Kilmaine is to see an improvement in water quality in the area with the announcement this week that the Lough Mask regional water supply scheme is to be extended to the village. This will be funded as part of the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 to 2013 and it will allow for the construction of a water main from Ballinrobe to Kilmaine at a cost of €2.025 million. The funding will be awarded by the Minister for the Environment, Community, and Local Government Phil Hogan to allow Mayo County Council to advance the scheme to construction as soon as possible.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement. He said: “The extension of the Lough Mask regional water supply scheme to Kilmaine represents a welcome investment that will support economic growth in the area as well as improve water quality in the locality. I understand the construction of the water main and associated reservoir will cost €1.475 million and a further €0.55 million will be spent on water main rehabilitation in the Kilmaine area. The Lough Mask regional water supply scheme is a vital asset for the water supply in County Mayo and its further development is strongly welcomed.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed news from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan announcing revised allocations under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 which release the programme’s remaining €70 million for local development companies around the country. Of this €70 million, a total of €19,896,889 will be awarded to Mayo.
The Taoiseach said: “Almost €20 million will be released to the two local development companies based in Mayo. Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company will benefit from funding of €9,535,062. In addition, South West Mayo Development Company Limited will benefit from funding of €10,361,827. I understand the local development companies will be notified in the near future and I am sure this funding will benefit rural communities.”
One hundred and sixty jobs have been maintained in the west as Ashford Castle, Cong, was sold this week following a global marketing process by joint receivers Ernst & Young and selling agent Savills. The new owner, Red Carnation Hotels, has exchanged contracts on the historic five star property and plans to operate the hotel as a leading branded hotel.
Red Carnation Hotels is an award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Florida, South Africa, and now Ireland.