Minister Ring announces over €220 million allocation for rural Ireland and communities in Budget 2018

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Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development

The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D. has announced that Budget 2018 will provide in excess of €220 million in funding for rural Ireland and our communities, describing the monies allocated as “an opportunity to create more vibrant, inclusive communities and support people and families who live in rural Ireland”.

Minister Ring has said:

“Funding for the Outdoor Recreation Scheme will be increased by nearly €4 million to almost €11.4 million. This scheme will provide excellent outdoor amenities such as greenways for local people and families to use and which can attract visitors and jobs into local areas.

“The €10 million allocated to Local Improvement Schemes will provide help improve small private roads, laneways and boreens which don’t come under the control of local authorities and which give access to homes, farmyards, agricultural land and business premises.

“There will be a total of €35 million available for projects under the LEADER programme in 2018. This programme is a huge player in the life of rural communities and I am glad that the Government continues to recognise the need for this vital support to life in rural Ireland.

It is hoped by many that this investment in community development will see greater support and a boost to the festival sector, as the Arts Council saw a meager increase in its funding for Budget 2018.

Details of all the schemes and programmes receiving funding from the Department can be found online at

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