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CLAR funding for Tipp schools including Ballyporeen

New round of CLÁR funding of €124,200 to support School safety measures in Tipperary

Tipperary Fine Gael candidate Mary Newman Julian has said has said that 5 community groups and schools in Tipperary are to benefit from additional Government funding through the CLÁR programme.

Today's funding comes on top of €7.5 million for 240 projects of this nature approved earlier this year, bringing to €9.1m the total investment in these facilities under the CLÁR programme in 2018

Speaking about the purpose of the funds Mary said: “By supporting improved safety around schools and other community facilities, and providing play areas in disadvantaged rural areas, CLÁR funding is helping to make these areas more attractive places for families to live and to settle in.

“Tipperary has been allocated a total of €124,200 in this round of CLÁR funding.

Measure 1 in CLÁR 2018 is for funding of safety measures in communities. There is now €124,200 of funding allocated under CLÁR measure 1 for Tipperary.

Area's in Tipperary to benefit are, Lorrha Dorrha GAA - €27,900, Ballyporeen - €20,700, Newtown NS - €45,000, Hollyford NS - €18,000 & Templederry NS - €12,600.

“The CLÁR Programme forms a significant part of Fine Gael's Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017.

“Tipperary projects that received funding already in 2018 under CLÁR measure 1 include the pedestrian crossing at Lisvernane National school and footpaths in Hollyford as well as safety measures at Knock National School, Kilruane National School and the speed radar warning signs in Silvermines village.

“The playground in Gortnahoe and the Drangan & Cloneen community playground as well as the national school in Cloughjordan have also received CLÁR funding in 2018 under measure 2.

Earlier this month Minister Ring launched a further CLÁR Measure to recognise the role that volunteer organisations play in the provision of vital services to provide transport services to and from medical support services for those with significant mobility issues, and to and from designated cancer treatment hospitals and centres under the National Cancer Care Programme. The closing date for this measure is today, Friday 31st of August.

“I have worked with the Irish Wheelchair Association in both Tipperary Town and Roscrea to complete the CLÁR funding applications to support the purchase of new wheelchair accessible vehicles which are much needed to continue the provision of vital transport services to people with mobility issues.

If any group or community group would like assistance in submitting applications for CLÁR funding I would be delighted to help them and they can contact me at or

“The CLÁR programme, which had been closed for new applications by Fianna Fáil in 2009, is hugely important to rural communities. Thanks to our recovering economy, not only have we been able to reopen the CLÁR Programme, but we are continuing to build on it.

“Through the CLÁR Programme and other supports under the Action Plan of Rural Development, such as the Rural Recreation programme and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Fine Gael will continue working hard to support the economic and social development of communities in rural Ireland.”

Further details can be found on line at

Contact: Mary Newman Julian, 0863844196