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Tipperary Organisations receive approval for more than €270000 in CLAR funding

The Department of Rural and Community Development have today announced an additional €1.4 million funding under the 2018 CLÁR programme

4 organisations in Tipperary will receive a combined funding total of €274,609 for Mobility and Cancer Care transport under CLÁR measure 4 which is ringfenced for transport to and from cancer treatment and transport for people with significant mobility issues, including those requiring specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles, to day-care or other medical, therapeutic or respite services.

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Tipperary South have received approval of €98,634 towards 3 wheelchair accessible buses and IWA Tipperary North receiving €65,675 towards 2 new buses. In addition, St Cronan's Association (Ballingarry, Cloughjordan, Rathcabban, Killea) and The Order of Malta in Cashel received €37,000 and €73,300 respectively for new vehicles.

Speaking about the IWA funding approval for Mary Newman Julian said ‘I am absolutely delighted for the members of these organisations as many of them participate in regular fundraising to support vital services and this significant funding support from the government is most welcome. Members of the IWA Tipperary South recently participated in a parachute jump to raise funds for new vehicles as the current fleet consists of a few old 2001 Ford Transits and a 2007 Mercedes, which given their age and mileage can be troublesome. This funding of nearly €100,000 for Tipperary South will fully bridge the finance required for 3 new vehicles which is fantastic news for all service users.

“I was delighted to help both Josephine Carroll in Tipperary Town and Joe O'Connell in Roscrea with their applications, in compiling maps and ensuring all details required were provided, as well as emphasising the importance of the funding to Minister Ring and the Department of Rural and Community Affairs. This is a great outcome for all IWA service users in Tipperary.

IWA Tipperary South currently have 56 regular service users, many of whom live in CLÁR designated areas as well as a waiting list of 28 people. It is hoped that with the availability of new vehicles all those who wish to avail of IWA services will be in a position to do so. Many of the members are solely reliant on the IWA to provide transport, and it is essential that the service is supported to continue providing vital services to people with disabilities

88% of the IWA members in Tipperary North are from CLÁR areas so this will be money well spent in ensuring those who are most in need receive the necessary support to avail of vital services.

CLÁR provides funding for small scale capital projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme forms part of the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017. The CLÁR programme is also an important part of the overall integrated strategy to support stronger rural economies and communities for Rural Development through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.