Michael Ring

  •  The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced funding of €1.26 million for deprived and marginalised communities in Co Mayo, through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

    This is part of a national allocation of €190 million through SICAP over five years to support the most disadvantaged individuals and communities in society.

    The programme supports unemployed people, people living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single-parent families, people on low income and other disadvantagedgroups.

    The programe is overseen at a community level by the Local Community Developent Committees.

  • More than 2,100 community initiatives around the country have been allocated a total of 4.5 million euro in funding.

    It's under the Department of Rural and Community Development's community enhancement programme.

    This provides groups with help to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas.

    Minister Michael Ring says the money will be invaluable for many organisations:

  • Funding of over €56 million is being allocated for national roads in Co Mayo for 2020.

    This includes an allocation of €40 million for the new N5 Westport to Turlough road.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland's budget for 2020 allocated €55.3 million for improvement of roads in Mayo and a further €1.3 million for road maintenance.

    It also includes an allocation of €2.5 million for the long-awaited new Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 near Foxford, and €100,000 for the Charlestown bypass.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News about the national roads allocation in Mayo for next year.

  • Funding of €4.5 million for 26 greenway projects has been announced today by Minister for Climate Change and Transport Eamon Ryan.

    The funding will provide support for the planning and design of greenways around the country and was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020.

    €95,000 is being made available for the Mayo Interurban Greenway. 

    The funding is for the concept and feasibility study of a 60km link from Westport via Castlebar to Ballina.

    Fine Gael Deputy Michael Ring says in Mayo, our Greenways have proven to play a vital role in supporting local communities, creating jobs and bringing visitors to our county. 

    Meanwhile, €300k has been awarded to Sligo County Council for the development of the controversial Greenway along the western rail corridor that will run from Cooloney in Sligo to Bellaghy in Charlestown.

    €240,000 has been allocated to the Connemara Greenway and €75,000 for the Quite Man Greenway.

  • The Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring has confirmed that 26 Mayo schools will be enhanced under the Government’s Summer 2020 Works Scheme.

    The work will be focused on three main areas; the upgrading of safety systems, surfacing of play areas and car parks, and to plan for electric vehicle charging.

    The work will be predominately carried out over the summer holidays to avoid disturbance to students and staff.

    With 18 schools benefitting from the scheme in 2019, this marks a significant expansion of the school infrastructural project.

    SCHOOL                             ADDRESS                      TYPE OF SCHOOL           WORKS

    SCOIL NA GCOILLINI       Meelick Swinford            Primary External Environment

    GARRACLOON N S          Garracloon        Cloghans           Primary External Environment

    S N NAOMH FEICHIN       Cross     Claremorris       Primary External Environment

    SN INBHEAR       Inver     Barnatra            Primary Life Safety Systems

    BARNATRA N S   Barnatra            Ballina  Primary External Environment

    S N Dhumha Thuama      Dumha Thuama Béal an Átha      Primary External Environment

    CORCLOUGH NS Corclogh West    Belmullet          Primary External Environment

    ST JOHNS  NS     Logboy  Tulrahan           Primary Life Safety Systems

    KNOCK N S        KNOCK  CLAREMORRIS    Primary External Environment

    MYNA N S           Kilmeena           Westport            Primary External Environment

    SCOIL NA TIGHEARNAIN NAOFA  VIA CROSSMOLINA P.O.  BALLINA            Primary External Environment

    S N REALT NA MARA       MULRANNY        CO MAYO           Primary External Environment

    S N DRUIM SLAOD           Cross Hill           Ballycroy           Primary External Environment

    St Joseph's NS     Rehins   Ballina  Primary External Environment

    S N ACHAIDH AN GHLAISIN         BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD   CO MHAIGH EO  Primary External Environment

    SN Baile Cuisin   Ballycushion       Kilconly Primary External Environment

    NEWPORT CENTRAL       BAILE UÍ BHFIACHÁIN     CO MHAIGH EO  Primary External Environment

    SCOIL NAOMH FEICHIN   Kilgellia            Attymass            Primary Life Safety Systems

    SCOIL NAISIUNTA THOLA            BOTH THOLA     CLAR CHLAINNE MHUIRIS            Primary Life Safety Systems

    ST PETERS NS    Snugboro           Castlebar           Primary External Environment

    S N UILEOG DE BURCA    LOCHÁN NA MBAN          CLÁR CHLAINNE MHUIRIS            Primary External Environment

    Scoil Íosa           Convent Hill       Ballina  Primary Life Safety Systems

    St. Gerald’s College       Newport Road    Castlebar           Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Mount St Michael            Claremorris       Co. Mayo           Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Moyne College   Ballina  County  Mayo     Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

    Coláiste Pobail Acla        Achill Sound       Westport            Post Primary      Life Safety Systems

  • Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that €145,353 has been allocated to 83 projects in Mayo under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). 

