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River trail also part of the planned development for the village under Government’s rural regeneration funding

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The Sally Gardens Developing Site

The Sally Gardens Developing Site

The Sally Gardens Developing Site

The Sally Gardens Developing Site

The Sally Gardens Developing Site

The Sally Gardens Developing Site

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The Sally Gardens Developing Site

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Ballisodare is to get funding of €580,000 for a €725,000 project to develop plans for the Sally Gardens area including a new town park in the back lands with activity and events and off-street parking.

The plans will include pedestrian routes, traffic management and a river trail.

The project, which will be developed in conjunction with Sligo County Council aims to transform the public realm and amenity offering to create a more vibrant and inviting village centre.

Minister of State, Frank Feighan has welcomed the funding under the RRDF programme.

Minister Feighan said: “The Government’s rural regeneration and town centre first initiative is bringing over 1 billion to transform many towns and villages and I am convinced that this funding will have a real impact on Ballisodare.

“It is a town that has grown significantly in terms of housing and population and a project which enhances the facilities like the Sally Gardens and town park and connectivity to the village will bring a greater quality of life to the residents.”

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Independent councillor Marie Casserly has welcomed the funding saying it will make a huge difference to the village.

“Not only will it make the village more attractive, the funding and plans will improve road safety in Ballisodare,” she said.

In all, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys announced €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.

She said the funding is being invested in projects that will rejuvenate town centres, drive economic growth and footfall, combat dereliction, develop pedestrian zones and outdoor spaces and boost tourism in rural Ireland.

A number of the projects approved for funding involve the re-purposing of old, derelict and historical buildings into modern-day remote working hubs, as well as enterprise, cultural and community facilities.

The funding will bring the various projects through the development stage and to the point where they are ready to commence works.

The successful plans are Category 2 Projects. Projects funded under Category 2 are those that require significant development before they reach the stage of being shovel ready.

The applications for funding were subjected to a comprehensive assessment process by the Department, with oversight provided by an independent Project Advisory Board, made up of representatives drawn from key Government Departments along with external independent experts.

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund was established to deliver on the National Strategic Objective in the National Development Plan of Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities. The Fund is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Fund provides investment to support suitable projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas, which will deliver on the National Strategic Objective of Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities and achieve sustainable economic and social development in these areas.

To date, the Fund has provided €277m for 191 projects across Ireland, worth a total of €374m.

The Department’s new rural development policy, Our Rural Future, was launched in March 2021.

Funding from the RRDF is provided to further the aims of Our Rural Future, which highlighted the need to build strongly on existing investment and to strive for even greater ambition to achieve significant and rapid progress on the objective of balanced regional development.

Our Rural Future is the whole-of-government policy for rural Ireland for the period 2021-2025.

The department says It represents a new milestone in the approach to rural development policy for Ireland and adopts a more strategic, ambitious and holistic approach to investing in and maximising opportunities for rural areas.


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