“Substantial funding” awarded to Meigh and Newtownhamilton

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Friday, November 8th, 2019

Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady has welcomed the news that Meigh and Newtownhamilton will be included in villages within the Newry Mourne and Down Council area which have been awarded substantial funding for proposed Environmental Improvement Schemes to be carried out.

The Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcome the allocation of substantial funding for Meigh and Newtownhamilton.

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“Each village along with Hilltown, Killylea and Annalong will be allocated over £500,000 for environmental improvement schemes from the Rural Development Scheme which is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DAERA) and the European Union.



“Rural communities and small businesses within the Newry Mourne & Down district are set to benefit from £11.2m investment from this program.”

The Sinn Féin representative continued, “This funding will be beneficial for community infrastructure, improving access for residents, upgraded street lighting and improved carriageway-footway links which will enhance accessibility and pedestrian safety.”

Commenting on the importance of such funding streams from the European Union and the impact of Brexit, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “The environmental schemes will see much-needed money spent on villages that have seen little investment from any statutory agency or funding pot.



“The program also delivered a range of play areas throughout the district as well as supporting small rural businesses and job creation.

He added, “There is little indication as to how EU funding, especially for rural community based, will be able to proceed in the event of a Brexit irrespective of which ‘deal’ is imposed on us.”



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