€524,000 secured for Scariff under Rural Regeneration Development Fund
- Will address dereliction and improve public realm
- Part of national €21.5m announcement
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of €524,000 in funding for Scariff, under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund.
This will go a long way towards the estimated cost of €655,000 to transform the town in terms of tackling derelict properties, enhancing the public realm and generating economic growth and footfall.
“This funding will be transformational for Scariff town,” said Deputy Crowe.
“Scariff is known for being vibrant and picturesque but now, with major works planned for the nearby island of Inis Cealtra it’ll become a tourism gateway of even greater importance in the Lough Derg region.
“This funding will help to revamp the town centre and address dereliction first and foremost.
“It’s hoped that one particular derelict building can be acquired and used to develop a Multi Service Innovation and Engagement Hub and improved public realm for the Market Square in the town centre.
“The revamped town centre should entice more people to Scariff and hopefully also make it attractive for people to overnight in the area when visiting Lough Derg.
“I met with a number of local activists a number of months ago – namely Debbie Bent and Clare Henchy of Scariff Community Council, Denis Tuohy of Scariff Town Team and Councillor Pat Hayes – and since then, have a path worn to Minister Humphreys’ office trying to get this over the line.
“I am somewhat disappointed that a project submitted for the Kilrush area has not been selected on this occasion.
“This application related to a proposal to develop a marine training facility in the town.
“Whilst I’m disappointed that it hasn’t been approved on this occasion, I very much consider this to be a viable project for the future and I hope to work with local councillors and stakeholders to ensure that new life is breathed into these plans and that it goes forward once again for public monies.”