July 31, 2020
Kearney welcomes economic recovery package for South Antrim towns and villages

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, and Junior Minister with The Executive Office, Declan Kearney has welcomed the launch of the Capital Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Scheme, an investment of £11 million aimed at supporting villages, town and city centres in their recovery from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

Speaking after the launch in Antrim town, Declan Kearney said:

“I am delighted that my South Antrim constituency hosted the launch of the Capital Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Scheme brought forward by the Department for Communities (DfC) and Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

“I was pleased to join my ministerial colleagues, Carál Ní Chuilín (DfC) and Edwin Poots (DAERA) for the launch on Antrim Town’s High Street. It will also be one of many town centres across the north set to benefit from this significant financial injection.

“Covid-19 has had a major impact on our town centres. Businesses have suffered a serious downturn in economic activity and are now facing the challenge of rebuilding trade while managing the public safety measures which are necessary to help us begin to emerge from the pandemic.  

“The funding, administered by our eleven local councils in two tranches of £6 million, and a subsequent £5 million, over the coming months, will deliver measures to help provide a safe and welcoming environment for shoppers, visitors and workers.

“As a result of the first funding tranche, Antrim and Newtownabbey council will receive £255,000. I want to see this funding used to assist in the revitalisation of towns and villages across South Antrim, and similar benefits accruing in Glenavy from the allocation awarded to Lisburn and Castlereagh council. 

“I very much welcome this positive intervention which I hope will help to restore confidence in the shopping experience locally and also stimulate local businesses and retail activity.” 

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

After 13 years of Fine Gael in government, home ownership has collapsed with a staggering 40% of people in their 30’s still living in their family home.

Sinn Féin has a plan to deliver the homes that workers and families can afford. @ReadaCronin

Making childcare affordable and accessible for all families must be shared priority for everyone.

By all parties working together, we can transform childcare for children, parents, childcare workers and providers.

Kearney meets South African foreign minister https://vote.sinnfein.ie/kearney-meets-south-african-foreign-minister/ @DeclanKearneySF

2

Excellent bilateral meeting with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.

We discussed Israel’s genocidal war against the Palestinian people. I repeated Sinn Féin’s full support for South Africa’s ICJ action & briefed the Minister on the growing momentum for Irish unity🇮🇪🇿🇦

Load More