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The EU has made a major contribution to Ireland’s economic and social development since we joined the Common Market in 1973.

At a local level too, the EU has made a real difference to people’s lives. Over the last 35 years, the EU has provided significant funding to a wide range of projects and initiatives all over Connaught-Ulster. It is also important to remember that, in addition to large infrastructure projects, the EU has funded many local initiatives which are aimed at improving the day-to-day lives of people in small but important ways.

Cavan

Cavan Innovation Technology Centre benefited from EU fundingCavan’s infrastructure has improved significantly as a result of EU funding.

Cavan’s road infrastructure has benefited greatly, with examples including:the N3 Cavan/Dublin Road, the N55 Cavan/Athlone Road, various sections of the N54, the N87, the Cavan Town bypass and the Virginia bypass.

Additionally, non-national roads in Cavan have also benefited from EU funding.

Cavan has also gained better waste management facilities with EU funding supporting civic amenity centres at Bailieborough, Ballyconnell and Corranure as well as bring bank sites around the county.

EU funding has also played a role in improving water quality and access via the Rural Water Scheme which has benefited numerous towns and villages in Cavan.

Broadband infrastructure in Cavan has also received a boost with EU funding playing a role in improving local access to high-speed internet.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life of people across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€16 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access throughout Cavan.

As a participant in the EU cross border cooperation programme INTERREG, Cavan has benefited from EU funding aimed at bringing border communities closer together.  Through this programme, some €30 million has been allocated to border counties in order to improve cross border health services and access.

The European Social Fund has benefited Cavan by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives and many more schemes.

The Cavan County Enterprise Board, which has benefited from EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Donegal

Killybegs Harbour in Co. Donegal received EU fundingDonegal’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result EU funding. Between 1994 - 1999 alone, 37 non-national roads in Donegal benefited from EU funding. More recently, the N15, the N56 and the Bundoran/Ballyshannon by-pass have received EU funding for upgrades and improvements

EU funding has played a part in providing civic amenity facilities in Letterykenny, Donegal town, Lifford and Stranorlar.

Sewage and water schemes across the county have also improved as result of EU support, and coastal protection works at Ray/Rathmullen and Inver have also benefited.

Broadband capacity in the county has also received a boost from EU funding.

Cross border initiatives have seen EU funding with projects funded to increase peace and reconciliation along Donegal’s border with Northern Ireland

EU funding has also played a significant role is boosting Donegal as a tourist destination with projects in Letterkenny, Bundoran, and Ardara, among others, receiving EU funding.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life of people across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€21 million has been spent on improving childcare facilities and access in Donegal.

The European Social Fund has benefited Donegal by investing in the county’s people through youth programs, adult education, employment initiatives and many more schemes.

The Donegal County Enterprise Board, which has received EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Galway

Galway-Mayo Institute of TechnologyGalway infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

Galway’s road network has seen great improvements with projects that have benefited from EU funding inlcuding:

-    Galway Eastern Approach Road,
-    N6 Loughrea By-pass,
-    N17 Galway/Tuam,
-    Tuam By-pass,
-    N18 Oranmore/Gort/Crusheen,
-    Athlone/Ballinasloe By-pass
-    improvements to the N59 and N66 among other road projects

EU support has also helped improve the non-national road network in the county.  Indeed,  between 1994 and 1999 alone, 50 projects involving non national roads in Galway benefited from EU financial support

EU funding has also helped to increase the frequency and capacity of the Galway-Dublin train service.

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Galway, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites at Carrowbrowne, Ballinasloe, Clifden, and Tuam and bring bank sites around the county.

Drinking water quality and sewage management schemes across Galway have also seen financial support from the EU, with projects in Clontuskert, Tarramuid, Ballyman, Lisheenkyle, Tuam and Galway City among other places benefiting.

Galway has also benefited from investment in Broadband infrastructure which was co-funded by the EU.

EU funding has also been used to boost tourism throughout Galway county, with numerous projects receiving financial assistance from the EU.

The Aran Islands have also directly benefited from EU funding, with infrastructure projects boosting access and the quality of life for local people.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€40 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Galway county.

The European Social Fund has benefited Galway by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives, and many more schemes.

The Galway City and County Enterprise Boards, which have benefited from EU funding, have helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Leitrim

Leitrim's infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

The county’s road network has improved, with the N4 from Drumsna to Longford part-financed by the EU, as well as a large number of non-national roads projects.

Leitrim’s rail infrastructure has benefited from the improvement of the Dublin - Sligo line, which serves Leitrim.

