Tipperary County Council is pleased to announce that the Department of Rural and Community Development has approved an additional allocation of €549,269 for the Thurles Market Quarter Project.
Tipperary County Council had previously received an allocation of €2,893,861 million for this project with a substantial match funding element also provided. This funding is secured under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF).
Tipperary County Council made a follow up submission to the Department earlier this year seeking an increased allocation for further enhancement works at the Thurles Market Quarter building. The next step will be to define the scope of works to suit the funding amount, proceed with final design work, contractor procurement and construction. The additional funding has been warmly received by local Councillors as a welcome investment for the ongoing revitalisation and regeneration of Thurles town.
This project has developed over a number of years with invaluable support and input from MIC Thurles, Thurles Farmers Market and members of the public through a consultation process which greatly aided the design of the scheme.
Cllr Seamus Hanafin, Cathaoirleach Thurles Municipal District states:
I very much welcome the approval of additional funding for the Thurles Market Quarter Project. Additional funding for the project will benefit businesses and communities in Thurles town. This additional funding further demonstrates the commitment of Thurles Municipal District to support the development of towns and villages across the District and to pursue all available funding streams.
Mr Eamon Lonergan, Thurles District Manager states:
"The delivery of capital projects, such as the Thurles Market Quarter project, which will see the redevelopment of an existing vacant building and the creation of a usable Town Centre space, have become more challenging due to increasing construction costs caused by inflation and the impacts of the pandemic. This additional funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund demonstrates the commitment to such projects at a national level. Tipperary County Council will also provide additional match funding towards this project, which is further evidence of the Council's commitment to Thurles Municipal District and to the regeneration and enhancement of our rural towns"