€750,000 for Mobility and Cancer Care Transport Services in Rural Ireland


Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced the provision of €747,000 to fund cancer care transport services for community-based organisations providing vital services in rural areas.

Under the 2021 CLÁR programme, the funding will support organisations that provide free transport for cancer patients so that they can attend medical appointments.

The vehicles will also be used to assist people who are wheelchair-bound or have other mobility issues.

They will also be used to transport people to day care centres to give respite to family members who are caring for loved ones.

The 14 vehicles will be spread across 10 counties including Kerry, Cork, Galway, Meath and Roscommon.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said, “this funding will ensure some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can access vital supports or attend medical appointments.\”

“It also reflects a commitment in the Government’s rural development policy, ‘Our Rural Future’, to improve transport and accessibility in Rural Ireland. The organisations receiving this funding are voluntary and community-based. They provide their services free of charge and I want to commend them for the invaluable work they do.”

Examples of some of the successful organisations include:

Minister Humphreys added, “some of the organisations benefiting from this funding are bringing people to day care services to give respite to families who are caring for loved ones with a physical disability or a learning disability. This respite is vital for the families’ wellbeing and I am delighted that my Department can provide this assistance.”

The announcement is in addition to funding of €4.2m for 104 projects which Minister Humphreys recently announced under CLÁR for school and community safety measures, and outdoor community recreation facilities.

Further announcements under the CLÁR programme will be made by Minister Humphreys in the coming weeks.


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