Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has said that €59,845.68 in funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Fund is to be provided to four projects in Co. Roscommon.

Senator Hopkins stated, “My colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. has informed me that he is making these funds available under measure 1 (small scale infrastructure up to €20,000) of his Department’s Fund.”

“In Co. Roscommon, Mote Park is to receive €12,154.00 for the upgrade of trails. Castlerea Demesne in to receive €14,491.68 for the extension of footpaths. Knockranny Wood in Keadue to receive €20,000 for the development of a walking trail and €13,200 is to be provided for the development of the National Famine Way.”

Senator Hopkins continued, “It is very positive to seek projects such as these, with a focus on outdoor recreation receiving much needed funding from Government. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are well recognised and particularly at this time of year people are getting more active after the Christmas period.”

“Each of these projects will further support the strong tourism offering that we have right across the County. Our County is at the heart of the new tourism brand ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ and projects such as these directly fit into that brand.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “I was very pleased to work closely with Minister Ring on many of these projects and continue to work closely with Minister in order to secure investment in this region.”