Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, this week announced funding of €242,296.21 for 10 first responder organisations in Mayo under the First Response Support Measure of CLÁR (Measure 3 ).
The funding has been allocated as follows: (1 ) €22,100 to the Gráinne Uaile Sub Aqua Club for a new 250 horsepower outboard engine; (2 ) €3,200 to the Meelickmore Community Development Fund, Claremorris a defibrillator and training; (3 ) €32,810 to River Moy Search and Rescue for the purchase of a vehicle; (4 ) €1,500 to Claremorris South Responder Community Group for a defibrillator, CCTV and a heated unit; (4 ) €4,834 to Shrule Community Defibrillator Group for a a defibrillator and training; (5 ) €50,000 to St John’s Ambulance - Mayo Division for the purchase, conversion and fit out of a four wheel drive ambulance; (6 ) €50,000 to the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps for an ambulance for Knock parish and hinterland; (7 ) €50,000 to the Irish Red Cross - Mayo for an ambulance for Claremorris and hinterlands; (8 ) €11,851 to Irish Community Rapid Response for equipment for use in the Erris area and (9 ) €16,000 to Mayo Mountain Rescue for equipment and building upgrade.
Minister Ring said: “I am delighted to announce funding under the CLÁR programme of over €242,000 for 10 first responder organisations in Mayo. This follows on from recent announcements by me of over €570,000 for School and Community Safety supports and Community Play Areas in Mayo through my Department’s CLÁR programme.
“I’m delighted to support these community based organisations in the vital work they do to keep members of our community safe and well. Quite simply, these groups need to have proper equipment and training in order to ensure they can perform their important work.
“This Government supports and invests in community groups in Mayo and throughout the country because we recognise the invaluable contribution they make to our society. No one epitomises this contribution more than the voluntary first responder groups that I am announcing support for today. Since I re-introduced the CLÁR Programme in 2016, it has provided funding to over 1,200 projects throughout the country under various measures.”