The announcement by Minister for Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D., of the inclusion of Boyle, Co. Roscommon in a new pilot initiative to encourage more people to live in rural town centres, will provide a very positive boost for the town, Senator Maura Hopkins has said.

Senator Hopkins said, “Boyle will receive funding of €100,000 for engagement with the community and local businesses. This will allow for a plan to be developed that can be delivered to achieve the objective of increasing the number of people living in our rural towns.

Our towns and villages are at the heart of our rural communities and key to revitalising our town centres, is in encouraging more people to look upon town centre living as a viable option for them.”

 “This Pilot scheme will encourage these six rural towns to come up with solutions to the challenges they face and to exploit the potential they have, all with a view to encouraging people to move back in to them. The lessons learnt through this pilot initiative will inform our approach to supporting and investing in rural towns and villages.”

“This funding comes in addition to the €200,000 that was announced for Boyle in under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, in recent weeks.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “The inclusion of Boyle as only one of 6 towns nationally under this pilot scheme is a big boost for the local region. I will continue to work closely with Minister Ring to ensure that this initial pilot can be rolled out to all towns and villages in this region in order to encourage more people to live in our towns which will help to revitalise those communities.”