€5.3m REDZ funding will stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands – Minister Humphreys
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, has today (Monday) announced details of the €5.3 million REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, which aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.
Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:
“The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. It is one of a number of schemes which my Department has been rolling out to boost economic activity and improve living standards across rural Ireland.
“This initiative encourages Local Authorities to work with local communities, business interests and other State bodies, to identify areas of greatest economic need which can make better use of their local assets to generate economic activity. This is all about empowering local communities to provide local residents with local opportunities.
“The need to work collaboratively is at the heart of the REDZ concept and a number of the REDZ 2016 projects approved for funding today support this approach, building on already established collaborations or indeed creating new collaborations.
“One of the strengths of the REDZ initiative is that it encourages Local Authorities and other stakeholders to work across administrative boundaries in neighbouring counties and throughout their own regions. This approach is critical to supporting both rural and regional development.
“The REDZ programme forms part of a suite of measures within my Department which aim to support regeneration in rural towns and villages. Funding has previously been provided to towns and villages across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Both schemes will work in a complementary way to ensure that all rural areas have strong economic and social centres which support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands.”
The 2016 REDZ initiative is part of the Government’s programme for Rural Development. Other initiatives recently introduced by Government as part of this programme include the new €10 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme, the approval of almost €7.5 million to support rural recreation infrastructure, the establishment of a National Taskforce to identify practical measures which can be taken in the short-term to improve Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage in rural areas, and the establishment of two Regional Broadband Action Groups to prepare for the roll-out of broadband under the National Broadband Plan.
Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ)
Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) are functional, rather than administrative geographic, areas that reflect the spatial patterns of local economic activities and development processes. They are, in effect, the sub-county zones within which most people live and work.
The central objective of the REDZ model is to utilise the synergies and interdependencies between rural towns and their hinterlands to generate economic activity in the local area. The involvement of local communities, including the business community, is a key element in the REDZ model.
Collaboration between Local Authorities, local communities and business interests will be an essential part of the scheme and the involvement of other State agencies, Regional Skills Fora, etc., is also encouraged where they have a role in supporting local economic development.
Full details of the scheme will issue to Local Authorities within the next week.
|Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) 2016: Approved Projects|
|East and Midlands Region||County||Amount Approved||Project Details:|
|Business of Food||Laois||€67,200||Ten month programme of workshops, mentoring sessions and events designed to assist people in the Food Service Industry to improve their business.|
|Fab lab Portarlington||Laois||€32,800||Communal Office for training hot-desking|
|Ardee (Louth Age Friendly)||Louth||€100,000||New Service centre located in Ardee – taking a pilot eCommerce approach to deliver improvements in quality of life for older people|
|Bagnelstown||Carlow||€100,000||Enhancement of Tourism potential using a multi centre approach in Co Carlow|
|Ballitore||Kildare||€100,000||Refurbishment of Ballitore|
|Banagher||Offaly||€50,000||Enhance town around marina|
|Kilcormac||Offaly||€48,000||To promote & market awareness of Kilcormac as the gateway to lough Boora Discovery|
|Mullingar & Athlone Blueways and Greenways||Westmeath||€96,000||Blueways and Greenways unlocking potential Athlone Municipal District|
|Royal Canal to Lough Owel Amenity Area||Westmeath||€96,000||The Royal Canal Cycleway Extension Mullingar Municipal District|
|Corlea Walking Route Longford||Longford||€100,000||Walking Route|
|Corn Hill Amenity Walk Project||Longford||€50,000||Develop a walking loop around the top of Corn Hill on the exterior boundaries of the forest area|
|Kells||Meath||€200,000||Continued Development of ‘International Technology Hub’at Kells Enterprise & Technology Centre|
|Arklow||Wicklow||€150,556||Develop a heritage and visitor activity centre based on the world renowned Arklow Pottery|
|Granard Motte, Longford||Longford||€200,000||Develop Interpretive Centre around Granard Motte|
|Birr Castle||Offaly||€316,870||Provision of Education Centre Birr, Co. Offaly|
|Northern and Western|
|Bailieborough||Cavan||€100,000.00||Redevelopment of Bailieborough Courthouse and Bridewell as an Economic and Tourism Hub|
|Ballyshannon The Gables||Donegal||€48,000.00||Up grading of facilities in town to enhance area for tourism.|
|Dunree Fort||Donegal||€50,000.00||Coffee Shop & Pier Facilities|
|Erris Beo, Gaoth Sáile, Béal an Mhuirthead||Mayo||€50,000.00||Development of enterprise units including shared secretariat and hot desk facilities|
|Westport Enterprise Centre||Mayo||€50,000.00||Redevelopment of a vacant commercial property into a state of the art enterprise centre|
|Tubbercurry Enterprise Centre||Sligo||€100,000.00||Support to Enterprise Centre and town development|
|Castlerea Food Hub etc||Roscommon||€100,000.00||Castlerea Food Hub to train new food producers etc – food training and development kitchen|
|Glenamaddy, An Cheathrú Rua, Galway Rural, Oranmore and Gort||Galway||€100,000.00||Build a capacity building programme within five REDZ zones, Glenamaddy, An Cheathrú Rua, Galway Rural, Oranmore and Gort Develop a REDZ zone team|
|Clones||Monaghan||€100,000.00||Greenway, car Park,Industrial sites at Clones enterprise Park,Signage, PRIORITY 1|
|Carrickmacross||Monaghan||€100,000.00||Develop Enterprise Sites and develop Market House for Multipurpose use|
|Ballinmore REDZ||Leitrim||€100,000.00||Assist towards the development of an Angling Centre|
|Carrick on Shannon||Leitrim||€200,000.00||Develop a Taste Leitrim Food Tourism & Enterprise Zone|
|Glenties||Donegal||€200,000.00||Completion of Community Enterprise Centre in Glenties|
|Ox Mountain||Sligo||€200,000.00||Ox Mountains Mountain Biking Centre & Wild Nephin Wilderness|
|IWAK||Sligo||€400,000.00||Discovery centre at Ireland West Airport and Regional branding|
|Dunmore East & Hinterland||Waterford||€100,000||Upgrading work to the existing coastal path for a cliff walk|
|Bunclody Carrigduff||Wexford||€100,000||Revitalisation of Bunclody and running of festivals/events linked to tourism and artisan foods supporting speciality food producers|
|Kilmallock/Charleville Engineering Hub||Limerick||€100,000||Engineering Cluster|
|North Cork Blueway Feasibility Study||Cork||€40,000||Undertake a North Cork Blueway Feasibility Study|
|Beara Bridle way||Cork||€48,000||Develop a Horse riding trail|
|Innistioge & Woodstock House||Kilkenny||€200,000||Develop gardens and Car Park|
|Killorglin & Killarney (McGillycuddy Reeks)||Kerry||€150,195||MacGillycuddy Reeks, habitat restoration/trail repair. Supervision of participants.|
|Scariff/Nenagh||Clare||€200,000||Scoping, Developing, Marketing & promoting the Lough Derg Blueway|
|Kilmallock Charleville Loop walk||Limerick||€200,000||Loop Walk in Kilmallock (Charleville)|
|Ardfinnan / Clonmel Sports Club||Tipperary||€200,000||Develop a sports Hub in Clonmel and Ardfinnan (connected by River Suir)|
|Munster Vales||Tipperary||€399,221.00||Munster Vales – Inter territorial covering parts of counties Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford & Cork. (Spanning approx 11 REDZ including Tipperary, Fethard, Cahir, Carrick on Suir, Waterford, Tramore, Lismore, Fermoy, Rathnuire / Charleville, Limerick and Mallow.)|