€28,000 for Tidy Towns groups
Government grants for Tidy Towns committees around the country will net €28,000 for committees in Fingal.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a national grant scheme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.
This scheme will allow each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do and will support ten committees throughout Fingal.
Local TD, Alan Farrel welcomed the local grants, saying: 'This investment by the Government will directly support the local Tidy Towns groups. These volunteer led community initiatives bring out the best in our towns and villages.
'This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.'
Senator James Reilly welcomed the Tidy Towns funding for local groups, saying: 'I have no doubt that towns and villages across Fingal will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism.'
Announcing the funding for Tidy Towns groups across the country, Minister Ring said: 'This funding is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own communities.
'Tidy Towns groups have made our country as a whole a better place to live in and to visit.
'The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it.
'This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.'
Fingal's towns and villages participated in the competition with distinction again this year.
Skerries and Malahide took gold medals, Swords a silver medal and Lusk a bronze, with Naul taking an Endeavour Award as one of the most improved performers in the competition this year.