€6m for local projects to help replace Bord na Mona jobs – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Energy, Environment, Families, Jobs, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of just over €6m for 11 local projects across County Roscommon and East Galway and adjoining towns which, along with a further €9.4m in region-wide projects, will help to support local job creation.

The funding under the Just Transition Fund is to help support local job creation as a result of the wind-down of Bord na Mona peat harvesting over the last 12 months and the imminent closure of Lanesboro and Shannonbridge Power Stations next month.

“The funding will have a direct impact in communities serviced by existing Bord na Mona workshops at Ballyforan, Cloontuskert, Clonburren, Clonfert, Mount Dillon & Blackwater where many local people have been employed,” said Denis Naughten.

“I’m particularly delighted to see a large number of projects which I have been directly working on with the promoters come through this assessment process and I now hope they can be developed to not just help replace local jobs but to create additional jobs into the future.

“I look forward to working with the promotors and communities involved with all 26 projects that will have an impact in our area to see them come to completion as soon as possible,” concluded Denis Naughten.



Project Name Lead Applicant JFT Funding Amount Sought (€) Counties impacted
1 Ballyforan Greenway Loop Ballyforan Area Transition Team 977,500 East Galway, Roscommon
2 Clontuskert Ballyleague Bog Heritage Train Roscommon County Council 212,000 Roscommon
3 Clontuskert Ballyleague Visitor Centre and Organic Farm Roscommon County Council 212,000 Roscommon
4 Lanesboro Food Hub Premier Lakelands Hub 1,000,000 Longford, Roscommon
5 Lanesborough Tourism Hub Longford County Council 212,500 Longford, Roscommon
6 Lough Ree Access for All Lough Ree Access for All CLG 471,693 Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath
7 Lough Ree Distillery – Phase 2 Blacksmith Ventures Limited 1,000,000 Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath
8 Mid-Shannon Wilderness Park Greenway Longford County Council 102,000 Longford, Roscommon
9 Pulse Hub: Creation of Remote Working Hubs in Ballinasloe Town Ballinasloe Area Community Development CLG 490,747 East Galway, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
10 Strategic Area Response Plan Implementation Shannonbridge Action Group 405,960 East Galway, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
11 The Lir Project Fergal Moran and Brian O’Carroll 1,000,000 Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
Total: €6,084,400



12 A Brown to Green Jobs Transition to Eliminate Energy Waste in Midlands Homes Hub Controls Ltd 1,000,000 All counties
13 Bord na Móna Employee Supports – Training and Upskilling Project Bord na Móna 1,000,000 All counties
14 Bord na Móna Medicinal Herbs Project Bord na Móna 1,000,000 All counties
15 Climate Action Training and Mentoring Programme Eastern and Midlands Climate Action Regional Office 255,000 All counties
16 Connecting Communities with Peatlands Irish Rural Link 277,079 All counties
17 Digital Learning Hub – Longford Longford Westmeath ETB 1,000,000 Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath
18 Employment Development Information Centre Transition Campus Employment Development Information Centre Longford 359,846 Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
19 Empower Eco Athlone Institute of Technology 907,765 All counties
20 Enablers of a Just Transition for Communities in the Midlands Region University of Limerick – Centre for Environmental Research 217,600 All counties


Lough Boora Discovery Park and Midlands Cycling Destination – Sustainable Connections 2020 Offaly County Council 998,155 All counties
22 Lough Boora Enhancement: Cycle Way and Feasibility Study – Industrial Art Space Bord na Móna 448,314 All counties
23 Midland Bioenergy Development Project Irish BioEnergy Association 255,000 All counties
24 Midlands Retrofit Growth KORE Retrofit Ltd 948,600 All counties
25 Social Enterprise Exchange The Cluster Centre 170,978 East Galway, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
26 Superhomes Midlands Tipperary Energy Agency CLG 603,625 All counties