Keeping jobs and enhancing employment in rural Ireland is the main driver for three projects granted significant regeneration funding today.
The development of a life sciences innovation hub and soft landing centre in Monksland is being awarded over 2.7 million euro by the Department of Rural Affairs under the Rural Regeneration Programme.
The project, which will cost over 3 million euro in total, was initiated first by Deputy Denis Naughten and brought forward by Athlone Chamber of Commerce and Roscommon County Council.
On Let’s Talk today, President of Athlone Chamber of Commerce John McGrath, explained how important it is to provide space to start-up businesses who are working with the larger companies in the area.
Also, a digital hub planned for the former Waterways Ireland building in Abbeyshrule will now be able to progress to tender, as a result of today’s announcement.
Five enterprise units and prefabricated pods will be made available to people who wish to set up business locally and who wish to avoid a daily commute to Dublin.
And in Ballinamore, the Community Council has been working on the redevelopment of the Junction – and the site of the former St Feilim’s school.
It and the former Coach House will be redeveloped into a digital and community, youth and artistic centre.
Maureen Martin who is Chairperson of the Steering Community says it’s an exciting prospect for the whole community.
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