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€850,000 allocated so far this year from Community Gain Investment Fund

The Erris area and Kilcommon in particular has seen an allocation of €875,000 this year in local projects under the Community Gain Investment Fund which was part of the planning permission for the Corrib Gas project. Declan Turnbull from the Community and Enterprise section of Mayo County Council which manages the fund, gave the members of the Belmullet Electoral Area Committee an update on the progress made this year with the fund. Along with the €875,000 allocated so far this year, he also informed the meeting there were three other programme groups that still had to be allocated funding this year, and he hoped that these groups would see funding allocated by the end of September.

Councillors want to see Community Gain Investment Fund area expanded

A number of councillors have called for the €8.5 million Community Gain Investment Fund that has been put up by the developers of the Corrib Gas project as part of their planning permission to have a wider geographic reach. Cllr Rose Conway Walsh, speaking at the April meeting of the Belmullet electoral area committee, said: “I do want to see it extended to areas like Ballycastle, it’s very unfair that it’s not included.” The idea of seeing it extended was supported by other councillors including Cllr Michael Holmes and Cllr Michael McNamara. At present the fund is confined to the Cill Chomain area. While asking for the geographic remit of the fund to be expanded, Cllr Conway Walsh hit out at the small nature of the fund compared to the overall profits that the project developers will make, saying: “Overall we need to look at this fund being from our own natural resources, not the developers” and “it’s a lot less than the people deserve”.

Councillors concerned community fund will not be drawn down if LEADER funding is not restored

A number of councillors at the Belmullet Electoral Area Committee on Tuesday expressed their hope that LEADER funding that was previously provided by Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG) would soon be back on stream. The calls came as the members were informed that the first two years of funding from the separate Communuity Gain Investment Fund is about to be allocated by Mayo County Council. That €8 millon fund is paid for by the developers of the Corrib Gas project as an obligation of their planning permission. However, councillors are concered that groups who are awarded this funding would not draw it down, as they are waiting to see whether they will also get funding from applications they made to MFG before it was closed two years ago so they can combine the funding to complete projects.

Applications still open for Community Gain Investment Fund

Mayo County Council are still formulating the final plans for the Community Gain Investment Fund of €8.5 million that was a condition of the last granting of planning permission for part of the Corrib gas pipeline.

Council don’t have funding for grants

Mayo County Council revealed that they don’t have the funding to match the applications for grant funding under the new housing grants introduced this year.

Bellacorick Enterprise Fund

Fiontar Chomhraic has been established as a response to the closure of the ESB power station at Bellacorick. The main purpose of this €3 million fund is to encourage enterprise development in areas affected by the closures.

Castlebar joint policing committee

A joint policing committee is currently being established for the Castlebar town area with a meeting being arranged for Wednesday January 14 for all those interested in being nominated to the committee.

Policing committee meeting

A joint policing committee has been established for the Castlebar town area which includes three people to represent community and voluntary organisations in the town. The function of the policing committees, which are being established throughout the country, is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions, and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of an area.


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