Dara Calleary TD has welcomed funding of over €337,000 for Mayo from the Department of Rural and Community Development under The Connected Hubs Scheme. There is also an additional €250,000 for the Udaras na Gaeltachta gTeic hubs across Mayo, Galway and Donegal.
Deputy Calleary said: "This is very significant funding for Mayo under the Connected Hubs Scheme. We have already seen the benefits that such hubs bring to rural communities in those areas where they have previously been established and this Government investment will allow further development and success in many rural parts of Mayo.
"The projects being funded under this round are Cairn Enterprise Hub, Leeson Enterprise Centre, The Courthouse, Knockmore Resource Centre, while Mayo County Council have been allocated almost €200,000 to develop 11 Broadband Connections Points in Belderrig, Boofeenan, Clare Island, Cushlough, Keel, Kilmovee, Ardagh, Belmullet, Aghamore, Clogher and Inisturk. These works will involve upgrading of existing facilities including energy efficiency and space conversion.
"Connected Hubs are a key component of the Government’s Our Rural Future Policy and I am very pleased that Mayo has been well represented in this round of funding. In terms of local development and prosperity, Connected Hubs are the way forward and will allow for a greater number of people to stay at home or to return home – all of which has a very positive effect on the social and economic fabric of our local rural areas."