Almost €1 million allocated to Donegal under the Shared Island Initiative

Almost a million euro has been allocated to Donegal County Council for five projects under the Shared Island Local Authority Development Funding.

Each of the projects sees the council with a council north of the border, three of them with Derry City and Strabane and two with Fermanagh and Omagh.

The three projects being run with Derry City and Strabane District Council involve a feasibility for a cross-border Exemplar Decarbonised Public Transportation project to promote carbon-neutral journeys in Donegal and Derry, a North West Regulatory Technology Cluster, and the a feasibility study on the development of the Slí Cholmcille pilgrimage route.

The two projects involving Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are a feasibility study into cross border Innovation Plazas in Ballyshannon and Irvinestown, and a cross-border Tourism Regeneration Project along the Donegal-Fermanagh rural border region.

The five projects, to be advanced in the next 12 months, will receive a total amount of €976,000.

Minister Charlie McConalogue says the Shared Island initiative is vitally important in fostering partnerships throughout the island, and the five projects in Donegal are an example of what can be achieved when groups and bodies work together positively for all the people in our cross border counties.

Pic – Minister Charlie McConalogue with the Sli Colmcille committee

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Donegal County Council Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Innovation Plazas Feasibility for development of twin cross-border Innovation Plazas in Ballyshannon, Donegal and Irvinestown, Fermanagh to foster enterprise opportunities in renewable energy, advanced manufacturing & engineering and agri-food, with cross-border networks and knowledge- sharing to support in growth in these sectors.
Donegal County Council Derry City & Strabane District Council North-West Decarb – Exemplar Decarbonised Public Buildings & Transportation Project Feasibility for cross-border Exemplar Decarbonised Public Buildings & Transportation project to inspire the carbon-neutral journey in Donegal and Derry.
Donegal County Council Derry City & Strabane District Council North West Regulatory Technology Cluster Development work for a cross-border, all-island national institute bringing together companies, academics, and public bodies to drive world-class research and innovation within Regulatory Technology.
Donegal County Council Derry City & Strabane District Council  Slí Cholmcille pilgrimage route Feasibility assessment for a pilgrimage route linking key Colmcille related sites across the cross-border landscape. Support cross-border tourism, recreation and connecting communities through the shared heritage of Colmcille – a unifying figure and symbol of cooperation on the island.
Donegal County Council Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Regenerative Tourism Cross-border Project Feasibility to develop an ambitious regenerative tourism project along the Donegal-Fermanagh rural border region involving engagement with the region’s place, past and people, seeking to attract high-yield environmentally-conscious visitors establishing a cluster of outdoor activity businesses, with economic gains for accommodation providers, food outlets and venues in towns and villages.
Dublin City Council Belfast City Council Circular Economy Partnership Feasibility of a circular economy partnership between Dublin and Belfast to jointly develop infrastructure, facilities, and institutional frameworks to support transition to a green economy and meet climate ambitions. To identify opportunities to make the island a leader in establishing a vibrant, equitable, and innovative Connected Circular Economy.