Connaughton welcomes funding for Caltra Community Centre


The provision of €493,700 for the construction of a new community centre in Caltra was welcomed this week by Paul Connaughton T.D.

“This is a huge boost for the local community in Caltra as a community centre is at the heart of any community. The project is expected to cost a total of €659.319 and the provision of over €493,000 by this Government to the project is most welcome, especially in the prevailing economic circumstances.  The building will provide a very valuable resource to the people of Caltra and a wide surrounding area.

The announcement was made on Thursday morning by Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government. The grant is being made available to Caltra Community Centre Development Association under the Village Renewal & Development measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

“The Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013 has a budget of €4.9 billion for a seven year period, with €2.4 billion of this to come from the national Exchequer. Axes 3 and 4 have an allocation of €314.8 million and these focus on agri-diversification, support for business creation, encouragement of tourism activities as well as the provision of basic services for the economy and rural population, such as the provision of appropriate cultural and leisure facilities to local communities, not otherwise available to them, as was the case in Caltra.

“I know that this announcement will bring great joy to the Caltra area and I want to commend everyone involved in Caltra Community Centre Development Association for their commitment to this project. Their hard work over many years is now coming to fruition,” concluded Deputy Connaughton.