Longford man who developed rural scheme wants greater cash incentives

A Longford man, who was one of the key architects of the government’s new rural regeneration project, doesn’t expect it come on stream until at least the autumn.

A multi-million euro plan to breathe new life into hundreds of towns and villages across the country called The Action Plan for Rural Development was launched yesterday in Ballymahon.

It’s hoped that the new scheme, which is aimed at filling empty domestic properties at 600 locations across the country, will attract first-time buyers as well as people who may be looking to retire with cash incentives for people willing to purchase the properties.

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The plan was initially suggested to the government by The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers

Its former president, Lanesboro native Eamon O’Flaherty, believes the government needs to make the scheme more attractive by offering more than the suggested €5,000 grant for buyers: