Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien welcome €341 million allocation for rural and community development in Budget 2021
€23 million in additional investment for rural Ireland and our communities
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State with responsibility for Communities, Joe O’Brien T.D., welcome the 341 million euro to the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of Budget 2021.
The two Ministers have secured €23 million of additional funding, representing an overall 7pc increase in funding.
The Budget has a particular focus on supporting rural communities that have been impacted by Covid-19.
Among the measures contained in the Budget include:
- An extra €5 million to invest in remote working facilities at Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) and Digital Hubs
- €2 million extra to fund masterplans for up to 50 town centres
- An additional €2 million for greenways, blueways, trails and other amenities
- Extra funding for schemes such as LEADER, CLÁR and the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF)
- €2 million in additional funding for our islands
€341 Million Allocation for Rural and Community Development in Budget 2021