    The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities. It supports a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds,  landscaping, and supporting the elderly.

    The full list projects which are approved to receive support in Mayo are listed below.



    Funding Allocated (€)

    Crossmolina No name Club

    Winter entertainment equipment for members


    Naionra Cois Fharraige, Drum, Ballina

    Equipment for indoor and outdoor use to make naionra more inclusive for children with disabilities.


    Ballina Town F.C.

    2 x sets of goals


    North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Ballina

    Creating a support trellis for growing plus irrigation system for 4 polytunnels


    River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG

    Purchase of Defibrillator


    Tithe Cois Tra   Hi-Noon Club, Carrowmore-Lacken

    Purchase of presentation equipment for training


    Lacken Carers

    Purchase of I.T. tablets and equipment for use by carers


    Lacken Community Care

    Purchase of I.T. equipment for the group.


    Bonniconlon I.C.A

    I.T Equipment


    Drum Community Council

    Community enhancement


    Glencastle Special Class

    To provide Specialised & Adapted Sports Equipment for Children with Special Needs


    Killasser Community Care Group

    Purchase of a Defibrillator


    Kiltane Community Gardens

    Community enhancement composting tumbler bin


    Geesala Tidy Towns

    Purchase of a lawnmower and 2 strimmers


    Quay Foroige Club, Ballina

    Storage facility for equipment


    Attymass Community Centre

    Purchase of a defibrillator


    Glen Rí Residents Association, Ballina

    Enhancement of community area


    Brusna Court Residents Assoc.

    Purchase of 6 semi-mature trees for community enhancement


    Fr Peyton Memorial Centre, Attymass

    Office Equipment


    Bangor Erris Tidy Towns

    Replace fence – Community Enhancement


    Barnatra Village Enhancement Committee

    Community Enhancement works


    Coiste Pobal Thuar Mhic Eadaigh

    Community Enhancement works


    Corrib Mask Search & Rescue

    Emergency medical bag including defibrillator equipment


    Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Castlebar

    Water irrigation system to support gardening project.


    Breaffy Community Council

    Community enhancement equipment - Ride-On Mower


    Carnacon LGFA

    Replace existing equipment and purchase new equipment


    Belcarra Ladies Group

    Purchase of tables


    Ballintubber Bord na Nog

    Essential Equipment for the club


    Race 2 Glory Adventure Race Committee, Kiltimagh

    Marquee equipment


    Mayo LGFA

    Test development, measure and monitoring equipment.


    Straide N.S Parents Association

    Safety fence.


    Kilmovee Community Housing Ltd

    I.T Equipment


    Swinford - Killasser Ladies GFC

    Sports Equipment


    Kilkelly FRC



    Kilcolman Bridge Club

    Equipment for the bridge club


    Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre Ltd

    I.T Equipment


    Tooreen National School Parents Association

    To make a defibrillator available to the community


    Neale Heritage & Development Committee

    Refurbishing an old post office, painting and cleaning it


    Rooskey Community Council

    Purchase of Safety Equipment


    Seirbhísí Curam Chill Chomáin Teo

    Health / Safety equipment - 6 DEIS Schools in Kilcommon Parish require insulated cool boxes


    Achill Tourism CLG

    Equipment & Community Enhancement


    Aughleam Residential Assoc.

    Communal garden areas to be landscaped – Community Enhancement


    Inver Community Centre

    To set up a parent & toddler group in the community


    Order of Malta Ireland-Westport Unit

    Installation of CCTV of premises


    Achill Community Futures



    St. Joseph's Community Alert, Dooniver,


    Purchase of equipment for use by the community


    Belmullet Tidy Towns

    Cleaning Equipment


    Coiste Dhuinibhir, Dooniver, Achill

    Community function equipment


    Valley National School, Achill

    Purchase of P.E. equipment


    Burrishoole Community Partnership

    Purchase of a equipment for the new community pitch


    Inver Community Enhancement Group

    Purchase of a I.T. Projector equipment


    Comharchumann Forbatha Cill tSeadhna Teo

    Erect signage on interior and exterior of the community and visitor centre to identify it as a community & visitor centre and community services provider


    Ballina Family Resource Centre

    Upgrade and purchase equipment for the facility: CCTV, I.T equipment, Furniture, Office Equipment


    Crossmolina Community Council CLG

    Installation of Tiered Seating and equipment


    Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club, Ballina

    Equipment for search & recovery


    Moy Villa Football Club, Ballina

    Purchase of Lawnmower and training equipment


    St Cormac’s Society, Moygownagh

    Purchase IT Equipment.


