Senator Gabrielle McFadden
The Government's decision to approve almost €230,000 for rural recreation projects in Co Longford is largely down to the continued upturn in Ireland's economic fortunes.
That's according to Longford-Westmeath Senator Gabrielle McFadden, who, this afternoon, rowed in behind the announcement.
Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Micheal Ring, rubber-stamped the news by allocating €190,000 for the development of a pedestrian bridge in Longford town.
The remaining €37,936, has been allocated to Coillte for the maintenance of forest trails.
Ms McFadden, who is Fine Gael's Defence spokesperson in the Seanad, said the announcement was in keeping with the country's ongoing economic recovery.
"As a Government Senator for Longford/Westmeath I am working hard to ensure that the Government delivers for County Longford," she said.
"We are using the recent economic success to make people’s lives a little better, and funding allocations like this one are very much part of that.
“It is hugely important for the health of the nation that we support and encourage people to keep fit and healthy and enjoy the great outdoors. That is why the Government funds and supports 118 projects nationwide under the Rural Recreation Scheme.
For more on this story, see next week's Longford Leader.