Funding For Scouting Facility Welcomed


The granting of €80,000 in funds for a scouting facility, has been given a warm welcome by Senator James Reilly.

He said: I welcome the news from Minister Michael Ring that he has granted €80,000 to the national scouting facility at Castle Saunderson in Cavan.

“This facility will be used regularly by many of the scouting organisations in North County Dublin and I was very pleased to facilitate a meeting between the former Heritage Minister Heather Humphries and Scouting Ireland who were lobbying for funding for this project and that we have had a successful outcome with €80,000 grant aid approved.

“The grant is to repair and improve access routes to the Demesne. This facility is an International peace centre and a hugely important facility for the scouting groups in Fingal.

“This funding is a really important part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to improve walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities, with grants of up to €100,000 being awarded

“The maintenance of our trails, greenways and recreational amenities is hugely important for tourism across Ireland.

“With a number of policy measures, Fine Gael has overseen successful growth of visitor numbers since we entered government in the dark days of the recession in 2011. Last year was a record year for tourism, with overseas visitors up by 3.7 per cent to the end of November. We will continue to prioritise projects that support the tourism industry which is so vital to rural Ireland.”

“I want to particularly congratulate Scouting Ireland for their wonderful voluntarism in supporting and developing our youth across North County Dublin and Ireland.”