CLARE County Council have confirmed that a new application for funding to provide a new sewerage system for Broadford has been made.

This comes after Councillor Alan O’Callaghan (FF) made fresh calls for a vital sewerage scheme in the East Clare village and “to keep the pressure on” the Rural and Development Fund.

At a recent meeting of Killaloe Municipal District, Councillor Joe Cooney (FG) said that he has been in contact with Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring (FG), in a bid to avail of such funding for the “greatly needed” infrastructure.

Despite this, Councillor Pat Hayes (FF) said that in order to “keep the momentum going” it was important not to put all the eggs in one basket, when it came to sourcing funding.

“If we don’t get this [rural regeneration funding] over the line, we need to look at other ways of getting this up and running,” he said as it was revealed that development in the village cannot go ahead otherwise.

Praising the “very vibrant and committed” Broadford Community Action Group, Cllr Tony O’ Brien (FF) agreed, while Cllr Hayes added that the proposal is “rural regeneration at its best”.

“If you haven’t a system in place, you can’t regenerate an area,” said the frustrated councillor. “This is vital for regeneration in Broadford.”

Clonlara councillor, Michael Begley (IND) said that he was “not over-confident” that Broadford would get the much-needed sewerage system, due to the fact that Irish Water has a remit for operating such a plant and funding was not made available for previous projects.

With this in mind, Cllr Begley added that pressure needs to put on the Government to “give a strong reason” to get the project over the line, stating that a sewerage scheme is needed to sustain the rural community.

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