Four Clare projects will share €581,000 under the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has said.

The biggest single allocation of €200,000 will pay for the extension of a tea room in Tulla. €160,000 has been allocated for the renovation and extension of the Aviation Museum in Shannon. €128,000 will fund the establishment of a training and development hub in Killaloe and €93,000 will go towards the conversion of three cottages into a three bedroomed apartment and community co-op store in Ballynacally

“Fine Gael in Government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland, and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development,” Deputy Carey explained.

“The Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000 people, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.

“Almost €53 million has been approved for more than 670 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016.

“The Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the new €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which was launched this year as part of project Ireland 2040.

“This new Fund will provide an opportunity to deliver more integrated and ambitious projects which will further support the revitalisation of our rural towns and villages in the coming years,” Deputy Carey explained.