West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Community Fund Worth an annual £18,000

Published: 5 June, 2013

Kieran Turbity of ESB picutred alongside Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly on a recent visit to Omagh

Kieran Turbity of ESB picutred alongside Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly on a recent visit to Omagh

Local Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a Commitment by ESB to the establishment of a community fund totalling over 18,000 per year for community groups near Crockagarran wind farm in Mid Tyrone. The fund is a part of a commitment by ESB to support local communities in areas which host wind-farms. This particular community fund comes from the Wind-farm based at Crockagarran, between Sixmilecross and Carrickmore. Councillor Donnelly, who has been working alongside fellow Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald on the issue, recently met ESB representative, Kieran Turbidy on a recent visit to Omagh. Speaking after the meeting Councillor Donnelly said: "I welcome the commitment by ESB to establish a community fund. The fund totals £18,000 per year and will be in operation over the lifespan of the windfarms, which have been granted planning permission for 25 years. This project goes some way to ensuring that local communities benefit from the installation of wind turbines in our communities. "In discussions with ESB I have been informed that they expect local community groups to be able to apply for the fund later this year. The total being offered by the community fund this year will amount to £36,000, this accounts for two years, given that the wind-farm has already been in operation before this year. The fund will be administered by a third party grant making organisation, who has yet to be confirmed. Fellow Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Anne Marie Fitzgerald who also was also involved in the initiative concluded: "I would call on Community groups who may be thinking of applying for the fund to be thinking of the various projects which could be helped by this fund, aimed at supporting local communities. People should look at this fund as an important addition to those already out there as opposed to a stand alone fund.