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13/05/2024 - Donegal County Council welcomes funding for Creeslough Community Regeneration Project


Donegal County Council welcomes the announcement this morning that funding of €12,168,842 has been approved for the Creeslough Community Regeneration Project under the Fifth Call of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF).


In welcoming the funding announcement, Mr. Liam Ward, Director of Community Development and Planning Services, Donegal County Council and Chairperson of the Creeslough Working Group, acknowledged “the role of the Creeslough Community Association, the Trustees (of the Field), ARUP and my own colleagues in Donegal County Council and the Creeslough Working Group for their commitment, energy and leadership in progressing the Creeslough Community Regeneration Project to this important milestone.” Mr. Ward said “that the Council remains conscious at all times of the tragedy which occurred in the Village on 7th October 2022 and the challenge that this remains for the entire community and everyone affected by those tragic events” and “that the Council endeavours at all times in its Creeslough community work to respect the wishes, privacy, personal grief and dignity of the families and the wider community and will strive to do so as this project moves forward.”


The project, which has a total value of €13,529,935 will deliver vital community infrastructure and facilities on an existing community site in the Village Centre, including a new central hub for community life that will support Creeslough on a journey towards a vibrant, healthy, well serviced and socially inclusive and sustainable community. It forms an integrated part of the Village Plan for the renewal and regeneration of the village which was formally launched in March 2024. The co-funding balance of €1,352,093 will be provided by Donegal County Council.


Welcoming the funding announcement Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin Harley said “I am delighted to welcome this positive news this morning. Much work has been accomplished over the past 12 months by community stakeholders and other agencies who have worked collaboratively with the Councils own Regeneration and Development Team to consult, design and position this community project for capital funding. This positive announcement today is welcome reward for their collective efforts and it is my sincere wish that it will be an importance source of hope and support to the community as it looks to the future. I wish to thank Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development for this important and merited award for the Creeslough Community and I now look forward with great anticipation to the delivery of this ambitious and exciting project.”


Acknowledging the funding announcement, Mr. John McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said “The Council is committed to our rural communities and securing investment in the renewal and regeneration of our towns and villages and great progress has been made towards our regeneration ambitions under this Fund. The Council has applied significant and experienced resources to the consent, funding, procurement and delivery stages of large scale regeneration projects and now looks forward to supporting the Creeslough Community in the delivery of this important project. The next steps will see the Project now move through a process of due diligence, before procurement and detailed design stages lead to capital construction stage. The Council is well prepared to ensure that established momentum is maintained towards the detailed design and delivery stages of this project.”


The Council also wishes to acknowledge that on this occasion the Rathmullan (Community & Heritage) Regeneration Project was not successful under the Fifth Call of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The Council remains committed to the development and progression of this project and is confident in the strength of the project as a regeneration proposition. The Council will take some time to consider feedback from the application process together with community partners and to reappraise the options for repositioning this project towards future eligible funding opportunities.