The promise of a €10m grant scheme for towns and villages across Co Longford to tap into has been given the thumbs up locally.
Around 200 towns and villages across the country are expected to avail of the scheme in a government initiative to revitalise rural Ireland.
Longford Westmeath TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran said the project was one of the key components of the Independent Alliance before they entered into government with Fine Gael.
“Today’s announcement shows how Independents can have a positive impact on how central funds can be delivered in areas that were previously being neglected,” said Mr Moran.
“The new scheme will have a particular focus on towns with populations of less than 5,000 and an allocation of €380,000 is to be made available to each county.”
Under the plan, a maximum of eight separate projects in each county can receive a grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from September.