Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has said that €73,267 is to be provided to 7 community groups across Roscommon and Galway under the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme 2018.

Senator Hopkins stated; “My colleague, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. has informed me that she is making this funding available for a variety of community projects.”

“In Roscommon, €20,315 is to be provided to Gorthaganny Community Development Ltd for interpretative facilities at the community centre and local road improvement works; Kilteevan Tidy Towns is to receive €17,000 for upgrades to the Cloonlarge Loop Walk; €2,000 is to be provided for a hydrological assessment of Mount Allen Bog; €4,952 is to be provided for road improvement works at Clooncraff Bog.”

“In Galway, €15,000 is to be provided for educational facilities for Carronagappul; €12,500 is to be provided to Glenamaddy Tidy Towns for a feasibility study for looped walks and trails; Ballygar Tidy Towns is to be allocated €1,500 for an information campaign.”

Seantor Hopkins concluded, “Volunteers in our local communities put in huge amounts of effort in preserving and developing their local areas, it is right and proper that this work is fully recognised. This funding will help those communities greatly to further this work.”