Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys
Ballinamore has been allocated €100,000 towards the development of an Angling Centre while Carrick-on-Shannon has been allocated €200,000 towards the development of a Taste Leitrim Food Tourism and Enterprise Zone as part of the REDZ funding announced earlier today.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, has confirmed details of the national fund totalling €5.3 million for REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones). The initiative aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.
Under the 2016 REDZ scheme €1.9 million was allocated to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million was earmarked for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. It is one of a number of schemes which my Department has been rolling out to boost economic activity and improve living standards across rural Ireland.
“This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity. This is all about empowering local communities to provide local residents with local opportunities."