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25 Jan 2022

One Offaly town gets €100,000 to develop masterplan

One Offaly town gets €100,000 to develop masterplan

One Offaly town gets €100,000 to develop masterplan

26 towns across the county, including Clara in Offaly, will receive €100,000 each to tackle dereliction and revitalise town centres. 

Minister for Rural Development, Heather Humphreys, announced the news today to make town centres more attractive places to live, work, socialise and run a business. 

Speaking on the news, she said, "Our rural towns and villages play a central role in the lives of people in rural areas. They are where we live, work, shop and socialise. It is important that we ensure our towns and villages remain vibrant, vital and relevant places." 

CEO of Offaly County Council, Anna-Marie Delaney, welcomed the funding announcement today and said: “This funding will support Offaly County Council, working with a new collaborative Town Team for Clara, to develop a be-spoke Town Centre First plan to guide the development of the town”. She added that “Clara’s Plan will set out specific actions and interventions that will help unlock national funding streams such as the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and the Town & Village Renewal Scheme to resource delivery of these interventions.”

Speaking after the announcement today, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr Declan Harvey said: “This is about delivering for Clara and ensuring that Clara has the right plan in place to tackle the issues of dereliction, vacant properties, and above all, to become a better place to live, work and run a business”.

Longford Town in Longford, New Ross in Wexford, Clane in Kildare, Killala in Mayo, Strokestown in Roscommon, and Milford in Donegal are some of the other areas that will benefit from the funding. 

Below is a full list of the beneficiaries: 

The minister continued: "Each town selected as part of this initiative will has its own strengths and each will face different challenges as it maps out its future path. No one size fits all policy will work. The Plans will be developed in tandem with Town Teams that are representative of the local towns and who can bring a wealth of knowledge and local expertise." 

The initiative is part of Our Rural Future, a five year strategy designed to reimagine and revitalise rural areas of the country. 

Each Local Authority will develop a plan collaboratively with local Town Teams involving community, business and public/private stakeholders. 

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