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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 Leinster. 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.

Carlow

Carlow’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding. Road infrastructure in the county has benefited hugely from EU support, with projects including the Carlow By-Pass, the N80 and the N81.

EU funds have been invested in the following non-national roads throughout Carlow:
-    Carlow-Hacketstown,
-    Carlow-Athy,
-    Tullow-Castledermot,
-    Muinebheag-Kilkenny roads,
-    Tullow Inner Relief Road.

EU funding has also played a role in boosting Carlow’s broadband connectivity.

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

Water management facilities at Leghlinbridge, Hacketstown, and Carlow town have also benefited from 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.

€12 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Carlow county.

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

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

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Dublin

Dublin's Temple Bar has received EU fundingEU funding has transformed Dublin City and County since Ireland joined the EU in 1973.

Transport infrastructure has been given a massive boost with EU funding playing a part in projects such as:
-    The M50
-    The LUAS Red Line
-    100 Dublin Buses
-    Upgrade of train and DART services

Water treatment and quality has also benefited hugely with over €300 million having been invested into Dublin’s water supply and treatment systems.

Dublin has also benefited from the EU funded scheme to improve broadband access.

EU financial support has played a role in renovating some of Dublin’s most important and lively areas such as:
-    Temple Bar
-    Dublin Docklands
-    Dublin Castle

Riding school, URBAN programme Ballyfermot, DublinSocial services in Dublin have also received significant support from the EU.
-    €150 million to increase childcare services in Dublin city and county between 2002-2008
-    Dublin will get a massive share of the €375 million set aside for 2007-2013 in Ireland to boost employment opportunities, and access to education and training.

Dublin business will also be able to benefit from the €300 million allocated by the European Investment Bank to Irish banks, in order to lend to small and medium size businesses.

Dublin third level institutions are also set to benefit from €600 million in EU funding under the EU Financial Framework for Research and Technological Development, with UCD, TCD, and DIT already benefiting.

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Kildare

HorsesEU funding has helped improve Kildare’s infrastructure in many ways:

-    the Naas and Newbridge by-passes
-    Investing in water supply and treatment facilities
-    Clane, Kilcock, Kildare, Maynooth, Monasterevin, Newbridge, Prosperous, Rathangan, and Sallins, have all benefited from improved and more accessible broadband internet through an EU co-funded scheme.

Urban and village renewable projects, along with better rural access and transport schemes co-financed by the EU, have helped improve the quality of life for many across Kildare County.

The EU funded LEADER programme has helped boost economic and community activity in rural Kildare and has funded a large range of projects in the county.

Childcare facilities in the county have also improved thanks to EU support. Between 2000 and 2008 some €15 million has been invested in improving childcare services throughout Kildare.

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

Enterprise schemes across Kildare have also received EU funding, and have helped many businesses start-up or grow across the county.

NUI Maynooth also continues to benefit from EU funding through European Research and Development funding.

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Kilkenny

Kilkenny CastleKilkenny’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding. Road projects that benefited from EU support include:

-    N76 Callan by-pass,
-    improvements to the N77,
-    M8/N8 Culahill-Cashel,
-    N9/M9 Carlow, Knocktopher Waterford roads.

Sewerage schemes in Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown, Kilkenny City and environs and Kilmacow have also benefited from EU funding, along with drinking water schemes in the county.

EU funding has also played a role in boosting Kilkenny’s broadband connectivity.

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.

€18 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Kilkenny county.

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

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

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Laois

Computerisation of village post office. Clonaslee, Co. Laois, Ireland. Co-financed by ERDFLaois’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

Road projects in Laois that have benefited from EU funding include:

-    M8/N8 at Portlaoise, Castletown, and Culahill,
-    N8 at Durrow and Abbeyleix,
-    N7 at Castletown and Nenagh,
-    N80 and N78

EU support has also helped improve the non-national road network in the county.  Indeed, between 1994 and 1999 alone EU funding played a role in 25 non national road projects in Laois.

Upgrades to the Dublin, Cork and Limerick train lines, supported by EU funding, have benefited train users in Laois by increasing the capacity and frequency of trains passing through the county.

EU funding has provided for civic amenity sites in Kyletalesha, Portlaoise and Portarlington and bring bank sites around the county.

Water supply and sewage treatment schemes in Laois have also benefited from EU funding with projects in Portlaoise, Portarlington, Stradbally, Ballyroan, and Laois town receiving financial support from the EU.

Tourism projects across Laois have also received EU support, with projects in Portloaise, Abbeyleix and Emo benefiting.

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.

€10 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access throughout Laois.

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

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

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Longford

Local and national transport infrastructure in Longford has benefited considerably from EU co-funding. Specific projects that benefited include:

  • the N5 Strokestown/Longford road,
  • the Longford bypass,
  • the N4 Edgeworthstown bypass, Iarnrod Eireann’s upgrade of the Longford to Dublin route.

Internet access has also been given a boost with investment in broadband services through the Metropolitan Area Networks and group broadband schemes.

Water treatment facilities have improved through investment in the Granard, Clondra, Edgeworthstown, Ballymahon and Moydow sewerage schemes.

