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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 Munster. 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.

Clare

The Burren - projects in the Burren have benefited from EU LIFE programme fundingClares’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

EU funding has played a role in construction projects such as the Ennis by-pass, improvements to the N87 and N65, and the N87 Ennistymon bridge.

Clare’s tourism infrastructure has also received a boost as a result of EU funding and support over the years. Projects in Lahinch, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilkee, Ennis and the Burren have benefited.

Clare has also benefited from the EU co-financed Rural Water scheme, which has improved drinking water quality, along with providing better sewage treatment facilities. Towns that have benefited from the scheme include Ennis, Lisdoovarna, Ballyvaughan, Doolin, Clarecastle and Kilkishen, among others.

Shannon Airport has been a major beneficiary of EU co-financing, with 5 co-financed projects between 1995-1999 alone.

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.

€25 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Clare.

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

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

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Cork

Urban Renewal, CorkCork City, and County transport infrastructure has seen improvements supported by EU funding in projects such as:

-    M8 from Fermoy to Mitchelstown
-    the Southern ring road
-    Upgrade of the N22
-    New carriages from the Cork to Dublin train route
-    Cork Airport

Cork City and other major areas in the County have received funding to improve and upgrade water and sewage systems.

EU support has helped develop and improve tourism by helping to fund numerous parks, nature reserves, museums, castles, and theatre. See the full county report for a list of projects.

Many towns across Cork have benefited from urban renewal projects which aim to renovate and make urban areas more pleasant and livable.

Cork’s agricultural economy has benefited greatly from EU funding, with continuing CAP payments, and the EU supported leader programme which aims to improve the quality of rural life, and diversify the rural economy.

Childcare facilities in Cork have benefited from €60 million from the EU since 2000.

Cork businesses 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.

Cork 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 UCC already benefiting.

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Kerry

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

Kerry’s road network has seen great improvements with projects that have benefited from EU funding including the Tralee by-pass, the Killarney Road Interchange and improvements to the N70 Ring of Kerry. The N21, N23, N86, N67 and N72 have also benefited from EU funding.

EU support has also helped improve the non-national road network in the county. Indeed, between 1994 and 1999 alone, 27 projects involving non national roads in Kerry benefited from EU financial support.

The EU also supported investment into increasing the capacity and frequency of trains on the Tralee to Dublin lines.

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Kerry, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites at Dingle, Killorglin, Caherciveen, Kenmare and Milltown and bring bank sites throughout the county.

Drinking water quality and sewage management schemes across Kerry have also received financial support from the EU, with projects in Lyreacrompane, Inch, Coolick, Dingle, Listowel, and Killarney, among others, benefiting from EU funds

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

Tourism in Kerry has also received a boost with EU funding made available to support a number of projects across the county.

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.

€32 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Kerry county.

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

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

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Limerick

Dept. of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick. Co-financed by ERDFLimerick’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding.

Limerick’s transport network has benefited from EU funding, with supported projects including the Limerick City Inner Relief Road, improvements to the N7, the Southern Ring Road, the Limerick/Nenagh Dual Carriageway, the N20 Croom Bypass, the N20/N21 Patrickswell to Limerick road and improvements to the N69.

EU support has also helped improve the non-national road network in the county.  Indeed, between 2003 – 2006 alone, 37 non-national road projects were completed with some financial support provided by the EU.

EU funding also supported increasing the capacity and frequency of the Limerick to Dublin train service.

EU funding has helped improve waste management facilities in Limerick, with EU funding provided for civic amenity sites at Newcastle West, Kilmallock and Mungret as well as bring bank sites around the county.

Drinking water quality and sewage management schemes across Limerick have also received financial support from the EU, with projects at Meenoline, Glenshack, Shanid Lower, Limerick City and Killmallock, among others, benefiting from EU funds.

Tourism projects across Limerick have also received EU assistance, providing a boost to the local economy.

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.

€31 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Limerick county.

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

The Limerick 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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Tipperary

Tipperary’s infrastructure has improved greatly as a result of EU funding. Road projects such as the Cashel by-pass, the N24 Cahir by-pass, the N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown, and the Nenagh by-pass, among others, have all benefited from EU funding.

Tipperary’s rail infrastructure has also received EU funding, which has helped update the service in the county.

Tipperary has also benefited from EU co-financed investment in waste management facilities such as the Nenagh Civic Amenity Facility and the Cashel Recycling Centre as well as bring bank sites around the county.

Sewerage schemes in Cashel, Clonmel, Templemore, Carrick-on-Suir, Nenagh and Thurles have also received EU funding.

EU funding has also played a role in boosting Tipperary’s broadband connectivity. For example, the EU co-financed the €2.6 million investment in high speed internet access in Clonmel, with Cahir, Cashel, Nenagh, Roscrea, Templemore also benefiting from investment under the Regional Broadband and County and Group Broadband schemes.

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.

€27 million has also been invested in increasing childcare facilities and access across Tipperary county.

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

The Tipperary North and South Enterprise Boards, which have benefited from EU funding, have helped start-up and growing businesses across the county.

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Waterford

Lismore Arts Centre, Co. Waterford. Co-financed by ERDFSince Ireland joined the EU in 1973, Waterford has benefited greatly from EU funding and programmes.

Infrastructure in the county has seen huge improvements, with recent support and co-financing on road projects such as the N9 and N25 upgrades, and the improvement of non-national roads across the county.

Waterford Port and Harbour development received support including a €13 million loan provided by the European Investment Bank.

The Waterford main drainage system received EU financial support, and the Tramore sewage scheme benefited from €10 million in EU funds.

Broadband infrastructure in the Waterford area has received a significant boost as a result of EU funding in the county.

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.

Between 2000 - 2008 some €19 million has been invested in Waterford to improve childcare facilities throughout the city and county.

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

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has also benefited from EU financial support, with a contribution to the construction of the Tourism and Leisure Studies building.

The Waterford City and County Enterprise Board, which has received EU funding, has helped start-up and growing businesses in the Waterford area.

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