Priority funding for Ballinamore Primary Care Centre

The long awaited Ballinamore Primary Care Centre has been included for funding under the Government’s euro stimulus programme.

The long awaited Ballinamore Primary Care Centre has been included for funding under the Government’s euro stimulus programme.

At the time of going to press it was not clear just how much funding had been allocated but Local Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, confirmed that priority funding had been allocated for the project.

“This is great news for Ballinamore and South Leitrim. This primary care centre has been in the pipeline for some time but I have been ensured this funding will help fast-track the project, to be completed under the HSE’s capital programme,” he told the Leitrim Observer.

Funding had been provisionally allocated in the HSE Capital plan for 2012 for the development of the facility. However, Deputy Feighan said the Government’s infrastructure stimulus programme “will ensure the required monies are ring-fenced to complete the development and I look forward to this project now progressing”.

The construction phase of this Ballinamore facility will also provide a significant jobs boost, added the Deputy.

The news was also warmly welcomed by local representatives with Cllr John McCartin pointing out it would be “good for the area in terms of the services it will provide and in terms of activity in the economy both from its operation and during its construction”.

Cllr Gordon Hughes said that he was delighted with the news adding that it would be a major infrastructural boost for the community and would also allow for a greater centralisation of services in a state-of-the-art facility.

Cllr Caillian Ellis has also welcomed the news adding that he hoped work would begin on the site “sooner rather than later”.

“I lobbied Fianna Fail when they were in power to keep this project on track and I am delighted that this funding has been announced. Hopefully we will soon see activity on site soon. This is a major project and it will have huge benefits to a small community like Ballinamore,” he said.