Chambers Ireland, the voice of business throughout Ireland, welcomes the announcement this week of additional funding for the improvement of town centres by Minister Heather Humphreys. Projects such as these have a crucial part to play in making our urban spaces livable again.
The regional towns that are the focus of the “Rural Regeneration Development Fund” (RRDF) are critical to their local economies. Bringing life back to these neglected towns is a fundamental element of the National Development Plan.
Integrated into a coherent plan for the individual towns, projects like those announced this week, will contribute to making our urban areas, in counties like Clare, great places to live and work.
President of Ennis Chamber, Darragh McAllister in welcoming the announcement by Minister Humphreys said, “Digital Hubs are proving to be an important magnet for bringing people to live and work in regional areas. Public realm works are pivotal to improving livability and quality of life in our regional towns , while re-purposing or reactivating neglected buildings that are in state hands, is a vital activity that needs to be rapidly accelerated.
He added. “Long vacant buildings are a blight upon our towns. For every day that they lie idle, they damage our communities and our local economies. “