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Five Laois towns to reap the benefits of substantial new funding under national scheme

Five Laois towns and villages have been allocated €437,761 for improvements from the Town and Village Renewal scheme.

Laois TD Charlie Flanagan welcomed the funding from The Town and Village Renewal scheme.

The scheme is an initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Programme for Rural Regeneration.

The sum will be divided between Camross, Ballacolla, Portarlington, Ballinakill and Castletown.

Camross will receive €35,000 to proved lighting to Camross Village Walkway and secure the perimeter of the Village Park.

Ballacolla will receive €55,000  for the installation of footpaths and construction of wildlife walking track in wildlife park.

Portarlington will receive a massive 200,000 towards the Public Realm Works and improvement of pathway at perimeter of People’s Park to link the Leisure Centre with the Lake Development.

Ballinakill are set to receive €100,000 to upgrade and re-open outdoor swimming pool while the remaining €47,761 goes to Castletown to upgrade the Community Centre.

Laois TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan said: “These excellent initiatives will ensure our smaller towns and villages are more attractive and sustainable places in which to live and work.

“The benefit of previous funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now being felt countrywide and I am delighted today that even more areas in Laois will benefit from the funding.”

“I want to thank the Local Authorities for engaging with local communities in these instances to help them to identify good projects which have merited support,” the Fine Gael TD added.

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Aedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn't like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise's bid to 10-in-a-row.