Minister Heather Humphreys in Moate

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural affairs, Heather Humphreys, has accepted Deputy Peter Burke’s invitation to launch the next round of her Town and Village Renewal scheme in Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, this morning, Thursday.

Speaking in Moate ahead of the launch, Burke stated that he is delighted to welcome the Minister to the south Westmeath town, but it is far from her first visit to the area:

“The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural affairs is no stranger to Moate, having spent a Saturday in Moate last November viewing the facilities at Dún na Sí Heritage Park, meeting members of Moate Action Group and dance students from the Moate Performance and Arts School.

“Moate was a large beneficiary of the Minister’s Town and Village Renewal last year, with €70,000 awarded to go towards the action plan for the town.

“The selection of Tuar Ard, which is community based and led, as the location for the national launch of the Town and Village Renewal scheme highlights the pro-active approach taken by members of the community to work on behalf of their town and engage positively with the Minister.

“Indeed, community activists such as Cllr John Dolan have shown huge commitment to their area which has paid dividends for all residents.”

Minister Humphreys will announce the total budget for this year’s scheme in Tuar Ard and will explain how communities can apply.

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