Posted in Connect on August 30, 2016.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, has welcomed funding totalling €5.7 million euro for various Rural Water Programmes around Mayo.

In the case of rural development works, funding of €135,000 will be provided to the Aghaloonteen GWS, and funding of €388,000 will be provided to the Massbrook/Terry GWS.

Other schemes such as Cushin & Ayle will benefit from funding of €500,000, and Irishtown will receive funding of €50,000.

Funding for improvement works totalling €3.5 million euro  will be made to Group Water Schemes in Brackloon/Spaddagh; Dromindoo/Fahy; Kilmeena; Kilmovee/Urlar; Parke; and Robeen.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says “the new grants will benefit schemes which were not previously viable under the funding limits up until December 2015, when the last Government decided to increase the grant limits for Rural Water Programmes.  Needless to say, some parts of Mayo are of a particularly remote rural location making it difficult to provide drinking water and other utilities.  These remote areas are often combined with a challenging topographical layout making it much more expensive to develop Group Water Schemes that produce drinking water of a suitable quality.”

This funding which is the highest being received by a single county will benefit a number of Group Water Schemes in Mayo that have long-standing issues regarding the availability of potable water.  The are roughly 45 houses in the Massbrook/Terry area and 10 houses in the Aghaloonteen area that do not have access to simple drinking water.  This funding will make a huge improvement to those living in areas where drinking water has not been of sufficient quality and I look forward to Mayo County Council drawing down the funding as soon as possible in order for works to commence.”

Source: Midwest Radio

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