Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she hopes the money allocated under the Rural Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be paid to local authorities without delay.  Deputy Smyth has welcomed the €750,000 investment announcement for towns and villages across the two counties.

“This funding is a welcome step to revitalising our rural towns and villages.  Many of them were left behind by Fine Gael and Labour’s two-tier recovery agenda, and are now in much need of investment.  The €750,000 allocation will go some way to address this imbalance; however it is essential that the funding is made available as soon as possible”, said Deputy Smyth.

“Under the terms of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, funding can be used revitalise rural areas, and projects will be undertaken in consultation with the local authorities and local community groups.  These could include tourism amenities, playgrounds or family activity areas or investing in public art pieces.

“I understand that Monaghan town will benefit to the tune of €100,000, while Cavan town, Cootehill and Virginia have been allocated €85,000 each.  This funding is much needed and I hope that it can be rolled out without delay so that these important improvements can be carried out”.