Two islands to benefit from over €190,000 in grants

Two Galway islands will benefit from over €190,000 in grants announced today by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Inis Mór and Inishbofin as well as three islands in Cork and one in Donegal will receive grants for the resurfacing of roads, repairs to sea walls and slipways, and work on damaged coastal defences.

Announcing the funding, Minister Heather Humphreys said that our offshore islands and their communities are an ‘integral part of the fabric’ of rural Ireland.

“The issues affecting our islands are similar to those in the rest of rural Ireland, whether they relate to employment opportunities, access to services, or the social and economic impact of COVID-19,” said the Minister.

“That is why the Taoiseach decided to assign responsibility for the islands to the Department of Rural and Community Development.”

The responsibility for the development of the offshore islands was officially transferred to Minister Humphrey’s department today.

“The integration of the islands function under the remit of my Department will ensure a more integrated and cohesive approach to the development of rural and community policy for the people living on the islands and for their economies,” she said.

Galway Daily