Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed €1.2 million funding for Cappoquin under the Rural Regeneration and Renewal Scheme. McGuinness had lobbied for this investment at both local and national level.
“I am delighted to confirm that the €1.2 million rural regeneration and renewal funding for Cappoquin that Waterford Council applied for earlier this year has been awarded. Other sources of funding mean a total project outlay of €1.6 million for the town.
“I had written to Minister Ring and the Department of Rural and Community Development in support of this funding, and had participated in the Council’s process of community engagement and consultation. I sought an update on the application at our Dungarvan and Lismore District meeting and was assured that a decision was imminent, but it’s great to have the final confirmation.
“This money will be a great boost to Cappoquin and West Waterford. Rural Ireland has been left on its knees by successive Governments, and sadly the new coalition looks set to begin where the last administration left off. We cannot afford to leave our towns, villages and rural areas behind. Rural regeneration funding must be maintained and I will oppose any attempts to cut or curb much needed investment in our local and regional economy.”