- Old Cinemas, Courthouses, Hotels, Convents, and Market Houses to be transformed into remote working hubs, libraries, e-learning, cultural, enterprise and community spaces
- Development of pedestrian zones, green areas and outdoor public spaces to breathe new life into town centres
- Focus on combatting dereliction, increasing the vibrancy of towns and regenerating iconic town centre buildings with new purpose
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €75million for 24 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.
The funding, which is being provided under the €1Billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new policy for Rural Ireland.
A large number of the successful projects provide for the regeneration of vacant town centre buildings as remote working and hot-desking facilities. These projects will support remote workers and commuters to work from and remain in their own local community.
Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:
“Just three weeks ago, the Government launched Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades.
“Today we are putting that policy firmly into action and delivering major investment aimed at town centre regeneration and supporting remote working.
“These projects will breathe new life into towns and villages across the country making them attractive and vibrant places for people to live, work, socialise and raise a family.”
Key elements of Phase 1 tor this RRDF funding:
Transform the former Sisters of Mercy Convent site and adjacent lands,
Creation of an iconic and welcoming focal point and public realm
Develop new Public Library and Community Services Hub.
The project will provide a range of key community facilities and services in a central location, including remote learning, enhancing the quality of life of the town’s residents, and improving the overall experience of visitors to the region.