    Eskeragh Old School House

    Purchase and Installation of Defibrillators in the Eskeragh area


    Manulla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Killawalla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Clooncundra Trails Development Group

    Trail Enhancement works


    Laherdane Tidy Towns Group

    Enhancement works on scenic route and introduce wildflowers


    Belcarra Community CoOp Society Ltd

    Repair of stone walls – and planting of Native trees


    Castlebar Social Services CLG

    Freezer equipment for Meals on Wheels purposes


    Ballintubber Cycle Club

    Purchase indoor equipment for club


    Ballintubber Community Council

    Community enhancement - Fencing, seating, planters, info signs - complete with boards & posts, safety barriers, bicycle racks


    Michael Davitt Museum, Straide

    Presentation equipment


    Straide Community Development Group

    External Storage Facility and furniture


    Foxford & District Alzheimers Trust

    Equipment to help those with dementia and brain injury.


    Kiltimagh Community Futures

    Electric charging point, Defibrillator Signage & Bike Stands


    Ballinrobe C.D.C

    Community enhancement - Sustainable lighting surface


    Killasser Community Centre Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Ballyhaunis Family & Community Resource Centre

    Equipment and Furniture


    Claremorris F.R.C

    Upgrade computers in IT Internet community café facility


    Hollymount Defibrillator Group

    Defibrillator equipment


    St. Patricks Festival Committee, Kilkelly

    Safety Barrier Equipment


    Erris FM Community Radio

    Enhance the infrastructure and facilities of the Erris Arts Centre


    Glencastle Parish Enhancement Group

    Community Enhancement - Reconstruct walls & construct footpath


    Westport F.R.C

    Upgrade of facilities, safety Equipment & I.T equipment


    Erris Heartbeat Defibrillator

    Purchase defibrillators


    Killeen Community Council Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Irish Wheelchair Association, Belmullet

    Conversion of office space to Snozzle Room for young people with Autism


    CLG Acla - Community Resource Centre, Achill

    Purchase signage, CCTV, Equipment and furniture, complete community rooms


  • An action plan has been launched to deal with the community response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development,  Michael Ring launched an action plan to support the community response.

    There were three key initiatives, Letting people know how and where they can volunteer, providing community supports for older people and launching a help desk to assist smaller community groups.

    Helping the most vulnerable in society from a safe distance was one of the key messages.

    Minister Ring says there are many ways for people to volunteer in these difficult times and is urging everyone in society to play their part during this crisis.

  • A design team is to be appointed to progress plans that will benefit a number of areas in Ballyhaunis town.

    The design team will prepare detailed proposals - including a significant conversion and extension of the old convent school into a community hub, as well as a new public plaza, an upgrade of the existing river-walk, and a feasibility report on the possibility of providing a new cover and heating for the Ballyhaunis outdoor swimming pool.

    Funding of over €168,000 was allocated last year by former Minister Michael Ring to appoint a design team, and approval has now been given to go ahead with that work.

    It's expected it will take about 6 months to prepare the report, and once complete, Mayo County Council can then apply for funding under the Rural Regeneration Fund to proceed with subsequent stages of the Ballyhaunis Community Vision plan.

    That's according to Deputy Michael Ring, who's been giving more details to Midwest News.

  • A six-month extension has been approved to the existing ferry and bus service for the Mayo island of Inisbiggle.

    The extension to the service will last until the 30th September 2020.

    It is hoped that the extensions will give the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht time to complete the procurement process, ensuring the service is maintained long-term.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring confirmed the extension saying that the service has proven to be of great benefit to the islanders.

  • The Mayo Fine Gael Selection convention was held last night in Castlebar.

    Three candidates were selected to represent the party in the next general election.

    Current Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin and former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon were selected.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien from Hollymount lost out on a place on the party’s ticket at last night’s selection convention.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially called time on his Dáil career also last night.