Local communities in Longford have benefited from EU funding allocated Urban and Village Renewal Schemes such as support for the restoration of churches in Templemichael, Lanesboro and Kenagh as well as village imrpovement schemes throughout the county.

€5.3 million has been approved for childcare services across Longford.

€15 million invested since 1995 into rural communities through the EU’s LEADER program, which aims to improve the quality of rural life and diversify the rural economy.

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Louth

M1-Boyne Bridge, Drogheda, Co. LouthLouth’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding:

-    the Dunleer to Dundalk road received an EU grant of €67m,
-    the Drogheda by-pass received €55 from the EU,
-    the A1/N1 Newry to Dundalk dual carriageway was co-financed from the EU’s Trans-European Transport Networks budget.

Louth’s rail infrastructure has also benefited, as the Dublin – Belfast train service and line also received substantial EU funding.

The Drogheda and Dundalk waste water treatment plants received €84 million between them from 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.

Large EU financial grants have improved childcare facilities and access in the county.

The Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership has benefited from €2 million in EU funds under the PEACE II programme to support youth, sport and arts projects.

Dundalk IT continues to benefit from EU funding and recently received €200,000 to fund research.

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

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

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Meath

EU funding helped to improve Meath’s infrastructure:

-    Trim ring-road,
-    Asbourne by-pass
-    Navan to Balrath road.

Meath has also benefited from improved waste management facilities, water treatment centres, and improved drinking water quality, with the help of EU funding.

The new East-West electricity interconnector is set to receive €110 million in EU funds, which will be located at Woodlands, County Meath.

Bettystown, Navan, Dunboyne, Crossakiel, and Rathmoylan have all benefited from village and urban renewal schemes that received EU support.

County Meath has benefited from the LEADER programme, which aims to improve the rural quality of life ,and diversify the rural economy.

€22 million has been invested into improving childcare facilities and access across Meath.

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

The Navan and Kells enterprise centres have also benefited from EU financial support, and helped businesses start-up and grow.

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Offaly

Eco-tourism: Cutaway Bogs. Co. OFFALY, Ireland. Co-financed by ERDFOffaly’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding

Offaly’s road network has seen great improvements with projects that have benefited from EU funding including:
-    N80 Tullamore By-Pass,
-    improvements to the N52, N62, N80,
-    construction of Inner Relief Roads at Edenderry and Ferbane.

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

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Offaly, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites at Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore, as well as bring bank sites around the county.

Drinking water quality and sewage management schemes across Offaly have also received financial support from the EU, with projects in Coolfin, Ballingar, Clara, Ferbane, Banagher and Cloncollig among other places benefiting.

EU funding has also been used to boost tourism throughout Offaly, with numerous projects receiving financial assistance from the EU, such as the Birr Science Centre and the Slieve Bloom and Offaly Way among some of the projects benefiting.

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.

€8 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access throughout Offaly.

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

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

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Westmeath

A boat on the River Shannon near AthloneWestmeath’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

EU funding has played a role in improving the N4 (Mullingar, Jonestown, Portnashangan); the Mullingar by-pass and the main road from Kinnegad to Athlone.

In addition, practically every non-national road in Westmeath has also received some kind of EU support.

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Westmeath, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites in Athlone and Mullingar. Rural water and sewage management schemes in Westmeath have also benefited from EU funding.

EU funds have also been used to support and boost tourism in Westmeath.

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 Westmeath county.

Athlone Institute of Technology also benefited from EU funding, including support for the development of the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre.

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

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

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Wexford

Rosslare Europort, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Co-financed by ERDFWexford’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of Ireland’s membership of the European Union.

Road improvements include the Enniscorthy to Wexford Road, which received €6 million in EU support.

The redevelopment of Rosslare Port benefited from €5.5 million in EU grants.

Rail infrastructure in the county also improved, with the EU providing some of the funding for the re-signalling of the Rosslare to Greystones line.

Waste and water management schemes have specifically benefited Wexford, with Courtown/Riverchapel, Enniscorthy and other projects across the county receiving over €45 million in EU funding.

Wexford has also benefited from improved broadband speeds and access as result of EU funding in the South East.

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.

€24 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Wexford county between 2000 - 2008.

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

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

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Wicklow

Funding through the LIFE- Nature financial instrument of the European Union has allowed the wetland restoration work at Blackditch. The reserve forms part of the largest wetland complex on the east coast of Ireland- the Murrough Wetlands.Wicklow’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result EU funding. EU funding has played a part in building:

-    the N11 Arklow by-pass,
-    the Rathnew by-pass,
-    N11 from Kilmacanogue - Glen of Downs road.

The Dart extension to Greystones received 50% of its funding from the EU.

EU funding has also played a role in boosting Wicklow’s broadband connectivity.

Water treatment and sewage schemes in the county have also received EU funding.

EU funding also helped to upgrade Bray’s coastal protection infrastructure, and Wicklow and Arklow harbours.

EU funding has also played a part in preserving and developing Wicklow’s forestry.

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 by the EU in increasing childcare facilities and access across Wicklow county.

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

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

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