Access to funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development has been restored to Mayo County Council.

That’s according to Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon, who says Minister Heather Humphreys is satisfied with the local authority’s level of assurances to the Department.

These assurances were provided through its enhanced procedures and reviews in response to recent audit and inspection findings.

The Secretary General of the Department of Community and Rural Development, Mary Hurley, will be issuing a letter this morning to the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council Kevin Kelly, informing the council that they are now eligible for 2022 funding, subject to enhanced checks.

Deputy Alan Dillon told Midwest News that many hard-working community organizations who submitted grant applications and the Mayo electorate, were disappointed and felt let down to see no funding been allocated through a range of schemes and projects in recent months.

He is thankful that the council has responded and now in a position to receive Departmental funding across all its funding schemes.

Deputy Dillon confirmed that the council have undertaken several changes to their processes and procedures in order to regain access to grant funding and have satisfied the terms set by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Mayo TD added that as a member of public account committee, he completely understands the need for strict controls and governance of public monies.

He is relieved the council has engaged positively with the Department of Rural and Community Development to implement these necessary measures following this recent funding fiasco.


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