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Some €320,000 has been allocated for improvements to 3 towns and villages around Dublin, including €200,000 for Rathcoole.

Cllr. Emer Higgins said: “I am delighted to confirm Rathcoole has been allocated €200,000, for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Rathcoole Courthouse and Public Library. This funding is extremely welcome news for Dublin, especially residents of Rathcoole."

“These excellent initiatives will ensure our smaller towns and villages are more attractive and sustainable places in which to live and work. The funding, allocated under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, is a key part of the Action Plan for Rural Development and the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Programme for Rural Regeneration”.

“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 Dublin will benefit from the funding.

“Almost €68 million has now been approved for more than 830 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016, with more than 600 of these approved since the Action Plan for Rural Development was launched in January 2017.”

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said: “Interest in the Town and Village Renewal Scheme this year was very high and the scheme was heavily over-subscribed. It was not possible to fund all of the applications received, but I am pleased that many of the towns and villages which have been successful this year are receiving funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for the first time.

“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 Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the €1 billion Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which complements the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and provides an opportunity to deliver more integrated and ambitious projects which will further support the revitalisation of our rural towns and villages.”

Attractions are dotted throughout the park to encourage walking and they make the most out of natural features, like this hill, to help develop children's creativity and imagination. Official opening attended by Mayor Vicki Casserly (and Tom), Cllr Kenneth Egan (and Kate), Cllr Emer Higgins.

Mountpark's €40m logistics centre in Baldonnell was officially opened this week. Cllr. Emer Higgins, who proposed the zoning of this land for commercial use, joined Mayor Vicki Casserly at the celebration of the creation of local jobs and the state-of-the-art fit out of the site. The building is being leased by Home Store and More and is one of two logistics hubs on the site, the other of which is being leased by United Drug.

Emer Higgins said: “Already 740 people have been employed here as part of the construction phase, and as a County we’ll be benefiting from €2.3m in developer fees to the Council. I led the campaign to allow these lands be developed and am delighted to see the progress that’s been made on the site. It's fantastic to hear that two such reputable tenants are coming in to our area and generating more jobs. Fine Gael worked cross-party with Sinn Fein to ensure this development was possible and that these jobs were created.”

"The official opening was also a celebration of history and education. As part of the event, the nearby bridge, was named in honour of Colonel James Fitzmaurice, the world's first transatlantic pilot. The Colonel took off from Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell and landed to much fan fair in New York city. Airman Michael Whelan was on hand to bring to life his historic achievement. Mountpark has also developed a philanthropic partnership with the nearby Carline Centre, a learning hub for disadvantaged young people. It's great to see companies like them making a positive difference to the local community."

“This development is a good news story for our County and I wish Mountpark, Home Store and More and United Drug every success here in Dubin Mid West,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

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