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New funding for Lanesboro a step in the right direction says local Councillor

Aug 18, 2023 13:52 By Shannonside News
New funding for Lanesboro a step in the right direction says local Councillor
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Councillor Murray says that while further investment is needed in the region, it's a step in the right direction:

A new €500,000 community fund for Lanesboro is a good start towards repairing the damage caused by the closure of the power station.

That's according to Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Colm Murray, following the announcement of the half a million euro commuinity dividend from the ESB.

The town has been selected to benefit from the Just Transition programme funding, with the council also to receive ownership of the a building on the site of the former Lough Ree Power Plant.

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The EU Just Transition Fund is an initiative designed to help communities manage the negative impacts from the transition away from fossil fuel-intensive industries.

The Lough Ree Power Station on the edge of the town was shut in 2020, with many locals describing a severe economic fallout from closure.

According to the local authority, the building, known as 'the Tomato shed' will be converted into a multi-purpose sporting facility hosting local groups.

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Councillor Murray says that while further investment is needed in the region, it's a step in the right direction:

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