Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the news that the playground at Tom Ruane Park in Ballina is to re-developed as part of a €200,000 investment in the recreational amenity. Deputy Mulherin said a new play area with landscaped mounds and paths is expected to be completed by next spring. The Tom Ruane Park playground is a popular and much-loved recreational area and open space enjoyed by families and visitors to Ballina, who make great use of the park's many impressive facilities.
Deputy Mulherin said: “I was delighted to have been in a position to make a case for funding to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, is providing funding of €25,000 towards the work. As it stands, the existing old wooden playground is in urgent need of an overhaul, and Ballina Town Council from its own funds together with this grant from the Minister will allow works to commence shortly. Well done to the town council, its management and staff on their continued efforts to improve play facilities in the town."