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06/11/19 Cathaoirleach welcomes funding for Killybegs and Burtonport

Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan


Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD of funding of just over €6.6m for rural regeneration and development projects in Killybegs and Burtonport. 


“I am delighted to see Killybegs and Burtonport included in this tranche of funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.  This funding represents a substantial investment for Donegal and will deliver significant benefits not just for Killybegs and Burtonport but for the entire county and the north west region”. 


Funding of over €6.6m has been awarded to Donegal County Council for the two projects with just over €3.6m being awarded to Killybegs 2040 and €3m to Harbour to Island Regeneration project between Ailt an Chorráin (Burtonport) and Oileán Árainn Mhór. 


Killybegs 2040 is a transformative town centre regeneration project comprising multiple elements including the redevelopment of an existing building in the harbour area to house a Tourism Information Centre and Digital Hub along with associated civic space, that will enhance the physical, social and economic capacity of Killybegs. 


It is part of an ambitious, longer term and multi-annual regeneration strategy that will transform the urban fabric of the town making it a more attractive place for residents, visitors and businesses, encouraging job creation, increasing revenue and activating the private sector.


The Harbour to Island Regeneration project between Ailt an Chorráin (Burtonport) and Oileán Árainn Mhór will deliver improved infrastructure at the harbour in Ailt an Chorráin and provide shorefront amenity infrastructure on Árainn Mhór.


This project will address dereliction, transform the harbour environment and infrastructure to a multi-user space with modern transport infrastructure, public amenities and services and parking. It will deliver land mark high quality shore front recreation, outdoor amenity and local community inspired amphitheatre style event space on Árainn Mhór Island.


This funding was announced as part of an overall funding package of €62m under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund with these two projects being among 26 projects awarded funding nationally.

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