County Tipperary is one of a number of counties to benefit from the EU Just Transition fund of €169M formally launched today.
The funding is intended to help communities to ‘reimagine and transform’ themselves after the ending of commercial peat production and peat-fired power generation.
Bord na Mona has ceased peat extraction for briquette production at its factory near Littleton.
The Programme was launched today by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan at the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre in Kenagh, Co Longford. Longford is one of several counties including Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Roscommon, and parts of Galway and Kildare which form the EU JTF Territory.
Between now and 2027, a range of initiatives will be supported, and several funding calls will be run for different types of organisations to apply for funding to develop new employment opportunities in the areas included, restore the degraded bogs or repurpose industrial heritage assets from the peat extraction era and projects that enable local communities to benefit directly from the green transition.