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Minister Humphreys and Failte Ireland announce €3.2 million in ORIS funding for outdoor recreational amenities.

Published: 18th January 2021

The Midland counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly & Westmeath have secured funding totalling almost €545k under the scheme which includes 30 projects for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways & cycleways.

Minister Humphreys said:

'The importance of our outdoor recreation facilities cannot be underestimated. The last year has demonstrated more than ever the importance of outdoor amenities for our physical and mental wellbeing and they have never been more in demand,'

The funding announced today, under Measure 1 of the Scheme, will support small-scale local projects with funding of up to €20,000 each.

It is being announced in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, who are co-funding the projects with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Orla Carroll of Fáilte Ireland, said:

“Outdoor Recreation will play a vital role in helping tourism businesses throughout Ireland recover from the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, Irish people embraced the outdoors, utilising walking and cycling trails, and blueways to explore the natural beauty Ireland has to offer. Along with the health benefits associated with outdoor recreation, domestic tourism also generated economic activity in rural locations around the country.

“The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) plays a key role in helping to develop and maintain key assets throughout Ireland that are utilised by locals and visitors alike. These trails are environmentally sustainable and are a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more about bio-diversity and the natural environment of our island.

Read the gov.ie press release here: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/f6651-minister-humphreys-and-failte-ireland-announce-32-million-in-funding-for-outdoor-recreational-amenities/

See what projects have been funded in the 4 midland counties here: 

application/pdfORIS_Funding_4Counties_Jan2021.pdf (430.1 KB)
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