Newry and Armagh set for £3m Social Investment Fund payments

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the final decision on projects receiving Social Investment Fund (SIF) payments in the Southern Zone area.
Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Boylan

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Boylan

The Armagh representative was the sole Newry and Armagh MLA on the SIF Steering Group. “It has been a real privilege to work on the SIF Steering Group and be able to deliver real, tangible results for communities,” he said. “My goal on the group was to ensure that money went to the areas that most needed it; that investment was delivered to the most socially deprived areas within his constituency, tackling poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration. “To that end I worked with local community groups, development groups and sports clubs and I have to say I was consistently impressed with the community spirit, strength, determination and ingenuity of our local communities. “I am satisfied that with what we have managed to produce and will deliver a broad range of funding, representative of entire population, that will have real positive effects for communities in terms of infrastructure, job creation, sports facilities and cross community initiatives. “We have managed to deliver almost £9m from the SIF to the Southern Zone, more than £3m of which will be coming into the Newry and Armagh constituency.
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July 2016He continued, “This will deliver key community projects such as the Armagh Harps community hall and sports complex, Silverbridge GAA and Community resource centre, Pearse Óg GAC and Community functions suite Clady GFC leisure facilities, Cullyhanna St Patricks GFC and Community group project and funding for Thomas Davis GFC, Corrinshego. “The £80m Social Investment Fund was the brainchild of Martin McGuinness’ office and is yet another example of how you deliver for communities by working within government.”
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