    A total of 870 delegates cast their votes and the venue was packed to capacity as party supporters from throughout the county turned out in force in a clear show of the organisation's strength, having attracted 51% of the vote in the Mayo constituency in the 2016 general election.

    However, they had to wait until shortly after 12.30 a.m. before the names of the three selected candidates were announced by Minister of State Sean Kyne, who chaired the convention. 

    Tom Garvey, director of election, said the party's objective is to win three seats out of four in Mayo.

  • Funding has been approved for 9 Broadband Connection Points in Mayo, to ensure the locations are ready to receive high-speed broadband, as part of the rollout of the National Broadband Plan.

    Minister Michael Ring has allocated €600 each for 319 locations nationally - including 9 in Mayo.

    The Broadband Connection Point locations include community centres, schools, public buildings and sports facilities.

    Minister Ring says the rollout of the long-awaited rural broadband is dependent on these connection points.

  • Funding of €75,000 has been approved for Aughagower Community Playground under the LEADER programme.

    The funding will be provided by Minister Michael Ring’s Department through the Mayo LEADER Local Action Group.

    This follows on from a recent announcement of €250,000 for five community playgrounds and multi-use games areas in Mayo through the CLAR Programme.

    Minister Ring says this amenity will be a wonderful addition to Aughagower and in particular to families with young children in the area.

  • Funding of over one million euro has been approved for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Almost €2.5 million in total has been awarded to three regional airports for safety and security upgrades.

    Kerry airport will receive the largest amount, with an allocation of €1.17 million.

    Ireland West Airport Knock received just over €1 million while Donegal, he smallest of the State’s airports, received €276,871.

    This funding is part of the National Development Plan.

    Mayo Fine Gael Deputy Michael Ring says this funding is a substantial boost to Ireland West Airport Knock during these very difficult times for the aviation industry.

    Deputy Ring has also called this evening for rural pubs to be allowed to open as they are part of our culture and the tourism product.

  • Funding of €31,320 has been approved to Scian Mara Teo in Achill under the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme for the expansion of oyster production.

    Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed today announced the award of €4,863,643 in grants to 26 seafood enterprises and 3 research institutions in 11 different counties under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

    Minister Michael Ring says he is pleased this funding has been approved which is a total investment of €78,300 in Sciana Mara Teo.

  • Michael Ring

    The government has launched the National Planning Framework with 116 billion euro of investment announced.

    There's 22 billion for measures to tackle climate change as well as large investments in health, housing, education and transport.

    Project 2040 was formally approved by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers at a special Cabinet meeting in Sligo.

    This is a plan that aims to prepare the country for a population expansion of around one million people over the next 20 years. The plan also aims to have an extra 660,000 people at work.

    The Government announced four new funds totaling €4bn for "rural and urban growth, climate action and innovation".

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says some of the projects included are major improvements to the N4/N5 including on the Westport to Turlough section, the Ballaghadereen to Scramogue section and the extension of the motorway from Mullingar to Longford.

    A special Rural Regeneration Fund worth €1 billion nationally to be administered and will involve targeted investment in towns, villages and townlands in Mayo.  

    A significant investment package in Ireland West Airport Knock in recognition of its strategic importance as a major regional airport.

    An Urban Regeneration Fund which will see significant investment in rural towns with a population of over 10,000 such as Castlebar and Ballina as well as our major cities.

    €19.4 million to be invested in new sewerage schemes for Foxford, Charlestown and Killala.

    4 new consultants will be recruited at Mayo University Hospital as part of the national trauma care strategy.

    €3.5 million investment in GMIT Castlebar campus.

    New cycling and walking trails in Ballycroy as well as Major improvements to the Ceide Fields Visitor Experience.

  • The Irish Red Cross launched their new ambulances for the Mayo, Tipperary and Laois divisions today at the Claremorris centre, alongside a rescue boat for the Corrib/Mask Search and Rescue unit.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring launched the new vehicles for the first responders which were partly funded by his department’s LEADER programme.

    E98,000 was donated towards the vehicles by the Government this year as well as E45,000 from Irish betting company Lottoland.

    Irish Red Cross Chairman and National Director of Units Pat Carey and Tony Lawler applauded the funding to the first responder units.

    They told Midwest Radio News that the renewal of their fleet is of vital importance to the organisation.

    Minister Michael Ring highlighted the importance of making sure first responder units like the Red Cross are adequately funded.

    He told Midwest Radio News that the volunteers in the Red Cross should spend their time doing their important work rather than fundraising.

