Dismay in County Limerick town over u-turn in funding

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

FIANNA Fail TD Niall Collins has called on Minister Phil Hogan to “come clean” with the community of Rathkeale following last week’s farcical “u-turn” on RAPID funding.

FIANNA Fail TD Niall Collins has called on Minister Phil Hogan to “come clean” with the community of Rathkeale following last week’s farcical “u-turn” on RAPID funding.

On Monday of last week, funding of €100,000 was announced for six projects in the town under the RAPID programme but three days later, dismay had replaced the earlier delight when news came through that the funding could not be “guaranteed”.

Now, according to RAPID co-ordinator for Rathkeale, Dara McGuigan, the local implementation team, (AIT) is waiting for clarification of what exactly this means.

Meanwhile, Deputy Collins has demanded that Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan “come clean “ on last week’s events.

Rathkeale has been awaiting this funding for some time” he told the Limerick Leader, adding that he had raised the matter in the Dail with the minister. “Specifically I asked if funds in his Department which were unspent at year end could be allocated to Rathkeale RAPID.” The initial good news of last week seemed to indicated this had indeed happened. “However then late last week we heard the funding was withdrawn whilst simultaneously Minister Hogan was announcing funding for some other projects in his own constituency.”

Deputy Collins reiterated his demand that the Minister prioritise Rathkeale, grant the funding and also agree to the request from Rathkeale community council to visit the town.