Minister Michael Ring

  • Mr Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that he has approved €313,000 in Leader supports for projects in Moorehall, Westport, Aghagower, Mulranny, Kilmaine and Louisburgh.


    The following projects have been approved for funding:


    Project Name

    Implementing partner


    Project Description

    Amount (€)

    Co-operation capital regeneration project for Moorehall, Carnacon, Mayo and Derrymore Estate, Co Armagh

    South West Mayo Development Company CLG

    Moorehall Estate

    A co-operation cross-border project involving the regeneration of the Moorehall Estate in Carnacon and including pathway surface and trail access improvements, and provision of street furniture and signage and natural play equipment pieces within the estate


    Education Desty Pilot Product

    Education Desty Ltd


    To develop a pilot product for testing and potential roll-out for 12-16 year olds


    Old Irish Goat Visitor Centre

    Mulranny Community Futures CLG


    To complete the works at the Old Irish Goat Visitor Centre in Mulranny on the Wild Atlantic Way which will interpret Mayo's farming history and the conservation of the genetic signature of this charismatic animal


    Outdoor walkway

    Kilmaine Community Recreational Trust


    To develop a walkway 1/2 km in length along the community pitch grounds and provide outdoor exercise equipment for adults along the walking track


    Two pedestrian footbridges

    Glen Keen Farm Limited


    To install two pedestrian footbridges at Glenkeen Farm and Visitor Centre in Louisburgh


    Westport Tourism Survey

    Westport Tourism Organisation


    Funding for the formatting and printing costs of the fifth tourism survey of Westport over a 25 year period



    Minister Ring  told Midwest News this evening that it's a major announcement which will provide a significant boost for these six communities.  The monies have been allocated through his Department’s LEADER Programme and brings to over €650,000, the amount of Mayo LEADER projects which he has announced since last week

  • Minister Michael Ring is confident that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will sit down and work out the continuation of the Confidence and supply agreement for the sake of Ireland.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development believes that no one wants a general election at this very critical time in the Brexit negotiations. He has complimented Fianna Fail for its cooperation with government over the past three years.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement between the present government and Fianna Fail has kept the government in office since 2016.

    Minister Ring also insists thatthe restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget.

    He says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored. It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

  • Funding of €100,000 has been allocated for the enhancement of five walking trails in Co Mayo.

    €20,000 goes to each of five trails - including the Nephin Trailwalk in Laherdane, Brackloon Woods in Westport, the Pullathomas Loop Walsk, Killeen Walks and the Cattle Raid of Mayo Trail in Glencastle and Ceathrú Thaidhg.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring is providing the funding under his Department's Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for small-scale local projects.

  • Grants totalling €128,000 have been allocated for preserving and enhancing 14 buildings across Co Mayo.

    The largest allocation of €50,000 is to repair the roof and outer walls of Holy Trinity Church in Westport, with grants also for a number of other historic churches and private houses county-wide.

    Minister Joseph Madigan has allocated the funding under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

    Minister Michael Ring has published details of the grants...

    Name/Location of structure

    Type of works


    Holy Trinity Church (Oughaval), Newport Road, Westport

    Repairs to roof and outer walls


    St Catherine's Church, Louisburgh

    Repairs to roof





    The following structures in Mayo have been allocated funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme which supports owners and custodians to care for our built heritage:


    Type of structure

    Type of works


    Church of St. Charles the Martyr, Hollymount

    Church of Ireland church

    Repair of cast iron spire


    Bridge House, Westport

    Private house

    Re-slating of roof


    Turlough Lodge, Turlough

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Raheens Obelisk, Raheens


    Stone repairs


    Ballinrobe House, Ballinrobe

    Private house

    Refurbish cast iron rainwater goods


    Ballintubber Thatch, Ballintubber

    Private house



    Church of the Immaculate Conception & St. Josephs, Bohola

    Church (Roman Catholic)

    Historic window glass conservation


    Cloghans House, Cloghans

    Private house

    window repairs, plaster work repairs


    Greaghans House, Greaghans

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Valley House, Achill Island

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Custom House Studios, Westport

    Gallery & artist studios

    Rainwater goods


    Creagh House, Ballinrobe

    Private house

    Rainwater goods



    Minister Ring said: “We are lucky in Mayo to have a unique built environment of extraordinary quality. Our historic buildings and structures are a vital part of our heritage.

    “The funding being announced today will support the conservation and enhancement of these 14 historic structures and buildings. It will also provide hundreds of hours of work for skilled craftspeople.


