The Government have unveiled a €60m action plan ‘Realising our Rural Potential’ aimed at created over 135,000 jobs in rural Ireland and providing funding for much needed tourism and industry ventures.
The far-reaching scheme will be unveiled in full in Longford today by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Rural Development Heather Humphreys and Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.
The scheme will be rolled out by autumn and will offer grants on a pilot basis to restore rural properties, convert derelict shops to housing, build 90 new public nursing home facilities, 18 primary care centres and increase connecting flights in rural airports such as Shannon and Cork.
One of the aims of the scheme is ‘to make Ireland a better place in which to live and work by revitalising our towns and village centres.’
The plan is the first ever whole government strategy aimed at all people living and working in rural Ireland.
Bringing high speed broadband has also been outlined.
Concerns have been raised about the scheme’s benefit to the Agri-business sector who are seen to be particularly vulnerable to Brexit and its economic affects.