Funding Injection for Kerry Towns & Villages • Welcome funding of €687,505 for Spa, Milltown, Castleisland, Ballybunion, Rathmore & Portmagee Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry Friday, January 8th, 2021 Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, is this morning (Friday) welcoming a Government funding injection of almost €700,000 for six Kerry towns and villages. Allocated under the “Town and Village Renewal Scheme” by the Department of Social Protection and Rural Affairs, the funding will go towards projects in Spa, Milltown, Castleisland, Ballybunion, Rathmore and Portmagee. In Spa Village, over €96,000 will go towards a new footpath to link the village safely to the Tralee Bay Coastal Amenity Trail. In Milltown, over €94,000 will be spent to upgrade the historic square and for a scoping study on the development of a Business Innovation Hub. In Castleisland, over €96,000 will go towards implementing Phase 1 of an Urban Connectivity project and a study on the future use for derelict and vacant properties in the town. In Ballybunion, €100,000 will go towards improved signage and parking capacity for visitors. In Rathmore, €100,000 will go towards undergrounding ESB wires in advance of a safety scheme due to commence early this year. Finally, in Portmagee, €200,000 will go towards public realm improvements and undergrounding of utility wires, including the provision of EV charging, WiFi Access points and information points. Deputy Griffin says the funding is very important to the six towns and villages and is a welcome addition to money already invested by the Government in numerous rural towns and villages in Kerry over the last few years. In a debate in the Dáil in December with Minister for Rural Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Deputy Griffin raised the importance of continued funding for Kerry under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and highlighted the cumulative impact of regular funding injections for rural areas from other schemes such as Clár, ORIS, Rural Regeneration and Leader. He says he will continue to lobby hard on behalf of all Kerry applications for funding from Central Government and hopes to see further investment in the county in the near future. ENDS Note: Spa: €96,705 Milltown: €94,500 Castleisland: €96,300 Ballybunion: €100,000 Rathmore: €100,000 Portmagee: €200,000