Murnane O'Connor welcomes over  €1m to combat dereliction and breathe new life into rural towns and villages in Carlow

Published on: 15 December 2022

Fianna Fail TD for Carlow, Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, has welcomed over €1m in funding that will combat dereliction and breathe new life into rural towns and villages across Carlow.
The major package announced by Government today comprises four stands.
Deputy Murnane O'Connor said, "I am delighted that €1,032,769 has been allocated under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to six projects across Carlow.
"I was also thrilled to receive confirmation that Bagenalstown has being selected for funding under the €6 million Building Acquisition Measure which will see the purchase of the former Convent to convert into a hub for enterprise, community, multi-use event space and outdoor education space.
“This is all about tackling the scourge of vacancy and dereliction in our towns and villages. It’s about taking old buildings and giving them a new lease of life and this funding will go some way to achieving that.''
The Government has also today given the green light for works to take place in 26 towns under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative.  
This scheme will see funding of €100,000 provided to one town per local authority.
Deputy Murnane O'Connor said, " I was pleased to hear that Bagenalstown has also been selected as one of the 26 towns.  Under the initiative, retailers and property owners will be provided with grants that they can use to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork or install features such as street furniture or canopies.''
Deputy Murnane O'Connor concluded by saying that today's investment demonstrates the commitment and ambition of Fianna Fáil in Government for our rural communities.