D’Arcy urges communities to apply for funding

BLACKWATER is Wexford's 'Tidiest Town'. Minister D'Arcy is urging community groups to apply for future funding. Pic: WexfordToday.com

On the day when Blackwater topped the list in Wexford at the Supervalu National Tidy Towns’ competition, and many communities can be proud of their efforts, Fine Gael Wexford Minister Michael D’Arcy is extending hearty congratulations to towns and communities in Wexford that took part in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.

Minister D’Arcy also urged communities across County Wexford to avail of funding for next year’s competition.

Minister D’Arcy said; “For over 60 years the Tidy Towns competition has brought enormous improvements to our local towns, villages and rural areas in Wexford. Here in Wexford the enhancements brought about by our local tidy towns’ committees give the whole community a lift. I was particularly pleased to see our own towns and villages doing very well.

Minister D’Arcy continued; “Some €44,000 in funding was awarded to 32 community groups across Wexford for this year’s competition. This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.”

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring today announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual Tidy Towns Committees around the country to assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages. This is the third year in a row that Minister Ring has allocated this funding to support the work of the Tidy Towns Committees.

The Minister said; “I am delighted to be able to announce that I am making available €1.4 million in order to directly support the Tidy Towns committees who work so tirelessly to bring out the best in their towns and villages. My Department will be writing to eligible Tidy Towns Committees shortly to outline how they can avail of this funding. I urge them to do so.”

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