  • Government funding totalling €17,500 has been allocated for eight community-based festivals and Summer Schools in Mayo.

    The scheme is designed to assit local cultural events, which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger-scale grants, such as those supported by Failte Ireland and the Arts Council.

    The Seosamh McGabhann Summer School in Kilmovee gets the largest allocation of €5,000 with grants also for the North mayo Summer School of Traditional Music, Swinford 250 and More festival, the Ballina Fringe Festival, Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival and the Mac Luí Children's Arts Festival in Westport, Mayo North Old Engine & Tractor Club Heritage Day and Feile Iorrais - the folk arts festival in Erris.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says it's important to support these local events that bring visitors to areas across Co Mayo...

  • Funding of €2.3 million euro has been announced for seven projects in Co Mayo under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that three of the projects are solely within the county - this includes €825,000 to support the regeneration of Ballinrobe town, including upgrading the library and grounds and the Bowers Walk area and developing Market House; while €75,000 has been allocated towards developing plans for a national cycle network in Mayo from Leenaun in Co Galway to the Sligo county boundary; and €56,000 has been announced for developing the Lost Treasures Trail linking Westport and Cong and highlighting heritage assets along the way.

    The other four projects cover a number of counties including Mayo.

    They include €3.9 million for a major upgrade of 6 National Parks including Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, along with funding to develop the Dark Sky Planetarium project in the national park,

    almost €1 million has been allocated to develop an existing Geopark in the Joyce Country and Western Lakes area of Galway and Mayo,

    and €644,000 has been alocated for the Western Development Commission to establish digital working hubs in Swinford, Tubbercurry, Tulsk and Stranorlar in Co Donegal.

    This is part of a €62 million euro package of Government funding for 66 projects in rural communities across the country, to create jobs, rejuvenate communities and transform local economies. 

  • A total of €216,000 has been allocated this morning for 11 recreational amenity projects across Co Mayo.

    The funding is being provided under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure scheme, which provides grants of up to €20,000 for outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails.

    Five of the Mayo projects allocated funding are under the banner of South West Mayo Development Company, while Mayo North East had applied for funding for the other 6 successful projects.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards improving local walks, trails and greenways.


  • Further Government funding of €22,500 has been approved for Mayo County Council to progress the helipad on Inishturk Island.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says the funding will enable the local authority to progress the design and planning for the site that has been identified.

    This latest grant will enable the council to advance the project, which Minister Ring says, will benefit the island community and the safety of emergency services staff.





  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development says the Government’s allocation of €50 million for beef farmers will be a huge boost to Mayo beef farmers and to rural communities in the county.

    Minister Michael Ring was speaking in relation to today’s Cabinet decision to provide a support scheme for beef finishing farms which have been severely impacted by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Minister Ring says Beef farmers throughout the country have undergone a sustained period of economic difficulty and this package will provide a significant boost for these farmers and their families.

  • Half a million euro is being allocated for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the Clew Bay Trail.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced the funding as part of a national allocation of over €8 million for 18 projects nationally under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

    The Clew Bay Trail is a 19 km walking and cycling trail along the southern edge of Clew Bay between Belclare and Louisburg, which forms part of the Great Western Greenway.

    This morning, Minister Ring said he's delighted to announce €500,000 for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the trail, following on from an allocation of almost €1 million euro last year....

  • €60,000 in European funding has been allocated to Mayo County Council, to provide free public WiFi hotspots in locations across the county.

    Mayo Co Co secured the funding under the WiFi4 EU (wiFi for you) initiative, and Minister Michael Ring says his department has offered to match that funding.

    The initiative will bring free WiFi hotspots to a number of public spaces in Mayo, such as town squares, parks, hospitals and libraries, where there is no other free WiFi service available, and the locations will be decided by Mayo County Council.

  • Funding of €800,000 has been announced for four walking and cycling trails in Co Mayo.

    The funding was announced at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar this morning by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring, under his Department's Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

    Minister Ring announced a total allocation of almost €11 million for 78 projects across the country.

    In Mayo, four projects will each receive €200,000 - The Great Western Greenway, for major essential trail works at Kilmeena and Turlough,

    The Achill Island Greenway, for bridge crossing and approach works at Achill Sound,

    The Bangor Trail and Erris Access Bridge - to upgrade and plan suspension footbridge, and €200,000 also to construct a new riverside trail from the Bowers, Ballinrobe to Lough Mask on The Way- A Spiritual Journey.

    Minister Ring says the investment will provide the people of Mayo, and those who visit the county, with a wonderful way to experience our outdoor areas.