  • LEADER funding of €143,000 has been confirmed for four initiatives in Mayo today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Just over €70,000 has been approved for Paul Mullins in Claremorris for the expansion of a bale processing business.

    €38,961 has been approved for Claremorris Community Radio to acquire a new broadcast centre and purchase equipment for it.

    €23,983 has been allocated to Ballina Salmon Festival to provide equipment for the successful running and delivery of the 10 day long festival, while €10,655 has been allocated to Charlestown and District Development Association to acquire materials and equipment both maintenance and IT to support Tidy Towns projects to be undertaken in Charlestown during the year.

  • LEADER funding of €300,000 has been approved for the rebuilding of the Town Hall in Ballinrobe.

    The Town Hall will be rebuilt on the site of the original hall in Ballinrobe, and will provide a multi-purpose community facility, including a 430-seater performance area, meeting rooms and kitchen.

    An extensive local fundraising campaign has been underway for the project, and last July, the Government announced €750,000 for the Town Hall.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says an additional €300,000 in LEADER funding has now been allocated for the project.

  • LEADER funding of over €270,000 has been confirmed for 13 Mayo community projects.

    The funding has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Funding of €93,000 has been granted to Distinctive Woodwork Ltd, Partry for the relocation of a bespoke woodworking service to Ireland with the aim of growing the business.

    €42,000 has been allocated to Corrib/Mask Rescue for the replacement of their Inshore Search and Rescue boat.

    €37,000 goes to the Old Irish Goat Society in Mulranny to develop a sanctuary to help conserve the Old Irish goat.

    Just over €35,000 has been granted to Mulranny Community Futures for an Entente Florale Investment project to help the village prepare for the competition.

    Just under €16,000 goes to IRD Kiltimagh for a heatpump energy efficiency upgrade.

    €12,000 has been awarded to Parke Community Hall for the Parke Enhancement proposal 2019 to reduce energy costs by up to 50%.

    €10,000 has been allocated to Mayo Community Transport Ltd, to complete a five year strategic plan for rural transport in Mayo.

    Just under €10,000 goes to Claremorris Folk Festival Committee for the establishment and marketing of a new folk festival in Claremorris.

    Just over €5,000 has been granted to Shrule Village Enhancement to erect two large information signs on village green detailing the history of Shrule

    €5,000 has been awarded to Cliara Development Company for a Clare Island Energy Audit

    €3,800 has been awarded to Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival for the 2019 event

    €1,700 has been granted to Louisburgh Community Futures for an energy audit of the parish hall.

  • A letter is to be forwarded to the Taoiseach Míchéal Martin from members of Mayo County Council insisting that the new Taoiseach ensures that Mayo and the west is adequately represented in his appointments of new Ministers of State tomorrow.

    There were angry contributions by both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors, and Independents at the start of yesterday’s AGM of Mayo County Council, outraged by the failure of the new Taoiseach Míchéal Martin to appoint Dara Calleary as a Senior Minister in his new cabinet, and the omission of Michael Ring from Tanaiste’s Leo Varadkar’s Senior Ministerial positions.

    The Fianna Fail deputy leader, Mayo deputy Calleary has been appointed Chief Whip by Taoiseach Míchéal Martin on Saturday evening, and admitted his disappointment on Midwest Radio yesterday, but said there was no other job offered to him.

    At yesterday's Council AGM, Councillors called for the imbalance in the new Cabinet to be redressed, by appointing both FG's Michael Ring and Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers as Junior Ministers.

    The list of Junior Ministers is expected to be announced tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Ballinrobe based Councillor Damien Ryan, is the Fianna Fail whip on Mayo County Council  and he says there is a precedent for a Senator to be elected to a Junior Ministerial position, and he would like to see his party collegeue Lisa Chambers offered such a post.

    He says the Taoiseach had limited Ministerial jobs to give out, but it was disappointing that the West of Ireland had lost out.

    While Fianna Fail Councillor John Caulfield told Midwest News that he expected Dara Calleary to get a senior Ministerial brief, but while that's not the case, he expects Deputy Calleary to use the position of Chief Whip to do his best for Co Mayo...

    At yesterday’s AGM Charlestown Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray questioned why everyone was so surprised by Saturday’s Senior Ministerial announcements. He believes that the failure to include Michael Ring and Dara Calleary as Senior Ministers just adds political discrimination to the economic and social discrimination being experienced in this region for decades by successive governments.