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Investment in Kinnegad is very welcome

15 February 2019

Statement by Willie Penrose TD
Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Rural & Community Affairs

Labour Spokesperson for Rural Development, Willie Penrose TD, has welcomed the announcement of €600,000 in Rural Regeneration and Development funding for Kinnegad. This funding will be used to develop a number of projects including a town park and other community facilities.

Deputy Penrose said;
"The announcement from of a €600,000 investment in Kinnegad is very welcome. This level of investment reflects the growing needs of towns in Westmeath and comes on the back of trojan work done by the local group, the Kinnegad Action Plan Steering Group.
"The facilities, such as a town hall and park, which are both much needed, have been a long time coming. For too long Kinnegad, and the Midlands as a whole, have been overlooked, and have not secured the strategic state investment that the town needs. I hope this is the first of many more investments in the Westmeath."

Denis Leonard, Chair of the Kinnegad Action Plan Steering Group, and Labour candidate for Kinnegad has also welcomed this announcement saying;

" This is the first serious investment in Kinnegad by the government in conjunction with the County Council in decades. The initial allocation of €600,000 for the feasibility studies and planning in the coming months, and it will be followed by a fund over the coming years that will deliver a new community hall and leisure facility, a library and adult education centre, a town park, an enterprise centre and the rejuvenation of Main Street.

"In conjunction with the Kinnegad Action Group that I chair, I have worked closely with all our local TDs to make sure we were successful, including Deputy Willie Penrose who has been very supportive.

"This funding means our dreams of a proper community hall and leisure centre at Coralstown Kinnegad GAA, a purpose-built library and adult education centre at the old national school in the middle of town, a town park behind the old community hall and an enterprise centre on Main Street will all become realities."