of rural businesses and communities to rebuild in response to COVID-19, and four Mayo projects are recipients of €114,325.00 in total.

Funding of €39,600.00 has been provided for Broadband Connection Points at Community Centres in ten locations in Mayo, namely Belderrig, Bofeenaun, Clare Island, Cushlough, Finny, Islandeady, Keel, Killasser, Kilmovee and Taugheen. Office furniture and IT equipment will also be provided to maximise potential of new high speed broadband connection.

Funding of €25,000.00 has been allocated to Cong to carry out worksin the public realm to allow safe queueing on footpath and safe placement of outdoor tables and chairs.

Funding of €24,725.00 allocated to improvements to Lahardane Village for enhancement of the public realm to increase visitor footfall to outdoor titanic museum and park.

€25,000.00 has been allocated for the acquisition of large mobile parasols to provide sheltered external space in Westport for festivals, markets, tourism and community events.

Cathaoirleach Richard Finn welcomes the announcement;

"Covid-19 restrictions have had a huge effect on our rural towns and villages. While we must abide by the rules, but we also must work alongside the people who are adapting their businesses and our communities to our new way of life. The funding provided for broadband and the improvement to the public realms of these Mayo communities, will go a long way in keeping them safe, connected and open for business.”

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