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Thurles – €97,525 For Centre For Independent Living

In Thurles yesterday, Mr Pat Carey T.D., Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs announced funding of €97,525 under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013, for North Tipperary LEADER Partnership to support the Tipperary Centre for Independent Living.

Making the announcement, Minister Carey said: “I am very pleased to be here in Thurles today to announce substantial funding for this Centre. I am aware that this Centre provides excellent services to people with disabilities all over Tipperary. Funding from the LEADER programme is vital for facilities such as this, for community groups and individuals in rural areas all over Ireland.”

The main service implemented by the Tipperary Centre for Independent Living is the provision of Personal Assistants to persons with significant physical disability. The personal assistant assists the disabled person in many ways. At present, over 30 physically disabled people are benefiting from this invaluable service.

Projects funded through LEADER partnerships are varied and include diversification into non-agricultural activities, support for business creation, encouragement of tourism activities, basic services for the economy and rural population, village renewal and development, conservation and upgrading of rural heritage, training and information.

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