Monaghan receives 5 million euros to advance its projects

A number of rural development projects were opened today (Friday, October 29) in County Monaghan as part of Our rural future, the government’s rural development strategy, which aims to revitalize towns and villages.

These projects, benefiting from a combined investment of over 5 million euros through the Regeneration and Rural Development Fund, include:

  • Ballybay Food Hub, which will provide workspace for local businesses;
  • Remote work facilities in Castleblayney;
  • Multi-million euro regeneration projects in progress.

Ballybay Food Center

Ballybay Food Hub was designed to support Monaghan’s strong food production industry. The Hub received a combined investment of over € 400,000, through the LEADER program and the Regional Business Development Fund.

This funding enabled the renovation of nine industrial units into modern food production facilities.

The hub, which is operated by Enterprising Monaghan, also offers modern offices and meeting rooms.

Speaking at the opening in Ballybay, Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar said:

“This new food hub aims to encourage new entrepreneurs to use food incubation units to get started on the road to success.”

“This new project shows the potential of food for job creation and creativity in rural Ireland.”

Minister Humphreys added:

“Everyone here today is well aware that a vibrant and sustainable agrifood sector is essential to the economic well-being of Ireland, as well as to the support of rural communities.

“This county has a record of achievement in producing a diverse range of manufacturing products, with family and local inputs into the production process.

“Monaghan is also home to some of Ireland’s largest food producers and 90% of its production is exported. “

Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar and Minister Heather Humphreys at the Ballybay Food Hub. Image source: Ministry of Community and Rural Development Twitter

Moffett automated storage

Minister Humphreys and the Tánaiste then visited the Moffett automated storage in Listroar, Clontibret.

This local family business designs and manufactures fully integrated automated storage systems.

The company recently received LEADER funding to help it develop and develop its business.

Remote work

The last stop on the route was at Castleblayney, where a new remote working facility was opened at the Community Enterprise Center.

The center was one of the first of its kind when it opened in 1987 and has been a valuable resource for the local community.

The center recently received over € 50,000 through the Connected Hubs Fund, which is administered by Minister Humphrey’s department.

Speaking at the opening of the new remote working facilities, Minister Humphreys said the hub will be an invaluable resource.

“It will provide workspaces and meeting rooms, all supported by first-class connectivity. This hub will allow more people to live and work in the community.

“This will give people who might have left to pursue careers in our cities the opportunity to come home and revitalize the local community. ”

The Castleblayney hub is one of 150 facilities that have joined the National Connected Hubs Network to date, according to the minister.

The Tánaiste said that while remote working won’t be for everyone, it will be for many.

“It cuts down on travel, means more time at home or in the community, and can help increase productivity. It can also be a huge boost for rural towns and villages by increasing footfall and local spending. ”

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