  • 12 social enterprise groups in Co Mayo are to share funding totalling €98,000 allocated under the Small Capital Grants scheme.

    The scheme is funded under the Dormant Accounts Fund, and €1 million was allocated in December to groups nationally.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the scheme was heavily over-subscribed, so he's now allocating a further €1 million in small capital grants to another 107 social enterprises across the country, including 12 in Mayo.

    Social Enterprise


    Sensational Kids, Claremorris


    Western Care Belmullet


    Western Care, Bright Knights Club, Castlebar


    Foxford and District Alzheimer Trust


    Seirbhisí Curam Chill Chomáin, Rossport


    Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna, Geesala


    Lecanvey Community Centre


    Louisburgh Senior Resource Committee


    Aughagower Community Developments Ltd


    Cushlough Community Centre


    Brackloon & Drummin Community Council &CLG


    Newport Town Hall







  • There’s good news this morning for Glencastle National School, Bunnahowen as the Minister for Education has allocated 1.2 million euro to build a special needs unit at the Gaeltacht primary school.

    Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that the unding has been approved to build an extension at the school for an SNA unit.

  • 132 small scale local community initiatives in Mayo have been supported under the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme.

    The news was confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring.

    The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted at enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities.

    Last year Minister Ring allocated €403,732 to Mayo LCDC to support small scale local initiatives. The Minister has today announced the identity of the projects supported under the 2018 CEP funding.

    The full list of 132 Mayo based projects supported can be found on

  • Almost 139,000 euro has been announced for Ballina Library.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced funding to enable the My Open Library service to be provided in Ballina Library.

    It will allow the public to access and use the services of the library on a self-service basis from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year. 

    The Minister has also approved funding to provide Ballina and Swinford libraries for “Magic Tables” which benefit people with alzheimers, autism and learning difficulties

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that the government's public libraries strategy aims to introduce the My Open Library service to 100 library branches around the country by 2022. The My Open Library service is currently available in 15 public libraries with a further three, including Swinford, due to open before the end of the year.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today approved a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries in Mayo.

    The following libraries will receive investments in technology under this initiative.

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    This is part of an almost €8 million investment in libraries comprises of approximately €6 million from Minister Ring’s department and a further €2 million contribution from local authorities.

    Minister Ring has been telling Midwest Radio that this funding will transform our public library service in Mayo, with 14 libraries benefitting.

  • 18 Mayo schools have been approved for significant improvements under 2019 Summer Works Scheme.

    This news has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Twelve Primary Schools and six post primary schools will benefit from this round of funding.

    The schools included are Ballindine National School and Cloonlyon National Scholl for structural improvements.

    Scoil Naomh Colm Cille, Westport, Scoil Naisiunta Coill mór Westport and Cormaic Nfa, Garranarad, Ballina for upgrade to windows.

    Scoil Naisiunta Sheamais, Barnacogue and Scoil Naisiunta Balla Aluinn, Balla have both been included for structural improvements.

    Elsewhere, upgrading of windows has been approved for Scoil Naisiunta Gort Sceiche, Hollymount, Ballyvary Central N.S, Barnacarroll N.S, Kiltimagh N.S and St. Joseph’s N.S Ballinrobe.

    Upgrading of windows has also been granted for Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford, Colaiste Mhuire, Tuar Mhic Eadaigh, and Ballinrobe Community School.

    Sancta Maria College Louisburgh and St. Patrick’s College Lacken Cross have both received funding for Curricular requirements.

    Moyne College Ballina have also been granted funding for structural improvements.

    Minister Ring says the work will be carried out in schools mainly over the summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other staff will be kept to a minimum.

  • €20,000  has been allocated to Mayo County Council to construct a reinforced concrete wall at Kilmurry National School close to Crossmolina in order to protect the school from potential flooding.  

    The announcement was made this morning by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

     Minister Ring told Midwest News that the wall will replace the existing wall and will protect the school in the event of raised water levels on the river Deel. A pump sump will also be installed as part of the works.

    He is urging Mayo County Council to ensure that this work is carried out without delay.

  • The 2019 Clár programme opens for applications today for infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered population decline.

    Over the last two years, almost €2 million has been allocated for 54 community projects across Co Mayo under the Clár programme, and Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring is encouraging local communities to work with Mayo County Council on applications for this year's funding.

    As well as funding for school safety measures, playgrounds and multi-use games areas, applications can also be made this year, for the first time, for developing sensory gardens for people with certain disabilities.