€350,000 in funding has been allocated to three Longford projects under the 2016 REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones).
€200,000 has been granted towards the development of an Interpretive Centre around Granard Motte, €100,000 for a walking route in Corlea and €50,000 has been allocated to create a walking loop on the top of Corn Hill.
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced details of the €5.3 million REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative today, which aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.
Minister Humphreys said: “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. It is one of a number of schemes which my Department has been rolling out to boost economic activity and improve living standards across rural Ireland.
“This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity. This is all about empowering local communities to provide local residents with local opportunities."
Cllr Colm Murray has welcomed the grant aid to the tune of €100,000 for Corlea walking routes.
"This funding is very welcome" said Cllr Murray. "It will allow Longford County Council to progress ahead with its plans for the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park and to significantly increase tourism in the area. The walkways will link in to the Corlea Trackway Centre and help to increase visitor numbers there also."
Longford Westmeath TD Peter Burke commented, "€350,000 is a significant amount which can be put to great use in Longford. Having visited the site and met with the group responsible for the Interpretive centre plans in Granard Motte on a number of occasions, I am delighted to confirm that the full €200,000 has been granted to them. The centre will be a fantastic tourist facility for Longford and its surrounds."