Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire, Stratford-on-Slaney Approved for Major Capital Funding – Doyle

Stratford-pwsDSC_0099-150x150Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Andrew Doyle, has received confirmation from the Minister for Education, that major capital funding has been approved for the delivery of additional accommodation at Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire, Stratford on Slaney.


“I am delighted to confirm that major funding has been approved for Stratford National School for much needed additional accommodation. The current building is in extremely poor condition and no major construction work has taken place in a number of years at the school.  I have been working alongside the Department of Education and the school to secure funding for necessary structural improvements”.


The approval comprises of 2 General Classrooms (80m2) each to include WC’s and storage. A general office and a universally accessible WC for assisted users. The scope of the project also includes work to the existing building.  Work to the existing building is the amalgamation of the two existing classrooms to form one classroom and the refurbishment of this building element.


“This is a huge development for the school and the community of Stratford on Slaney and I would like to commend the Principal, Ms O’Keeffe, Board of Management and staff for their on-going work and dedication to guarantee this application was approved”


€20 million in funding available for rural towns and villages – Doyle


The Government has announced €20 million in funding for rural towns and villages as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development


Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and TD for Wicklow said this will bring tangible benefits to people and revitalise rural communities in Wicklow.


“The funding announced this week by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, is great news for rural Ireland and I strongly encourage Wicklow County Council to apply.


“The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.


The Scheme will be funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and administered by the Local Authorities.

“Fine Gael in Government, is using the resources created by our strong economy to deliver real benefits to people and communities all across the country.  The Government’s new Action Plan for Rural Ireland contains over 270 targeted actions that will help to deliver these benefits to people here in Wicklow.


“Up to 300 towns and villages will benefit from funding under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will be made available through Local Authorities over the next 15 months to support rural regeneration.


“The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. Applications from towns can range from €20,000 to a maximum of €100,000. Funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas.


“A number of towns and villages across Wicklow were badly affected by the recession of recent years and part of Fine Gael’s Action Plan will review planning legislation to allow the change of use of vacant commercial properties in rural towns and villages. I hope to see this having an impact in towns like  Dunlavin, Tinahely, Baltinglass and Hacketstown  .