Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed funding under the Clár programme for six schools to undertake works to improve safety.
“This funding is part of efforts to improve safety standards for our youngsters as they are coming and going to school but it also benefits the wider community in the long run,” Mr McHugh said.
“The money can be used to cover costs associated with installing pedestrian crossings, flashing lights and speed indicators in villages and adjacent to schools and community facilities.
“Measures like those keep people safe as they go about their daily business.”
The schools benefiting from the latest round are Scoil Muire, Caiseal, Fanad, Scoil Fhionáin NS, Na Criosbhealaí, St Catherine’s Vocational in Killybegs, Scoil Mhuire Pettigo, Meenagowan NS, Leitir Mac a Bhaird and Red Hugh’s in Gleneely.
The Clár funding includes €18,000 for Scoil Muire, Caiseal, €20,700 for Scoil Fhionáin, €45,000 for St Catherine’s, €45,000 for Scoil Mhuire Pettigo, €22,500 for Meenagowan NS and €43,650 for Red Hugh’s.
Mr McHugh added: “Rural communities benefit hugely from the Clár funding programme and this latest investment will provide visible reminders of the efforts being made by the Government to do more for local communities.”
Minister McHugh also paid tribute to Government colleague Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development for his work on the scheme and his continued focus on funding for Donegal.
“The long-running support from Minister Ring for our county is reaping dividends on the ground and he deserves enormous credit for that.
“Donegal has benefits hugely from Clár funding I recent years and the Government rejects any criticism that Donegal is not high on the agenda when these rural support programmers are being examined.”