Recycling centres at Mohill and Manorhamilton as well as water and sewage treatment projects across the county have benefited from EU funding.

Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton have also benefited from better broadband connections as a result of a scheme co-funded by the EU.

Village and urban renewal schemes, and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€6.5 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Leitrim county.

The European Social Fund has benefited Leitrim by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives, and many more schemes.

The Leitrim County Enterprise Board, which has received EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Mayo

Electrification of Clare Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Co-financed by ERDFMayo’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

The road network in Mayo has seen significant investment from the EU including:

-    N17 Knock/Claremorries Road,
-    Westport/Castlebar Road,
-    Charlestown by-pass,
-    improvements to the N59 at Ballina, Newport, Gortskeddia, Moylough, and Mulrany,
-    improvements to the N57 at Foxford
-    Claremorris by-pass

The EU also contributed to the €168 million invested in non national roads in Mayo between 2000 - 2006.

EU funding has also played a role in boosting water supply and waste water treatment in Mayo, with projects in Castlebar, Knock, Lough Mask, Ballyhaunis, Ballyhaunis and Crossmolina.

High speed internet projects in Mayo have benefited from EU funding

Tourism in Mayo has also received a boost with numerous schemes and projects taking advantage of available EU funding.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€22 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Mayo county.

The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology received EU funding when building its Business Incubation Centre, which aims to support high-tech industry and innovation in the region.

The European Social Fund has benefited Mayo by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives, and many more schemes.

The Mayo County Enterprise Board, which has benefited from EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county

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Monaghan

Monaghan’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

Monaghan’s road network has seen great improvements, with projects that have benefited from EU funding including:

-    the N2 Carrickmacross bypass,
-    the Monaghan bypass,
-    the N2 improvements at Castleblaney Road,
-    the N54 and the reconstruction of Clonfad bridge.

In addition, practically every non-national road in Monaghan has been improved with support from the EU.

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Monaghan, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites at Carrickmacross and Cornacass, as well as bring bank sites around the county.

Drinking water quality and sewage management schemes across Monaghan have also received financial support from the EU, with projects in Annyalla, Cremartin, Corkeeran and Stranooden among other places benefiting.

Monaghan Town, Carrickmacross, Castleblaney and Clones have gained improved access to broadband and high-speed internet services with the support of EU funding.

EU funding has also been used to boost tourism throughout Monaghan, with numerous projects receiving financial assistance from the EU.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life of people across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€22 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access throughout Monaghan.

The European Social Fund has benefited Monaghan by investing in the county’s people through youth programs, adult education, employment initiatives and many more schemes.

The Monaghan County Enterprise Board, which has benefited from EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Roscommon

Infrastructure in Roscommon has benefited greatly from EU funding.

The N4 improvements at Boyle, Meera, and Cortober have all received EU support, along with the N5 Strokestown to Longford road.

The EU co-financed the €13 million sewage treatment facility at Castlerea. The Ballaghaderreen Civic Amenity project, as well bring bank facilities in the county, have also benefited from EU funding.

Tourism infrastructure has also received a boost from EU funding, with the EU contributing €6 million of the €9 million total for the Lough Key Forest and Leisure Park. The Hodson Bay Aquarium and Boat Training Centre also benefited from EU funding.

Roscommon’s Internet infrastructure has also benefited from an EU supported scheme to improve broadband access throughout the country.

EU funding has also supported urban and village renewal across the county. Rural transport programmes aimed at tackling social exclusion in Roscommon have also received EU support.

€9 million has been invested into improving childcare facilities and access across Roscommon.

The European Social Fund has benefited Roscommon by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives, and many more schemes.

The Roscommon County Enterprise Board, which has benefited from EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses in the county.

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Sligo

Sligo’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result EU funding.

EU funding has played a part in constructing the N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road, N 59 Bridges and improvements, and N17 Tobercurry Bypass, among many road projects in the county.

Sligo’s rail infrastructure has also seen significant upgrading as a result of EU funding, including new railcars on the Dublin-Sligo service

Sligo has also benefited from EU co-financed investment in waste management facilities such as the Tobercurry Civic Amenity Facility as well as bring bank sites around the county.

The county has also benefited from a €5 million investment in high speed broadband, which was part funded by the EU.

Village and urban renewal schemes and the EU supported LEADER programme have boosted the quality of life across the county and have helped to diversify the rural economy.

€13 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Sligo county.

The European Social Fund has benefited Sligo by investing in the county’s people through youth programmes, adult education, employment initiatives, and many more schemes.

The Sligo County Enterprise Board, which has benefited from EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses across the county

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Last update: 23/02/2011  |Top