GRANTS totalling €28 million from the European Regional Development Fund have been approved for transport and regeneration projects for designated towns throughout the country.
European regional assemblies, established 10 years ago, are administering the funds which will assist the growth of certain towns from the border down to the south-east.
The Border, Midland & Western and the Southern & Eastern& regional assemblies have announced they have approved grants totalling €28m to fund projects in designated gateways and hub towns under the National Spatial Strategy. The grants will be used for:
Cork: €2.8m: This is to co-finance the entire costs of the Christ Church project which is to be converted into an arts centre in conjunction with the adjoining Triskel Arts centre.
Dublin: €2.4m: This grant is in respect of the Smithfield project and consists of the completion of the Public Realm improvements to the square.
Limerick/Shannon: €3m: This grant is in respect of the Limerick city centre project and consists of the ‘Crossroads’ public transport hub and public realm enhancement works.
Waterford: €2.7m: The Waterford proposal consists of two separate, but related projects. The first project consists of the restoration and conversion of a collection of adjoining buildings in the city centre into a tourism project. The second project consists of upgrading the Bolton Street car park.
In the Border, Midland and West Region, Dundalk, Galway city, Letterkenny, Midlands (Athlone, Tullamore, Mullingar) and Sligo have been awarded €10.85m towards strategic transport, urban regeneration and cultural investments; while Ballina, Castlebar, Cavan, Monaghan and Tuam will benefit from an investment of €6.3m in urban renewal, amenity provision, energy efficiency and cultural infrastructure investment.