• Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor attractions of scale across the country.

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross today launched Fáilte Ireland’s new Platforms for Growth initiative which will “transform the tourism landscape across the country” according to CEO Paul Kelly.

    The programme of investment is Fáilte Ireland’s largest yet, and forms part of its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which runs up to 2022.

    Major new visitor attractions of scale will be developed and existing attractions greatly enhanced through Platforms for Growth, with Fáilte Ireland making individual grants available for large-scale visitor attractions of €2.5million upwards.

    A series of workshops will be held around the country including in Mayo to guide organisations and businesses on the application process.

    Breaffy House Hotel will host a workshop on Tuesday June 18th from 10am until 1pm.

  • The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten is now encouraging homeowners to apply for grants for the installation of heat pumps. Grants of up to €3,500 are available and applications are now open.

    He says that heat pumps can completely change the comfort levels in a home, as well as reducing heating bills and removing the need for oil, gas or solid fuel. 

    The new grant is available to homes built before 2011.

     A survey of the home will be carried out before a grant offer can be made. 

    Grants available under Better Energy Homes Scheme include:



    Measure type

    Grant amount





    Cavity Wall



    Internal (Dry Lining)




    Semi-detached/end of terrace



    Mid terrace/apartment



    External (Wrapping)




    Semi-detached/end of terrace



    Mid terrace/apartment


    Heating System

    Heating controls



    Solar thermal



    Heat pump

    Air to air



    Air to water, ground source, water source, exhaust air


    Building Energy Rating (BER)



    Bonus for multiple measures

    For 3rd measure



    For 4th measure




    Further details are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on 1850 927000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Two museums in Mayo will receive grants totalling €8,000 under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme, which provides funding support for local and regional museums.

    Minister Michael Ring has announced that €4,500 has been allocated to the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, for an exhibition, talks and outreach programme on land wars.

    Knock Museum will receive €3,500 for an exhibit to enhance the museum's exhibition.

    The funding is part of a total allocation of €138,000 for 22 museums across the country announced by the Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan.