Up to €400,000 a year to be given to local councils to purchase derelict houses

Local authorities across rural Ireland will be given funding to purchase vacant and derelict sites to repurpose as community spaces.

Up to 400 thousand euro will be available per local authority each year.

The funding aims to revitalise rural towns and villages so they become attractive, vibrant places for people to live and work.

Irish Rural Link CEO, Seamus Boland, says rural areas have been in need of these supports for a long time:

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