Impact of Limerick Regeneration prompts funding for hinterland

Fintan Walsh

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Impact of Limerick Regeneration prompts funding for hinterland

Minister Michael Noonan

MINISTER for Finance and Limerick City TD, Michael Noonan has welcomed significant funding for city and county projects, as a result of the Limerick Hinterland Study in 2015.

The study, commissioned by Limerick City and County Council, examined the impact of Limerick Regeneration on its hinterland in the county, Clare and Tipperary.

As a result of the report, Clare County Council will match the Government’s approved €92,500 for a playground in Westbury/Parteen area, as well as matched €42,000 for amenity spaces in Westbury. Other major funding includes matched funding of €500,000 for the Great Southern Trail and a further €250,000 for Murroe sports facility.

The study examined the profile of twenty-two settlements within the hinterland of city and explored the relationship between these settlements and the city on the basis of key socio-economic indicators.

Welcoming the funding, Minister Noonan said: “The report was completed earlier this year and funding has now been made available by my colleague the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. This funding will be supported by matching funding provided by the three local authorities concerned.

“We have listened to the local authorities and they have identified a number of projects on the basis that they serve to progress the recommendations of the Hinterland Report and I am keen to see these initiatives completed so that they can be used by the people of Limerick, Clare and indeed our neighbours in Tipperary.”

Regeneration funding of €2.25m has also been set aside for the Dominick Street Biblical Centre for a special filmmaking hub.