This morning in Galway City, Heather Humphreys announced that the Newcastle Community Centre will get €4.3 million.

A second €6 million Galway grant has been given to Moycullen hamlet, which is located 10 kilometres northwest of Galway city.

To construct multipurpose centres in places that do not already have community facilities, the projects that are selected for community centres will get capital grants ranging from €1 million to €6 million.

Community organisations “striving to build their own community centre to service local needs and the level of interest has shown that these centres, when completed, will be the heart of many a community,” according to Minister Humphreys, will benefit from the funds.

For the first time in the State's history, a special fund has been established to provide brand-new community facilities throughout rural Ireland.

Since its inception in 2023, the programme has contributed more over €75 million towards innovative and ambitious community initiatives in towns and villages.

The projects are all on brown or green field sites, and as they have obtained the required planning and consent, they have already progressed and are prepared to start after a tender process.

The centres will be situated in both rural and urban areas throughout nine counties, with building sizes ranging from one to two stories.